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Game of Thrones showrunner David Benioff reflects on that cave scene from episode 4 (The Spoils of War) of season 7 and explains the significance of those symbols & paintings we saw on the walls:

“The idea that this is like one of those French caves where prehistoric men lived and painted on the walls, except in our case it wasn’t prehistoric men, but Children of the Forest. It’s supposed to be something that’s very evocative of the thousands of years that have passed since these caves were first explored, and the paintings were first made. And also, obviously, something that’s quite relevant to the current storyline, because it’s about how these two disparate peoples united to fight the common enemy.”

He further adds:

“There are number of symbols on the walls. Some of them are supposed to remind of us of patterns we’ve seen before, going back to the very first geometric pattern on the show which was the weird array of body parts that the White Walkers made. One of the things we learn from these cave paintings is that White Walkers didn’t come up with those images. They derived them from their creators, the Children of the Forest. These are patterns that have mystical significance for the Children of the Forest. We’re not sure exactly what they signify, but spiral patterns are important in a lot of different cultures in our world, and it makes sense that they would be in this world as well.”

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