Game of Thrones: Season 4, Episode 9

The Watchers on the Wall (8 Jun. 2014)

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The battle between the Night's Watch and the Wildlings has come.



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Styr (as Yuri Kolokolnikov)


A terrified Gilly arrives at Castle Black with her baby and Sam hides them in the food larder before joining his colleagues to defend the castle. As the Wildlings prepare to attack Ygritte makes it clear she wants to be the one who kills Jon and the attack is indeed savage. Ser Allister goes down fighting before putting Jon in charge and Pyp and Grenn are among the King's Guard slain though Jon puts an axe in Styr's head and the boy who survived the village attack kills Ygritte as she is about to do the same to Jon. Tormund Giantsbane is captured and put in chains but Janos Slynt goes to pieces and hides in the larder with Gilly. The attack is repulsed but Jon is aware that there will be a second wave and sets out alone to prevent it by killing Mance Rayder. Written by don @ minifie-1

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This is the second episode directed by Neil Marshall, following Game of Thrones: Blackwater (2012). See more »


When Jon Snow comes down from the Wall to join the fighting below, Styr the Magnar of the Thenns is shown recognizing him and charges at him with his axe. This is wrong since Styr joins Tormund and his party in "Two Swords", which is after Jon Snow runs away from the wildlings in "The Rains of Castamere". So there is no way Styr could have recognized him in the battle. See more »


Alliser Thorne: Do you know what leadership means, Lord Snow? It means that the person in charge gets second guested by every clever little twat with a mouth. But if he starts second guessing himself, that's the end. For him, for the clever little twats, for everyone.
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Didn't like it better than previous Ep 9's, but still great
9 June 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Game of Thrones has built the habit of putting their big episodes in the second-to-last slot. First season was Baelor, 2nd season was Blackwater, 3rd season Rains of Castamere, and now we have the Watchers on the Wall.

Being a book reader, i know most of whats going to happen already. Of course there are minor changes but most of the big points are the same. This was the first episode of the season that had me on the edge of my seat the whole way through (even though, like i said, i knew what was going to happen). The action in this episode is some of the finest the show has offered in the series. Some very well-choreographed scenes, some good CGI, and solid acting from everyone involved. Its hard to discuss my favorite moments without giving things away, but i'll just say there were tons of memorable scenes from this episode. You could tell just by watching it how difficult it must have been to film this episode. The huge amount of money spent on the episode is quite obvious. We also got to see a very cool tracking shot during the battle.

This was top 2 or 3 episodes of this season in my opinion along with Mockingbird and the Lion and the Rose. there are no huge reasons why i like Blackwater better, perhaps its just that i find characters like Tyrion, Bronn, joffrey and the hound a little more entertaining than the men of the Night's Watch. But still, even if you don't like Jon's storyline, i believe this episode will keep you thrilled the whole way through.

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