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"I saw what I saw. I saw the White Walkers."
Will to Eddard Stark before his execution[src]

This White Walker was among White Walkers who slaughtered a band of wildlings and arranged their bodies in a strange shape.


Season 1

The Night's Watch ranger Will tracks the wildlings and finds slaughtered bodies arranged in a strange shape. Nearby, he observes a corpse of a wildling girl nailed to a tree. Horrified he tells his companions Ser Waymar Royce and Gared and leads them to the scene. The bodies have vanished and Gared sends Will to track them further. While Will tracks the bodies, the wildling girl from the band returns as a wight and stalks him through the trees. Horrified, Will runs away.

The White Walker upon killing Waymar.

Meanwhile, the White Walker ambush Will's companions and kills Ser Waymar and chases Gard through the forest. He catches and beheads Gared just as Will runs into the horrid scene. The White Walker tosses Gared's head in front of Will and lets him flee south. Will's news of White Walkers' return is taken as the ramblings of a madman and he is executed by Eddard Stark for desertion.[1]


Little is known about personality of this White Walker. Just like other White Walkers, he never talks. But he committed numerous immoral and cruel actions, which show his cruel personality. He is highly cunning, devious, sinister, villainous and ruthless, as he slaughtered a band of wildlings and later murdered Ser Waymar. He also resurrected a wildling girl as a wight.


Game of Thrones Season 1 appearances
Winter Is Coming The Kingsroad Lord Snow Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things The Wolf and the Lion
A Golden Crown You Win or You Die The Pointy End Baelor Fire and Blood

Behind the scenes

Spencer Wilding played the role in the original version of the pilot shot by Thomas McCarthy and was replaced by Ian Whyte when the pilot was re-shot by Tim Van Patten. Footage of Wilding remained in the final cut of the episode so he retained his credit.

In the books

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, the White Walkers are more commonly called the Others. There is no mention that they arrange the bodies of their victims in any particular pattern.

There is a longer duel with Ser Waymar before he is killed. Will is killed by Ser Waymar, returned as a wight while Gared escapes south. The Walkers speak in a language Will does not recognize in the books.

See also