Game of Thrones: Sam Tarly and the Brotherhood without Banners

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.

This section today is Samwell Tarly, Gilly, and the two main people of the Brotherhood without boarders who are also wandering around Richard Dormer and. Thoros of Myr

Samwell Tarly

Samwell TarlyWe met Sam on the wall, where he was pretty much useless and bullied by the other raw recruits. Jon decided to take care of him, and this started Thorne hating Jon. Sam was sent to the Wall so he would not inherit the Tarly lands, as his father saw him as weak and told him he would die via “accident” if he didn’t leave for the Wall, renouncing his birthright.  Sam gets put into the Steward class, and assigned to Maester Aemon, one of the more respected members of the Night’s Watch. When a delegation is sent to Craster’s Keep beyond the Wall, Sam falls in love with Gilly, one of his daughters, this causes problems with the trip, as Craster keeps all his daughters to breed, but leaves the boys out in the Ice for the White Walkers. When the Night’s Watch revolt and kill Lord Commander Jeor Mormont, Sam is able to escape with Gilly. On the way back, Sam kills a White Walker, and reports back to the Wall. Sam puts Gilly in one of the inns to help provide for her baby, but that causes problems, and Jon being gone means Sam is without too much help. When the Wildlings attack the Wall, Sam does show some skill with a sword. Sam is instrumental in helping Jon Snow get elected as the Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, and when Maester Aemon dies, Sam is sent by Jon to Oldtown, to become a Maester, and takes Gilly and the Baby with him.

David: All you need to know about Sam is he’s a normal guy who is just like everyone wants to be that got picked on in school. Slow, Fat and a disappointment to every jock, he’s smart in the world of fantasy, is able to take down things no one else has (White Walker) get the respect of those he cares about (Snow, Aemon) and nails a hot chick in the process so she falls in love with him. Yeah, its every chess club presidents dream. I do love Sam though, and if George Kills Him, we Riot!

Earl: Last seen, Sam was leaving The Wall on the way to Oldtown. I’m not sure how much we are going to be seeing of Samwell Tarly this season, but I do know that we will be seeing him appear and maybe we will learn some more about him. Just because he’s separated from Jon does not mean his story comes to an end. No sir.


GillyOk, Crastor has a lot of wives, and sends the boys out to the Ice to die/get taken by the White Walkers, and the daughters get to live to get raped by him when they get older, and service his other needs. She has a son, and when Sam finds out about it, he complains to Mormont, we get the impression he knows, but Craster is too important to do anything about this moral wrong. Gilly leaves with Sam and works at an inn to provide for herself and baby Sam, but being a good girl, she doesn’t take extra money being a whore. She finally falls in love with Sam and sleeps with him after he’s beaten to a pulp stopping two Night Watchmen from raping her.  She’s taught to read by Sam and Princess Shireen when Stannis is at the wall, and goes with him to Oldtown to become a Maester.

David: I like my Wildling woman with a little more spine, but I guess that’s been bred out of Crasters wives. Its going to be interesting to see what happens to her, as Maesters are not allowed to marry either. So Sam swears off women for the Nights Watch, but ignores that for Gilly, now he goes to Oldtown, where Maesters swear off women for their chains, I see a pattern here.

Earl: I could do without Gilly to be honest. She sort of ran her course after she de-flowered Sam but I guess Gilly will be a part of whatever story-line Sam has this season.

Richard Dormer

Richard DormerA former bannerman of the Starks, when Ned was killed for treason against the crown, Dormer started a group called the Brotherhood without Banners, to protect the populace from the Lannister Army. So far they have not shown up in a few years, but did capture Arya, Hot pie and Gendry for a time, and sold Gendry to Melisandre. He also intended on selling Arya as well, but she escaped with the Hound, Sandor Clegane.  Dormer lost a trail by combat with the Hound, and was killed, but brought back to life by the Red Priest Thoros. Dormer has died six times and brought back by Thoros each time.

David: I don’t know if Dormer and Thoros were introduced to us just to get out the word that reincarnation can and does happen in this world, but we might see them again, especially since there are some need for good fighters and as we all know, the North Remembers. We might see the BwB again when Sansa needs help.

Earl: Even after reading this outline I have only one question: Who? Nah, just kidding. I remember him but we aren’t going to see him again. Unless it’s to prove that Thoros can’t bring him back a 7th time.

Thoros of Myr    

thoros of myrA Red Priest who follows the Lord of Light, just like Melisandre. He was sent to King’s Landing to try and convert them to the Lord Light, but became corrupted and a drunk. Then joined the Brotherhood Without Banners. He has raised Richard Dormer from the dead 6 times. Melisandre did read him the riot act when they met up and he seemed to respond.

David: Might see the Brotherhood without Banners, might not. But I get the feeling that with Melisandre on shaky ground up north, and the Lord of Light going to have to do something.

Earl: I won’t be surprised if Thoros turns up somewhere. Don’t know where, but it won’t surprise me.

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