Thursday, 31 August 2017

Game of Thrones Gossip #31 Samwell Tarly

Welcome to my Game of Thrones Gossip, where all of us fanatics get the chance to discuss everything we love about this amazing TV series. I did a few spoiler free posts about the series last year but I found that there were other bloggers out there who were also itching to talk more freely about favourite characters and events without spoiling things for those visiting the blog. So I decided to do a whole series of these discussion posts that let us say everything we want and enjoy every second of it! The topics may talk about a death, an event, a character or be season reviews and so on. Please feel free to comment fully and without restriction!

I have to warn you that it is important that you have seen all six seasons before reading any of these posts because these posts and blogger comments will be oozing and exploding spoilers all over the place. If you haven't watched the series and plan to, be warned that it's a bad idea to be here right now! I take no responsibility if you read on and things are spoiled for you nor do I take responsibility for any mistakes on the pages I link you to.

For those of you who stuck with me through my season one posts, thank you loads! Now I'm going to look at the main characters introduced in season two, what our season one characters were doing in season two and looking at all the bests bits. Enjoy the season two posts! 


"On the morning of my eighteenth nameday, my father came to me. 'You're almost a man now.' he said 'but you're not worthy of my land and title. Tomorrow, you're going to take the black, forsake all claim to your inheritance and start north. If you do not.' he said, 'then we'll have a hunt, and somewhere in these woods your horse will stumble, and you'll be thrown from your saddle to die. Or so I'll tell your mother. Nothing would please me more." -Samwell Tarly

Samwell was always a scholar and a boy who wanted to be a wizard. His lack of interest in fighting and war was a disappointment to his father Randyll, a great warrior and the only man to defeat Robert Baratheon in battle. Randyll despised his son for being fat and cowardly and decided to force him into the Night's Watch so his younger brother could inherit instead. Poor Sam is scared of fighting, the other men, heights and his own shadow when he arrives at Castle Black, facing the ridicule and contempt of Ser Alliser Thorne, and the scorn of his fellow recruits. Jon Snow is the one who feels sympathy for him.

Jon is disgusted by the way that Sam is treated by Ser Alliser, who gets bullies like Rast to beat the new recruit until he cries, earning the name Lady Piggy. Jon steps in to defend him and convinces Pyp and Grenn that Sam is just like them even if he came from a posh background and they agree to go easy on him. Rast has to be persuaded by a close encounter with Ghost. Ser Alliser is furious with Jon, and in frustration he says he has to toughen them up for the Winter to come or they'll be too soft and die. Sam is delighted to be assigned as a steward to Maester Aemon and cheers Jon by telling him that the Lord Commander chose him as his steward because he is grooming him for future command.

Sam and Jon take their vows in front of a heart tree as Jon follows the Old Gods and Sam feels that the Seven never answered his prayers. After the ceremony he is appalled to see Ghost appear with the hand of a dead brother ranger. He is smart enough to say that the bodies they find soon after should be burned but failure to follow this advice almost kills the Lord Commander. He tells his brothers that White Walkers raise the dead and if they are back he hopes the Wall is high enough. It is Sam, Pyp and Grenn who stop Jon deserting his post when Ned is executed and Robb rides to war.

Sam is part of the Great Ranging, in charge of communications with Castle Black, something he is ill suited for. When Ghost gets too enthusiastic over the food Craster's daughter has, Sam is there to intervene, and it is his first meeting with the pregnant Gilly. She won't tell him why she wants to run away with them but his kind hearts leads him to plea to Jon for help that the Night's Watch cannot give. Despite having to leave her behind, Sam cannot forget Gilly and drives Edd round the bend by continually talking about her as the camp at The Fist of the First Men. He offers to steward for the Lord Commander to allow Jon to go scouting with Qhorin Halfhand, knowing how much Jon wants to be a Ranger.

It is while he is with Grenn and Edd that they find a hidden stash of dragon glass which excites him as much as the history of the Fist itself. He keeps a dagger for himself as a souvenir. As the three men search for dung to burn, they hear the warning horn blast. They grimly exchange looks when they hear the second blast which warns of wildlings but the third blast for White Walkers puts panic into them. Sam is slower to run and is seperated from his friends when the blizzard overtakes him. He stares in shock at the Army of the Dead and the White Walker, who sees him but ignores him and they move off towards the Night's Watch camp. Did they leave him alive because he was too scared or unarmed or something? Whatever the reason Sam has a narrow escape and he has seen what is really beyond the Wall.

6 comments:

  1. Sam is one of my favorites. Bookworms will save the world! Sometimes information is a better weapon than a sword.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. He really is the hero of bookworms everywhere isn't he?!

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  2. I love Sam. Every time he makes an appearance I laugh and mu son laughs at me. His father is a nasty piece of work and deserves an ugly end doesn't he? Sam is smart, kind and loyal. Also brave, even though he doesn't think so. I do wonder why they didn't kill him. After seeing the season six, I expect they wish they had!

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    1. Randyll was horrible to poor Sam! I loved seeing him as a hero saving Gilly and baby Sam. I think they didn't kill him because he was crying and not defending himself...maybe they only take warriors into the Night King's army. It came back to bite them though!

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  3. Sam is awesome, and I loved the whole Fist of the First Men thing.

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    1. I love Sam and he is one that I want to survive to the end.

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