"I know I broke my oath. I know I'm a deserter. I should have gone back to the Wall and warned them, but... I saw what I saw... I saw the White Walkers."
―Will to Eddard Stark[src]

Will was a ranger in the Night's Watch. After an encounter with the White Walkers beyond the Wall, Will deserted the Watch, and was eventually captured and later executed by Ned Stark.



Will is a ranger of the Night's Watch. He was not of noble birth, but was posthumously described by Benjen Stark as a reliable soldier, a "true ranger".

Season 1

Waymar Royce, Gared & Will

Rangers Gared, Ser Waymar Royce and Will departing Castle Black on a ranging beyond the Wall.

A patrol consisting of Will, Gared and Ser Waymar Royce set out into the Haunted Forest beyond the Wall. Will is later found hundreds of miles south of the Wall near Winterfell, apparently having gone renegade. He is apprehended and brought before Lord Eddard Stark for justice. Will claims that his companions have been brutally killed by the White Walkers and he fled in terror. Eddard does not believe the story and executes Will as a deserter, beheading him with his Valyrian steel greatsword, Ice.[1]


Season One 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

Image gallery


Spoken about Will
Eddard Stark: "The boy I beheaded... Did you know him?"
Benjen Stark: "Of course I did. Just a lad. But he was tough, Ned. A true Ranger."
Benjen and Ned talk about Will.[src]

Behind the scenes

  • After playing the role in the unaired original pilot, it appeared that Webb would be unavailable to reprise the character for re-shoots and would have to be recast. However, it was later confirmed that Webb would indeed be returning to the role.

In the books

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, Will is famed for his skills as a tracker and a hunter, a result of his previous career as a poacher. Nobody can move more silent through the forest than Will. After being caught killing a Mallister buck by Lord Jason Mallister's woodsmen, he chose to take the black over losing a hand. He has been at the Wall for four years when the events of the books begin.

In the TV series, some of Will and Gared's story roles have been switched around from the books.

See also