All Brothers of the Night's Watch

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All brothers of the Night's Watch from the book series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin and the HBO show Game of Thrones.The Night's Watch is a group of men dedicated to guarding the Wall and protecting the Seven Kingdoms from the second coming of the Long Night. They wear only black and take sacred vows that, if broken, could be punishable by death. They guard against wildling attacks and the White Walkers.

Who is the most prominent brother of the Night's Watch? Jeor Mormont was the Lord Commander of the Night's Watch and well respected. He appears in the A Song of Ice and Fire book series and is played by James Cosmo on Game of Thrones. Jeor is a strong and fearless leader. He chooses Jon Snow as his personal steward. Jeor is killed by Night's Watch mutineers at Craster's Keep. 

The next Lord Commander certainly had an impact with the whole being raised from the dead thing. Snow is the bastard son of Eddard Stark (maybe). He appears in the A Song of Ice and Fire books and is played by Kit Harington on the HBO show Game of Thrones. Jon Snow was raised amongst the Stark children. When he comes of age, he takes the black and joins the Night's Watch.  

He thrived in this environment although he is met with many challenges. Well, he thrived until he was stabbed by Alliser Thorne, Olly, and a few of his fellow crows. Then, Melisandre raised him from the dead and his watch ended. But probably not his relationship with the Night's Watch. It'll be all hands on deck when those White Walkers come for the rest of the realm.

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  • Jon Snow
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    Jon Snow is the bastard son of Eddard Stark (maybe). He appears in several of the A Song of Ice and Fire books and is played by Kit Harington.

    Jon Snow was raised amongst the Stark children. When he comes of age, he joins the Night's Watch, goes on a mission to infiltrate the wildlings, loses his virginity to his spear wife Ygritte who keeps telling him he knows nothing, watches Olly put an arrow through her, is betrayed by his own brothers, dies, is resurrected by a Red Priestess Melisandre at Davos Seaworth's request, freaks everyone out, makes Tormund crack jokes, and then quits the Night's Watch because his watch had ended, technically, when he died. Now, he faces foes on many fronts, not the least of which are those White Walkers, preparing to bring hell and the Long Night with them. 

    Status: Alive/Dead/Alive Again - His watch has ended.
     
    Why he took the black:  
    As Ned leaves for King’s Landing to become Robert’s Hand, Catelyn has made it clear she won’t share the household with Ned’s bastard. With Bran in fragile health after a fall/push and an assassination attempt on his life, Catelyn is more than a little on edge, unable to contain her hatred for Jon.  

    Jon considers the Wall a worthy way to spend one’s life due to the way his father talks about it and because his uncle Benjen is First Ranger there. Jon becomes the Lord Commander, gets stabbed by Brothers who oppose his alliance with the wildlings, and then is raised from the dead by Melisandre.

  • Night's King (Books), Night King (Show)
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    Night's King (Books), Night King (Show)

    The Night's King was the 13th Lord Commander of the Night's Watch who married a White Walker woman, went rogue, and declared himself and his wife king and queen. They controlled the Night's Watch through sorcery. He and the Night's Queen ruled from the Nightfort that was later abandoned and contains a mysterious magical door. 

    The King of Winter Brandon the Breaker and King-Beyond-the-Wall Joramun defeated the Night's King and freed the Night's Watch. 

    The Night's King is a legendary leader who is rumored to have been a member of the House Stark. He could have been Brandon the Builder or Brandon the Bloody Blade. It hasn't been revealed yet. 

    Status: Thought to have died, the Night King reveals himself to Jon Snow at Hardhome and demonstrates how he can turn the dead into wights. He's amassed a wight army.

    Why he took the black:  
    Unknown

  • Brynden Rivers (Three-Eyed Raven)
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    Brynden Rivers (Three-Eyed Raven)

    Rivers, a legitimized Targaryen bastard of Aegon IV, was a Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch after many years of fighting in the Blackfyre rebellion.   
     
    Status: Deceased (Season 6) - Killed by the Night King as he transfer all of his knowledge to Bran, the next Three-Eyed Raven.
     
    Why he took the black:   
    In the books, Rivers is accused of playing a part in Aenys Blackfyre’s beheading and chose the Wall instead of being held captive by King Aegon V indefinitely. Duncan the Tall escorted Brynden Rivers and several of the men from his fighting men called the Raven’s Teeth. He became the Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch in 239 AC. He went ranging beyond the Wall and never returned.   
     
    That is, until we discover on the show that Rivers became the Three-Eyed Raven, known as the Bloodraven in the books. He was played by Struan Rodger in Season 4, and Max von Sydow in Season 6.
  • Jeor Mormont
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    Jeor Mormont is the Lord Commander of the Night's Watch. He appears in the A Song of Ice and Fire book series and was played by James Cosmo.

    Jeor is a strong and fearless leader. He chooses Jon Snow as his personal steward. Jeor is killed by Night's Watch mutineers at Craster's Keep.

    Status: Deceased (Season 3) - Killed by Karl at the mutiny at Craster's Keep. 

    Why he took the black:   
    The Lord of Bear Island and the head of House Mormont fought on the side of Ned Stark and Robert Baratheon. Possibly weary from war and with his wife dead, he abdicated his title to his son, Ser Jorah Mormont, who disgraced the family name by slave trading. Jeor’s sister, Maege, ruled instead. He gives Jon the Mormont ancestral sword, Longclaw. He's the uncle of firecracker Lyanna Mormont who currently rules House Mormont.

  • Maester Aemon
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    Maester Aemon is a member of the Night's Watch and the son of Maekar Targaryen. He appears in the A Song of Ice and Fire book series and was played by Peter Vaughan, who is blind in real life, on Game of Thrones.

    Aemon was the maester of the Night's Watch. Most people are not aware that he is a Targaryen. He is very encouraging to Jon Snow, possibly because they are both Targs. He inspires Sam to become a maester and join in the coming White Walker fight. 

    Status: Deceased (Season 5) - As he lies dying (of old age), with Gilly and Sam watching over him, the maester calls out to his brother Aegon V by his childhood nickname, Egg. He says, “Egg, I dreamed that I was old.”  

    Why he took the black:   
    The third son to King Maeker I Targaryen and Dyanna Dayne, he was named after the famous Prince Aemon. His grandfather, King Daeron II, saw too many in line for the throne and sent young Aemon to the Citadel. He became a maester at 19 and was summoned to serve on the small council for the Iron Throne. He refused, not wanting to supplant the sitting Grand Maeaster.  

    He served as maester at the Targaryen family seat at Dragonstone, serving under Prince Daeron until the latter died of the pox. He moved on to serve at the Citadel until he was summoned by the Great Council of 233. They offered him the Iron Throne and he quietly refused.  

    Rule went to his younger brother, Aegon V. Aemon chose the Wall for fear of being used in a coup against his brother. He took freed prisoners with him to Castle Black. Among them, Brynden Rivers, better known to book readers as the Bloodraven and to series watchers as The Three-Eyed Raven.  

    One of Maester Aemon's greatest challenges was hearing word of the destruction of House Targaryen during Robert’s Rebellion. He tells Jon that he had to hear of the killing of children and brutality as an old man at the Wall.

  • Samwell Tarly
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    Samwell Tarly is studying to become the maester of the Night's Watch. He is a close friend of Jon Snow. He appears in the A Song of Ice and Fire book series and is played by John Bradley-West.

    While traveling back to the Wall with one of Craster's girls, Gilly, and her newborn child, Sam kills a White Walker in an act of bravery. He leaves the Wall before Jon is killed and resurrected. 

    Status: Alive. Left for Oldtown to become a maester and help Jon fight the White Walkers.
     
    Why he was forced to take the black:  
    Besides taking his place as a powerful lord in the Reach and perhaps across the Seven Kingdoms, Sam is sent to the Wall. Sam is not a skilled fighter, not of athletic build, and is a bookish fellow. His father and military commander Randyll Tarly can’t stand the sight of him. He gave Sam the choice to take the black or meet with an accident on a hunting trip. Dear old dad should probably believe that his son is one of the few people in the Seven Kingdoms to kill a White Walker. He'll probably need that information later.