After viewing episode 5 of season 6 of Game of Thrones, we have come to know that

the Children of the Forest created the White Walkers.

But it seems that the White Walkers attack the Children of Forest. My question is why they would do so, given their origin.

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    ... we don't know yet.
    – Catija
    Commented May 23, 2016 at 21:10
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    – BCdotWEB
    Commented May 23, 2016 at 22:01
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    In fact this is a very popular trope. Commented May 24, 2016 at 8:07
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    @Catija the scene seems pretty self evident that he was not willing. You don't have to tie down the willing, and the willing often don't have fear in their eyes like that.
    – cde
    Commented May 25, 2016 at 5:54
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    It's a bit like biochemical warfare - concocting a virus that ends up mutating and being incurable and infecting the people who made it. Much isn't known about the Children's intentions (other than that it was their last measure against the First Men, as they were facing possible extinction) - we don't know that they knew it would mutate and get out of hand. Whether they did or didn't, clearly they thought, at the time, that any extreme measure was worth the risk, when weighed against the survival of their kind. Commented Aug 17, 2017 at 15:54

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It is not said either on the show or novel. The only thing certain is that the Children of the Forest created them to fight the First Men when they came to Westeros.

The Children of the Forest created a "weapon" so powerful they could not control, and for some reason the White Walkers turned against them.

But that's sadly everything there is about this relationship.


There was a question about Night Kings' purpose and one of the answers there contained information you might find helpful. It said something like:

The White Walkers were created centuries ago before the long night by the Children of the Forest as a weapon to fight back the first men as can be seen in the TV show.

After the White Walkers were created both men and Children of the Forest had to fight them. They both made an alliance and were able to defeat the White Walkers (the Azor Ahai legend is from this period of time). After this, they built the wall and for some time the Children of the Forest even provided the Night Watch with Dragon Glass in the case of the Walkers came back.

From this it was pointed that the magic that created the White Walkers didn't work as planned so they had to unite and fight them.

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