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No, Symeon Star-Eyes is not the Night King

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No Symeon Star-Eyes is not the Night King

A week ago, HBO dropped the long awaited and highly anticipated Game of Thrones final season trailer. This take may be late take, but oft times, I believe in letting the hot takes simmer down so the voices who aren’t seeking quick views for their lackluster analysis stand out. Now a lot of fan accounts on Youtube have boasted finding all these “easter eggs” in the trailer that just are not there. Particularly a lot of people are being misled by the theory that the legendary Symeon Star-Eyed is the Night King. The theory has the vote of confidence from Cosmo and its readers.

This theory existed on Reddit long before the trailer dropped. It goes so far to suggest that Symeon Star-Eyes was perhaps a Stark, but definitely from the North because the “North would want their own hero amongst the greatest heroes in Westeros history.” There is no evidence to suggest why Brandon the Builder, Breaker, Shipwright, and Burner aren’t sufficient legends. Knighthood is tied to the Seven, so it is unlikely he was from the North… But I need to slow myself down. The Game of Thrones trailer featured a star-eyed Night King reigniting this theory.

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The seven pointed star is symbolic of the Faith of the Seven, the religion of the Andals, which would make, according to this theory, the Night King an Andal in origin. The belief that the Night King is the Andal Symeon Star-Eyes, a fabled knight from the Age of Heroes, is self defeating. Let’s first address the proposed evidence.

“There was a knight once who couldn’t see,” Bran said stubbornly, as Ser Rodrik went on below. “Old Nan told me about him. He had a long staff with blades at both ends and he could spin it in his hands and chop two men at once.”

“Symeon Star-Eyes,” Luwin said as he marked numbers in a book. “When he lost his eyes, he put star sapphires in the empty sockets, or so the singers claim. Bran, that is only a story, like the tales of Florian the Fool. A fable from the Age of Heroes.”

AGOT Bran VII 

Now, it’s important to note that White Walkers, which are referred to as Others, have not directly appeared in the books. In the lore, the Others are always depicted as having blue eyes, like when the when the 13th Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch (allegedly) had sex with one.

“A woman was his downfall; a woman glimpsed from atop the Wall, with skin as white as the moon and eyes like blue stars. Fearing nothing, he chased her and caught her and loved her, though her skin was cold as ice, and when he gave his seed to her he gave his soul as well. He brought her back to the Nightfort and proclaimed her a queen and himself her king, and with strange sorceries he bound his Sworn Brothers to his will.”

AGOT Bran IV

That man was known as the Night’s King, which is a far more plausible than Symeon Star-Eyes for being the Night King. This of course would only be true if the Night King was not an original amongst the Others. For this is generations after the Others were defeated, hence why there is a Night’s Watch. The idea that the Others have changed leadership is a major supposition not supported by either canon material or even the show who depict neither a queen nor power struggle which would likely still remain if an Other form of Symeon Star-Eyes usurped power to declare himself Night King.

And that is the less obvious reason why this fan theory is the Fake News of Game of Thrones theories. The most pressingly clear reason is that there were no Andals during the Long Night. The Andal Invasion did not occur until well into the Age of Heroes. The argument I’ve seen in response to this pressingly obvious fact is that history in Game of Thrones is unreliable. George RR Martin is intentional about using non-reliable narrators as well as writing a history of Westeros that is entirely contingent upon the interpretation of its multiple writers. Therefore the exact timing of the arrival of the Andals is subject to debate. This is all true. However, there is nothing to suggest that the Andals invaded during the Dawn Age. The Age of Heroes began after peace was made with the Children of the Forrest, as explained in the show in season one.

The First Men, who are the other predominant race in Westeros have the Others embedded in their culture, while the Andals generally believe the Others to be no more real than grumpkins and snarks. By the time the Andals arrived in Westeros, we are well into the Age of Heroes. Let’s go into more detail. When the Andals arrived they carved runes of seven pointed stars and brought their faith with them. Their invasion was repelled by the Stark Kings of Winter. Thus, the North remained primarily First Men and worshiped the old gods. House Stark remembers the Others, hence Winter is Coming. The Arryns of the Vale were established towards the very beginning of this time, for the Vale is the nearest landing spot. House Arryn is one of the oldest and purest of the Andal houses, until the current storyline. The Long Night is not in their culture. Lann the Clever had already taken Casterly Rock and established House Lannister. House Lannister bares a maternal lineage to Lann the Clever, a First Man, and has taken on an Andal line. There are FOUR Lannister POV characters. None of them reference their ancestors fighting Others. As you can see, the Andal houses did not experience the Long Night, meaning they Others invaded long before they arrived. So once again, how can Symeon Star-Eyes be the Night King.

Explanation

There are two reasons why the Night King’s, and by extension all Others’ eyes would be shaped as a seven-pointed star. The first is that a dragon must have three heads and a star must have seven points. This is to say that HBO is blowing smoke up people’s asses. The second is that the Children of the Forrest created an abomination to the old gods, whom they worship along with the First Men. This abomination bore resemblance to the faith of the seven, much like how the god Baal resembles numerous other false gods. As for me, I believe the former because the show-runners are not that intricate.

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  1. Acacio

    March 13, 2019 at 1:06 pm

    You should watch Gray Area’s analysis on this theory. It explains the discrepancy in time and how the theory of the Night King being Symeon really makes sense. It also lines up with a blurb HBO released about the next Game of Thrones show which states that everything we thought we knew is wrong. Part of that could include the Song of Ice & Fire timeline. Keep in mind that some of the history is only known through recorded stories first committed to paper hundreds or thousands of years after they happened. With so much time gone by it would be very likely that the stories once written would be incorrect in various ways from what actually happened.

    You also have to ask yourself why does Symeon, who doesn’t seem to have MAJOR importance to the overall story, keep popping up in all of the Song of Ice & Fire books? George R.R. Martin is a very deliberate writer and detailed oriented. I doubt it is a coincidence that George keeps it fresh in the readers mind from the first book to now who Symeon Star Eyes is.

    This theory could be wrong as hell like so many of the theories that have come before it. However, there is evidence in the books to support it and beyond the timeline issues, which is kind of major depending on how you look at it, I haven’t read anything else that absolutely refutes it. George also seems to love reaching for the less obvious option. Of course that gets harder and harder to do when you have millions of eyes dissecting your every word looking for clues. Symeon Star Eyes being the Night King instead of a Stark fits that pattern to me. Just like Jon Snow’s parentage there are facts that could be bread crumbs leading to this reveal.

    • Ray Fava

      March 13, 2019 at 11:02 pm

      Grey Area’s video was partial inspiration for this rebuttal. I did not find her case on the chronology convincing, rather deceiving. There is a lot of history that is disputed in ASOIAF lore. But the well supported pattern of Westerosi history is as follows: 1. war between CotF and First Men 2. Pact 3. Long Night 4. Building of Wall/establishment of House Stark, Durrandon 5. Invasion of the Andals. 6. Aegon’s Conquest.

      There are a lot of details within the history that is highly questionable, particular examples are the ironborn timelines and House Durrandon’s bloodline survival against the Andals. The dates are disputed but the order of events is widely supported by canon material.

      There are a multitude of figures addressed in all the books. Specifically with Symeon Star-Eyes, his reference often seems to come in passing. Bran introduces the name, feeling as though he could relate to a handicapped warrior, since he is crippled. A multitude of other figures, particularly Starks, were also brought up in the chapter. In ASOS, the story of how Symeon Star-Eyes, though blind, saw hellhounds fighting when he was at the Nightfort, was mentioned by Bran to highlight the haunted history of the Nightfort where they were in that chapter. This story was not alone in its reference. These are the two major references to Symeon Star-Eyes and its insufficient, in my analysis, to base a quality theory around. It ranks below “Tyrion is a secret Targaryen.”

      I would submit the 13th Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch as a far more likely candidate, if in fact the Night King was not an original Other. But even this is a reach.

      Lastly, I wanted to agree with you that George RR Martin is a very deliberate writer, the platinum standard of fantasy, which is why we can have such lengthy debates on the material. Thanks for taking the time to put in a thorough response.

  2. Acacio

    March 13, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    I just noticed something else as well that fits with the Night King possibly being Symeon Star Eyes. Some other bloggers have pointed out that the Night King, like Symeon Star Eyes, carries a long weapon with blades at both ends. Others however have said that the Night King’s weapon is more like a traditional spear rather than the two bladed weapon described in the books as being using by Symeon. From a distance it does indeed look like a simple spear fashioned from ice. But…if you look closely at the scene where the Night King brings down one of Dany’s dragons you can clearly see that it isn’t a spear, or at least not your typical spear. It is actually more like the weapon said to be used by Symeon. There is an ice blade on both ends with some sort of rod in between possibly ice as well or possibly metal. But it is clearly THREE separate pieces instead of one or two like your usual spear. It looks remarkably similar to the weapon Symeon carries in a couple of drawings I have seen of him. Seems like a small detail but knowing this makes you wonder if the Night King’s choice of weapon was a clue hiding in plain sight. The CGI department could have just created a weapon that was a solid piece of ice sharp on one end. You don’t need blades on two ends to bring down a dragon. Just saying… LOL! Instead they created a very detailed weapon that looks like blades on both ends fashioned from ice embedded into some sort of rod. More than likely they created this weapon from a description. This description “just so happens” to fit with a weapon used by Symeon Star Eyes a character from the age of heroes, first mentioned by Bran, and who keeps popping up in all of the ASOIF books so far. Call me crazy….

    • Ray Fava

      March 13, 2019 at 10:29 pm

      I don’t think you are crazy, however, the weapon that the Night King used to down the dragon was a javelin, not a spear. A javelin is a skirmishing weapon. Now a quality spear, like the ones used in a hoplite phalanx, would have metal on both ends which would amount to three pieces.

      As far as artistic style of the javelin is concerned, they could have just been modeling the Night King’s weapon after the one used by the witch in Narnia, though far more masculine. However the size and functionality are eerily similar. The showrunners have a tendency to tie in other works of art in instances where George RR Martin was only broadly similar. For instance, Jon Snow’s implied death in the books was 2nd degree whereas in the show, the showrunners reenacted Julius Caesar. Jon Snow’s character has a remarkable similarity to Hamlet, but that’s a topic for another day.

      Thank you for putting in the time to respond, as I am always happy to discuss GoT.

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Bilderberg 2019 location remains secret less than a month out

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Any time an article invokes “Bilderberg” in the title of the article, many assume it’s going to be a conspiracy theory involving the Illuminati and a push for population control. But what gets missed because of all the strange reporting around the annual meeting of the world’s elites is that there really are crazy things afoot in these meetings that have been reported on properly for years.

There are conspiracy theories, but there are also actual conspiracies. That’s essentially what he meeting is held for in the first place – so the elites can conspire. I’m not saying their conspiring is always a bad thing, but those of us who have been following the meeting for years (decades, in my case) are aware that some very controversial discussions are held that we know of and almost certainly that we don’t know of as well.

Last year, the meeting location was announced in January, giving ample time for all attendees and press to attend. But unlike past meetings, attendance of the press was limited. Have journalists and alternative news outlets lost their appetite for the event? Is it “old news” on the conspiracy theory front? If that were the case last year, this year is shaping up to be a reversal. That’s why it’s conspicuous that the meeting details still haven’t been announced and likely won’t be announced until days before.

I’m one of the carryovers from when The New Americana shifted content and stories to focus on NOQ Report. It was the right move and has been paying off. But one thing that’s been lost is any attention to conspiracies. Yes, most of them are false, but not all. If we’re being honest, I’d say most Americans believe in some conspiracy theories but the term itself has been so stigmatized and the art of investigative journalism has been so tainted that few are willing to admit it. Hopefully, I’ll be posting more on strange subjects in the future.

The folks over at Truthstream Media broke down last year’s and this year’s event as best they could with the limited information available. Bilderberg 2019 is going to happen, but nobody knows where or when.

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What does San Francisco Mayor London Breed have to hide about Jeff Adachi’s death?

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San Francisco politicians would be in an absolute uproar if the Trump administration ordered the suspension of an unambiguous liberty for the sake of expediency. They would declare a Constitutional crisis was underway and would demand the rights of their citizens be upheld while those who violated them should be held accountable. But when the rights of a citizen are trampled on to benefit their corrupt politicians, they stand by the trampling and pretend like nothing foul is afoot.

Such is the story of journalist Bryan Carmody. His 1st Amendment rights were disregarded so blatantly and so frivolously that it’s obvious there’s a major cover up underway that is protecting very powerful people in the progressive mecca of San Francisco. Following Public Defender Jeff Adachi’s death, a leaked police report was released by Carmody, prompting the San Francisco Police to illegally attempt to force him to reveal his source. He is protected by the Freedom of the Press from divulging his source, but strong-arm techniques reminiscent of the actions of third-world dictators doesn’t seem to be making a dent in the official stories from San Francisco politicians, most notably Mayor London Breed.

San Francisco’s mayor shows the country what a real attack on the free press looks like

Carmody claims he was restrained in handcuffs for nearly six hours as the authorities ransacked his home, seizing “laptops, phones and hard drives — including all the images and documents he had archived from his 29-year career as a reporter and cameraman,” the report adds.

Law enforcement officials have neither denied nor contradicted the freelancer’s version of events. The San Francisco Police Department has not yet returned Carmody’s equipment. The raid, which was approved by two trial court judges, also included agents from the FBI.

And all because Carmody refused to give up a confidential source, as is his right. The mayor sees it differently, though, and she is digging in.

The Mayor took the unconstitutional route from the start and hasn’t looked back.

“San Francisco Police Department is in the process of conducting an investigation into how confidential information was released within the Department. As part of this investigation, the Department went through the appropriate legal process to request a search warrant, which was approved by two judges,” her office said in a statement last week.

Even now, as the pressure mounts from news outlets across the country for the far-left political machine of San Francisco to denounce the attack on the press, one that is so much more direct and heinous than anything President Trump has done, they continue to focus on the legality of the search warrants (even though they clearly were not legal by any stretch of the imagination) and the imperative of finding out who leaked the memos, something that no average San Francisco resident could ever actually care about if they’re being honest.

Instead of defending the Constitution and the rights of their citizens, they’re redirecting.

Their unabashed willingness to continue forward despite all the bad press they’re getting can easily lead someone to one conclusion: There’s something really bad surrounding Adechi’s death that has San Francisco Democrats terrified. There’s a cover up happening right before our eyes, one that has politicians, police, and judges involved and unwavering in their willingness to discard the 1st Amendment altogether.

Whatever has London Breed and her cronies spooked about Adechi’s death, it has to be huge. Otherwise, they wouldn’t be pressing so adamantly against the Constitution of the United States in the broad daylight of public condemnation.

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Why we aren’t ‘preppers’ who store food, gold, guns, or ammunition

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It is very compelling for many people, particularly in America, to see the collapsing freedoms and growing persecutions across the world and want to do something to protect ourselves. This makes many choose to store certain items for times that are coming (or potentially upon us already) when chaos rules. My family disagrees with this viewpoint.

Before the attacks start coming in, there are two important things to consider. First, we have a good amount of food and survival gear as well as plenty of protection within our house. It’s not a coincidence that my children’s favorite pastime is weekends at the shooting range. Second, we have nothing against those who choose to live the “prepper” lifestyle. It’s a natural reaction from certain points of view.

There was a time not too long ago when we were what some would call “amateur preppers”. We bought long-term food stores. We maintained an independent water supply. We have family members who have enough guns and ammunition to hole up in solitude indefinitely without fear.

The reason we shifted our views away from deep preparations can be broken down into three categories.

1. Tribulation is an opportunity

Prepper MasksThe prophets were persecuted. The apostles were persecuted. Reading the Bible cover to cover reveals that very few people who lived by the Word of God were able to avoid the trials of this life.

This isn’t a call for people to go looking for trouble. We aren’t suggesting that everyone needs to go give away Bibles in China or preach the Word in Iran in hopes of getting arrested and persecuted. Some are clearly called to do such things, not for the sake of the persecution they’ll receive but to make disciples of the nations. Bold actions like these aren’t for everyone.

What we are saying is that the Bible makes it very clear that those who overcome their fears and face the tribulations, trials, and persecutions that are becoming increasingly robust around the world are blessed for their diligence and faith.

Matthew 5:10 (KJV)

10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Romans 5:3-5 (KJV)

And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;

And patience, experience; and experience, hope:

And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

James 1:2-3 (KJV)

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;

Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.

Our first goal is to accept the gift of salvation. Our second goal is to spread the Gospel to those we can touch. Once those two things are ongoing, we should continue to keep our security and health, but not at the detriment of either of the first two goals. In fact, Yeshua spoke of the importance of keeping the faith now for the grace to come instead of trying to focus on saving our bodies in this life.

Luke 9:23-25 (KJV)

23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

24 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.

25 For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?

Total faith means knowing that whatever God has in store for you, whether it’s what we consider to be positive or negative, we must see beyond the effects on this life and believe that how we handle everything can be a merit at the time of judgment.

2. The Principalities and Powers are watching

Prepper GunsSome people get fearful chills when they read Revelation. Others get similarly scared at Daniel or Isaiah. For me, it’s Ephesians that worries me the most.

Ephesians 6:12 (KJV)

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

A look at the news on any given day will reveal two disturbing trends: the various governments and other entities of the world are tightening around us while the people are becoming more confused and looking towards sinful solutions.

The concept of having guns pried from our cold, dead hands is seeming to be more and more likely of a scenario.

Between technological advancements, emboldened governments, and desperate leads in and out of governments, it’s very unlikely that anyone can be truly safe. The only choices may end up being to die defending the farm or to face persecution. It’s definitely possible to do both, to be a prepper while still maintaining the right connection to faith, but it’s part of human nature to rely on our own works when we focus on solutions like those.

As I’ve discussed before, Christians shouldn’t prepare at an extreme level for an economic collapse. Again, we’re not suggesting that people should abandon their gold or silver. It simply can’t be a priority as it takes away from the proper focus of this life – unending love and faith in Yeshua as our Lord and Savior.

At no point would we ever recommend sitting back and watching our liberties fade into history. There are times to fight. There are times to hide. There are times to adjust. Of course, the one universal is that there is time for prayer, repentance, and service to our Lord.

3. Faith through the Armor of God is sufficient

Prepper CurrencyAs I’ve made abundantly clear on my other site, I do not believe in the doctrine of the pre-tribulation rapture. Those who are alive when the end times come will face tribulation whether they have guns or not.

There is a false security that is created when the works of our hands are used to solve problems as big as the tribulation from the Bible. That’s not to say that we shouldn’t act, but the real action comes from preparing our souls and putting on the whole Armor of God.

Those who prepare for catastrophe are distracted. We all are to some degree with everything that is in front of us in this world. One of our goals should be to remove or properly handle these distractions.

Being a prepper doesn’t make anyone any less of a Christian. It just makes being a good Christian harder. Of course, that could be said about pretty much everything in this world that’s not centered squarely on the Bible’s teachings.

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