- "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
BackgroundSer Waymar Royce and Gared, departs from the Wall to investigate reports of wildlings in the Haunted Forest which lies beyond the Wall. He discovers a number of wildling corpses dismembered and arranged in a strange, ritualistic fashion on the ground. Nearby, he also finds a dead wildling girl pinned to a tree. Will reports to his companions and leads them back to the scene but the corpses have vanished. Gared sends Will to find the bodies.
While Will searches for the wildling corpses, he notices the wildling girl who now is a wight and stalks him through the trees. Terrified, he runs away from the Wight but arrives to the horrid scene to witness a White Walker brutally beheading Gared. The White Walker tosses the severed head at Will's feet.
Will is later found 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 sword, Ice.
Later, at the feast welcoming King Robert Baratheon to Winterfell, Eddard asks his brother, Benjen Stark, if he knew the deserter Eddard executed. Benjen responded that the young member of the Night’s Watch was just a lad and he was tough, a true ranger.
|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|
- Spoken about Will
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.
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