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 are going to talk about all the guys on the Wall: Alliser Thorne,Eddison Tollett, Olly, Othell Yarwyck, and Bowen Marsh
Thorne was sent to the wall for being on the wrong side during Robert’s Rebellion, he’s a complete hardass, but very good at his job. After Jeor Mormont’s death, Thorne becomes Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, but is defeated for the permanent post by Jon Snow. Thorne fights bravely during the Wildling attack, but gets beaten and wounded by Tormund. Thorne is given the title of First Ranger by Snow, and is highly pissed and objects to the plan to bring the Wildlings to the Gift and resettle them there. Thorne is later the man behind the assassination plan, and is the first person to stab Jon Snow, saying for the watch.
Earl: I have no comment on Othell or Bowen other than who? I’ll spare keystrokes on them but Alliser Thorne is worth discussing. Alliser Thorne got what a man of self-perceived importance wants and that is power. He got rid of Jon and now he is the Lord Commander. Whoop de damn doo! The wights and walkers are still out there. Jon understood this and he had a plan. Alliser Thorne doesn’t. When that army comes, Alliser will be overwhelmed. If you like his character, and I don’t, enjoy him while you can.
David: Lets be honest here, there have been 999 Lord Commanders, and Thorne is probably going to be right 997 of those times in what he says and does. I also understand his reasoning, after all he’s not exactly being sent the Navy Seals here. The Men of the Nights Watch are rapists, murderers and thieves from the inner city. Go to War or Go to Jail. Thorne’s problem is things have changed and the Night’s Watch only has less than a hundred men. If this was time where the Night’s Watch had a couple hundred men, Thorne would be ok, and right in his thinking. He’s not Billy Badass though with a sword, so there is a good chance that he dies as soon as Jon Snow is able to stand.
After Sam, the best freind Jon Snow has at the Wall. and a fellow Steward. He’s been around in almost every fight we have seen so far in the series, and if you rewatch it, he’s always there. The mission to Craster’s Keep, the attack to kill the mutiny after that, during the attack on the Wall, Tollett is the one that drops the giant scythe that effectively ends the battle, and he’s even there when Jon goes to Hardhome and fights the White Walkers.
Earl: Edd. I like Edd. Edd better run though because with Jon gone, I can see the Watch turning on Edd. Run Edd run!!
David: There could be an interesting fight between Edd and the Wildlings and Thorne and the Watch. Keep in mind that Thorne and Tormund already fought once, and Thorne didn’t exactly come out on top that time.
Olly lived in the Gift, a land below the Wall that was used to support the men on the Wall. When the Wildlings attacked, his family was killed and his village wiped out. Ygritte killed his mother with an arrow. Olly was spared to go warn the men of the Wall that the Wildlings were coming (and was told his parents were going to be eaten.) Jon Snow looks to protect Olly, and takes him under his wing. Olly is fueled by revenge and ends up being a pretty good Robin to Snow’s Batman. When the attack comes, Olly gets some revenge by killing Ygritte. Olly turns on Snow announces his plan to let the WIldlings into the Gift . Olly is the one who leads Snow into the attack, and does the Yu Tu Brute’ on him.
Earl: Honestly? I don’t blame Olly for his Eh Tu Brute moment on Jon. I don’t blame him at all. His family was killed by the Wildings, and here was Jon embracing them, and making them equals to the men in the Watch. Jon had his reasons, of course, but Olly was too blinded by hate to see them. However, without Jon and Sam around, I don’t know if little Olly will thrive at the wall. We might see Olly early in the Season but he’ll be an afterthought before Season’s end.
David: Olly is burning with hatred for his family being killed, and I really don’t blame him. At that age, its awful hard to be wise, especially in an age that you can just stab someone and get away with it, depending on who and where you are. Not like CSI: Westeros is going to come get you. I get the feeling that Olly is going to attach himself to Thorne, who is going to be more than happy to take over Jon Snow’s role.
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