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The Night's Watch has 102 men and Mance Rayder has 100,000 Wildlings.

Seems like a fair fight. NOT! Why are there so many stewards???

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There are 19 castles guarding the wall.  S3:E5, about 8 minutes in.  More about number of builders, rangers, overall (falsified) numbers, but nothing about stewards.

Stewards are like squires, right?

Oh, here's an updated image with the free folk:

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Ok, so stewards are like landlords whereas squires are knights in training.

You know, that updated image pretty much names everyone active in s4e9.

Wildlings vs Night's Watch: What's the Beef?

I keep forgetting there's a Targaryen in the Night's Watch!

The Unsullied would make the ideal ally to the Night's Watch.  Ain't nobody gettin' nuttin.

Why are there only a hundred guys on the Night's Watch?

Daenerys has what, 10,000 unsullied?

Also, how DOES a group of 100 defeat an army of 100,000?

I have two theories if you want to hear them.

Please share your theories!

1. Send someone (a commander? Jon Snow? Jorah?) to assassinate Mance Rayder.

Without him, the Wildling armies won't be united and they'll fight each other or scatter.

2. Bring in someone with armies (Boltons? Lords of the Vale? Stannis?) to fight alongside.

We don't know yet who the Nights Watch has asked for help from besides Kings Landing. 

Ooh, those are both good.  Why not both?

Who Stannises to gain the most from decimating the Wildlings?  

Stannis does gain the most because he could make a deal with Jon Snow to leave the Night's Watch in exchange for saving them -- and then install a loyal Jon Snow in Winterfell to eradicate the Boltons. 

With Jon Snow ruling the North, he and Stannis could then take back Kings Landing. 

Stannis thinks in big strokes like that. He is a great military mind. 

S3:E8. Under the influence of one of the Red Women's blood rites, Stannis saw a big fight in the snow.

I guess Stannis saw season 4 episode 9 a year before we did??

Sooo, Stannis *could* be preparing to join his forces with the Night's Watch....

Yes, because otherwise there are what, 50 crows left on the wall, without officers or Jon Snow?

Is there really any other hope of keeping the free folk out, besides having a big army join?

Andy Greenwald of Grantland on episode s4e9: 

Forgive me if this is an impertinent query or if I’m asking it at an inopportune time, but who is the hero of Game of Thrones? Aha, you say. A trick question! The hero of Game of Thrones is the very lack of a hero. As a series, it is defined by this absence in the same way a black hole is defined by its lack of matter or an Unsullied by his lack of … you know. No one here is all good or all bad. Instead, Game of Thrones attempts to sketch out a feudal fantasy world that more or less aligns with decades of popular culture — knights, dragons, black magic — and then saddles it with all the cruel and unusual baggage of real life. If this wasn’t already obvious, it was beaten into our heads last week when dashing Oberyn Martell had his brains dashed all over the cobblestones of the Red Keep. In Game of Thrones, David will never beat Goliath. Not because David doesn’t have righteousness on his side but because Goliath is really fucking big. If you can get past the smoke monsters and ice demons, it’s pretty clear that Game of Thrones isn’t a fantasy series. It’s a reality show.

Still, regardless of what you call it, Game of Thrones is also a TV show, meaning that at some point the audience’s rooting interest has to settle somewhere. And with Oberyn joining Ned and Robb Stark in the boneyard and Tyrion potentially next on the list, the pickings, at present, are slim. Arya is still too young, Daenerys too far away, and Bran spends half his time inside the brain of a feral wolf. That leaves us with Jon Snow, a character long burdened with the backstory of a traditional hero but none of the glory. It’s not just that Kit Harington is the last pretty-faced pouter left in a show that was once full of them. It’s that he seems to tick all the boxes of one bound for future glory: mysterious, potentially regal backstory (check); lifelong sense of not-belonging (check); hot streak of anti-authority impetuousness (check); willingness to explore even the most intimidating Wildling caves (check please!). There’s a way to look at these first four seasons of Game of Thrones not as the expansive story of a sprawling kingdom but as the elaborate backstory of one mop-headed bastard. That’s not a particularly rewarding way to look at it, mind you. I’m just saying it’s possible.

This week’s Jon-centric episode should help sort out our thinking. That’s not a spoiler, mind you. It’s fairly evident that Sunday’s installment, “The Watchers on the Wall,” will concern the potentially futile attempt of Jon and his 102 limping brothers in the Night’s Watch to defend the Wall from the attacking Wildling army. More interestingly, “Watchers” looks likely to be the series’ first single-topic episode since the ferocious “Blackwater.” This guarantees an hour packed with action and the kind of budget-busting effects that even the munificent Thrones can only afford once a season. But “Blackwater” — which was, like “Watchers,” directed by Neil Marshall — took place in the heart of King’s Landing, home to nearly all of Thrones’most interesting characters. Going into the battle, the fates of everyone from Tyrion and Cersei to the Hound and Ser Ilyn Payne were in play. By contrast, “Watchers” is set in the distant and icy North where the only recognizable characters are Jon, Sam, and … who, exactly? There’s the asshole in charge and the asshole who got shanghaied from the City Watch. Gilly is presumably hiding somewhere nearby and there’s a guy with an ax who seems nice. But it seems pretty clear that, one way or another, this week will live or die on the charisma and capability of former know-nothing Jon Snow. It’s a lot to ask of a character who’s been mostly wandering around the margins for the better part of three years. But the question is long overdue.

Even beyond what it means for the future of the Seven Kingdoms — should the wall fall, Roose Bolton will soon have problems on his hands far greater than sorting out his heirs — Sunday’s episode will likely play a large role in determining the future of Game of Thrones itself. If the series is to continue on its present path as a heartless hope-crushing machine, then Jon’s long-awaited assumption of a leadership role will likely mean he’s not long for this world. Could Jon Snow die this week? I mean, sure. He could. The very fact that we all find it potentially plausible is a sign of the unpredictability that is the show’s signature strength. But should Jon end Sunday bleeding out into his namesake snow, it will only serve to highlight the creeping nihilism that is Game of Thrones’s greatest weakness. I don’t want or expect a happy ending. I just want, for another week or two, to imagine that one might be possible.

Even he doesn't know who's on the Night's Watch!

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Great articles!  Thankew!

Jon cannot die immediately after Oberyn.  No and again no.

I have a thought:  Ygritte sparing Gilley is a clue.  It gives her an exit from this world on goodness, meaning she will die in the seige along with her Wildling brethren.  

Not Ygritte! We love Ygritte!! Nooooooooooooo...

The more I think about it, the more I think you're right. Damn.

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