Thursday, 8 March 2018

Game of Thrones Gossip #58 Samwell Tarly

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Now I'm looking at the main characters introduced in season three, what our season two characters were doing and looking at all the bests bits. Enjoy the season three posts! 


Samwell ended season two cowering in front of the Army of the Dead, and a White Walker who looked at him and decided not to turn him. Did it think that he was not not good enough or brave enough for their army? Either way he survives and starts ploughing through the blizzard towards The Fist of the First Men where he is attacked by a wight, Ghost appears and attacks it, buying time for Lord Commander Mormont to set it on fire. Samwell is ashamed to admit that he did not send ravens to Castle Black to inform them of the situation and he is well and truly in the dog house for it. Mormont decides they must retreat back to The Wall and get a warning out to the rest of Westeros.

Samwell finds the pace of the march south impossible and collapses in the snow to the disgust of Rast who sees Sam as a useless coward who should just be left behind. Despite his annoyance with him, Mormont will not leave a man behind and orders Samwell to survive and tells Rast to look out for him as they are brothers. Samwell is also upset that Grenn and Edd ran off and left him to the mercy of the White Walkers. The party finally reach the relative safety of Craster's Keep, where a sneering Craster finally agrees to give them shelter until they recover their strength and attend to their wounded. Dinner is strained as Craster mocks Mormont's men and indicates that he remains safe by keeping on the right side-a subtle hint that the White Walkers allow him to live in peace and safety because he gives them his sons for their army. When Craster suggests they eat Samwell, he flees the tent.

Samwell goes to check on Gilly and watches in awe as she gives birth but Gilly is distraught to see that it is a boy. She tells him not to draw attention to her baby while Craster is distracted by his guests and says there is no point in naming him if he is going to die. Rudely, she gives Samwell back his mother's thimble, consumed only by the fate of her child. He retreats back to the tent. Karl finally loses his temper with Craster's snide comments about killing the injured to save time and trouble, and along with Rast demands to know where the supplies are hidden. An angry Mormont starts to drag Rast out as Karl attacks and kills Craster. Mormont turns his attention to Karl and orders him to stand down and release the girl he is grabbing but before Mormont can act, Rast stabs him in the back. Mormont fights to kill Rast but is overcome by his wounds and Rast kills him. Samwell can do nothing but run, and take Gilly and her child with him, Rast's threats following him into the cold night.

The two survivors start the journey back to The Wall, stopping several times to camp. Crows fly around their camp and start squawking in alarm, alerting Samwell that something is wrong. As Gilly feared, the White Walker has come to claim her son and when a desperate Samwell swings his sword, the Walker shatters it like glass and advances on the prey. Samwell pulls out the dragonglass dagger and stabs it in the back, and watches in shock as the creature dies. They quickly run from the area and head for the abandoned Nightfort to get them safely through The Wall to safety. They are surprised to run into other people-Bran and his travelling companions. On seeing Summer and recognising him as a direwolf and his master being a cripple, he knows it is Jon's brother and the group unite. He offers to take Bran to Castle Black but Bran says they must go north and nothing Samwell says can persuade them to go south. They part ways and Samwell takes Gilly to Castle Black.

On arrival, Maester Aemon is unhappy to see them until Samwell explains that Gilly is Craster's daughter and understanding dawns. Aemon recognises the peril that Castle Black is facing and he orders Samwell to get started on some important letters. 

6 comments:

  1. Samwell is one of my favorite characters and I can't wait to see what role he plays in the final season.

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    1. He's great isn't he! I loved him the minute he appeared as that poor frightened boy and turned into someone braver than he thinks. I can't wait to see everyone reunited in the final season. I hope they do it justice.

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  2. Sam! I hope he does something heroic and badass in the final season.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. So do I-that would be so great! Maybe he'll be the prophecy of the Prince that was promised!

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  3. I love Samwell. He's no coward despite what's been brow beaten into him by his father.

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    1. He's such a great character. I love those vulnerable sides to him and how he has found his courage protecting Gilly and the baby.

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