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
Upon its release, this episode starred the fewest main and recurring cast members, and is the first episode to give Kit Harington top billing. See more »
Styr recognizes Jon during the battle, although he joined Tormund's party after Jon ran away from the wildlings, therefore could not have recognized him. See more »
[Maester Aemon surprises Sam at the library]
And what is it that couldn't wait until morning, Tarly?
Maester Aemon. How did you know...
That it was you? Who else but Samwell Tarly would be wasting candles to read in the middle of the night?
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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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