We should seal the tunnel. Plug it with rocks and ice. Flood it and let it freeze.
And how would we range north?
Coward. You would cut off our legs, pluck out our eyes, leave us cowering behind the Wall hoping for the storm to pass?
We can't defend the gate against 100,000 men.
This castle has stood for thousands of years. The Night's Watch has defended her for thousands of years. And in all those centuries, we have never sealed the tunnel.
Have you ever seen a giant, Ser Alliser? I have. The tunnel's gate won't stop them.
The bars on those gates are four inches thick. Cold-rolled steel.
And they won't stop them.
So Chekov's giants have been a thoroughly established part of the show's world for a while now...
deathpanels: “Or I maybe I'm just being contrarian.”
homunculus: “Well, I'm sad about Ygritte. Her death was obviously coming, but it was as pointless as so many other deaths on this show. Phooey.”
As an episode, “The Watchers On The Wall” is the kind of thing that needed to happen years ago. The episode has done more to make that place and those characters come alive than anything yet. And it’s nice to see an on-screen battle for a change on this show that’s been in a state of war for three years. But in the Episode Nine slot, it’s here just to deliver spectacle, and that spectacle doesn’t seem to matter nearly as much as things we put on hold. “The Watchers On The Wall” makes a strong episode in itself until the ending. It’s the show that doesn’t really support it.
Why are the giants evil? The Wildlings are trying to get South of the Wall because they know the Walkers are going to kill them all if they stay, and I assume the giants among them have the same motive.
Jon Snow is perhaps the TV show's least interesting main character: a noble, straightforward, but ultimately dull hero. I don't know how much of this is on the writing (certainly, Benioff and Weiss seem more engaged by writing for the misfits and unlikely heroes) and how much is on Kit Harington (who at a minimum doesn't bring anything extra to the material in the way that so many of his co-stars do), but in general, scenes at or around the Wall the last few years have tended to rise and fall based less on Jon Snow than on how much John Bradley has gotten to do as Sam.
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