A question about Bronn

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  1. whiskeyntattoos

    whiskeyntattoos corn,corn,corn

    Jul 24, 2008
    During episode 9 Tyrion and Bronn and Shae play a game of questions. Tyrion guesses he has been north of the wall, Bronn drinks and says for business.
    Did I miss this in the book?I wonder how significant that will be.
    Is he a Wildling? a Deserter ?
  2. Conor

    Conor Time for beer

    Oct 15, 2009
    Good question, I caught that too. I hope the experts here can enlighten us.:cool:
  3. Wiggum

    Wiggum S.M.R.T.

    Jun 25, 2006
    There are bards, both in Westeros and Esteros, that sing a ballad about a boy with a flat top box that I have always assumed was Bronn.

    Apparently he never picked cotton, and knew John Henry.

    While the lyrics change a bit, the first verse is:

    "I was totin' my pack along the dusty Winnemucca road,
    When along came a semi with a high an' canvas-covered load.
    "If you're goin' to Winnemucca, Mack, with me you can ride."
    And so I climbed into the cab and then I settled down inside.
    He asked me if I'd seen a road with so much dust and sand.
    And I said, "Listen, I've traveled every road in this here land!"

    But in all seriousness....good question. I do think Tyrion asked, and did get the affirmative.

    Brighter minds will let us know.

    I just haven't been able to do a Johnny Cash reference all day...this thread was ripe.
  4. Koopa

    Koopa Old KiwiBird

    Jun 17, 2006
    It could just have been aboard on of the ships. the black brothers trade for their food and stuff as well. And it easy to get beyond the wall at the sea.
  5. Syphon of Oor-Tael

    Syphon of Oor-Tael is going fishing

    Feb 25, 2009
    I believe he was there as a mercenary. While he does seem to prefer wearing black and fights in a no-nonsense style like I imagine the Night's Watch does, it just seems off for him to be a sworn brother, even if he used to be one. You would think Stark would've had his head.
  6. Tragedy

    Tragedy New Member

    Nov 25, 2010
    King of the Others.
  7. Mesanna

    Mesanna Glad to be Geek

    Jul 8, 2010
    I'm inclined to agree with Syphon, that he was there as a mercenary. Maybe he was protecting people who were trading with the Wildlings or something like that. I doubt Bronn was ever a member of the Nights Watch or a wildling himself.

    I'm thinking that they're setting things up for a "beyond the wall" info dump in season two. When we need to know more about the Wildlings as Jon's storyline plays out, hey, there's Bronn who can conveniently tell us all about them (maybe in idle chat with Tyrion about the time he visited The Wall or something like that).
  8. Lyanna Stark

    Lyanna Stark Blue Rose of Winterfell

    Jun 6, 2011
    I believe that Syphon is correct and that Mesanna just hit it right on the head. Yay for exposition!

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