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'Game of Thrones': Dany gets new digs as talk of White Walkers abounds

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Sunday’s episode of “Game of Thrones” brought in the highest ratings yet for the HBO series and viewers are still knee-deep in their respective takes on episode four, “Oathkeeper.”

A hefty amount of the Internet chatter so far this week surrounds the ending of the episode with the White Walkers, which had even book readers puzzled. Though we’re venturing away from source material territory here, the showrunners say the final sequence was suggested by the books and that they wanted to give us a further glimpse into the world of the White Walkers without spilling too many details just yet.

There’s a question of whether or not the final White Walker we see is in fact a spoiler from a future book, however, as some eagle-eyed fans spotted that he is described as the Night’s King (refresh your memory or read up on him here) in the HBO viewer’s guide. “Night’s King” has since been changed to simply “White Walker,” making some wonder whether it was an unintentional spoiler.

In the latest edition of “Inside the Episode,” showrunner D.B. Weiss said their goal was to take viewers “very deep into their world, but in a way that preserved the fundamental mystery of that world.”

“The revelation of what the Walkers are actually doing to the babies, we hope, will come as a particularly nasty surprise to people,” Weiss added. Score one for D&D on that front.

Writer Bryan Cogman also gave some insight into Craster’s final son-turned-sacrifice, telling Making Game of Thrones that the mother of the baby is Morag, the first of the Craster’s daughters to be taken as his wife. The “prime wife,” as Cogman puts it.

Looking ahead to this Sunday’s episode, “First of His Name,” viewers were treated to a look at Daenerys’ new surroundings now that she has conquered the Slaver’s Bay city of Meereen. We’ll get to see Dany begin ruling from her new throne room inside the city’s Great Pyramid, and the set looks quite impressive.

Showrunner David Benioff told Entertainment Weekly that although they depend on a great special effects team to create the worlds of Westeros and Essos, “there’s something different about walking into a real environment and being in a room that has the power you’re trying to convey.”

“Game of Thrones” continues Sunday at 9 p.m. on HBO.

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