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This page is about the short. For the military order, see: Night's Watch

"The Night's Watch"[3] is the twelfth short of the second season of Histories & Lore. It is the thirty-sixth short of the series overall. It was released on February 19, 2013 in Game of Thrones: The Complete Second Season. It was narrated by Rose Leslie as Ygritte and written by Dave Hill.


Ygritte offers her views of the Crows in the Night's Watch, providing a perspective that is markedly different from the southerners on the other side of the Wall.[3]


Ygritte: "Swords in the darkness." Aye. The black brothers of the Night's Watch are that at least, as too many of the Free Folk know.

You southerners are strange. A man murders and you train him to kill better. A man thieves or rapes and you send him where it's dark and private.

Well, at least you make him promise to be good and then you make him regret even that.

From the time he's woken to the time he's allowed to sleep, he walks the frozen wall, carries frozen stones, or boils frozen food. When he lies down at night, he can't have anybody to warm his frozen bed.

Well, not unless the crows like to "nest" together.

You think he remembers the stories they told him then? About when the White Walkers woke in the Land of Always Winter and how the Wall and the Night's Watch were raised to stop them the next time? Never mind trapping us on the other side?

We Free Folk have our stories, too. About how one of your king crows found something cold in the woods with bright blue eyes. How he brought her home, through your wall, and declared himself "Night's King."

For thirteen years, he and his queen ruled over his brothers, making sacrifices as black as their cloaks. Lucky for you southerners, the Free Folk rallied to a King-Beyond-the-Wall, as we will when need be, and marched on the ancient castle he had taken as his own, the Nightfort.

With the help of the Starks, we killed the demon and cleansed your precious watch. And then they thanked us and kicked us back across the Wall. As you always have.

Gendel, Raymun Redbeard, the Horned Lord. Each chosen as a king-beyond-the-wall, each promising victory. And all fallen to the Night's Watch and the Starks.

But this time it's different. Our new king knows your tricks. You called him a brother crow once, but you never forgot his wings.

We know how you think. We know where you're weak. Watch for us from your Wall if you like. With the cold, you won't even feel the blade slip into your back.











In the books[]

  • The short is adapted from the following chapter of A Storm of Swords:



  1. Charlie Harwood (November 19, 2012). Release Date & Details for Game of Thrones Season 2 DVD/Blu-Ray. HBO Watch. Retrieved December 15, 2023.
  2. Histories & Lore: Season 2, Short 12: "The Night's Watch" (2013).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 Game of Thrones: The Complete Second Season (2013).
  4. Vanessa Cole (July 22, 2017). Game of Thrones writer Dave Hill gives a behind the scenes look at the creative process. Watchers on the Wall. Retrieved December 15, 2023.