Jon and Samwell are on duty on top of the Wall. Ygritte wants to be the one who kills Jon Snow. A petrified Gilly returns with her baby to Castle Rock, reporting about the wildling attack at Mole's Town. The Nights Watch prepare for battle. The wildling army attack the wall in the night, with giants riding mammoths. Jon sets out on a dangerous journey to help set things right. Written by
The episode title refers to the oath of the Night's Watch, which include the line: "I am the watcher on the walls". See more »
When Jon Snow comes down from the Wall to join the fighting below, Styr the Magnar of the Thenns recognizes him and charges him with his axe. Styr joins Tormund and his party in "Two Swords", which is after Jon Snow runs away from the wildlings in "The Rains of Castamere". But Styr would probably have seen him at the Wildling camp. He was special as an apparent Night Watch defector. See more »
We could spend all night trading tales of lost loves. Nothing makes the past a sweeter place to visit than the prospect of imminent death.
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Written and Performed by Ramin Djawadi See more »
We have been ramping up to get to this battle. Unlike most episodes, this one pretty much focuses on a single event. That isn't to say that we aren't privy to all aspects of it. John Snow is in the middle of all this. The Wildings and Ygritte are at the forefront of the invasion, and a handful of the Watch face one another. Because of a strategic advantage, they are able to parry and thrust against the overwhelming army. Soon there is carnage everywhere, but the Watch has incredible motivation. The fortress has never been conquered, but they must face the fact that a second foray would be devastating. It's hard for me to have much interest in the relationship between John and Ygritte because she is a cold blooded murderer. Even if one sees her people as victims, she doesn't hesitate to kill people who are just in the wrong place at the wrong time, even little children. This is a really well done episode because it gives us a great picture of the consequences of war. The one thing that I frequently have trouble with is identifying the two sides when they are engaged in battle. But, of course, we don't have uniforms to help us.
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