Season 1 Episode 1 Winter is Coming
Location: The North, Westeros
[WILL is taken to the block.]
WILL: (muttering) White Walkers. I saw the White Walkers. White Walkers. The White Walkers, I saw them.
[WILL and NED face each other.]
WILL: I know I broke my oath. And I know I’m a deserter. I should have gone back to the Wall and warned them. But I saw what I saw. I saw the White Walkers. People need to know. If you can get word to my family, tell them I’m no coward. Tell them I’m sorry.
[NED nods and WILL is positioned on the tree limb that serves as a block. NED draws Ice from a scabbard held by THEON.]
WILL: (whispering) Forgive me, lord.
[NED bows his head over Ice.]
NED: In the name of Robert of the House Baratheon, first of his name…
JON (to BRAN): Don’t look away.
NED: King of the Andals and the First Men…
JON: Father will know if you do.
NED: Lord of the Seven Kingdoms and Protector of the Realm, I, Eddard of the House Stark, Lord of Winterfell and Warden of the North, sentence you to die.
[NED swings Ice and beheads WILL. BRAN does not look away.]
JON: You did well.
[JON walks away. ROBB turns and puts his arm around BRAN and they go to their horses together. NED approaches BRAN.]
NED: You understand why I did it?
BRAN: Jon said he was a deserter.
NED: But do you understand why I had to kill him?
BRAN: Our way is the old way?
NED: The man who passes the sentence should swing the sword.
BRAN: Is it true he saw the White Walkers?
NED: The White Walkers have been gone for thousands of years.
BRAN: So he was lying?
NED: A madman sees what he sees.