With Game of Thrones Season 3 a distant memory, it’s now time to turn our attention to what may lie ahead in Season 4. Since GoT is based on the book series A Song of Ice and Fire (ASOIAF), we can make some good guesses about how the story will play out next season, at least in broad strokes. Here are our predictions about what's coming up for the leader of the wildlings, Mance Rayder, based on the latter half of A Storm of Swords.
Warning: This article contains MAJOR spoilers from the A Song of Ice and Fire book series. Click away now if you don't want to know!
Disclaimer: Of course, the show may cut plot elements or even completely alter Mance's story. These are spoilers based on the books only
Take a chance, Mance. In Season 4, Mance is no longer content to sit on the wrong side of the Wall and wait for the white walkers to turn him into a zombie. Oh no, Mance is a man of action! So naturally, he’s going to take every wildling he’s got (spoiler: he’s got a lot) and attack the Wall in full force. Since the Night’s Watch is in such dire straits, it’s looking like only a matter of time before Mance will end up the victor...
Yeah, about that. The Night’s Watch sends out Jon Snow to assassinate Mance under the guise of treating with him, but Jon is saved from acting when Stannis shows up with his army and takes the wildlings by surprise. With his army decimated, Mance is taken prisoner by Stannis and Melisandre and held at the Wall where he awaits his fate.
Father beyond the Wall. In the books, Mance has a newborn baby son. We haven’t met the baby or his mother, who dies birthing him, in the show yet, so we’re not sure if they’ll be included at all. If they are, though, one of the first acts Jon Snow does as Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch is switch Gilly’s baby with Mance’s and then send Gilly south with Mance’s kid. Why would he do such a thing? Three reasons:
1) Melisandre thinks there’s power in a king’s blood.
2) Melisandre thinks Mance is King Beyond the Wall, therefore his son has king’s blood.
3) Melisandre likes to burn people.
Once you do the math, it’s easy to see why Jon would want to get the kid out of town.
We don’t need no water, let the wildling leader burn! Early on in book 5 of A Song of Ice and Fire, which takes place place concurrently with book 4 in the series, Mance is burned alive by Melisandre as a sacrifice to the Lord of Light. Jon doesn’t like the way this is all going down, so he has his men kill Mance with arrows while he’s being burned so they can end his life with less suffering, which kind of pisses off Stannis, but whatevs, Stannis is always pissed. Don’t shed any tears for Mance, though, because it turns out he’s still alive and Melisandre used magic to make another wildling, Rattleshirt, look like him when it was time for the barbeque. Don’t expect this reveal in Season 4, but know in your heart that Mance doesn’t die anytime soon.
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