I have to present an alternative view.I think the whole Night King thread is a load of twaddle invented when the show became Hollywooded, I for one, am glad he has buggered off.This is why
He does not appear in Martins books, he clearly relised the idea was dumb.
The whole night king story has more holes than a dart board-
Why has he waited so long and how have all those Wildings, Thenns, Giants survived beynd the wall so long with a maurauding pack of dead people running round and a Night king who can just raise his arms and BINGO!
The night King controls the dead.... he orders them to make a bridge of bodies across the firey moat so why couldnt he order them to swim or sail or float around the wall years ago, I mean he found 400 feet of heavy duty chain to raise Viserion (bloody ridiculous) so I' m sure he could find afew rafts or boats or even logs to float the dead around the wall...
What the hell is his motive? To wipe out all the living ? If so he has a zillion zombies wandering round (so 21 st century Hollywood) who incidentally are still decaying so by science will ultimaltey become skeletons and then dust..... what then....? He flies round on his fckin dragon admiring his 'empty ' world? Pointless to me.
Viserion was stabbed with the ice spear and his belly almost exploded , implying that the fire is generated from the stomach area..... so why wasnt the fire pissing out of the gaping holes left behind from the injury? All the dead kept their 'death injuries' the night king did not 'heal' any of them.... Hollywood again.
The whole thing stinks of Hollywood with no substance. Yeah blue eyes, zombies, lots of death and destruction.... makes no sense and has very little back story .... sod it ....LETS DO IT PEOPLE KIDS LOVE ZOMBIES AND CLIFFHANGERS THESE DAYS'.
I love Game of Thrones and I am not averse to a few sinister Whites wandering round north of the wall , with locals making sacrifices in the cold night to keep them at bay.... but the Night king army of the dead thing just ruined the whole thing,because quite frankly it was not thought through.
He does not appear until season 4 so technically you ve been waiting 5 years not 10.
I am glad Arya dealt with NK (and it was a cool moment, a whoop whoop hooray for Arya, albeit pure Hollywood ), I think Arya is cool as fuck but lets get back to the meat of the story ...politics, power, relationships, characters ...and Queen bitch Cersei.
Don't get me wrong I thought the Long Night was a great piece of television even if it lifted loads from Lord of the Rings (Mainly the battle at the Black gate - where Aragorn and co are literally about to be crushed by the forces of mordor until the one ring is destoyed and thus Sauron is destroyed and so is his control over his legions who literally run off at the last second of imminent victory. Oh and the waht do we say to the God of death... not today - is basically a derivative of Aragorn's speech to his army at the black gate..... death, destruction, etc .... NOT THIS DAY) . The charge of the Dothraki made great tv visually but tactically it was a foolhardy move and Jorah was a bright bloke but he went off with the rest of them into the black without a clue what they were facing....dumb!!!
Well I feel better thats off my chest now