Game of Thrones season 7: Who plays the Night King? Who leads the White Walkers?


The reserved and calculating head of the White Walkers’ undead legions was created thousands of years ago by the Foetuses of the Forest.

He was first introduced in season four of the fantasy epic, by a series of flashbacks Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) had while at Winterfell. 

But notwithstanding his corpse-like look and glowing blue eyes, there is an actual considerate being behind the White Walker.

In fact there are two actors who sire played the character.

When the King chief appeared in season four, he was played by Welsh American actor Richard Hold up.

However, scheduling conflicts with FX’s The Bastard Executioner forced Control to bow out of the series at the end of season five.

Before joining the HBO fantasy epic, the 52-year-old actor from Ystrad Mynach in Wales starred as Joe Chill in Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins.

He also snitched on the role of Corporal Portman in the 2005 film adaptation of the video willing Doom.

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The Night King was the very first White Walker created by the Issues of the Forest

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The White Walkers are a deadly race if icy humanoids

He’s just a energy of destruction. I don’t think we’ve ever been tempted to write dialogue for the Twilight King. Anything he said would be anticlimactic

Daniel Weiss, Scheme of Thrones showrunner

Fans will also recognise him as Vlad on Showtime’s hit scenario Ray Donovan.

From season six and onwards, he has been replaced by Slovak dido actor Vladimir Furdik.

In 2013 Furdik stood-in for former Doctor Who actor Christopher Eccleston as the Nightfall darkness Elf Malekith in Thor: The Dark World.

The 47-year-old was also a stunt copy for Channing Tatum and Mark Strong in the historical drama The Eagle.

Furdik is also acclaimed for stunt work on the 2012 James Bond blockbuster Skyfall. 

The Night Sovereign is a menacing threat on the series, but fans of the original books were agile to point out that he was made up for the series.

In the books, the King was not a White Walker himself but less a fallen commander of the Night Watch who sold his soul for the affection of a  moll «with skin as white as the moon and eyes like blue stars” – a Pallid Walker.

The series deviated however from this mythical status and last season Bran revealed that the King is actually the plumb first White Walker created by the Children.

Showrunner Daniel Weiss promptly described the Night King as the cold embodiment of death rather than a conventional villain.

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Two different actors took on the role of the Night King

“In some by means of b functioning a, he’s just death, coming for everyone in the story, coming for all of us,” he told Deadline. 

“In some direction, it’s appropriate he doesn’t speak. What’s death going to say? Anything disposition diminish him. 

“He’s just a force of destruction. I don’t think we’ve ever been persuaded to write dialogue for the Night King. Anything he said would be anticlimactic.» 

Round of Thrones returns to HBO on July 16 in the US and will be simulcast in the UK at 2am on July 17 on Sky Atlantic. Conquest up on season one to six on NOW TV.

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