SoManyVows Posted April 29, 2014 Share Posted April 29, 2014 So here's the screenshot from the first trailer that shows a bearded man standing behind Alliser Thorne when he gives the "Brothers! Tonight we fight!" speech. http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20140113030543/gameofthrones/images/9/9b/ThorneSeason4.jpg Some people think that's Locke - which would suggest that he survives Craster's Keep and returns to the Wall in time for the battle. Others think that the man is just an extra who happens to look a little bit like Noah Taylor. I'm inclined to take the latter point of view, primarily because of everything that the show has set up so far regarding Locke - namely, his mission and his characterization. Locke is not a good dude - he's pretty much an outright sadist. We've seen nothing to suggest that he has an altruistic streak, one that would compel him to forgo Roose Bolton's offer to give him "a thousand acres and a holdfast" in exchange for hunting down the Stark boys. He's going to turn that offer down in order to swear vows of chastity and poverty and join an undermanned order comprised largely of criminals that's about to fall under assault from a massive wildling army? That doesn't strike me as a decision that a ruthless and practical man like Locke would make. If Locke gets a chance to kill Bran, he's going to take it, and he will get that chance in the next episode - his first and last chance, as it happens. Obviously he isn't going to succeed, but what stops him? Would the writers really spend several episodes building Locke up as this major threat to Bran, have him infiltrate the Night's Watch under false pretenses, and join a mission that will take him directly to where Bran's being held ... only to have him never encounter the kid? Even worse, after thoroughly establishing Locke as a vicious killer who buddies up with Ramsay and doesn't appear to have a single good bone in his body, would he suddenly have a completely random change of heart and let Bran go? I've got more faith in the writers than that. Locke is going to try and kill Bran, and once he makes his move, I think that someone will kill him. Most likely it will be Jon, but it could also be Meera, or Summer, or Bran by warging into Hodor. Regardless of who does him in, I don't see Locke surviving to have a change of heart, join the Night's Watch in earnest, and take on the Bowen Marsh role somewhere down the line. If that was the route that the writers were planning to go with his character, it would have been much more effective to simply have Roose send him to the Wall in order to escape Tywin Lannister's wrath. Under those circumstances, Locke probably would have been simmering with resentment that he got so thoroughly screwed over, and he might have had a genuine reason to bond with Jon. There would be no need for this elaborate charade and, possibly, a radical change in his personality. Noah Taylor is awesome, and he's given a great performance as Locke. In my opinion, he's been far superior to Vargo Hoat in every way. But I think that his days are numbered. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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