The Children of the Forest made the Night King from one of the First Men, but that’s all we ever learned about him. Even Bran’s comments about how the Night King had tried to kill many Three-Eyed Ravens over the years revealed more about his position than it did the White Walker leader. Despite the Night King clearly having a personality and experiencing human emotions like arrogance and revenge – that smile at Daenerys amidst dragon fire – we never truly learned his motivations or why he waited so long to return. He clearly wasn’t a mindless killer, but the show paid no mind to his reasons.
The living’s greatest weapon against the Night King, Bran, also proved insignificant to the Great War, despite his incredible powers. Forget warging into a dragon or a wight giant, the Three-Eyed Raven never even bothered to go back in time and learn how the living defeated the White Walkers the first time. He never used his omniscience to look back at the Battle for the Dawn where the Last Hero is said to have stopped the Walkers long ago. Rather than use his knowledge of history, Bran was merely bait for a trap.
However, the sheer lack of answers here are all great for the prequel. Since we already know how that show will end, the fun will be in what we still don’t know:
–Who the Night King was before he was transformed
–How the living beat the White Walkers without killing their leader
–If anything we’ve heard about the first Long Night was true
–If Azor Ahai/the Last Hero was real
–How any of this connects to what we just saw on
If you were hoping the prequel would be able to tell a compelling, original story despite having the same enemy we just saw Arya destroy, “The Long Night” was the best thing that could have happened.