As all Game of Thrones fans learned in the first two episodes of Season 8, the Army of the Dead is hours away from Winterfell. The battle, which has been shaping up throughout the last few seasons, is upon us once and for all. And though Jon Snow organized quite possibly the best army in the Seven Kingdoms, there are those who need protection off the battlefield.
Jon Snow, genius that he is, decidedto hide all of the women, children, and even Daenerys herself in the Winterfell crypts—next to the dead Starks. While it seems like keeping these people underground, away from the battlefield, is a brilliant idea—there’s one huge problem.
Twitter users swiftly pointed out that hiding everyone in the crypts is probably a dumb idea, seeing as the Army of the Dead can raise the dead.
ah yes. the crypts. the safest place to put defenseless people when fighting an enemy that can ｒａｉｓｅ ｔｈｅ ｄｅａｄ
— them fatale (@UnburntWitch) April 22, 2019
Here’s how the Night King works when he “turns” people to join his army. There are two different kinds of fighters—White Walkers and Wights. White Walkers are those that the Night King and his army kill and turn into dead soldiers, whereas Wights are resurrected corpses.
Plus, it’s important to consider just who is buried in the crypts.
Many of the Starks who have been killed are buried in the crypts of Winterfell, including Ned, Lyanna, and Rickon. It’s been said that Cat and Robb’s bodies were not brought back to the crypts after they were murdered during the Red Wedding. However, it’s a scary image to think of—zombie Ned Stark fighting his offspring to turn them over to the Army of the Dead.
There is also a theory floating around that the Night King may want to march on the crypts of Winterfell to see if there is something buried with Lyanna Stark.
Seeing as the crypts have played such a major role in the unveiling of Jon Snow’s true identity as Aegon Targaryen, some believe it will continue to be a major set to push this storyline forward. Lyanna Stark, Jon’s mother, is buried in the crypts of Winterfell—some believe she was buried with belongings of Raegar’s.
Some believe it could be Raegar’s famous harp buried with Lyanna—it has been mentioned multiple times throughout the show that “liked to sing.” But, others believe it’s possible that Lyanna is buried with dragon eggs, which the Night King could be well aware of considering his connection to Bran Stark and his ability to see into the past.
If Lyanna is buried with dragon eggs, the Night King could want to resurrect her and take the dragon eggs for himself to turn them into more Wight Dragons.
To add to this, Jon Snow has repeatedly told people to “burn the dead” so that the Night King can’t turn them into Wights. Which leads us to question—why does he believe that the crypts of Winterfell are safe at all? And, why put some of your most valuable people down there?
Clearly, it seems like a bad idea from any fan’s standpoint. And, let us not forget that in the very first trailer for Season 8, we see Arya Stark running through the crypts of Winterfell bloody, afraid, and being chased by someone.
Could it be that she’s being chased by her dead relatives?
A brightened screenshot from the #GameofThrones S8 trailer reveals two people chasing Arya, who do you think they are? ? pic.twitter.com/RlItunGPRW
— Fandom (@getFANDOM) March 6, 2019
And, another Twitter user reminded us that in Season 2, we learned there are hidden passageways in the Winterfell crypts.
I JUST REWATCHED THIS.
In season 2, we found out Winterfell has hidden passageways.
Now, everyone says the crypts are the safest place to be.
NAH. EVERYONE DOWN THERE IS A GONER NEXT EPISODE. #DemThrones #GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/pzCcQg9f6V
— Shahbaz Khan (@ShahbazMKhan) April 22, 2019
Twitter has been wondering why TF anyone believes the crypts are the safest place to be and judging Jon Snow and everyone involved in this ploy to stuff people down there.
There's one thing I'm absolutely certain of in the year of our lord 2019:
The Crypts of Winterfell are not safe.
— Gabe Duverge (@GabeDuverge) April 22, 2019
I can’t stop thinking about how they’re putting all of the vulnerable people in the Winterfell crypts.
Full of dead people.
As the guy who can raise the dead arrives. #GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/FeBpYNVyeQ
— Chelsea Cirruzzo (@ChelseaCirruzzo) April 22, 2019
I’m calling it. Aria is scared at the end because the night king raised everyone in the crypts under winterfell. Because no one chills down there that much for it not to be a plot point. #DemThrones #thronesyall
— Ashbash ? (@Ashley_addymom) April 15, 2019
A lot of emphasis is being put on how safe people will be down in the crypt. But…I don’t know, y’all. #GoT pic.twitter.com/l7lYxy3zQi
— Saeed Jones (@theferocity) April 22, 2019
By my count no less than six characters on tonight’s GAME OF THRONES assured other characters that the Winterfell crypts were “the safest place.”
When foreshadowing is sixshadowing.
— Glen Weldon (@ghweldon) April 22, 2019
Everyone in Winterfell: The crypts are going to be the safest place during the battle
Unstoppable snow zombie king who is shown multiple times bringing dead things back to life: pic.twitter.com/b4fhmZvr31
— The Mildly Upset Titan (@TurnMeJohn) April 22, 2019
When everyone repeatedly mentions how safe the crypts are #GameOfThrones pic.twitter.com/1MsPNW6e3b
— alex ⛓ (@ghostlikecrime) April 22, 2019
Everyone: The crypts are safe
The crypts: #GOT pic.twitter.com/lTqdynGgxS
— The Queen In The North ⚔️?⚔️ (@ALAT757) April 22, 2019
#GOT Let’s go to the crypts, they seem really safe. The crypts are where we should all go. If I want to be safe I’ll definitely go to the crypts. Have you heard? The crypts are where we will be safest. Definitely nothing bad will happen in the crypts. Let’s all gather in the cr
— Gabby Pascuzzi (@gabbypascuzzi) April 22, 2019
When the Night King walks into the Winterfell crypts and raises the dead pic.twitter.com/ifXZukoFbh
— Harry (@HarryCFC_) April 22, 2019
OH MY GOD EVERYONE IN THE CRYPTS IS FUCKED. #GameOfThrones
— Alicia Lutes (@alicialutes) April 22, 2019
However, one Twitter user did spill from tea from the novels, explaining that the Starks are “buried with their swords on top of their tombs” because apparently, they hold magic that prevents the spirits from rising up.
Okay so some tea about the Winterfell Crypts from the books. The reason why all the Starks are buried with their swords on top of their tombs is because there’s some magic in the swords to stop spirits from rising up.
— Ms. Frizzle (@_neems) April 22, 2019
Will the Ned Stark rise again to fight his own offspring? We’ll have to wait until Sunday to see.
h/t: Time, Harpers Bazaar