The Wall: Jon, Tormund, Davos and Melisandre
Davos’ face is as freaked out as mine would be staring at re-living, re-breathing Jon Snow. He gets up, looks at Davos and touches his wounds. Melisandre enters. “What do you remember?” He remembers his death, Olly with the finishing blow. “Nothing. There was nothing at all.” She recognizes Jon is the Prince That Was Promised instead of Stannis. Davos sends her away and gives the despondent post-death Jon a pep talk, who laments his failure to see his betrayal coming. This is a good time to appreciate the quiet normalcy Liam Cunningham and his Onion Knight provides the series. Who else could handle this scene with the kind of blue-collar, meat-and-potatoes nature of Davos? He’s Ned without the blinding idiocy.
Jon gingerly emerges into the Castle Black courtyard. He appears in pain and honestly I’m a little disappointed there isn’t a little more body horror like, say, a Lady Stoneheart. This feels a little cheap so far. The crowd feels different, parting like the Red Sea. Tormund is AWESOME because of course he is. “What kind of God would have a pecker that small?” Win. Jon hugs Edd. Everyone appears to be doing well, considering.
Later, with nooses around their necks, the mutineer leaders Bowen Marsh, Othell Yarwyck, Alliser Thorne give their last words to Jon. Along with them is Olly, Jon’s former squire who delivered the fatal blow, but Jon can’t bring himself to look at him before he cuts the rope and hangs the traitors before the gathering of Night’s Watch and Wildlings. The show characteristically spares no detail on the engorged faces of the dead men but at least here the point the show is making seems clear: Jon is so over this shit.
With their deaths, Jon realizes he has nothing tethering him to Castle Black any longer. His execution of his murderers will be his last act as Lord Commander. He tried to make this place work for everybody and got murdered for it. He passes his command to “Dolorous” Eddison Tollett and departs with eyes staring. He’s been to the other side and there was nothing. He fulfilled his oath. Now his watch has ended.