This article is about the Histories & Lore special feature. For the title, see: Lord Commander
The Lord Commanders
The Lord Commanders" is part of the Histories & Lore, a special feature from . It is narrated by Game of Thrones: The Complete Fifth Season Owen Teale as Ser Alliser Thorne.
Acting Lord Commander Alliser Thorne talks about the purpose of the Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, how he is chosen, and recalls some of the more noteworthy Lord Commanders, who made history through their folly.
Narration Alliser Thorne: Each brother of the
Night's Watch swears a sacred oath to protect the realms of men. That doesn't mean pissing about, waiting for the cold to finally put an end to you. It means bleeding. It means fighting. It means going
beyond the Wall and hunting down those who mean harm to the realm. So how do you get a thousand rapists and thieves to fight together, to bleed together?
That's the burden of the
Lord Commander. He keeps the builders building, the rangers ranging, and the stewards stewarding, or else it all falls apart. Each Lord Commander is chosen from and by his fellow brothers, and he serves for life.
A long time ago, you may have had men from
Queensgate and Long Barrow and the other sixteen castles of the Wall come to Castle Black for an election. These days, you'd be lucky to scrape a few dozen from
Eastwatch and the Shadow Tower, or however many they can spare, who cast votes in their stead. All the same, the brothers are allowed to name whomever they think worthy of the title. Then, we vote until one man receives a majority, however long it takes.
Some elections have lasted an hour; some have lasted weeks. One even lasted two years.
Maester Aemon has said there have been nine hundred and ninety-seven Lord Commanders since the Night's Watch was founded.
Back then, we had true soldiers, men of honor and strength. Now, look who mans the wall.
Bastards, peasants who stole a sheep to bugger, and fat little nobles who weren't worthy of their lord father's land. But the Lord Commander must find a place for them all, and turn these walking piles of horse dung into soldiers of the Night's Watch.
Though, we haven't always been so lucky to have such men lead us. We've had cowards and fools as well, our tyrants and our madmen.
Runcel Hightower tried to bequeath the Watch to his bastard. Rodrik Flint thought to make himself King-Beyond-the-Wall. Tristan Mudd, Mad Marq Rankenfell, Robin Hill, each nearly destroyed us with their foolishness. Six hundred years ago, the commanders at Snowgate and the
Nightfort even went to war against each other. The simpering Lord Commander asked them politely to lay aside their quarrel, and incredibly, they did because they joined forces to murder him. The
Stark in Winterfell had to intervene and take both their heads to save the Night's Watch. Now, we've got more mouths than we can feed, a
southern king in our castle, and cells full of wildlings, and no Lord Commander, since the last was betrayed by his own men.
We need a new leader, a man respected enough to hold the Watch together in this dark hour. A leader strong enough to make sure the Night's Watch survives the coming winter, no matter the cost.
: Season 1
The Children of the Forest, the First Men, and the Andals · The Age of Heroes · The Old Gods and the New · The History of the Night's Watch · The Order of the Maesters · Valyria and the Dragons · The Field of Fire · Mad King Aerys · Robert's Rebellion · The Sack of King's Landing · House Stark · House Lannister · House Targaryen · House Baratheon · House Arryn
: Season 2
Greyjoy Rebellion · Robert's Rebellion (Stannis, Davos, & Margaery) · House Tyrell · House Greyjoy · House Clegane · The Free Folk · The Night's Watch · Dragonstone · Harrenhal · Qarth · The Drowned God · The Alchemists' Guild · The Warlocks
: Season 3
Old Ghis & Slaver's Bay · The Unsullied · House Reed · House Frey · House Tully · The Lord of Light · Wargs and the Sight · Robert's Rebellion (Littlefinger & Varys) · The Red Keep · The North · The Reach · The Riverlands · The Stormlands · The Westerlands · The Vale
: Season 4
House Martell · House Baelish · Dragons · Poisons · The Bastards of Westeros · The Iron Bank of Braavos · Sellswords & Hedge Knights · Robert's Rebellion (Oberyn Martell) · The Wall · The Nations of the North · The Kingsguard · The Maester's Chain · The Death of Kings · Valyrian Steel · Justice of the Seven Kingdoms
: Season 5
The Seven-Pointed Star · The Faith Militant · Volantis · Braavos · The Faceless Men · Winterfell · The Lord Commanders · Robert's Rebellion (Barristan Selmy) · Dorne · The Fighting Pits of Meereen · The River Rhoyne · The Many-Faced God · Greyscale & The Stone Men · The Great Masters of Meereen · The Dance of Dragons
: Season 6
The Old Way · The Kingsmoot · The Summer Sea · War of the Ninepenny Kings · The Great Tourney at Harrenhal · Robert's Rebellion (Jaime Lannister) · Vaes Dothrak · The Dothraki · Northern Allegiances to House Stark · Children of the Forest vs. the First Men · Brotherhood Without Banners · Oldtown · House Dayne · The Little Birds · Knights of the Vale · House Tarly · Riverrun · Great Sept of Baelor
: Season 7
The Dragonpit · The Citadel · Casterly Rock · Highgarden · The Golden Company · Prophecies of the Known World · The Hand of the King · The Rains of Castamere : Conquest & Rebellion: An Animated History of the Seven Kingdoms
Valyria's Last Scion: House Targaryen · Invasion · House Hoare, Ironborn Kings of the Riverlands · House Durrandon, the Storm Kings · House Lannister, Kings of the Rock & House Gardener, Kings of the Reach · House Stark, The Kings of Winter · House Arryn, Kings of the Vale · Aegon, First of His Name · House Martell, Princes of Dorne · The Last Dragons
: Season 8
King's Landing · The Greyjoy Rebellion · The Blackfyres · The South · The Defiance of Duskendale · Maegor the Cruel