One of the most popular theories surrounding the Battle of Winterfell, which is to include the third episode of the final season of Game of Thrones is that the dead Starks lie in the Winterfell crypts when the White Wanderers attack, they will rise.
This idea is based on a few things. For one thing, the White Walkers definitely arouse the dead so they check themselves out. The other idea is that in Episode 2, almost everyone elsewhere mentioned that "the crypts will be the safest place during the battle." It definitely seemed important that we have this idea in our heads. And if it matters, it can only be because it's not true.
There's a good chance that people in the crypts are in danger, but could it really be because the ancestors of Stark will rise from their graves? We could get a wise hint when Dany says, "The dead are already here," in the Episode 3 teaser, but the show does not provide us with much concrete information to continue. So we looked at the books to answer some questions about the White Walkers' powers, and who might show up as a weight when the dead arrive in Winterfell.
Can White Walkers animate corpses they have not seen yet?
Mostly it seems White Walkers are nearby, but it's not necessary. Several wilds in the books say they must burn all their dead, or they risk coming back as Wights. And it does not matter how the person died. In A Dance With Dragons Tormund Giantsbane's son Torwynd dies one night at a shower. Tormund says, "Before we even knew he died, they pale with their blue eyes. Had to see to him. "All without white wanderers.
Before the white wanderers marched south, this ability was hindered by the mighty magic of the wall, which can still prevent them from raising the dead mass now that they have broken through Notably, Bran the Builder set up both the Wall and Winterfell, so they may have some similar magic to protect them from the dead standing up under their feet.
How dead is too dead?
This is the hardest to answer question about the White Walkers, and in the books we do not get much description about them, except that they are dead and look dead, and there are no examples of long-dead people coming back to life, which makes the idea that the hikers raise an army from Winterfells Crypts a little less likely, but we certainly did not say it did not happen In a related point, it does not seem that only bones can make a weight. The bones must somehow be connected to each other; They can not just float together and animate like a skeleton, at least from what we've seen. That means we probably will not get a Wight version of Ned Stark, assuming his bones made it into Winterfell's crypt from the start.
So, if we limit ourselves to the latest extensions of the more or less intact crypts, it really only means Rickon Stark. The youngest deceased member of the Stark clan is probably in pretty good shape. It's also possible that we could reawaken Catelyn Stark in the form of a Wight that is both haunting and a nice little nod to the Lady Stoneheart character from the books. The only problem with that is that we really have no idea what happened to her body after the Red Wedding.
So are the people in the crypts really in danger?
The people of the Crypts are definitely in danger. The Winterfell Crypts are a scary and mysterious place both in the books and in the series, though it is not very likely that an army of the dead will rise from the crypts themselves. What we certainly know about the crypts is that they have many secrets. Including secret, rarely used entrances to the crypts originally designed by the old Starks to escape Winterfell, such a thing should ever prove necessary. It was once necessary on the show: It was the escape route that Bran, Rickon and their allies took when Theon attacked. There may even be hidden tunnels, such as those that Maester Luwin Theon suggests to escape from the castle.
Although these secret entrances and tunnels could be great for letting the humans out of Winterfell, they work both ways. If the expanses find their way into the poorly defended crypts, there are not many escape routes. At best, the compressed masses will be forced to run through a narrow door directly into the open battle. In the worst case, they can not escape at all.
If Game of Thrones intends to send a horde of weights out of the crypts, it is likely to do so with some surprise reinforcements for the Army of the Dead. Anyone who is ambushing in search of security is just the kind of twist the show is known for.