Chapter 10 Summary
Jon watches as they bring out Mance Rayder, the King-Beyond-the-Wall, to be punished in front of the wildlings. Jon points out that Mance had the Horn of Joramun, but he never blew it. It makes no difference. Melisandre and Stannis hang Mance, who breaks and says he is not a king. Next, Melisandre burns the horn in front of the wildlings. Stannis draws Lightbringer, which blazes like the sun. The wildlings are allowed into the realm and they kneel before Stannis. Jon looks at Sigorn, the new Magnar of Thenn, Rattleshirt, and other wildlings heroes, and wonders if they will be loyal. Bowen Marsh, the Lord Steward, urges Jon to send them back to die fighting the Others. Jon agrees to think on his words before he leaves, but he wants more men to defend the Wall. He goes to the mess hall, where Pyp and Grenn are eating. However, Jon knows that he can no longer pretend to be their friend. He goes next to Clydas, who tends the ravens. He points out to Clydas that if Melisandre is right and Stannis and Azor Ahai come again to fight back the night, then his sword should radiate heat. It does not. Alone, Jon writes two letters—one to Ser Denys and one to Cottor Pyke—as he reflects that he will carry these duties and responsibilities for the rest of his life.