History Characters / GameOfThronesNightsWatch

6th Oct '17 4:16:11 AM Kookosbanaani
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* TheDreaded: Has this reputation during his reign in Craster's Keep. He is constantly pressuring his own men to rape and brutalize Craster's wives/daughters and throwing vulgar insults at them, knowing how no one matches him in combat.
5th Oct '17 3:11:40 PM Owlorange1995
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The Nightís Watch is a sworn brotherhood who defends a giant wall of ice against supernatural and unknown threats beyond the Wall. It is described by the series' show-runners as a cross between an ancient monastic order and a special forces brigade. It was once considered a noble calling by the entire realm but now, it is only considered a noble and honorable calling by those in the North, from where many second sons or highborn illegitimate sons of Northern noble houses voluntarily join for the sake of honor and duty. Because the [[SealedEvilInACan army-of-the-dead threat]] is considered to be long gone, most realms donít hold it in high esteem anymore and nowadays -- in addition to the few nobles and noble-born bastard sons who voluntarily join -- it is also manned by individuals who were once criminals, fugitives, and disgraced ex-knights. Any man joining the Night's Watch is given amnesty for all his previous crimes and is beyond the reach of the Kings of Westeros. At the beginning of the series, [[GreaterScopeVillain the Others]] are shown to have returned.

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The Nightís Watch is a sworn brotherhood who defends of warriors tasked with defending a giant wall of ice against supernatural and unknown threats beyond the Wall. It is described by the series' show-runners as a cross between an ancient monastic order and a special forces brigade. It was once considered a noble calling by the entire realm but now, it is only considered a noble and honorable calling by those in the North, from where many second sons or highborn illegitimate sons of Northern noble houses voluntarily join for the sake of honor and duty. Because the [[SealedEvilInACan army-of-the-dead threat]] is considered to be long gone, most realms donít hold it in high esteem anymore and nowadays -- in addition to the few nobles and noble-born bastard sons who voluntarily join -- it is also manned by individuals who were once criminals, fugitives, and disgraced ex-knights. Any man joining the Night's Watch is given amnesty for all his previous crimes and is beyond the reach of the Kings of Westeros. At the beginning of the series, [[GreaterScopeVillain the Others]] are shown to have returned.
27th Sep '17 8:53:19 AM EO01163
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* HateSink: His bullying, smug nature makes him one of the more detestable characters both in and out of universe.

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* HateSink: His bullying, smug nature makes him one of the more detestable characters both in and out of universe. Any sympathy he might have had was destroyed when he betrayed and murdered Jon Snow. It makes his hanging by a resurrected Jon Snow extremely satisfying.
14th Sep '17 1:17:59 PM Kookosbanaani
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** Could be considered as one for Rorge and Biter from the books. Given that their role was minimal in the show and had no on-screen atrocities, Karl seems to have gained their desire for raping and brutalizing women and young girls. Karl's actions, while ruling at Craster's Keep are the only things that comes even close at what Rorge does during the sack at Saltpans in the books. Both are the most heinous serial rapists in the said universes and Karl even dies the same way as Biter in the books.
14th Sep '17 12:54:31 PM Kookosbanaani
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* ChekhovsGunman: First appears as a very minor background character with only few lines and showing interest in Craster's wives/daughters and food stash. He then becomes the main instigator behind the mutiny that claims the lives of both Craster and Lord Commander Mormont and later becomes a major antagonist in the Night's Watch storyline in Season 4.
10th Sep '17 9:30:13 PM karategal
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The Nightís Watch is a sworn brotherhood who defends a giant wall of ice against supernatural and unknown threats beyond the Wall. It is described by the series' show-runners as a cross between an ancient monastic order and a special forces brigade. It was once considered a noble calling by the entire realm but now, it is only considered a noble and honorable calling by those in the North, from where many second sons or highborn illegitimate sons of Northern noble houses voluntarily join for the sake of honor and duty. Because the [[SealedEvilInACan army-of-the-dead threat]] is considered to be long gone, most realms donít hold it in high esteem anymore and nowadays--in addition to the few nobles and noble-born bastard sons who voluntarily join--it is also manned by individuals who were once criminals, fugitives, and disgraced ex-knights. Any man joining the Night's Watch is given amnesty for all his previous crimes and is beyond the reach of the Kings of Westeros. At the beginning of the series, [[GreaterScopeVillain the Others]] are shown to have returned.

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The Nightís Watch is a sworn brotherhood who defends a giant wall of ice against supernatural and unknown threats beyond the Wall. It is described by the series' show-runners as a cross between an ancient monastic order and a special forces brigade. It was once considered a noble calling by the entire realm but now, it is only considered a noble and honorable calling by those in the North, from where many second sons or highborn illegitimate sons of Northern noble houses voluntarily join for the sake of honor and duty. Because the [[SealedEvilInACan army-of-the-dead threat]] is considered to be long gone, most realms donít hold it in high esteem anymore and nowadays--in nowadays -- in addition to the few nobles and noble-born bastard sons who voluntarily join--it join -- it is also manned by individuals who were once criminals, fugitives, and disgraced ex-knights. Any man joining the Night's Watch is given amnesty for all his previous crimes and is beyond the reach of the Kings of Westeros. At the beginning of the series, [[GreaterScopeVillain the Others]] are shown to have returned.



* FantasticRacism: The men of the watch, as a rule, have a low regard for the Wildlings north of the wall, and regard them as their main enemy. Even with the appearance of a southward-marching army of supernatural, undead ice-zombies, many simply cannot lay their hatred for the wildlings aside. This results in mutinies and the deaths of Lord Commanders on ''two'' separate occasions.

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* FantasticRacism: The men of the watch, as a rule, have a low regard for the Wildlings north of the wall, Wall, and regard them as their main enemy. Even with the appearance of a southward-marching army of supernatural, undead ice-zombies, many simply cannot lay their hatred for the wildlings Wildlings aside. This results in mutinies and the deaths of Lord Commanders on ''two'' separate occasions.



* KilledMidSentence: "Unhand her. I shall have your head-''(Rast stabs him InTheBack)''

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* KilledMidSentence: "Unhand her. I shall have your head-''(Rast head--''(Rast stabs him InTheBack)''



* AdaptationalBadass: In the books he's a steward, with any action he's part of taking place offscreen. The show implies him being a ranger. Of note, he's fought against the Night's Watch mutineers, survived captivity by them and returned with Jon to punish them, took command of the wall during the wilding attack, and even survived the battle of Hardhome. Ultimately, he becomes acting Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, the idea of which being a joke and a chance to snark in the books.

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* AdaptationalBadass: In the books he's a steward, with any action he's part of taking place offscreen. The show implies him being a ranger. Of note, he's fought against the Night's Watch mutineers, survived captivity by them and returned with Jon to punish them, took command of the wall during the wilding Wilding attack, and even survived the battle of Hardhome. Ultimately, he becomes acting Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, the idea of which being a joke and a chance to snark in the books.



* UnexpectedSuccessor: By all outward appearances he would seem to be the absolute last person destined to inherit the mantle of Lord Commander. But after Thorne's betrayal, Pyp, Grenn and Aemon's deaths, and Sam leaving for the Citadel, he is literally the only person left in the Watch that Jon not just trusts to be his successor--but trusts ''period''.

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* UnexpectedSuccessor: By all outward appearances he would seem to be the absolute last person destined to inherit the mantle of Lord Commander. But after Thorne's betrayal, Pyp, Grenn and Aemon's deaths, and Sam leaving for the Citadel, he is literally the only person left in the Watch that Jon not just trusts to be his successor--but successor -- but trusts ''period''.



* AdaptationInducedPlotHole: In the books, the mutiny (which Thorne was not part of) occurred because Jon received a taunting letter from Ramsay Bolton that he was marching against the Watch, and announced he was going to ride off to fight him at Winterfell, breaking his oath of neutrality. In the show, Thorne mutinies because he feels Jon betrayed the Watch's principals by letting wildlings through the Wall... when Thorne had previously allowed Jon to bring them through, and could have easily just not let him in. Alliser's last words implies he was going by HonorBeforeReason logic, as he felt compelled to follow what ever command his Lord Commander gave to him... it just so happened that Jon Snow never explicitly said 'Don't stab me'. Also, the wildlings that were already at the Wall after Stannis' army defeated them would doubtless have been released at that point and would have settled in the Gift. They would have heard sooner or later that the 50 men at Castle Black had not let their brethren in, and the Night's Watch would have ended up having to deal with angry wildlings anyway.

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* AdaptationInducedPlotHole: In the books, the mutiny (which Thorne was not part of) occurred because Jon received a taunting letter from Ramsay Bolton that he was marching against the Watch, and announced he was going to ride off to fight him at Winterfell, breaking his oath of neutrality. In the show, Thorne mutinies because he feels Jon betrayed the Watch's principals by letting wildlings Wildlings through the Wall... when Thorne had previously allowed Jon to bring them through, and could have easily just not let him in. Alliser's last words implies he was going by HonorBeforeReason logic, as he felt compelled to follow what ever command his Lord Commander gave to him... it just so happened that Jon Snow never explicitly said 'Don't stab me'. Also, the wildlings Wildlings that were already at the Wall after Stannis' army defeated them would doubtless have been released at that point and would have settled in the Gift. They would have heard sooner or later that the 50 men at Castle Black had not let their brethren in, and the Night's Watch would have ended up having to deal with angry wildlings Wildlings anyway.



* BadassInCharge: Leads the defense against the wildings during 'Watchers on the Wall' and he's a most capable commander and warrior who kills at least half a dozen Wildlings at the Battle of Castle Black, and despite being bested, he gives the nigh-unstoppable Tormund Giantsbane a very worthy opponent. You don't become a Master-At-Arms by being a wuss.

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* BadassInCharge: Leads the defense against the wildings Wildings during 'Watchers on the Wall' and he's a most capable commander and warrior who kills at least half a dozen Wildlings at the Battle of Castle Black, and despite being bested, he gives the nigh-unstoppable Tormund Giantsbane a very worthy opponent. You don't become a Master-At-Arms by being a wuss.



* TheChainsOfCommanding: As he and Jon face down Mance Rayder's wildling horde, he opens up about how his refusal to listen to Jon's now clearly prudent advice, which at the time appeared to be purely because of his personal dislike for Jon, was actually because he's constantly facing criticisms of his leadership, and if he let any of it get to him he'd constantly be second-guessing himself, an even worse trait for a leader to have.

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* TheChainsOfCommanding: As he and Jon face down Mance Rayder's wildling Wildling horde, he opens up about how his refusal to listen to Jon's now clearly prudent advice, which at the time appeared to be purely because of his personal dislike for Jon, was actually because he's constantly facing criticisms of his leadership, and if he let any of it get to him he'd constantly be second-guessing himself, an even worse trait for a leader to have.



* FatalFlaw: Thorne has high arrogance (bordering stupidity) that causes problems for him and others. He refuses to seal the tunnel simply because Jon advised it and he believes the Night's Watch will win because they have for thousands of years. This makes it easier for a giant to get into the tunnel and six brothers die as a result. And later he murders Jon because he let the wildlings down south. Okay, but he doesn't say how murdering the lord commander will fix the wildling problem. And he doesn't put a defense in case the wildlings come back. It costs him dearly.

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* FatalFlaw: Thorne has high arrogance (bordering stupidity) that causes problems for him and others. He refuses to seal the tunnel simply because Jon advised it and he believes the Night's Watch will win because they have for thousands of years. This makes it easier for a giant to get into the tunnel and six brothers die as a result. And later he murders Jon because he let the wildlings Wildlings down south. Okay, but he doesn't say how murdering the lord commander will fix the wildling Wildling problem. And he doesn't put a defense in case the wildlings Wildlings come back. It costs him dearly.



* GeneralRipper: Simply cannot take the long view on the wildlings, refusing to acknowledge that 100,000 wildlings behind the wall, however bad, is better than 100,000 wights assaulting it.

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* GeneralRipper: Simply cannot take the long view on the wildlings, Wildlings, refusing to acknowledge that 100,000 wildlings Wildlings behind the wall, Wall, however bad, is better than 100,000 wights assaulting it.



** He has the audacity to call Edd a traitor after the latter brings the wildlings back to Castle Black and imprisons him. Edd has to point out that Alliser was the one who ''murdered his own Lord Commander''.
** When he's standing at the gallows for his own execution, he refers to the wildlings as an army of murderers and raiders. He seems to be forgetting that a good portion of the Night's Watch is made up of criminals who were sent there as punishment, including murderers, rapists, and worse.

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** He has the audacity to call Edd a traitor after the latter brings the wildlings Wildlings back to Castle Black and imprisons him. Edd has to point out that Alliser was the one who ''murdered his own Lord Commander''.
** When he's standing at the gallows for his own execution, he refers to the wildlings Wildlings as an army of murderers and raiders. He seems to be forgetting that a good portion of the Night's Watch is made up of criminals who were sent there as punishment, including murderers, rapists, and worse.



* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: In Season 4 when he has the heart-to-heart with Jon Snow, and in 5 where he tells him in a sympathetic tone he has a good heart but it will get them all killed. Unfortunately, this is subverted when he thinks killing Jon Snow who's brought the wildlings inside is a good idea.

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: In Season 4 when he has the heart-to-heart with Jon Snow, and in 5 where he tells him in a sympathetic tone he has a good heart but it will get them all killed. Unfortunately, this is subverted when he thinks killing Jon Snow Snow, who's brought the wildlings inside Wildlings inside, is a good idea.



* StupidEvil: Thorne's mutiny against Jon was completely and utterly stupid. The only reason he did it was because of his hatred against the wildlings. After that he stupidly forgets to prepare in case the wildlings come back, which they do. His mutiny only results in him being declared a traitor, arrested along with his fellow mutineers, and finally hanged by a resurrected Jon Snow. Thorne was definitely not one of the smartest men in the Night's Watch.

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* StupidEvil: Thorne's mutiny against Jon was completely and utterly stupid. The only reason he did it was because of his hatred against the wildlings. Wildlings. After that that, he stupidly forgets to prepare in case the wildlings Wildlings come back, which they do. His mutiny only results in him being declared a traitor, arrested along with his fellow mutineers, and finally hanged by a resurrected Jon Snow. Thorne was definitely not one of the smartest men in the Night's Watch.



* LastRequest: He asks Jon to write to his mother and tell her he died fighting the wildlings, rather than execution for mutiny.

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* LastRequest: He asks Jon to write to his mother and tell her he died fighting the wildlings, Wildlings, rather than execution for mutiny.



->''"Ser Denys Mallister joined the Watch as a boy and has served loyally longer than any other Ranger. Through ten winters he served. As Commander of the Shadow Tower he kept the wildlings away. We could do no better."''

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->''"Ser Denys Mallister joined the Watch as a boy and has served loyally longer than any other Ranger. Through ten winters he served. As Commander of the Shadow Tower he kept the wildlings Wildlings away. We could do no better."''



* AdaptationInducedPlothole: Joining the watch as a boy is a show creation, which raises questions about makes his knighthood.

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* AdaptationInducedPlothole: Joining the watch as a boy is a show creation, which raises questions about what makes his knighthood.



* TheGhost: Mentioned in a season 1 episode and no seen since, even being missing from the Lord Commander's choosing. It's implied he's no longer alive by Season 7, given that Jon has need of Tormund and the Free Folk to defend the castle.

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* TheGhost: Mentioned in a season Season 1 episode and no seen since, even being missing from the Lord Commander's choosing. It's implied he's no longer alive by Season 7, given that Jon has need of Tormund and the Free Folk to defend the castle.



[[caption-width-right:350:''"I don't think I can kill a hundred wildlings."'']]

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[[caption-width-right:350:''"I don't think I can kill a hundred wildlings.Wildlings."'']]



* IronicEcho: See his quote above. He doesn't manage to kill a hundred wildlings during the battle of Castle Black, but he ''does'' kill at least one; thus playing his small part in the vital Nights Watch's defence, before he himself dies.

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* IronicEcho: See his quote above. He doesn't manage to kill a hundred wildlings Wildlings during the battle of Castle Black, but he ''does'' kill at least one; thus playing his small part in the vital Nights Watch's defence, before he himself dies.



* BrokenPedestal: He greatly looks up to Jon as an older brother, but Jon's decision to save and ally with the wildlings upsets him deeply, since it was wildlings that killed his family and everyone else in his village. Then Jon goes on a mission with Tormund, the one who led the raiding party, to save the wildlings stranded at Hardhome. In the end, he betrays Jon for it.

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* BrokenPedestal: He greatly looks up to Jon as an older brother, but Jon's decision to save and ally with the wildlings Wildlings upsets him deeply, since it was wildlings Wildlings that killed his family and everyone else in his village. Then Jon goes on a mission with Tormund, the one who led the raiding party, to save the wildlings Wildlings stranded at Hardhome. In the end, he betrays Jon for it.



* MutualKill: Implied to have happened between him and the giant, as Grenn and his five brothers' corpses are later found alongside the now dead giant.

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* MutualKill: Implied to have happened between him and the giant, Giant, as Grenn and his five brothers' corpses are later found alongside the now dead giant.



* AdaptationalVillainy: In the books it's not him who kills baby Barra but his subordinate Allar Deem. He was, however, fully complicit in the atrocity so he was still very much a villain. His [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes love for his children]] is also AdaptedOut.
* AgentScully: Slynt doesn't believe in the creatures that lurk beyond the Wall, which is a dangerous attitude to have for a brother of the Night's Watch. Forget the grumpkins and snarks, the giants, wargs and mammoths are very real.

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* AdaptationalVillainy: In the books books, it's not him who kills baby Barra but his subordinate Allar Deem. He was, however, fully complicit in the atrocity so he was still very much a villain. His [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes love for his children]] is also AdaptedOut.
* AgentScully: Slynt doesn't believe in the creatures that lurk beyond the Wall, which is a dangerous attitude to have for a brother of the Night's Watch. Forget the grumpkins and snarks, the giants, wargs wargs, and mammoths are very real.



-->'''Slynt:''' Sam the Slayer. Another wildling lover, just like his friend, Jon Snow. How's your lady love, Slayer?\\

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-->'''Slynt:''' Sam the Slayer. Another wildling Wildling lover, just like his friend, Jon Snow. How's your lady love, Slayer?\\



'''Sam:''' A wildling girl, a baby, and Lord Janos. I found him there after the battle was over...in a puddle of his own making.

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'''Sam:''' A wildling Wildling girl, a baby, and Lord Janos. I found him there after the battle was over... in a puddle of his own making.



-->'''Karl''': You are a bastard. A ''daughter-fucking'', wildling bastard.

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-->'''Karl''': You are a bastard. A ''daughter-fucking'', wildling Wildling bastard.



'''Book!Qhorin:''' Only fools [...] despise the wildlings. They are as brave as we are, Jon. As strong, as quick, as clever. But they have no discipline. They name themselves the free folk, and each one thinks himself as good as a king and wiser than a maester. Mance was the same. He never learned to obey.

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'''Book!Qhorin:''' Only fools [...] despise the wildlings.Wildlings. They are as brave as we are, Jon. As strong, as quick, as clever. But they have no discipline. They name themselves the free folk, and each one thinks himself as good as a king and wiser than a maester. Mance was the same. He never learned to obey.



* HyperAwareness: Part of what makes him such a solid badass is how in tune he is with his surroundings, able to live outside the wall almost as well as the Wildlings.

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* HyperAwareness: Part of what makes him such a solid badass is how in tune he is with his surroundings, able to live outside the wall Wall almost as well as the Wildlings.



* ThanatosGambit: He has an inkling he would not be treated well by his wildling captors who know of his reputation and believed he would be killed, so he engineers a [[SuicideByCop Suicide By Watch-Brother]], also serving to help sell Jon Snow's [[FakeDefector fake defection]].

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* ThanatosGambit: He has an inkling he would not be treated well by his wildling Wildling captors who know of his reputation and believed he would be killed, so he engineers a [[SuicideByCop Suicide By Watch-Brother]], also serving to help sell Jon Snow's [[FakeDefector fake defection]].



->''"Our orders were to track the wildlings. We tracked them. They won't bother us no more."''

A senior ranger, and the third member of Will's wildling party. Killed by the White Walkers in the forest.

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->''"Our orders were to track the wildlings.Wildlings. We tracked them. They won't bother us no more."''

A senior ranger, and the third member of Will's wildling Wildling party. Killed by the White Walkers in the forest.
3rd Sep '17 9:22:42 AM makarovak47
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* DemotedToExtra: The entire order lost its screentime the moment Jon leaves to retake Winterfell from the Boltons.



* PromotedToOpeningTitles: Starting Season 2.



->'''Played By:''' Creator/KitHarington





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31st Aug '17 10:03:58 AM XFllo
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* PunishmentDetail: Averted, to humorous effect. After Jon Snow defeats Thorne in the election for Lord Commander, the Watch has a meeting where Jon assigns new tasks to everyone. One of these is the job of digging a new set of latrines, and after Jon announces this must be done he gives a significant look at Thorne, who fully expects to be given this terrible duty. Instead, Jon assigns the latrine duty to some random Watchman named Brian, and promotes Thorne to First Ranger.

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* PunishmentDetail: Averted, Subverted to humorous effect. After Jon Snow defeats Thorne in the election for Lord Commander, the Watch has a meeting where Jon assigns new tasks to everyone. One of these is the job of digging a new set of latrines, and after Jon announces this must be done he gives a significant look at Thorne, who fully expects to be given this terrible duty. Instead, Jon assigns the latrine duty to some random Watchman named Brian, and promotes Thorne to First Ranger.
31st Aug '17 9:39:38 AM shawnmstewart
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* HopeSpot: Jon Snow orders him to be seized and carried outside to be executed for his open insubordination, but Alliser Thorne stands up, preventing anyone from reaching him. For a moment Slynt believes that Thorne will speak up for him or even openly revolt, but then Thorne stands aside and lets Slynt be taken away.
30th Aug '17 9:49:18 AM shawnmstewart
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* PunishmentDetail: Averted, to humorous effect. After Jon Snow defeats Thorne in the election for Lord Commander, the Watch has a meeting where Jon assigns new tasks to everyone. One of these is the job of digging a new set of latrines, and after Jon announces this must be done he gives a significant look at Thorne, who fully expects to be given this terrible duty. Instead, Jon assigns the latrine duty to some random Watchman named Brian, and promotes Thorne to First Ranger.
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