Nucky Thompson Posted August 19, 2013 Author Share Posted August 19, 2013 There is a very important detail in considering the Wildling atop the tree: she remained there after dying (Will saw her dead before she was wightified and climbing down). This lends some insight on the manner of her death: if she was shot by an Other-arrow, she would have most likely fallen on the ground - either from inertia forces due to being shot, or from losing her balance. If she died from hypothermia (being cold), she would lose her ability to hold on to the tree and its branches - and would, again, fall on the ground. This also applies if she died "of fright" - only in that case, she would have fallen on the ground before actually dying (it would be hard to keep your balance while having a heart attack). The only conventional possibility would be that she froze to death and at the same time frozen to the trunk of the tree or to the branch she was on. This is dubious at best, since the trunk would be round while a branch would have to accumulate a lot of ice - ice that would probably have broken it before someone actually stood on top of it.This may suggest that something was omitted from the description in the prologue and she was killed in a more physically passive (not an arrow) and biologically not dramatic way. Therefore, the duel between the Other and Royce may have been just for show and not the primary modus operandi of the Others. They may have been "laughing" not only due to superiority but also because it was unusual for them to actually stab someone. All this may have something to do with the actual process of wightification: her death would have to preserve her ability to actively hold on to the tree. Maybe Will didn't see well and she was already equipped with the blue eyes of the wights, but if she was not, then this would mean that the wightification is a gradual process which either leads to control of the person even before dying or it is completed in stages after the death and the blue eyes are on only upon its completion.What I mean is actually pretty much what Tormund said about poking a mist with swords: if we regard the Others as a cold mist which kills instantly and without the need to actually stab the victim, they seem undefeatable by conventional means. However, in Waymar's case, they were surely going to win, so the mist materialized in the form of humanoids with swords instead - in order to fight an actual human with a sword in the old-fashioned way. This mistness killing ability of theirs may have been implied in the explicit description of the relatively warm weather not allowing hypotermia on its own, and in the seemingly odd bit of information about someone dying atop a tree without any real contact with the Others, all the while remaining atop the tree.A lot of unfounded assumptions piled on unfounded assumptions.Yes - that's why the text was formatted differently (italic and smaller-sized letters). Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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