Kit Harington

The Children

15 Jun, 2014

Harington appears as Jon Snow in the tenth episode of the fourth season of Game of Thrones, The Children. Ciarán Hinds plays Mance Rayder, the King-Beyond-the-Wall, and Stephen Dillane plays Stannis Baratheon, the leader of an army in the War of the Five Kings and a challenger to the Iron Throne of of Westeros. At Castle Black, the Night’s Watch have repelled Mance’s attack, but their numbers are depleted and Mance’s 100,000-strong wildling army are camped against the northern side of the Wall of Westeros. Jon meets Mance under a flag of truce to parlay terms. Mance counters that he is aware the Night’s Watch cannot withstand another attack, and says that they will come to no harm if they surrender. He then realizes that Jon really intended to kill him. Before Mance can act, a war horn is sounded. Mance suspects Jon of creating a diversion while the Night’s Watch attack, but Jon states that they do not have the numbers. Columns of mounted knights charge the camp and catch the wildlings unaware. Their leader confronts Mance, who surrenders rather than risk more of his forces being killed. He is announced as Stannis Baratheon. He questions Jon about his presence in the wildling camp, and learns that Jon is the son of Lord Eddard Stark, who gave his life in Stannis’s service. Jon is able to intercede and Mance and the wildlings are left alive as captives. Fearing the White Walkers and their undead magic, The Night’s Watch burn the bodies of their dead. Jon carries the body of Ygritte, his wildling lover who died in the battle, north of the Wall, where he builds her a funeral pyre. He then returns to Castle Black.

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