It may be summer, but earlier this week winter arrived in Britain. At first light The Night King was spotted travelling south on horseback from Hadrian’s Wall. Passers-by were left aghast as he descended on London joined by a troop of White Walkers, with sightings at Oxford Circus, Tower Bridge and The Tower of London, as they advanced on Buckingham Palace’s Throne Room.
The Night King set out from Hadrian’s Wall, a location that famously inspired George RR Martin’s vision for The Wall, a 700-foot ice wall in Game of Thrones that’s defended by the Night’s Watch and stretches for 300 miles along the northern border of the Seven Kingdoms.
Five actors were transformed into White Walkers for the stunt, using specially designed prosthetics and a team of stylists and body paint artists to complete the look. It took over eight weeks to create the full costumes, and each actor spent four hours in makeup before hitting the streets of London.
View some photos of the White Walkers around Britain in our gallery:
Over five million viewed each episode of Season 6 across Sky’s platforms, including NOW TV and Sky Go, and saw the Night King’s full force revealed as he descended on Brandon Stark, Hodor and Meera Reed beyond the wall.
Commenting on what to expect from the White Walkers in Season 7, Rory McCann (Sandor Clegane, aka The Hound) said:
This season everyone needs to join forces and fight the White Walkers. Because if they don’t… everyone’s getting it.
Watch Season 7 of Game of Thrones on Sky Atlantic and NOW TV from Monday 17 July at 9pm. Read our Game of Thrones 7×01 Dragonstone preview to find out more about the premiere.