How are wights re-animated?

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At the end of season 5:

We see the Night King raise all the dead soldiers of Hardholme into wights. This seems to be done through the Night Kings proximity to the dead soliders.

In the most recent episode of season 7:

We see one of the dragons turn into a wight dragon. I assume this was done by the Night King felling the dragon with his spear.

However, in season 1:

The corpses of two members of Benjen Stark's scouting party are found near the Wall. They are taken back through the Wall to Castle Black where they eventually reanimate as wights, and they attack Jon Snow and Lord Commander Jeor Mormont.

So my main question is, how are wights reanimated?

The events in season 1 seems to contradict the idea of the Night King needing to be in proximity to turn the dead into wights. If wights can be reanimated beyond the wall why doesnt the Night King reanimate all the dead he can beyond the wall? Or was something done to those two corpses (perhaps in the way they were killed) that made them eventually turn into wights?



Best Answer

We see two ways of reanimating the dead:

  • The Nights King touches the dead to turn them into a White Walker. This is shown with him touching Crastors babies. This also happens in Season 7 Episode 6 with the Viserion, not by the spear as you seem to think, however, it is unclear as to whether the dragon is a white walker or a wight.
  • The Nights King does it remotely. We see this at Hardholme when he raises his hands to turn all the dead into wights.

Note I have only said the Nights King in the above examples because although from the latest episode we know other White Walkers can create wights we have not seen how this can be done.

We know that no White Walker was beyond the wall in Season 1 to turn those two corpses so it must have been done remotely. We have no information on the range of this or any other specific details so how exactly it was done is a mystery. It would stand to reason though that the WW's do not have to see the dead they are turning as the Nights King couldn't have seen every single wight he turned at Hardholme as there were structures and other things obscuring parts of the battlefield.




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How are wights created Game of Thrones?

'Game of Thrones' Profile: Wights A wight is a reanimated corpse, either human or animal, raised from death by the use of necromancy. Wights raised by the White Walkers were often referred to collectively as the Army of the Dead, or simply as the dead.

Can dead wights be revived?

Wights are dead men or creatures resurrected by Others through necromancy, seemingly when touched by the cold that accompanies them. Anyone who falls against the Others must be burned, or else the dead will rise again as their thralls.

What is the difference between wights and White Walkers?

The DifferenceWights are a product of White Walkers, and they're essentially undead pawns that the White Walkers use to fight their battles. As we learn in season seven, if you kill a certain White Walker, you also kill the wights it created \u2014 which is why Jon is so hellbent on going after the Night King.

How do wights become White Walkers?

Perhaps most terrifyingly, the White Walkers are able to reanimate corpses of fallen men, turning them into wights. Wildlings have taken to burning their corpses to prevent them from being added to the White Walkers' increasingly massive army.



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