The Watchers on the Wall
Game of Thrones: Season 4 “The Watchers on The Wall” was about a clash expected for so long – a deadly fight between Men of Night’s Watch and Wildling herd.
Game of Thrones promises the best finale ever. Nevertheless, the 9th episode of every season is always gruesome, brutal and accompanied by the death of your favorite Game of Thrones characters.
Game of Thrones: Season 1, episode 9 had us watch Ned Stark’s brutal execution. Season 2: episode 9, it was the battle of Black Water Bay. And who can forget episode 9 of season 3, The Red Wedding, where Catelyn Stark, Robb Stark, Talisa Stark (Robb’s wife) and her unborn child were brutally murdered.
A Love Story Concluded GOT Style
Last episode was not entirely about the Night’s Watch and Wildlings clash, it also told a different tale; a tale of Ygritte and Jon Snow.
Though, not all love stories have a happy ending – especially the ones written by George R. R. Martin. As Ramsay Snow/Bolton says and I quote “If you think this has a happy ending, you haven’t been paying attention”.
In the midst of chaos and destruction, Ygritte finally confronts Jon Snow. As she said out loud in front of the Wildling herd that she will be the one to kill Jon Snow and nobody should touch him but her. Ygritte finally had the chance to fulfill her promise.
Perhaps, it was her love for Jon that held her back. Perhaps, it was her love that made her miss the aim to Jon’s heart the moment he decided to depart for the Castle Black. Perhaps, she didn’t want to kill him at all. These are the ambiguities that were left unclear. Once again, George R. R. Martin succeeded to let us doubt the true love and if it really existed in her heart for Jon Snow.
Reluctant to release the arrow pointed to Jon, Ygritte looks at Jon with many unanswered questions in her eyes. The questions that are answered with nothing but a smile and open arms to welcome even death if she is the one who brings it to him.
The arrow finds its target except it’s not Ygritte who shot it. She is the target instead. The lone survivor from the village brought to destruction by the Wildling herd was a boy. And the one who shot the arrow. To this, there’s something to quote from the book:
When he knelt in the snow beside her, her eyes opened. “Jon Snow,” she said, very softly. It sounded as though the arrow had found a lung. “Is this a proper castle now? Not just a tower?” “It is.” Jon took her hand. “Good,” she whispered. “I wanted to see one proper castle, before… before I…” “You’ll see a hundred castles,” he promised her.
“Do you remember that cave”, she asked. “We should have stayed in that cave”, she said softly. “We’ll go back to the cave”, he said. “You’re not going to die Ygritte – you’re NOT”. “You know nothing Jon Snow”, she sighed.
— Gilang Mahaztra (@GMahaztra) June 10, 2014
grrm be like: let’s destroy couples ned/catelyn☑️ daenerys/drogo☑️ robb/talisa☑️ jon/ygritte☑️ they’re no room for love on got, only death — cersei♕ (@queenofseries) June 10, 2014
“We should have stayed in the cave. You know nothing, Jon Snow.” #GameOfThrones
— Gellie Abogado (@gelleesh) June 11, 2014
I will never stop being embarrassed about the fact that TV Ygritte’s last lines were “you know nothing.” The cringe will haunt me forever. — Ryan Broderick (@ryanpbroderick) June 10, 2014
NO MOM I CANT GET UP YGRITTE IS DEAD AND SO IS MY SOUL — ashley (@angelofIetters) June 9, 2014
I once read a fake spoiler about how Jon & Ygritte got married, and had 2 children together. I will now live in a bubble where this is canon — Sarah (@Dandelionx) June 9, 2014
When the Men of Night’s Watch and Wildlings collide, the aftermath and proximity of death toll isn’t hard to presume. However, there are a few incidents in every episode that leave your breathless. Many watchers fell but their sacrifice won’t go in vain.
— monica lastimosa (@monicalasti) June 10, 2014
— Faticha (@FtCh_) June 10, 2014
In Search of Mance Rayder
The Crows got their victory over Wildlings; though, this triumph is tentative. They know that Wildlings will strike again and they still outnumber them 1000 to 1. Knowing this, and to bring an end to it, Jon Snow departs to confront Mance Rayder.
Jon knows that it is a life threatening move yet mandatory. He has seen agility of Wildling warriors, strength of the giants and mammoths serving as their rides. He knows that Rayder won’t be easy to find.
Even if Jon does find him, Rayder won’t be pleased to have chitchat with the slayer of his army. But, it’s worth the risk because Rayder is the one who united ninety clans. Ninety clans where each wanted to massacre the other. Hence, to Jon Snow, confronting him currently seems a logical thing to do.