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White Walker Fantasy Draft 2015: Selecting the Wight Candidates

White Walker Fantasy Draft 2015: Selecting the Wight Candidates

“They were touched by White Walkers. That’s why they came back. That’s why their eyes turned blue. Only fire will stop them.” – Samwell Tarly

Wights, a.k.a. The Army of the Dead as they pertain to the world of Game of Thrones, are the reanimated corpses raised from the dead by the White Walkers. And ever since we got a glimpse of these bad boys in the series’ pilot, we’ve only wanted more. (Hey, the whole zombie craze is still alive and kicking as far as we’re concerned.) So if the leader of the White Walkers, the Night’s King, and his brethren can raise someone from the dead, why can’t we have a little fun and build our own dream team of undead, eh?

And who would make our army of Wights? The most skilled warriors, quickest fighters, and huge, hulking men would make for the most beneficial of allies. So we did some scouting — Billy Bean style (kudos to whoever got that Moneyball reference) — and came up with a list of potential candidates it would behoove the White Walkers to pursue. It’s like a fantasy drafting Wights, if you will.

We’ll be judging each candidate on three categories: strength, fighting skill, and tolerance of cold. Hey, Winter IS coming after all, so that should play some sort of factor. And best of all, we’re expanding our search, because why should those within The Known Realm get to have all the fun, eh?

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Khal Drogo

Sure, the White Walkers might have to travel quite a while before they get to him, but if the Night King ever stumbles upon Khal Drogo, might we suggest a resurrection? Khal Drogo is the Dothraki chieftain who stole the hearts of not just Kahleesi herself (Daenerys Targaryen), but the entirety of HBO viewers who tuned in week after week in hopes to catch Drogo in action. But in disappointing fashion, he was cut on the chest during a battle and got a deadly infection, only to be written off of the show before you could say “Ki fin yeni!” (What? Doesn’t everyone know conversational Dothraki?) Considering the man was never defeated in battle certainly gives him a fighting advantage. And though he might need to take some getting used to the cold, he can wield a sword, shoot arrows, and ride a horse better than most mortal men. Think about it: ice crystals forming on that long, braided beard? Those dark tattoos under a thin layer of crystal, and bright blue eyes peering into your soul? Bring back Khal Drogo and you’ve got yourself one scary and formidable Wight. “I will kill the men in iron suits and tear down their stone houses!”

Strength: 9/10

Fighting Skill: 10/10

Cold Tolerance: 2/10

DARTH MAUL

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Darth Maul

“At last, we will have revenge.” That thin frame and those horns…turn Darth Maul into a Wight and you’ve got yourself quite a twin for the Night’s King. All kidding aside, the White Walkers could use a good fighter like Maul on their team: his loyalty and dedication to the Dark Side demonstrate his ability to follow orders and get the job done. Well, except for when he got sliced in two by Obi Wan Kenobi, but that’s another story. Sure, he might have some trouble keeping himself together (literally), but maybe the cold will fuse his upper half to the bottom. All we know is that the benefit of having Darth Maul in your army of Wights means you have an excellent warrior skilled with not one, but two blades. Try to envision a decomposing Darth Maul, charging at you on the frozen fields of the North, eyes blue with rage and a double-sided sword in his hands. Scared yet? We are.

Strength: 6/10

Fighting Skill: 10/10

Cold Tolerance: 5/10

NED STARK

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Eddard “Ned” Stark

“But I grew up with soldiers. I learned to die a long time ago.” Who better to lead an army of Wights into the North than the former Warden of it all himself? Ned Stark knows the land, the people, and — most importantly — knows how to fight and strategize in the North. Sure, turning him into a Wight might limit some of those strategizing abilities, but as far as cunning warriors go, it doesn’t get much better than Ned. Mix that with brute strength and broadsword skills, and we think you’ve got a pretty impressive man to add to your army of the dead. Ned in many ways had so much story left to tell, and we feel like if we could at least give him a second, zombified, chance at life, at least we’ll get to have some more fun watching him on the battlefield. We hate to see the good guys turn bad, but you really have to admit, Ned Stark as a Wight seems way too scary to pass up. Too bad that Valyrian steel broadsword isn’t still intact. And who can argue that giving Sean Bean a chance to finally resurrect a character wouldn’t be redeeming for all of us. We know all too well that he’s probably been waiting for that opportunity now for many years.

Strength: 7/10

Fighting Skill: 8/10

Cold Tolerance: 10/10

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Maximus

“What we do in life echoes in eternity.” Well, in the case of Maximus from the movie Gladiator, might we suggest an eternity fighting for the White Walkers? As Maximus died on the battlefield, we were left with the fleeting glimpse of his wife and child waiting on the other side…but what if that glimpse suddenly changed to a harsh, cold winter and rotting flesh? In fact, the execs at Universal once thought about bringing Maximus back from the dead before, so we really aren’t that far off with this one. Yep, we think that if the White Walkers want to add some serious fighting power and strategy to their corps, they should bring Maximus back to the field of battle. As a Wight, Maximus would have all of that strength and fighting knowledge, but never waiver if he were to be sliced or stabbed in battle. That zombie perseverance and determination would only make him a stronger fighter than he already was. Again, the cold might be a factor, as he really doesn’t have those legs covered up much at all, but the sword skills and brute strength are there. Are you not entertained?

Strength: 8/10

Fighting Skill: 9/10

Cold Tolerance: 4/10

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Prince Oberyn Martell

“Say it! ” Prince Oberyn Martell from Dorne would definitely make a nice addition to the Night King’s army. He’s a proven fighter with a dangerous staff and blade, and studied under the teachings of the Vipers of Dorne. Heck, he pretty much singlehandedly took down The Mountain (save for a moment of cockiness we’re sure he’d love to take back). Oberyn was a loveable character who might actually be a better fighter as a Wight than as a regular warm-blooded human. Take him to the front lines and wish good luck to whoever has to stop him first. Odds are, they’re going to be missing a limb or two before the fight is over.

Strength: 6/10

Fighting Skill: 10/10

Cold Tolerance: 5/10

SHANE WALSH

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Shane Walsh

Shane is our only candidate who has already been brought back from the dead. Only, this time, we think he’ll stand a better chance. If the Night’s King brings Shane back into battle, he’ll have a strong ally who has nothing left to lose — and everything to prove. Let’s face it, as much as you may have hated Shane’s character on The Walking Dead, we think he deserves a second chance and to get a few more kills under his belt. His time as a walker was extremely short, so let’s make up for that by making him a Wight. His fighting skills might not be as up to par with the rest of the candidates, but we have a feeling that Shane’s determination and rage will be his best allies. “You have no idea what I can live with…”

Strength: 6/10

Fighting Skill: 8/10

Cold Tolerance: 7/10

SANDOR CLEGANE THE HOUND

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The Hound

Sandor Clegane, let’s face it, wasn’t the prettiest of fighters in the realm. However, make him a Wight and he just got a whole lot scarier. The Hound has proven himself to be an extremely strong and talented fighter, so we’d love to see him get his second chance on Game of Thrones. His loyalty is unmatched. Heck, that’s why he got the nickname “The Hound”, because of his obedience. The Night King could certainly use a few extra strong men on his roster. But then again, there is the whole history of fire that you’d have to worry about. The Hound’s face was badly burned by his brother Gregor, and he still fears it to this day. Would that disposition go away if The Hound were turned into a Wight? For the White Walkers’ sake, we hope so. “If you can’t protect yourself, die and get out of the way of those who can.”

Strength: 8/10

Fighting Skill: 8/10

Cold Tolerance: 8/10

 SARUMAN

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Saruman

“You have robbed my revenge of sweetness, and now I must go hence in bitterness, in debt to your mercy. I hate it and you! Well, I go and I will trouble you no more.” But what if Saruman could stir up a little more trouble just one last time? In honor of the late Christopher Lee, we wanted to give Saruman a shout out and pitch him as a potential game-changer for the White Walker’s army of wights. Having an evil wizard among their ranks would give them an advantage that their enemies simply don’t have, unless you count for Melisandre, the Red Witch. Seeing her use her blood magic powers to blast fire at an undead Saruman would make just about any nerd squeal. Saruman’s white robes and beard would help him fit in with the wights and his skills with his staff would make him a strong fighter. But the magical skills and ability is really where he’d make the biggest impact. That is, if wizards keep their magical powers after being brought back to life.

Strength: 7/10

Fighting Skill: 10/10

Cold Tolerance: 7/10

 

Well, those are our potential candidates, but who will the White Walkers choose? There are certainly plenty more candidates in Westeros and in other realms who we left out of our search. And then there are the candidates who we left out because they might not actually be dead yet…ahem…Jon Snow. Who would you want to see brought back as a White Walker? Let us know! “With the 1st pick in the 2015 Wight Draft, the White Walkers select…”

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