Lets keep in mind that this is not a full breakdown of everything GOT, but more a primer of what has happened and what you need to know moving forward. (Example, the whole Drago storyline and Viserys? Not really needed since that’s a dead thread and everyone involved is dead.)
There are also a ton of minor players who will get their treatment.
Again, keep in mind, neither EJ or David have read the books, and don’t be that asshole that spoils the series for no reason but evil glee. What the hell is wrong with you? So if we miss something IN THE SHOW, by all means let us know.
Today we talk about Jon Snow, Tormund and the Giant Wun Weg Wun Dar Wun
Jon Snow was brought back to Winterfell from Robert’s Rebellion, Ned Stark claiming to be his father and a wet nurse the mother while he away at war. Even though Lady Stark has a hard time with him, and even admits to wanting him to die at one point, Ned raises him alongside the other Stark Boys, and he is really close to them. At the beginning of the series, all the Stark boys get a Direwolf, and as they are leaving, a small albino one is found (Ghost), and that one is given to Jon.
When Jon Snow comes of age, he leaves to join his “uncle” Benjen Stark at the Wall. When he arrives at the Wall, he is put in with the other recruits including Sam Tarly, who he looks to protect from the bullies and this does build his reputation amoung the low-born men of the Wall and gains him some enemies as well, such as Ser Alliser Thorne. Jon Snow is later made a steward, instead of a ranger. Stewards were more administrators and Rangers are the ones that go beyond the Wall to make sure no one is coming. Sam points out that Stewards are the ones that take command, and Mormont is grooming him for that. Jon ends up going on patrol, and is captured by the Wildlings pretends to change sides, falls in love with a red-haired Wildling woman name Ygritte. This is where the “You know nothing, Jon Snow” comes from. Jon Snow eventually has to show his true colors, and Ygritte sticks with her people and wounds him with arrows. Jon returns to the Wall, and warns everyone in time for the attack, and Ygritte is killed. Next, Stannis shows up to finish off the Wildlings attack, and then Stinnis offers to make Jon a Stark in exchange for serving Stannis as King and legitimate heir to Winterfell, plus helping to bend the Wildlings to Stannis to retake the North. Jon refuses. Snow is elected as Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, and puts out a plan to move the Wildlings into the “Gift” a land south of the Wall that is supposed to be used to support the men of the Wall. With almost universal opposition, especially from a young boy named Olly that Snow has taken under his wing after the Wildings killed his family. Jon Snow goes north to talk to Tormund, and sends Sam to Oldtown to become a Maester. After a battle with the White Walkers, Snow returns with a group of Wildings, and sends them to the Gift. Late one night, Olly tells him that there is a ranger who just showed up with knowledge of Benjen Stark. When Snow comes out to talk to him, he is attacked and stabbed by a group of members of the Watch. Olly does the Brutus thing, and Snow is left dying in the snow.
David: I cut a TON here, but again, this is all you really need to know going forward.
I don’t know if HBO knows how the world works now, since we all know Jon Snow has to live. Its an impressive season-ender, but sadly, we all know he is coming back, we just need to know how and why. Jon is right up there at the top as the main people in Game of Thrones and we have seen him do a lot of things. I’m kind of tired of Jon on the wall, and I am more than ready to see him get off the Wall on staying or going. Lets also keep in mind that Ghost is still kicking around up there and is the most badass of the Direwolves.
Earl: No preview of Jon Snow could be brief. Ned’s bastard has led one hell of a life so far. The question most fans have is Jon really dead? We last saw his blood stain the snow, as he was betrayed by the Night’s Watch but we also know that Melisandre and her possible power of resurrection is lurking nearby. We also know that Jon can warg with Ghost, so in some likelihood Jon Snow will survive.
Kit Harrington has done a decent job of declaring that Jon Snow is no more, but we really don’t know. We don’t know but for us fans I hope he’s alive and I hope we finally learn his origin story. We have to know if R plus L really equals J.
Tormund has taken over leadership of the Wildlings after Mance was killed, he has a bit of respect for Jon Snow and agrees with his plan to resettle the Wildlings South of the Wall. Tormund is still a bit of a wildcard, killing the Lord of Bones for speaking out against the plan. Tormund might never have the control over the Wildings that Mance did, he is respected.
David: The Wildlings have been beaten badly, first by the Night’s Watch, then by Stannis, and now by the White Walkers. I think their way of life has ended, and need an actual leader now, and Tormund has to step into that role. It’s going to be interesting to see him use his mind over his steel to make that happen, especially with Thorne in charge now, since Tormund almost killed Thorne in the attack on the Wall.
Earl: If Jon lives and moves away from the Wall, I wonder what impact Tormund can have this season. The rest of the Nights Watch hasn’t taken kindly to the presence of the Wildings so I can see the Watch going after Tormund and the surviving wildings as part of their revenge on Snow. With all that said, I like the Tormund character so I would like to see him stick around but it’s unlikely as I see it.
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David: Just listed here because I found out he has a name. When do we get a female giant?
Earl: Sucks that a Giant has practically no input in a story of fantasy. He’s not worth too many more keystrokes on my part.
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