In Game of Thrones Season 4, the Wall had its biggest season yet. The Wildling army that had been building under Mance Rayder since Season 1 finally made its move to invade, but ended up being defeated by the surprise attack of Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane). With changes clearly afoot at the northern border of civilization, what events can we expect in Season 5?
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For a while now, the Wall has been sparsely populated. They’re now receiving a giant influx of settlers with Stannis’ huge army along with thousands of Wildlings, so where are all of these people going to go? Someone has to make a decision, and since Stannis considers himself a king, he believes himself to be that someone. Meanwhile, the Night’s Watch itself needs a new Lord Commander to make decisions on their behalf, and we expect an election early in Season 5.
In the books, Stannis offers to legitimize Jon Snow as a Stark, making him the heir of Winterfell, if he promises to throw the North’s support behind Stannis. Jon refuses out of duty (that darn oath), and is instead chosen to be the new leader of the Night’s Watch.
Stannis and Jon then negotiate to settle the Wildlings in the uninhabited regions of the North, which ticks off a lot of the Night’s Watch.
Meanwhile, Melisandre takes a keen interest in Jon, because she begins to realize that he may be the savior she seeks, not Stannis.
Stannis leaves the Wall to retake Winterfell from the Boltons, while Jon sends Sam and Gilly away to Old Town, where Sam will train to become a maester, leaving Jon with almost no friends at the Wall.
As tensions rise and unrest grows among the Night’s Watch under Jon’s leadership, he receives a threatening letter from Ramsay Snow at Winterfell, which prompts him to go to Winterfell to confront Ramsay. This stands in direct contrast to the Night’s Watch’s pledge to not become involved in the politics of the Seven Kingdoms, and Jon is stabbed by his brothers.
We assume this is where Season 5 will end, with Jon’s fate unclear as he lies in a pool of blood.
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