Game of Thrones returned Sunday night and the season premiere showed us one of the White Walkers' strangely familiar calling cards.
One of the last scenes from "Winterfell" showed Tormund Giantsbane, Beric Dondarrion, Eddison Tollett, and other survivors from the Night King's assault on the Wall at Last Hearth, the home of House Umber.
The party discovers the body of Lord Ned Umber mounted on a wall surrounded by a spiral of severed human limbs. \
Suddenly, the young lord reanimates as a wight and shrieks before Beric lights him on fire with his sword. Lord Umber shrieks for a while longer before the fire consumes him entirely and he goes silent.
It's that spiral that caught everyone's eyes, though.
We've seen those spirals before. The first time was during Season 1, when the White Walkers arrange a group of wildlings in the same pattern.
The Night King's horses are cut up and arranged in a similar pattern in Season 3. Additionally, the same spirals are seen on the walls of the caves in Dragonstone in Season 7.
No one knows what these spirals mean but they're bound to hold some significance for the Night King, right?
#GameofThrones The spiral is back it’s got to mean something to the night king https://t.co/nDqHnSaegb— Tyrone (@Tyrone) 1555294983.0
Alright so the Umber’s were killed & hung up in that spiral pattern, which is the same pattern we saw the White Wal… https://t.co/nX6jQP04LQ— take the poll (@take the poll) 1555296332.0
WHAT DOES THE SPIRAL MEAN?!?! #TalkTheThrones #GameofThrones— Kelly (@Kelly) 1555293463.0
We wager it's this, though:
What if those spirals that the white walkers make don't actually mean anything and they're just like how in middle… https://t.co/qqF6X4glHV— John Kania (@John Kania) 1555295966.0
One theory: The symbol is startlingly similar to the Targaryen crest. Does this mean Rhaegar Targaryen is the Night King?
The White Walker spirals & the Targaryen symbol look so much alike. Rhaegar is indeed the night king. #GameofThrones https://t.co/dpfRhDNGVs— Evette ♡ (@Evette ♡) 1555296143.0
Whether Rhaegar's the Night King or not, the scene definitely freaked many people out. Let's face it: That Umber boy was creepy as hell.
Me when I saw the Umber boy in the spiral of limbs #GameOfThrones #GameofThronesSeason8 https://t.co/Y1G1KMBYzQ— Ellen (@Ellen) 1555295097.0
No one: Nobody: Not a soul: The Night King: "Hey wouldn't it be cool if we made like a wall spiral made out of a… https://t.co/MAYZIh8kE3— Jamie Curtis Baker (@Jamie Curtis Baker) 1555293769.0
Me after little Lord Umber woke up https://t.co/aNGvC1z1Rx— Beau McCauley (@Beau McCauley) 1555293489.0
Tormund and co. being surprised by Lord Umber (colorized circa 2019) #gameofthrones https://t.co/a9p40E7Dss— Javan Wang (@Javan Wang) 1555295669.0
Me when Lord Umber opened his eyes on that wall. #GameofThrones https://t.co/6b2B3Kc8ko— Aut (@Aut) 1555295738.0
What's coming down the pike for us next week? Some answers, perhaps? Let's hope.