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Just How Important Are The ‘Children Of The Forest’ Going To Get In Game Of Thrones?

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In the last episode of Game Of thrones, Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen finally spent some one-on-one time togethe in a dimly-lit cave. In a scene in which they explored the dragonglass cave together at Dragonstone, the pair discovered some ancient carvings which, according to Jon, were left behind by the Children of the Forest.
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Their connection to the current events on the show is important, so here’s a refresher on who these mysterious, humanoid Children really are. On the HBO series, these children were the original inhabitants of Westeros, long before the First Men migrated to the continent over 12,000 years ago. When the First Men arrived and began cutting down the forests, the Children defended themselves in a several brutal wars over the course of 2,000 years.
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At the end of the second millennium, the two groups fought until they reached an impasse, after which they signed a pact and agreed to coexist, with the humans taking the open land and the Children residing in the forests. Their people mostly dead and their culture forgotten, the Children of the Forest stayed in hiding for another 2,000 years until the White Walkers—which they created to defend themselves from the First Men — invaded, forcing the Children to ally with the First Men and defend themselves for the next 8,000 years.
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While it’s uncertain what the cave drawings Jon and Daenerys found really signify, it’s possible the Children left these swirl patterns behind to warn others that the fight between the living and the dead may eventually come full circle. The swirls and patterns might also represent the ability of the Children to work together alongside man to defeat their common enemy, the White Walkers — an idea Jon recently used in his favor to win Dany over.
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So what role might the Children of the Forest play in future Game of Thrones episodes? Considering they might be extinct, it’s difficult to say. At the very least, the carvings Jon and Daenerys discovered in the latest episode might finally push Dany to believe she has much more to worry about than who’s going to sit on the Iron Throne.
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