Game of Thrones: The Free Folk/Wildlings and What They Represent

Game of Thrones: The Free Folk/Wildlings and What They Represent

“Trouble with the Wildlings?” “That’s why they’re
called ‘Wildlings’” The Wildlings represent
the importance of perspective in the Game of Thrones world. Through their story we see that there’s no such thing
as an objective historical narrative, and that we need to understand
multiple points of view to face the challenges
that threaten our society. From the beginning, we’re inundated with negative
rumors and stereotypes that frame our thinking about
the people who live north of the wall “All Wildlings are
liars and savages with no loyalty to
anything or anyone.” Even the name “Wildling”
is a derogatory term, used by those south of the wall. The Wildlings call themselves
“the Free Folk.” “What waits beyond the pass?” “The Free Folk.” “Wildling” makes us think
of a wild creature, a wild thing. So the implication is that
these people are seen as less than human. Samwell Tarly’s father Randyll
actually refers to Gilly as an “it.” “This you getting
back at me, boy? Hmm? Bringing that to my table
and making me dine with it?” When we first meet Free Folk
characters in Season 1, they’re living up to
the negative stereotypes, attacking young, disabled
Bran Stark in the woods But over time, the show opens
our eyes to a bigger picture. We realize that what
seems like brutal behavior is really just the will to survive
in their very harsh environment. “We’re not here to conquer. We’re here to hide
behind your Wall. Just like you.” Living beyond the Wall, the Free Folk are more vulnerable
to the White Walkers than anyone – they’ve been facing
this problem, while the skeptical Westerosi
have the luxury of denying the real and present danger. “The things you speak of… they’ve been gone for
thousands of years.” “They wasn’t gone,
old man. They was sleeping” And these people are
the victims of history – they’ve been subjugated
for generations. “They’re not your lands! We’ve been here
the whole time. You lot came along and just put up a big wall
and said it was yours.” Jon Snow embodies
the journey of discovery that we go on as viewers
getting to know the Free Folk. “The Free Folk would
have boiled him alive, but letting me kill him–” “The Free Folk? Listen to him. He even talks like
a Wildling now.” He might buy into
the negative talk about the Wildlings
in the beginning, but after firsthand experience, he changes his mind and
becomes their advocate “I was this man’s prisoner once. He could have tortured me. He could have killed me. But he spared my life.” So this reminds us that
we need to take it upon ourselves to get the full story of what’s
happening in our world, instead of just trusting
the popular narrative. “I talk like a Wildling. I ate with the Wildlings. I climbed the Wall with the Wildlings.” In Season 7, Jon sends
Free Folk to man the Wall, and many of them are there
when the White Walkers breach it. They’re on the front lines
of the war now, set to play a crucial role
in the battle to come. “The White Walkers don’t care
if a man’s Free Folk or crow. We’re all the same to them,
meat for their army. But together we can beat them” So let’s take a look at what
these strong, fiercely proud people teach us about the dangers of
clinging to a narrow point of view, and what it really means to be free. Before we go on,
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is right there in their name – they believe in freedom above all. “What do you want then,
other than your miserable life?” “What all free people want. My freedom.” So what does it mean to be
“free” in this group’s eyes? To begin with, it’s not
living behind a wall. “But it seems to me as much
as the Wall keeps us out, it keeps you Southerners in. You follow ‘laws’
you didn’t make.” The Free Folk view
themselves as liberated, unencumbered by
the laws and restrictions of the Seven Kingdoms. They won’t blindly follow
a king based on his blood or because they’re
told they have to. In the first few seasons
they’re led by Mance Rayder, but they SELECTED him. “We don’t go serving
some shit king who’s only king
because his father was.” “No, you serve Mance Rayder,
the King beyond the Wall.” “We chose Mance Rayder
to lead us.” And in contrast to the monarchs
of the Seven Kingdoms, Mance is a leader with integrity. “A life’s work uniting them. You didn’t do it for power. You didn’t do it for glory. You brought them
together to save them because none of them
will survive the winter, not if they’re north of the Wall.” While the Westerosi are
obsessed with “bending the knee, “Bend the knee, my lord.” “You should kneel
before your brother.” “So I assume, my lord,
you’re here to bend the knee.” it’s central to
the Free Folk philosophy that they won’t kneel for anyone. “Stand, boy. We don’t kneel for anyone
beyond the Wall.” They even call those
south of the Wall “kneelers.” This refusal to kneel
symbolizes that, even if they might decide
to support a leader, they will never give up their
autonomy as free individuals. In Season 5, Mance will not kneel
to Stannis Baratheon, even though he’ll be burned
at the stake if he doesn’t. “I don’t want people to
remember me like that, scorched and screaming. But it’s better than betraying
everything I believe.” So this underlines what a deeply
proud people the Free Folk are – they’ll die for their principles. And Mance’s end illustrates that
the freedom they value so dearly is a freedom of
the mind and soul. “I think you’re making
a terrible mistake.” “The freedom to make
my own mistakes was all I ever wanted.” Mance is a kind of mirror of Jon. He, too, started as a man
of the Night’s Watch and then joined the Free Folk. The key difference
between them is that Mance is a member
of the Free Folk by blood. “I’ve got Wildling blood
in my veins. These are my people.” Still, like Mance, Jon is CHANGED
by his experience north of the wall. He comes back frustrated by the narrowmindedness
he sees in the Watch. “He’s united the Thenns,
the Hornfoots, the ice-river clans. He has giants fighting for him.” [Chuckles]
“Giants?” “Have you ever been
beyond the Wall, ser?” And as the Night King is revealed to
be the true threat facing all of mankind, Jon’s appreciation for
the Free Folk’s point of view is a crucial part of
the larger perspective he needs to become
a worthy King in the North. The Free Folk’s reluctance to serve
doesn’t mean they aren’t loyal. “We say we’ll
do something, we do it.” Once someone earns their respect,
they commit wholeheartedly to that person, as we see in Tormund’s fierce
loyalty to Jon in later seasons. “He died for us. If we are not willing
to do the same for him, we’re cowards. And if that’s what we are, we deserve to be
the last of the Free Folk.” The Free Folk also live free of
the social codes and etiquette that dominate life
in the Seven Kingdoms. Jon’s love Ygritte may be
ignorant about Westeros “Is that a palace?” “It’s a windmill.” (and on some level
this makes her seem naïve), “Oh I’m Jon Snow
and I’m from Winterfell. My daddy was a fancy lord and I lived in a tower
that touched the clouds.” “If you were impressed
by a windmill, you’d be swooning if you saw
the Great Keep of Winterfell.” but her logic also
draws our attention to the sillier aspects
of Westeros society. “Is that how you lot
do your fighting? You march down the road banging drums
and waving banners?” “Most of the time, yes.” Hearing outsiders break
down these customs reminds us that many of
the social norms we’re witnessing are pretty arbitrary, “In civilized lands, you refer to
your betters by their proper titles.” “And what’s that?” “Lord.” “Why?” “Why? What do you mean, why?” just as many of
our cultural mores probably don’t make a lot of
sense on closer examination. “This is Stannis Baratheon, the one true King
of the Seven Kingdoms.” “We’re not in
the Seven Kingdoms and you’re not dressed
for this weather.” Ygritte is such an exciting partner
for Jon because she lives free of the social expectations
he takes for granted. “Why would a girl
see blood and collapse?” “Well… not all girls are like you.” This woman is a fighter. She’s nothing like
the fearful, feminine women Jon knew in the Seven Kingdoms. “I’d like to see you
in a silk dress.” “Would you?” “So I could tear it off you.” And in this relationship the traditional gender
roles are reversed — HE’S the pretty boy “You like his pretty hair
and his pretty eyes…” and SHE’S the strong one. “I’m your woman now, Jon Snow. You’re going to be loyal
to your woman.” Whereas women fighting is an exception to the rule
in most of Westeros, “Looks like your woman
is getting the better of you… If you can call that a woman.” the Free Folk culture doesn’t
discourage women from joining in battle. [Grunts] “You’re a lucky man.” All his life, the restrictive
social codes of Westeros have reminded Jon of his status. “Lady Stark thought it might
insult the royal family to see the bastard
in their midst.” So this woman represents
liberation for Jon. “You think you’re
better than me, crow? I’m a free woman.” She makes him question
those restrictive expectations that haven’t served him well. “We can’t make steel
as good as yours, it’s true, but we’re free. If someone tried to tell us we couldn’t lie down
as man and woman, we’d shove a spear
up his arse.” And their relationship helps him
grow to see a bigger picture. Beyond any set
of accepted rules, he starts to process
the greater world through his own eyes and trust his own understanding. “Love is the death of duty… I told that to your friend
Jon Snow once.” While he remains
loyal to his people and to the central mission
of the Night’s Watch, “I have to go home now.” the way he develops in
his brief time with Ygritte shapes him forever. It gives him the courage to stay true to his own sense
of purpose as time goes on. In a similar way,
Gilly is a great match for Sam. “He’s a greater warrior than
either of you will ever be.” These two strong Free Folk women
make their partners better by being so unconcerned with
superficial ideas of class or masculinity. “Girls see more blood than boys.” The Free Folk are also
a very diverse group. “They speak seven different
languages in my army. The Thenns hate
the Hornfoots. The Hornfoots hate
the ice-river clans. Everyone hates
the cave people.” We could imagine
this cultural diversity being an advantage
if they were better organized. Instead, their differences
create division and discord, stopping them from harnessing
their full strength as a people. So we see that there’s
a downside to the Free Folk putting such a premium
on freedom, as they’re too often engulfed
in chaos and disorganization. The
Free Folk are fiercer, stronger, and more impressive than the people south of
the Wall in many ways. When we see them attack it’s clear they are
truly fearsome warriors. On a one-to-one basis, they can outfight almost
anyone south of the wall. “And even if every one of us
kills a hundred Wildlings, there’s still not a thing
we can do to stop them.” “I don’t think I could kill
a hundred Wildings.” Yet they lose time and time
again to these southerners. “Six times you’ve invaded
and six times you’ve failed.” To a large extent this failure
Comes from being unlucky enough to be on the wrong side of
the Wall when it was built. “They were born on
the wrong side of the Wall. That doesn’t make
them monsters.” “A long time ago, they say, some old Southern king
enslaved our giants by magic, and forced them to
build your famous Wall. Then he kicked all of
my kind to the other side, and raised an army
to keep us there. And we’re the uncivilized ones?” So the Free Folk parallel Native Americans and
other indigenous peoples who were wiped out
(or nearly wiped out) by invaders with superior
technology and weapons. The Free Folk believe the earth
was made for everyone. “Our gods are of the forest, in the trees that shelter us
and the rivers that feed us. They gave the land
for all of us to share.” That’s why they don’t have
property rights or very many laws but the flipside of this is that
they’ve been taken advantage of by those who do believe
in dominating land. There’s a tragedy to this group. They are fighting for land that
they had generations ago and probably will never get back. “Maybe one day
I’ll take you to Winterfell.” “Or maybe one day
I’ll take you there. After we’ve taken
our land back.” In Season 3, Ygritte is
surprised that Jon knows the history of the Free Folk
attacking the Seven Kingdoms. “And how do you know that?” “Every boy in the North knows it. We grow up learning it. Where the battles were fought, the names of the heroes,
who died where.” This reminds us that history
is written by the victors. No doubt the authorities
of the Seven Kingdoms are teaching their kids a one-dimensional,
highly prejudiced account. “I can assure you that the closest
Maester Faull ever got to a Wildling was this very library.” which leaves out
the Free Folk’s side of the story “Imagine the stories
the Wildlings tell about us.” At the same time, this
moment between the lovers underscores that the Free Folk
don’t teach their children history, and we can see that this lack
of an organized education is a disadvantage. The more highborn a member
of Westeros society is, the better they know their history. “It wasn’t just Aegon
riding his dragon. It was Rhaenys and Visenya, too.” “Correct. A student of history, are you?” This knowledge is not
just a status symbol, it’s also an opportunity
for a level of insight that’s not available to those
who are looking at the world blind without the benefit of learning
from humankind’s past. And indeed, the Free Folk’s
strengths as individual fighters are wiped out by
their strategic weaknesses “Killing crows in
their castles is tough. Killing them out here in the open,
that’s what we do.” As Jon reminds Ygritte, even if a lot of Westerosi
customs seem dumb, they’ve allowed the Seven Kingdoms
to repeatedly dominate the Free Folk. “You don’t have the discipline. You don’t have the training. Your army is no army. You don’t know how
to fight together.” “You don’t know that!” “I do!” Lack of education or
an advanced justice system leaves the weak
vulnerable to exploitation by those who are stronger. Just look at how
Free Folk patriarch Craster marries and impregnates
his own daughters. “He marries his daughters and
they give him more daughters. And on and on it goes.” Because Craster’s family
lives off the grid, these young women have no protection
from this man who abuses them, and gives their baby sons
to the White Walkers. “A gift for the gods. A gift for the gods.” “A gift for the gods.” After Gilly escapes from
Craster’s Keep in Season 3, her relationship with
Sam is satisfying to her because she was
raised to be ignorant “Our father used to tell us that no Wildling ever looked
upon the Wall and lived.” and he opens her up
to a world of knowledge. “You know all that from
staring at marks on paper?” Stannis’ daughter Shireen
teaches Gilly to read and we see how her newfound
literacy pays off when, in Season 7, she’s the one who reads
about Rhaegar Targaryen’s secret wedding. “Maynard says here that he issued
an annulment for a Prince ‘Ragger’ and remarried him to
someone else at the same time in a secret ceremony in Dorne.” The bias against Wildlings is so
deeply ingrained in the Westerosi that it really has very little to do with
direct contact with the Free Folk. It’s about hating the idea
or the myth of the Wildlings “My father doesn’t like Wildlings. He hoped I’d make a man of myself
by ‘killing some bloody Wildlings,’ so it’s probably a good subject
to avoid if at all possible.” When we see a member
of the Free Folk spend time with
the Westerosi, genuine bonds develop. “Keep this one safe. He means the world to me.” and it’s clear there’s no real,
fundamental difference between these peoples. “I have the blood
of the First Men. My ancestors lived here,
same as yours.” “So why are you fighting us?” and they even
worship the same gods “You hear them, boy? The Old Gods are answering you.” “What are you doing here?” “They’re my gods too.” The animosity between
the Free Folk and the Watch might remind us of other deeply
entrenched generational conflicts powered by hatred. The history of bad blood
is just so long it’s almost impossible to imagine
these people overcoming it. “They burned my village. They put an arrow
through my father’s head right in front of me. They butchered my mother,
everyone I ever knew.” But all that changes when
the threat of the Long Night provides a very
urgent need to unify. “The Free Folk
can’t stop them. The Night’s Watch
can’t stop them. And all the southern Kings
can’t stop them. Only together, all of us.” This tells us that perhaps the only
way to transcend histories of hate is through uniting
for a greater cause, or against a common enemy. And in fact, like
the highborn Westerosi, we can get an extra
insight into this picture by looking far back enough
in the history books. There’s actually a precedent for the Free Folk and
the Starks uniting before. Legend has it that a Lord Commander
of the Night’s Watch married a White Walker woman
and made himself the “Night’s King” (not to be confused with
the Night King of this present story.) For years the couple ruled over the men of the Night’s Watch
at Castle Black, until Joramun,
the first King Beyond the Wall, banded together with
the Starks to eliminate them and this history may foreshadow that the Starks and the Free Folk
teaming up again will be crucial in the fight against this Night King. After all, there is a definite sense
that history repeats itself in the Game of Thrones world, which is why it’s so necessary
to know the history in the first place. We need a greater perspective to understand how the different
pieces of the puzzle fit together. “All I learned is that
the Children of the Forest used to hunt with dragonglass.” “Keep reading, Samwell Tarly.” History also tells us that
a mysterious object called the Horn of Winter,
or the Horn of Joramun, could come into play
in the events ahead. The Horn is believed to have
the power to bring down the Wall, which isn’t so relevant now, but it may have more
significance than we yet know. On the show, we see
Sam find a horn along with the dragonglass
in Season 2, but so far there’s no indication
that this is the Horn of Winter. We all remember Ygritte’s
frequent refrain to Jon, “You know nothing,
Jon Snow.” “You know nothing,
Jon Snow.” “You know nothing,
Jon Snow.” “You know nothing,
Jon Snow.” but this line isn’t
just about him. It also has a bigger
cultural symbolism. It signifies that the Westerosi
don’t have the full story. And life beyond the Wall is
full of not just more danger, but also more magic than
the Seven Kingdoms can imagine. If you look at them
with unbiased eyes, the Free Folk are
admirable survivors, and there is even
a positive spin to the “Wildling” name. “It’s not a very nice word,
I suppose.” “I don’t know. It makes me sound
a bit dangerous, doesn’t it?” Being a little wild
can be a great thing. Through the Free Folk, we see
that how a story is told matters. “Old Nan said they turn
your skull into a cup and make you drink
your own blood from it. That’s all Nan said.” Biased storytelling has made
those on either side of a wall needlessly hate each other, giving us a cautionary tale
about the danger of division. “You need to stay away
from that girl.” “Why?” “She’s a Wildling.” If we spend our time hating
someone we’d actually like if we got to know them personally, that’s a huge waste of
energy and resources considering we may have
real enemies out there who threaten
our very existence. “We can learn to live
with the Wildings or we can add them
to the army of the dead.” So, like Jon Snow,
we must be willing to travel, to look back at our own culture with
the benefit of a broader perspective. And be open to admitting that
we did know nothing once. “Do you trust me, Jon Snow?” “Does that make me a fool?” “We’re fools together now.” This video is sponsored by Skillshare,
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  2. true america hell yea brother

  3. do one for kingsguard

  4. please make a video on Lane Pryce from mad men

  5. Mance, Jon, are probably the only two leaders that actually care about their people. More than their claims to lands and crowns.

  6. /r/freefolk represent!

  7. Good video. Well edited, interesting insights.

  8. I always just thought that the Wildlings were the native irish (or the scottish. i.e Hadrian's Wall) and that the people in the westerlands are British trying to enforce their ways upon the other peoples (seeing them as savages). But moved up to Scandinavia, you know seeing as Scotland/Ireland aren't eternally locked in winter.

  9. Sad that Millions do not come here to see this It is life Lessons Indeed One can only hope that people will/can learn from Game of Thrones of what is Going On TODAY !!!!

  10. I mean, they did slaughter entire villages, including children. Just cause Yggrite was shown to be nice and save one kid doesn't mean the rest of them didn't butcher eery innocent person they saw. Sure, they'd had a tough time of it, but I wouldn't be so quick to forgive and forget that sort of thing. A different perspective can't excuse everything.

  11. Nothing about how their usual way of forming relationships is men kidnapping women?

  12. the NK was created to save the children of forest from Bran Stark/ Three
    eyed raven. Inorder to kill the NK Bran has to be killed tied to the
    gods wood tree.

  13. That's not the horn of winter Sam found. That's One of Tormunds drinking horns.

  14. Words can’t express how much I love you guys. This is by far my favorite channel.

    If you take requests: I’d love to see your takes on LOST

  15. I only started watching Thrones recently and I like John/Ygritte more than John/Daenerys. Whatever happened to her anyway? She isn’t in the show anymore.

  16. These videos are fantastic, and the channel is superb! Keep em coming 🙂

  17. I hope you’re not serious with the “superior weapons” thing. Lol. The white Europeans did the SAME thing in the Americas as they did in Africa and elsewhere: they used local Native American enemies of the strongest Indigenous American groups (like the Aztec and Inca) who had previously been conquered by the Aztec & Incas to do the REAL fighting with the “help” of the white Europeans. After the strongest Indigenous groups were defeated, not too long after, white Europeans turned their guns on their own allies. The white Europeans actually used deceit, lies, and trickery to win MOST of their battles.

    I find it funny that you talk about examining history from all sides so you get the full picture, yet you’re still propagating the 500 year Spaniard/white European lie that their weapons were SO superior & advanced that they overpowered and conquered Indigenous Americans who had calendars that are STILL more accurate then the calendars white Europeans crafted today. Ahem, THEY didn’t have to have leap years to make up for their inaccuracies. Eventually 90 million Indigenous Americans were exterminated through various form of genocide – ESPECIALLY the ethnocide that’s still going on till this day. There’s no way in hell the white European technology was that superior. Just a willingness to be dishonest, deceitful, disloyal, and to never respect their own contracts & treaties with Indigenous people to a fault. Except maybe the Maroons who they were rightfully scared of, lol.

  18. To be fair, the strong dominating the weak isn't unique to the free folk, arguably it's worse south of the wall than it is north since they aren't bound by rules or oaths of obedience. Craster is a poor example of their society and how it functions since he's an pariah and his way of life is not only unique but is the opposite of every other example shown in the books or television series. Lastly, Maslow's hierarchy of needs means formal education isn't a priority, they are taught what they need to survive. This can be seen as a weakness but also a strength, formal education not only teaches you what to know but greatly shapes how you think. It would destroy all the positive things about their free society listed in the video.

  19. I've always loved the deeper meaning behind "You know nothing", especially in the way it turned around on Ygritte when she had her first look at the other side of the Wall. Such a great moment.

  20. Difference with your analogy is that the white man allowed the indigenous people to survive and did not wall them off to the north or some where. One thing you left out that when the white man arrived there where hostility from the indigenous people who wanted to wipe out the whites. No one group is more noble than the other. Natives even participated in owning slaves. But the whites did not wipe out the natives. They were given choice to live freely or on reservations later after loosing the war. Many choose to stay on reservations. Just saying . And they still exist. Free to make their own choices by law. Live Free or Die.

  21. Your videos are by far the best analysis videos for Game of Thrones. Please do a House Clegane video.

  22. Styr was awesome, wish he had more screentime. Never seen anyone as intimidating.

  23. You know nothing, Jon Snow. Join Skillshare.

  24. In a very short summary: Free folk are anarchist

  25. 🙁 I miss Maester Aemon

  26. Can you do house umber and karstark possibly?

  27. "superior technology and weapons" …and diseases, mainly diseases.

  28. Man, i miss igrytte 😭

  29. Your videos ( both voice and content) pleasantly Distinct from others ……pieskos!!! 🤗

  30. Jon had 'first hand experience.' Nah. He got laid.

  31. Two comments in the same vid. So the free folk are the tea party of 'Murica. Nice.

  32. they were beautiful…ygritte and jon omg i forgot how much her death meant fml i cant rewatch GoT its too much also the chemistry they have….dany and jon have none they make no sense now that i see that wtf

  33. Way too many ads

  34. This was a beautiful reading of how systems when abused corrupt people. This reading’s a proof you don’t have to serve leaders who are not willing to actually serve their purposes which is serve the people.

  35. Fucking seriously?! You ignorant bastards just had to intertwine Gaza in here, hadn't you

  36. Everyone hates the cave people

  37. i miss ygritte. my favs always die too soon

  38. they do kill innocent people and farmers . not to mention the cannibals

  39. Brilliant Video

  40. An interesting thing about hate out of the real world. Here in Germany there is a small village which is mostly populated by people that we would very well consider "Nazi". One time though, a journalist with a partial Indian heritage lived there for half a year, just to get to know the people there. And he got close with whom could be called the "village leader".

    That man said when asked, why he is so nice to him (the journalist), that he cannot hate a man he knows.

    Though the sentence seems small, this is an absolutely important truth about humans.

  41. the free folk are more like the celts than indians

  42. If native Americans were white,spoke English and were not as exposed to illness brought there to land they more of them would of survived today

  43. Freefolk= Americans, the wall = the Atlantic ocean. yet in this story the zombies invade from the south. The Kneelers are the Europeans. The zombies are the low IQ wave of humanity that turns a welfare state into a dictatorship. 50 years from now, you will have kneelers no more, and those that stand for freedom will be outlaws. Long live the freefolk!

  44. lol, I keep watching your take on this story.. and all I hear you saying is a bunch of social justice crap. I'd love to hear you melt down on an analysis of the Lord of the rings… Orcs just can't get a fair break… hehehehe

  45. Ygritte > Danaerys

  46. Their (real) chemistry was so beautiful to watch 🌻

  47. 13:02 Guessing the narrator is American and is forgetting the inspiration was English History. This has nothing to do with "Native Americans". The Wall represents Hadrian's Wall, and the Wildlings represent the "barbaric" Scottish Clans. This video is getting hard to watch. Not everything is about 'Merca.

  48. Like the bunch of dirty hippies they are, at the moment problems knock at their door, they come claiming for security while not acutally wanting to give anything in return. May I ask, what right does Mance have to being south of the Wall?

  49. All Europeans have ancestors just like the “Natives”. They were tribal. They hunted and gathered. They fought each other and were conquered by the Romans, who had better weapons and armor and a disciplined army. The enslaved us and stole our lands and raped our women. Our warriors fought as individuals with no armor and mine were naked and painted blue. We are all descended from natives. The ones in the US were just the last to go.

  50. Awesome video, can't wait to make it political!

  51. Has to be one of the best lines in the show: "Is that a palace?!"…"That's a windmill".

  52. I have the chills because I loved Ygritte so much, especially what she taught Jon and their love story. Fuck you olly

  53. The free folk..where you buy one get one free..
    I'll show myself out now.

  54. Y'all, we should all take a moment to appreciate how great of a mother Gilly is <3
    She herself is still a young girl, growing, discovering a world that is new to her but has inner wisdom. She's not self-actualized yet like Catelyn or Cersei. She's so humble yet so brave, loyal, self-sacrificial, gentle, loving in spite of her traumatic past. Seriously understated, but I just love her character!

  55. 19:24 "there is nothing new under the sun. – Eccl. 1:9" I knew the ending but hoped for better writing ffs

  56. Season 8 shat on all of this

  57. About 4 of the Wildings could even touch Robb stark in the first season

  58. Jon's Similarities with Mance are very Cool!!, His Westerosi Title only exists behind the Wall.
    This Video makes the Final Ep's Final Scene almost full circle-ish. He's following in Mance's footsteps.

  59. 4 ad breaks and and a video sponsor? Awesome

  60. I wish lady Stark could’ve heard that Jon was the true king. She was so mean to him.

  61. 17:50 mfw you try to compare hamas, the terrorist organization who’s sole goal is to exterminate Jews while they set up terrorist headquarters in preschools, to the wildlings as if the Israel-Palestine wars were just provoked from misunderstanding and bigotry from both sides, and not the fact that hamas continuously launches missiles at Israeli cities because they want to kill as many Jews as possible.

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  63. I love this narrator's voice and the understanding it brings

  64. I'm just laughing at how hard you're leaning into the White Walker threat when the showrunners didn't give a single shit about it and wrapped it up in the worst way possible.

  65. This is interesting. The Free Folk remind me of Native Americans. They suffered from invasion and colonization. The story reminds me of Pocahontas, especially the two Disney movies. Ygrette is like the Pocahontas from the first movie. She guides Jon Snow, and helps him learn free folk ways. They fall in love, and it is so romantic. I liked that Jon Snow is a lot like John Smith. He goes to the place where the natives live. He was a colonialist at first. Then he learns the ways of the natives, and he becomes attached. Even the names of the two characters are similar. It that a coincidence? The colonialists make themselves out to be the superior ones. Yet they have a weakness of not understanding the natives. A good way to insult them is to claim that they are ignorant or stupid. Pocahontas has a wonderful song to help teach her people's ways to John Smith. It is called "Colors of the Wind". At the beginning of the song Pocahontas sings "How can there be so much that you [John Smith] don't know? You don't know." That is a lot like Ygrette saying "You know nothing Jon Snow." Unfortunately Ygrette dies in a battle between Night Watch and Free Folk. Gilly is like a second Pocahontas. She has a nice romance with Sam. Later on in the series, Sam takes Gilly to his house in the south. Gilly learns about the customs. This is a lot like how in the sequal, Pocahontas goes to England and learns the customs. She is taken by another guy, named John Rolf. Gilly even wears a dress, like Pocahontas. I think the freedom of Free Folk apply to clothing. The clothing is modest and thick to help protect the body from the cold northern weather. Otherwise it is pretty loose. I think the main reason why Ygrette doesn't faint is that her clothes are loose enough to accommodate her breathing. It is important to learn from history and know from different perspectives. When I learn more about American history, I learn that the whites were atrocious to the Native Americans. Native Americans tend to be stereotyped as bad savages. However from another perspective, it is the white people, who are the bad guys. They are the ones that committed invasion, genocide and other atrocities. The stories of Pocahontas, Columbus and Thanksgiving seem really nice. However they are sugarcoated, and the real versions are far more grim. Martin is good at reflecting the grim reality of history. This is shown by the Night's Watch's horendos treament of the Free Folk. There are some nasty events. The Night's Watch had a battle against Free Folk. Ygrette dies, and that is tragic. It also killed Mance Rader, the leader of Free Folk. Jon makes the death quicker for him in a show of mercy. The Night's Watch give him a hard time about it. Jon helped the Free Folk across the border so they won't turn into wights. Then the Night's Watch kill him. To a lesser extent, Sam's father said some really racist things to Gilly. I think the Free Folk are more than what they appear. Their value of freedom puts them ahead of thier time. THey are one of the few people in Westeros that have something resembling a democracy. At the end of the series. Bran becomes king as a result of a vote. He is the one that knows history better than anyone else. This really reflects the values of the free folk. It may be sad that Jon got exiled from the seven kingdoms. However it is nice, because he gets to stay with his Free Folk buddies. I hope he can find another Free Folk girlfriend, like Ygrette.

  66. The Night 's King and Queen ruled at the Night fort. Not at Castle Black.

  67. I'd say Ygritte's got "True Ygritte".

  68. I like how there is a reference to Israel as being like the hateful Westerosi, even though in reality it is petty hatred towards them by everywhere else in the middle east that causes them to retaliate lmao…

  69. You got one thing wrong…. it ain´t the freefolks land. They were just on the wrong side of the wall when it was built. Sucks for them but doesn´t give them a better claim to any territory anywhere. They weren´t there BEFORE the westerosies. They ARE part of the westerosies that got stuck north of the wall

  70. Thats why he killed Dani – liberation

  71. The FreeFolk were treated like the Native Americans

  72. The more I recall Ygritte the more I feel how much of a source inspiration she might have been for Aloy ( Horizon Zero Dawn ).

  73. I mean they do eat people so..

  74. The Free Volk are basically primitive communists, like most indigenous societies on this planet were once, before they were "civilised" or murdered by Europeans and Muricans.

  75. Into today age and media everything non-white and non-western is viewed better, and we the native white of Europe should give these " brown messiahs" power. Listen to them. If I would follow your advise (which I did long ago) we will see the ugly, evil dangerousness sides. Inside is not a one way street to lalala land. To know is to love your own.

  76. Sometimes living behind a wall means freedom. Thats why there is no place like home. Your house with walls where your have to freedom to be yourself. I love freedom and I love walls.

  77. Israel and Palestine is not so old a conflict and they don't have the same god.

  78. Uniting for a great cause will never change the hearts, you are naive.

  79. I think they people shouldn't be prejudice towards the night king, nor his army. The free folk, night watch and the northerners should be more open minded. He never had time to show and teach his culture.

  80. This is why Dany could never be queen, she aims to tear down Westeros's customs and wants to liberate the people yet she has no clue how to do that because she has never experienced liberation like Jon has with the Free Folk. Every place she conquers she rules like the rest of Westeroes because that's all that her advisers know as well. Targaryens are a beautiful and magical house but they are also what made Westeroes the way it is now. She says not to judge her based on blood, but her only claim to the throne IS her blood. Jon regardless of his blood should be king in the books because he understands the world differently than most.

  81. I actually think the if George R R Martin insisted on his story ending with Jon Snow going back to the North, he should have left Ygritte alive, after Jon escaped and went back to the Nightwatch, Igrette could have become pregnant, but the next time Jon saw her she could say she found someone to replace him and leading Jon to believe that the child she was carrying was another Wildling. Jon would continue to pine for Ygritte but would accept her new circumstances, I actually like the idea that Dany fell for Jon and that it was unrequited but she kept persuing him. Everything else could have been the same but when Jon Snow went back to the North in the end, he would not only be greeted by Ghost but Ygritte and her son Jon Mance. There would have been a much more emotional ending for him, true happiness. And I still think there is a possibility they left his true identity a secret tween a small group because that way, if they wanted to add to this story later, his true identity could be discovered…….

  82. The passage about learning History and education made me sad when considering the current climate in the US.

  83. Kit is very pretty

  84. Who likes the idea of a Dothraki-wildling alliance? Leave a like and reply please.

  85. my people used to live north of a wall. The roman emperor Hadrian thought it would work. They used to file their teeth and cover themselves with heather paint and lie fat before running naked into battle. But everyone keeps forgetting the Britons, Picts, and Gaels.

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  87. It's funny how Gilly was the one to find out the truth about Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen but on the show & many mistaken fans claim Sam discovered it. Mhmm

  88. 8:57 – 9:11 it's misleading of you to not include the rest of that line 'girls see a lot more blood than boys' (referring to periods), especially because you immediately go on to dismiss the women of Westeros specifically because they're "feminine" vs Ygritte being 'strong'; that's antithetical to what she actually said

    I'm aware the rest of the quote is included later, but giving quotes in their entirety *matters*, and when you don't you are engaging in verbal slight of hand- you can't just chop up quotes to suit your narrative

  89. The free folk always reminded me of the Scottish and south of the wall reminded me of the English

  90. Wildling might be a slur, but free folk isn't any less dumb. They're as free as any prisoner. What's their actual name? What were they called before they were called Wildlings?

  91. Westeros are most likely Great Britain, which make the wildlings the highlanders and the wall the Hadrians.

  92. I love watching these videos after the shows ended. (Rewatched the series again since it ended.)

    I miss Ygritte. I would NOT have been able to handle it if Tormund hadn’t survived. whew

  93. The Starks have the blood the free folk too

  94. “Is that a palace?!”-Ygritte
    So cute in that moment.

  95. I really think Ygritte was amazing!
    She was fierce and idealistic, another rarity South of the Wall.
    And seeing how Arya has always been a rebel, I think she would've gotten along quite well with the free folk.

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