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A Game of Thrones

A Game of Thrones


by George R. R. Martin

A Game of Thrones Chapter 1 Summary

How It All Goes Down


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  • Don't get too attached to these characters: a few Rangers of the Night's Watch are on patrol north of the Wall. (Actually, don't get attached to anyone.)
  • We see this chapter from Will's POV, which is nice because he can see the conflict between the young boss, Waymar Royce, and the experienced guy, Gared, who really knows that they should get out before the snow zombies attack. Oops, too late: snow zombies (well, the Others) attack and kill Royce and Will.
  • But where's Gared?

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