Game of Thrones’ “The Watchers on the Wall” was both an amazing action-packed, and heart-whelming episode directed by Neil Marshall. The episode had many things going for it. For one, the heroic actions were well divided among the many loveable characters of the Wall. Pyp, Sam, Edd, Gren, Commander Throne and Jon all played a vital role in the win over the Wildings! Two, the awesome, but heartbreaking deaths!
Before Tormund Giantsbane leads his army of Wildings to attack from the south, he torches the trees to draw the attention of the Watchers in Castle Black. Meanwhile, the Wildings approach the gates with crossbow-shooting giants, and a door-pulling mammoth. Giantsbane manages to infiltrate the wall, but is captured by the end of the episode. The Wildings at the front gate of Castle Black manage to break through when Commander Alliser Thorne leads his Watchers to confront them head-on. The split scenes kept you at the edge of your seat, knowing someone was going to go down but not knowing who was the nerve-causer.
Throughout the episode there was much nerve-wracking anxiety over Pyp’s survival as there were many hints to his death throughout the episode. Sam’s courageous mini-speech prompted both he and Pyp to maneuver themselves downstairs to the battlefield, where Pyp met a painful and saddening death at the hands of Ygritte. Edd was set to replace Snow who had been commanding the archers at the top of the wall, while Snow aided Commander Alliser Thorne at the front gate. Edd’s maneuvers managed to keep the Wildings from climbing over the wall by using barrels and enormous anchors to swoop them away. While the Watcher’s untrained soldiers’ managed to defeat the Wildings, there were still many deaths caused by the unexperienced soldiers.
Ygritte’s death came to a surprise to me. After Jon’s close-to death battle with Styr, he comes face-to face with Ygritte’s bow. Though she hesitates to shoot, we can’t really know if she would have killed him, because right then she is shot with an arrow, and dies in Snow’s arms.
Grenn prompts his scared men to fight Mag the Mighty, King of the Giants. Unfortunately, the fight-scene is not seen, but at the end of the episode we see all six-men dead along with Mag the Mighty. Though it saddened many of our hearts to see a character perish who has been with us from the start, there was no better way Grenn could have gone out. He held the gate!
“Night gathers, and now my watch begins. It shall not end until my death. I shall take no wife, hold no lands, father no children. I shall wear no crowns and win no glory. I shall live and die at my post. I am the sword in the darkness. I am the watcher on the walls. I am the fire that burns against cold, the light that brings the dawn, the horn that wakes the sleepers, the shield that guards the realms of men. I pledge my life and honor to the Night’s Watch, for this night and all the nights to come.”