On what basis or with what reference was the White Walker induction ceremony included in the Game of Thrones episode "Oathkeeper" (S04E04) and where is it referred to in the books?

  • Are you talking about conversion of child into white walker?
    – Ankit Sharma
    Commented Jun 25, 2014 at 9:16
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    @KeyBrdBasher: I don't see how it is off topic. Even if it's not in the literature, it's asking a question based on something that happened on the show. Commented Jun 25, 2014 at 12:10
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    @KeyBrdBasher Better fit elsewhere? Maybe, but that's utterly irrelevant, given that it's on-topic here, too.
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Commented Jun 25, 2014 at 12:22
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    This is more of a clarification for the book reader than the TV Series follower. To me it seems like the OP has read the book, and is now trying to find out how the TV Series fits into it. Simply put, its not a question about GoT Series, rather the Song of Ice and Fire novels.
    – Sayan
    Commented Jun 25, 2014 at 13:20
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    Rule of thumb: Don't worry about whether it's on-topic (or more on-topic) elsewhere. The only test should be whether it's of legitimate interest to this community, and this one seems to easily pass that test from my view.
    – Jaydles
    Commented Jun 25, 2014 at 18:27

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This is not mentioned in the books. No one had ever seen it before.

This can mean two things:

  1. This will be in one of the next books; hence the TV Show is starting to spoil the book series.
  2. This won't happen in the books, and it was just on the show.

Either way, we cannot know what that scene meant/was based on/referenced/whatever until the next season and/or book come out

  • Although not stated explicitly there are implicit references re Craster and his sons.
    – Möoz
    Commented Jan 26, 2015 at 21:17

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