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, David has read the books, and Earl just read them waiting for Season Seven, 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.
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 among 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. Melisandre is able to bring him back to life, and with the help of his freinds and Ser Davos, he is able to kill those that killed him. Soon Sansa shows up with Theon after escaping Ramsey Bolton. Quitting the Wall, Jon Snow is convinced to take back Winterfell with the help of Littlefinger and the Wildlings. Gaining the help of House Mormont, he win a major battle, and retakes the North. He is proclaimed King of the North by his troops.
David: Jon Snow has become the face of the show, S1 was Ned Stark, S2-S5 was a Lannister Famliy show, and from S6 to now it’s the Snow Show. Not that this is a bad thing, as I think Snow is going to be one of the people at the finish line in 2 seasons. He’s come back from the dead and has a crown on his head. Plus is a dragon eats him in the third episode, the whole R+L=J matter that all the book people cared about means nothing anymore.
The problem becomes, is if Snow doesn’t end up either on the throne or beside the woman who is on the throne, then he has to die as a failure. He’s been built too much.
After Sam, the best friend 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. When Jon Snow is killed, he defends the body until Melisandre is able to revive it, and is the one Davos sends to get Tormund for help. When Snow leaves, he puts Eddison in charge of Castle Black.
David: Jon Snow’s backup Sam.
I don’t remember why he was sent to the wall, but I have to think it was for an honorable reason, again, like the other Sam. This guy can actually fight, and the type of guy you want on the Wall.
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