sky cracks open wrote:
Baby Museum wrote:ice zombies huh. i guess they sort of covered this a few episodes ago but it didn't really hit me until I saw them.
they covered "ice zombies" in Season 1, Episode 1, Scene 1.
and again in mid season 1 I believe, when they tried to kill Jeor Mormont at the wall.
wights, they call them.
there are actually two distinct types of ghoul involved here; the wights, which are reanimated human corpses (like the ones who went after mormont) that have standard zombies traits such as relentlessness and resistance to mortal blows. then there are white walkers, like the one in the first episode of the show, and the guy on the horse. they're evidently an elder, non-human, race-unto-themselves that are supposed to be freakishly tall, have shimmering magic weapons, and i think they have like a "cold touch" sort of power too
the books haven't been forthcoming with a comprehensive bestiary entry on either of them yet, and it took me until my second reading to even figure out that they were supposed to be two completely different things. but i think you're supposed to know that by this point in the narrative