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In season 4 we see that Craster's last son is taken by a White Walker and eventually laid on a sort of ice altar, the Night King then touches the baby with his finger and shortly after the eyes turn blue, the same colour as the White Walker's eyes.

So eh, what then, does it suddenly grow a beard, lose its teeth and grow to being 6 foot tall? Is there any explanation to what happens next?

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    @Dawny33 Aka "white crawlers". – TheLethalCarrot Aug 24 '17 at 9:46
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    @Aegon, the knight king is not bearded so he does shave :) – Silver Bebs Aug 24 '17 at 10:05
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    @SilverBebs He didn't have a beard when he was turned: it's not been confirmed or denied that the original White Walker ages (and therefore doesn't have to deal with things like beard growth). A lot about the Night King is a mystery, so making an assumption like "He can grow beards" is risky. – Ghoti and Chips Aug 24 '17 at 10:07
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    @SilverBebs Or perhaps he just can't grow a proper beard ;) I should know. – Aegon Aug 24 '17 at 10:12
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The short answer is that we do not know what happens to the baby white walkers.

The longer answer is that we do not know what happens to the baby white walkers, but we can speculate. I'll start off by quoting what we know:

  • The Night King was created thousands of years ago during the war between the First Men and the Children of the Forest.
  • The Children of the Forest created the first White Walker - The Night King.
  • The Night King can create White Walkers from alive baby boys.
  • There are now old looking bearded White Walkers.

As such we can deduce that the ageing process of the white walkers is a lot different to men as the Night King is still alive and doesn't appear to have grown older.

If we take all of this into account it would appear that only the Night King has created White Walkers and only from baby boys. This would mean that White Walkers do age but differently to men and as such we don't know for sure.


Alternatively, there could be an army of white crawlers out there and the bearded ones are just older men that have been turned by the Night King.

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Found on Google here, clicks through to Pinterest. According to @Chris the original is from here on deviant art.

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    There hasn't been any instance of an adult human being converted into a White Walker IIRC. Maybe older ones can't be converted at all? Otherwise why have Wights when you can have infinitely more dangerous Kinsmen of your own kind. – Aegon Aug 24 '17 at 10:13
  • @Aegon I don't think there has been which is why I only speculated at it (though the second part of my answer wasn't too serious). And I'm guessing because they can't capture everyone alive. Though with the new addition to the army I'm not too sure how that statement will hold up. – TheLethalCarrot Aug 24 '17 at 10:17
  • @TheLethalCoder The latest addition could be considered a child tho. The addition's kind lives for centuries and what is he? 2-3 years old? And we don't if they converted it into a Wight (Like the dead bear) or one of them – Aegon Aug 24 '17 at 10:27
  • @Aegon It could be considered a child you're right and whether it is a wight or white walker is why I wasn't too sure with that statement. – TheLethalCarrot Aug 24 '17 at 10:33

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