In the Game of Thrones you either win or you die. There is no middle ground. Within the Game of Thrones there are many players to take into consideration. We’ve focused on a few that are very familiar to us or just starting to grow on us.
One Player that I have enjoyed getting to know better is one that we heard a lot about early on in the show, but did not meet until the Season 3 premiere. We’ve only seen him a few times since then, and have yet to see him in Season 4. However, we know that he and his army of Giants, Cannibals, and Spearwives (oh my!) are on their way to pay Jon Snow a visit, and light the biggest fire the North has ever seen. This man, that we have all heard mentioned as The King Beyond the Wall, is none other than Mance Rayder.
In this post I plan to talk about Mance Rayder, but also the other Freefolk we have come to love…or hate…
It is said that Mance was born above the wall as a Wildling. When his group was attacked and killed, he was brought to the wall to be a part of the Night’s Watch. He became a very good ranger, as he grew in his duties with his brothers. Mance was saved by a Wildling woman above the wall after being attacked by a shadowcat. She saved his life and helped him recuperate. He journeyed back to the wall only to feel restricted by the sworn vows. One night while on duty at Shadow Tower, Mance decided to depart the wall, forsake his vows, and become Freefolk once again.
As time grew on so did his influence with the Freefolk. He continued to grow into more and more of a leader for multiple clans, but never asked them to bend the knee to him. He began to learn their languages and cultures. They were free men and women able to promote their own lifestyle with out being judged by a king and his rules. Once the Others and their wights began attacking smaller wildling villages, Mance had to bring them together to survive, but they couldn’t stay above the wall. Mance brought together over ninety clans to march below the wall to survive against the Others. The Wall would protect them as it has from the realm for so long. But they couldn’t just come through the gate they would have to march south and fight the Night’s Watch to secure a spot south of the wall.
Some of the mentioned groups that Mance was able to bring together were as follows:
Ygritte: A fierce young woman who is a spear wife in Mance Rayder’s army. Captures Jon Snow, captures Jon Snow’s heart, shoots Jon Snow…He really knows nothing…how could you leave
Rose Leslie Ygritte? She is on Fire! (meow)
Tormund (Giantsbane): One of the most famous wildling raiders. He is a broad man that is instantly mistaken by Jon Snow as Mance Rayder. He leads the climb over the wall and the wildling group that infiltrates south of the wall. I want his beard…
Lord of Bones (Rattleshirt): A wildling leader who is known to be sly, cruel, and treacherous. He is an excellent fighter. We first meet him when Ygritte has captured Jon Snow. Do you know how bad ass he is? He wears a helmet made from the skull of a giant….BAD ASS….
Orell: A warging, wildling raider, is jealous of Ygritte and Jon’s relationship, and skeptical of Jon and his allegiance to Mance. He can step inside the consciousness of his eagle, and is an important scout for the Wildling army. He is killed by Jon Snow, but still lives inside of his eagle who carries on the hatred of the crow. Some people are into getting into animals…weird…
Styr and the Thenns: Styr is the Magnar of Thenn and a wildling leader. He leads the Thenn clan, who are all considered to be very hungry individuals with a rare appetite… human. Styr is a ruthless leader that demands his fellow Thenn show him respect. They meet up with our wildling raiding party at the beginning of Season Four. I fucking hate Thenns….
Giants: Big, ugly, mystical, strong humanoids that will destroy everything in their path if provoked…except maybe the others. Now that’s a scary sight. A wight walker giant… Jon Snow sees one when he first gets to Mance’s camp. FEEE FIIIEEE FOOO FUM.
When Mance is talking to Jon Snow we also learn that he has brought together the Hornfeet clan, known for not wearing shoes hence the name, The Ice-River Clans, who are cannibalistic, and the Cave people, who no one likes and dwell in caves.
All of these clans have come together to form a host of over a hundred thousand men, women, and giants. This host is only hours away from the Wall and plan to take it, for it’s life or certain death for them all. They’ve all journeyed under the trusting leadership of Mance Rayder, to attack the wall and save their people before they become extinct, or worse, walkers.
Title: The King Beyond the Wall, The Mance
Current Role to the Throne: Enemy, Leader of the Freefolk that threaten the realm.
Wealth: Very little if at all any.
Army: The biggest host in all of Westeros.
Likelihood to become the next King of Westeros: Although he has no claim to the Throne, through sheer number of supporters, he could march out of the north and towards King’s Landing. A lot of people warring against each other right now would have to come together. THE THREAT IS REAL.
King Name: King that Killed Every Noble Family from The Wall to Kings Landing and Beyond.
Because Mance was able to bring together tribes that have been warring against each other for centuries, and is a big people person, I think he will be able to negotiate with influencers below the wall to strengthen his position. But the first obstacle laying in his way are the Others and Walkers. Can he and his host make it to the Wall without being overcome by the overwhelming amount of lethal killers at their backs? Once they make it to the Wall can they take all of the castles being guarded by the Night’s Watch? If he makes it past the wall can he secure the North from the Bolton and Iron Born hosts? Will he be able to win in the Game of Thrones? We shall see!
I would love to hear what you all think about Mance Rayder below. He is one of my personal favorite characters in the books and the HBO show Game of Thrones. What do you like about him what do you not? Make sure those SPOILERS are concealed behind the crow veil.
Check out these other Player of Thrones posts:
Oberyn Martell, The Red Viper
Melisandre, The Red Priestess
Jojen and Meera Reed, The Crannogmen
Petyr Baelish, Littlefinger
Ser Davos Seaworth, The Onion Knight
Sandor and Gregor Clegane (The Hound and The Mountain)
Roose Bolton (Lord of the Dreadfort)
Done in the light of the Lord…