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.
We 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. Sam wants to leave her and the baby with his family at Horn Hill, but when Randyll Tarly finds out she is a Wilding, he throws her out, and Sam steals his fathers Valyrian sword “Heartsbane” and takes it with Gilly to Oldtown, and gains admittance to learn with the Maesters.
Ok, 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. Sam wants to leave her and the baby with his family at Horn Hill, but when Randyll Tarly finds out she is a Wilding, he throws her out, and Sam leaves with her to continue to Oldtown.
Head of House Tarly, bannerman to House Tully. Father of Samwell Tarly. He told Sam to join the Night’s Watch as he didn’t think he was man enough to run the House. Sam returns home with Gilly and the baby, and when he finds out that Gilly is a Wilding, he puts her in the kitchens and disowns his son once and for all.
Younger brother of Samwell Tarly, and favorite son of Randyll. He’s the Warrior that his father wanted Sam to be. He blows off Sam’s claims of killing a White Walker.
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