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This page is about the short. For the lands the Free Folk define as "the South", see: Seven Kingdoms

"The South"[3] is the fourth short of the eighth season of Histories & Lore. It is the hundred and nineteenth short of the series overall. It was released on December 3, 2019 in Game of Thrones: The Complete Eighth Season. It was narrated by Kristofer Hivju as Tormund and written by Dave Hill.

Premise[]

Tormund Giantsbane recounts his recent experience living south of the Wall, a land that is wholly foreign to his wildling roots.[3]

Narration[]

Tormund: For thousands of years, when my people looked south, they saw only a wall of ice where lonely crows perched. The kneelers had stolen our horizon.

When our tools shattered against frozen rock, or our boats capsized in rough seas, or bears and shadowcats snatched our game, we cursed the soft men of the green lands beyond the Wall. We cursed, and we envied.

Huddled around our fires, we told tales of how the southerners lived, how their stone houses touched the clouds, and their bellies touched the ground.

How their women fainted at the sight of blood, and wouldn't knife a man even when he slept. How they wouldn't miss a few swords, or rings, or daughters.

But now we've seen the real south, and we have to admit, we're disappointed.

Southerners live life bent-over in the fields, in courts, in bed. They drink too little beer, and they eat too many plants. In the north, a man's worth is in his hands and his stories, not his fancy name and fancy talk.

With good steel, a man can hunt, kill, and live. What can a man do with gold except shine? But what should I expect from a people who all want to sit on the iron chair? A waste of good metal. You can make better seats. I've used 'em. How am I supposed to get comfortable on a bunch of swords?

Now I see why all your queens are fighting over it. Maybe your southern arses are soft enough to take it. But give me a proper seat any day, or a proper southern arse. As long as it isn't in the south.

From what I hear, King's Landing is even hotter and madder than Winterfell. Full of oathbreakers, rich shits, and tiny women. They'll kneel to anyone with an army or gold or special blood.

Nobody can tell me if it's more red or less red or what. Maybe it's purple. If the Dragon Queen wants a bunch of kneelers to be stomping along after her, she can have 'em.

But my people have had enough. The dead are gone from the north. But the south is full of 'em. You just can't tell the difference.

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References[]

  1. Dan Selcke (November 25, 2019). New History and Lore videos explore Maegor the Cruel, the Blackfyre rebellion, and more. Winter is Coming. Retrieved December 15, 2023.
  2. Histories & Lore: Season 8, Short 4: "The South" (2019).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 Game of Thrones: The Complete Eighth Season (2019).
  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.


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