Game of Thrones Hid a Detail About the Children of the Forest You Might Have Missed

Note: Spoilers for Game of Thrones season 7 below. Don’t read unless caught up! By now, you’ve hopefully caught up with last Sunday’s Game of Thrones (Season 7, episode 4). Most folks have been going wild about it since the previous Friday when the episode was leaked to the public. It was, essentially, the best GoT episode of this season thus far. And if you watched, you no doubt recall that cave scene with Jon and the Breaker of Chains. It was incredibly steamy, with the two leaders getting closer than ever before. But if you got caught up in the moment, you might have missed this detail about the Children of the Forest, hidden on the walls of the cave.

Symbols of The Children of the Forest

In the scene, Jon leads Dany into the caves to check out these cave paintings created by none other than the Children of the Forest. In the drawings, we see what’s assumed to be the War for the Dawn””a generation-long battle where the First Men and the Children teamed up against the White Walkers.

“They fought together against their common enemy,” Jon tells Dany, while simultaneously shooting her some seriously smoldering looks. “Despite their differences, despite their suspicions, together. We need to do the same if we’re going to survive. Because the enemy is real, it’s always been real.”

But did you notice many of the paintings also had symbols we’ve seen in the past?

Perhaps these symbols appeared the last time the White Walkers were around, just before the fighting truly begun. But why would they go out of their way to create these symbols in the first place? If you watched the post-show explanation, you might have heard writer/producer David Benioff explain that the White Walkers aren’t even the ones who came up with these symbols. It was actually the Children of the Forest.

“One of the things we learn from these cave paintings is that the White Walkers didn’t come up with those images, they derived them from their creators, the Children of the Forrest,” Benioff said.

“These patterns that have mystical significance for the Children of the Forest. We’re not sure exactly what they signify, but spiral patterns are important in a lot of different cultures in our world, and it makes sense that they would be in this world as well.”

So what exactly do the symbols mean? Are the White Walkers trying to communicate something? Do they still recall being made by the Children? Something else? Let us know your theories in the comments!

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