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Prologue to the series

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Official Synopsis – Three men of the Night’s Watch ride out beyond the Wall after receiving reports that lawless tribes of wildings have been sighted near the border. Will, a slight ranger, verifies this information when he finds the dismembered corpses of the group’s men, women and children scattered in a frozen glade. He carries the news back to his comrades, Gared and Ser Waymar Royce, but before they can investigate further, the bodies disappear. As Will searches the area, the forest fills with Royce’s screams and the gallop of the group’s bolting horses. Will races through the trees and comes face to face with Gared – moments before a shadowy creature with glowing blue eyes severs his friend’s head and tosses it at Will’s feet. (Source: HBO)
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Three rangers of the Night’s Watch pass through the tunnel under the Wall

At Castle Black, three rangers of the Night’s Watch – Will, Gared, and Ser Waymar Royce –pass through the tunnel under the Wall into the land beyond the wall. They are investigating reports of a group of wildlings based in the forest nearby.

As eerie music plays in background, one Ranger (Will) splits off and finds a campsite full of mutilated bodies, including a child hanging from a tree branch. A birds-eye view shows the bodies arranged in a shield-like pattern. The Ranger rides back to the other two horrified at what he had just seen.

WAYMAR ROYCE: What d’you expect? They’re savages. One lot steals a goat from another lot and before you know it, they’re ripping each other to pieces.

WILL: I’ve never seen wildlings do a thing like this. I’ve never seen a thing like this, not ever in my life.

WAYMAR ROYCE: How close did you get?

WILL: Close as any man would.

GARED: We should head back to the Wall.

ROYCE: Do the dead frighten you?

GARED: Our orders were to track the wildlings. We tracked them. They won’t trouble us no more.

ROYCE: You don’t think he’ll ask us how they died? Get back on your horse.

GARED grumbles.

WILL: Whatever did it to them could do it to us. They even killed the children.

ROYCE: It’s a good thing we’re not children. You want to run away south, run away. Of course, they will behead you as a deserter … If I don’t catch you first. Get back on your horse. I won’t say it again.

WILL glares at ROYCE, but obeys.

The three rangers investigate

Sometime later, the three Rangers return to the campsite, which is now completely cleared.

ROYCE: Your dead men seem to have moved camp.

WILL: They were here.

GARED: See where they went.

The three look around, swords drawn. They hear the wind and eerie calls. GARED finds a red cloth in the snow.

ROYCE: What is it?

GARED: It’s …

The White Walkers attack

As he speaks, a CREATURE with glowing blue eyes rises behind ROYCE. ROYCE turns, the CREATURE strikes. The scene shifts to WILL, who hears a man crying out. The three horses stampede past him. He turns and sees someone standing very still in the distance. The figure turns – it’s the child who had been suspended in the tree, now with glowing blue eyes. WILL turns and runs.

GARED is also fleeing, and we hear strange growls and catch glimpses of the CREATURE. Both terrified RANGERS stop, some distance apart, to catch their breath. WILL sees a CREATURE behead GARED. WILL sinks to his knees and the CREATURE tosses GARED’S head to him.

Blackout / Opening credits

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The Wall / Castle Black

The Wall is a colossal 700 ft. fortification stretching 300 miles along the northern border of the Seven Kingdoms manned by the Sworn Brothers of the Night's Watch. It was constructed eight millennia ago, in the aftermath of the Long Night to defend the realm against the White Walkers who apparently dwell in the far north, though they are now considered myths by most.


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