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[[File:Thomas Denmarkwinteriscoming.jpg|450px|thumb|All wights are easily identified by their eyes having turned bright blue, like two blue stars - by [http://thomasdenmarkportfolio.blogspot.com/  Thomas Denmark]. © [http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/ Fantasy Flight Games] ]]
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[[File:Thomas Denmarkwinteriscoming.jpg|450px|thumb|All wights are easily identified by their eyes having turned bright blue, like two blue stars. Art by [http://thomasdenmarkportfolio.blogspot.com/  Thomas Denmark]. © [http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/ Fantasy Flight Games] ]]
 
[[File:The other girl by AniaEm.jpg|thumb|300px|Wight, dead raised up by the [[Others]]. Art by AniaEm©]]
 
[[File:The other girl by AniaEm.jpg|thumb|300px|Wight, dead raised up by the [[Others]]. Art by AniaEm©]]
 
'''Wights''' are dead men or creatures raised up by the [[Others]], seemingly when touched by the cold that accompanies them. {{Ref|aGoT|52}} Anyone who falls against the Others must be burned, or else the dead will rise again as their thralls. Fear of their own dead becoming wights leads the [[free folk]] to burn them.
 
'''Wights''' are dead men or creatures raised up by the [[Others]], seemingly when touched by the cold that accompanies them. {{Ref|aGoT|52}} Anyone who falls against the Others must be burned, or else the dead will rise again as their thralls. Fear of their own dead becoming wights leads the [[free folk]] to burn them.
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It appears that wights retain at least some of their former memories, since the wight of [[Othor]] seemed to know where Lord Commander [[Jeor Mormont]] slept and who he was as it tried to kill him, and the wight of [[Thistle]] recognises [[Varamyr]] Sixskins even skinchanged into the body of a wolf.
 
It appears that wights retain at least some of their former memories, since the wight of [[Othor]] seemed to know where Lord Commander [[Jeor Mormont]] slept and who he was as it tried to kill him, and the wight of [[Thistle]] recognises [[Varamyr]] Sixskins even skinchanged into the body of a wolf.
  
Being dead, wights feel no pain and will continue to fight regardless of injury. {{Ref|aSoS|46}} Though they can be stopped by total dismemberment, their limbs will continue to move if detached from their bodies. When a wight is destroyed, the blue disappears from its eyes.{{Ref|aGoT|52}} {{Ref|aSoS|46}}
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Being dead, wights feel no pain and will continue to fight regardless of injury. {{Ref|aSoS|46}} Though they can be stopped by total dismemberment, their limbs will continue to move if detached from their bodies. When a wight is destroyed, the blue disappears from its eyes.{{Ref|aGoT|52}}{{Ref|aSoS|46}}
  
 
Wights appear to be able to remain in a state of stasis, such as outside the hillside entrance to the [[cave of the three-eyed crow]]. The snows have buried most of the dead men, but they remain frozen and waiting.{{Ref|aDwD|34}}
 
Wights appear to be able to remain in a state of stasis, such as outside the hillside entrance to the [[cave of the three-eyed crow]]. The snows have buried most of the dead men, but they remain frozen and waiting.{{Ref|aDwD|34}}
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==Recent Events==
 
==Recent Events==
===A Game of Thrones===
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===''A Game of Thrones''===
Ser [[Waymar Royce]] rises as a wight after falling to the [[Others]] beyond the [[Wall]]. [[Jon Snow]] rescues Lord Commander [[Jeor Mormont|Mormont]] from the wight which was [[Othor]].<ref>[[A Game of Thrones]], [[A Game of Thrones-Chapter 52|Chapter 52]], Jon</ref>
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Ser [[Waymar Royce]] rises as a wight after falling to the [[Others]] beyond the [[Wall]]. [[Jon Snow]] rescues Lord Commander [[Jeor Mormont]] from the wight which was [[Othor]].{{ref|AGOT|52}}
  
[[Old Nan]] tells [[Bran]] the tale of the [[last hero]] in which she mentions that the [[Others]] led hosts of the slain and fed their dead servants on the flesh of human children.
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[[Old Nan]] tells [[Bran Stark]] the tale of the [[last hero]] in which she mentions that the Others led hosts of the slain and fed their dead servants on the flesh of human children.
===A Clash of Kings===
 
[[Othor]]’s hand (still moving) was sent to [[King's Landing]] in a jar with [[Alliser Thorne]] to try to an impress on the king the severity of the threat from beyond the [[Wall]] so that the king may send more troops to the wall.  [[Tyrion Lannister]] kept Ser Allister waiting so long that [[Othor]]'s hand decomposed, and was not very convincing.
 
===A Storm of Swords===
 
During the [[Battle of the Fist of the First Men]] the Night's Watch was unable to defend against the wights that were sent against them.  After a crushing defeat, the majority of the Night's Watch who fought on the Fist were slain by the insurmountable odds. 
 
  
Those who survived were led by Mormont on a grim march back to [[Craster's Keep]]. Sam notices that there are no attacks by the [[Others]] or the wights while they are there.
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===''A Clash of Kings''===
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[[Othor]]'s still-moving hand is sent to [[King's Landing]] in a jar with [[Alliser Thorne]] to impress on the [[Iron Throne]] the severity of the threat from [[beyond the Wall]] so that the king may send more troops to the Wall. [[Tyrion Lannister]] keeps Ser Allister waiting so long that Othor's hand decomposes, and is not very convincing.  
  
After the [[Battle of Castle Black]] the [[wildling]] [[Torwynd]] dies a few days later from the coldHe rose as a wight and his father [[Tormund]] was forced to slay him.
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===''A Storm of Swords''===
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During the [[Battle of the Fist of the First Men]], the [[Night's Watch]] is unable to defend against the wights that are sent against them. In a crushing defeat, the majority of the Night's Watch who fight on the Fist are slain by the insurmountable odds.   
  
[[Coldhands]] saved  [[Samwell Tarly]], [[Gilly]] and her son when they were beset by wights, some of whom had been men of the [[Night's Watch]].
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Those who survive are led by Mormont on a grim march back to [[Craster's Keep]]. [[Samwell Tarly]] notices that there are no attacks by the Others or the wights while they are there.
  
===A Dance with Dragons===
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After the [[Battle of Castle Black]], the [[wildling]] [[Torwynd]] dies a few days later from the cold. He rises as a wight and his father [[Tormund]] is forced to slay him.  
While listening to gossip in the [[Lazy Eel]] in [[White Harbor]] [[Davos]] notices that no one speaks of King [[Stannis]].  No one seems to know he has gone north to help defend the [[Wall]].   [[Wildlings]] and wights and [[giant]]s had been all the talk of [[Eastwatch]], but no one seems to be giving them so much as a thought.
 
  
Jon consigns some of the dead [[wildling]] corpses in the ice cells. {{Ref|aDwD|35}}  Sometime thereafter  he talks with [[Bowen Marsh]], Septon [[Cellador]] and [[Othell Yarwyck]] in his chambers.  [[Bowen Marsh]] eventually asks Jon why he has kept those corpses in the cells as they make the men uneasy.  Bowen also asks why the corpses are kept under guard.  He wonders if Jon fears they will rise up.  Jon replies that he hopes they do.  Septon [[Cellador]] is horrified, saying to Jon, 
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[[Coldhands]] saves [[Samwell Tarly]], [[Gilly]] and [[Monster|her son]] when they are beset by wights, some of whom had been men of the [[Night's Watch]].
{{Quote| Wights are monstrous, unnatural creatures.  Abominations before the eyes of the gods.  You … you cannot mean to try to talk with them? {{Ref|aDwD|39}}}}
 
Jon replies by asking septon [[Cellador]] if they ''can'' talk.  Jon says he thinks not, but he does not claim to know.  He tells the men,
 
{{Quote| Monsters they may be, but they were men before they died.  How much remains?  The [[Othor|one I slew]] was intent on killing Lord Commander Mormont. Plainly he remembered who he was and where to find him {{Ref|aDwD|39}}}}
 
  
Jon thinks to himself that Maester [[Aemon Targaryen|Aemon]] would have grasped his purpose, [[Samwell Tarly]] would have been terrified, but he would have understood as well.  Jon tries to explain, telling the men,
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===''A Dance with Dragons''===
{{Quote| My [[Ned|lord father]] used to tell me that a man must know his enemies.  We understand little of the wights and less about the [[Others]].  We need to learn.  {{Ref|aDwD|39}}}}
 
Jon’s answer does not please the men. 
 
  
[[Cotter Pyke]] sailed towards [[Hardhome]] by the command of Lord Commander [[Jon Snow]].  By rescuing the wildlings Jon hopes to be able to prevent the [[Others]] from raising an enormous army of wights by killing the thousands of wildlings stranded at [[Hardhome]] and raising them as their thralls.  Jon knows that if the Others manage to do this the wights will head for the [[Wall]] in their hundreds and their thousands.  
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While listening to gossip in the [[Lazy Eel]] in [[White Harbor]], [[Davos Seaworth]] observes that no sailors discuss [[wildlings]], wights, and [[giant]]s, unlike the men at [[Eastwatch-by-the-Sea]].{{ref|ADWD|15}}
  
By the time Cotter arrived at [[Hardhome]] he sent a report to say there were dead things in the woods and dead things in the water. {{Ref|aDwD|58}}
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Lord Commander [[Jon Snow]] consigns some wildling corpses from a [[weirwood]] grove in the ice cells of [[Castle Black]], hoping they can be studied when they rise up.{{Ref|aDwD|35}} Maester [[Aemon]] and [[Samwell Tarly]] would have understood Jon's actions, but Septon [[Cellador]] is horrified, saying, 
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{{Quote|Wights are monstrous, unnatural creatures.  Abominations before the eyes of the gods.  You … you cannot mean to try to talk with them?{{Ref|aDwD|39}}}}
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Jon replies,
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{{Quote|Monsters they may be, but they were men before they died.  How much remains?  The [[Othor|one I slew]] was intent on killing Lord Commander Mormont.  Plainly he remembered who he was and where to find him ... My [[Ned|lord father]] used to tell me that a man must know his enemies.  We understand little of the wights and less about the [[Others]].  We need to learn.{{Ref|aDwD|39}}}}
  
Later on Jon Snow goes down to the ice cells where they have four living men and two dead men in.  Jon had almost forgotten the corpses. He thinks that he had hoped to learn something from the bodies they’d brought back from the [[weirwood]] grove, but the dead men had stubbornly remained dead. {{Ref|aDwD|69}}
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Jon Snow later goes down to the ice cells where they have four living men and two wildling dead men, whom he had almost forgotten. He had hoped to learn something from the bodies, but the corpses stubbornly remained dead.{{Ref|aDwD|69}} When Jon decides to move the living men he instructs [[Bowen Marsh]] to leave the corpses. Jon thinks he will need to burn them eventually, but for the time being they are bound with iron chains inside the cells to hold them harmless.{{Ref|aDwD|69}}
When Jon Snow decides to move the living men he instructs [[Bowen Marsh]] to leave the corpses . Jon thinks to himself that he will no doubt need to burn them eventually but for the nonce they are bound with iron chains inside the cells, and that that, and being dead, should suffice to hold them harmless.   
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{{Ref|aDwD|69}}
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[[Cotter Pyke]] sails towards [[Hardhome]] by the command of Lord Commander SnowBy rescuing the wildlings Jon hopes to prevent the Others from raising an enormous army of wights by killing the thousands of wildlings stranded at Hardhome and raising them as their thralls. Jon knows that if the Others manage to do this the wights will head for the Wall in their hundreds and their thousands. When Cotter arrives at Hardhome he sends a report to say there are dead things in the woods and dead things in the water.{{Ref|aDwD|58}}
  
 
==Quotes==
 
==Quotes==
{{Quote|The cold winds are rising, and men go out from their fires and never come back . . . or if they do, there’re not men no more, but only wights, with blue eyes and cold black hands. Why do you think I run south with [[Stiv]] and [[Hali]] and the rest of them fools?{{Ref|aGoT|53}}}} - [[Osha]] to [[Bran Stark]]
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{{Quote|The cold winds are rising, and men go out from their fires and never come back ... or if they do, they're not '''men''' no more, but only wights, with blue eyes and cold black hands. Why do you think I run south with [[Stiv]] and [[Hali]] and the rest of them fools?{{Ref|aGoT|53}}}} - [[Osha]] to [[Bran Stark]]
  
  

Revision as of 14:22, 12 September 2013

All wights are easily identified by their eyes having turned bright blue, like two blue stars. Art by Thomas Denmark. © Fantasy Flight Games
Wight, dead raised up by the Others. Art by AniaEm©

Wights are dead men or creatures raised up by the Others, seemingly when touched by the cold that accompanies them. [1] Anyone who falls against the Others must be burned, or else the dead will rise again as their thralls. Fear of their own dead becoming wights leads the free folk to burn them.

Appearance

The appearance of wights depends entirely on the condition of the corpse when it is raised. Some are lifelike, while others are badly rotten although the process of decay has been halted. All are easily identified by their eyes having turned bright blue [2][3] like two blue stars [4] and their hands and feet black and swollen with pooled and congealed blood.[5]

About

Wights are supposedly attracted to warm blood and will attack with surprising strength. Unlike the Others they are slow and clumsy.[6] Wights have a queer, cold scent that can panic animals if they catch a wiff of it.[4]

It appears that wights retain at least some of their former memories, since the wight of Othor seemed to know where Lord Commander Jeor Mormont slept and who he was as it tried to kill him, and the wight of Thistle recognises Varamyr Sixskins even skinchanged into the body of a wolf.

Being dead, wights feel no pain and will continue to fight regardless of injury. [4] Though they can be stopped by total dismemberment, their limbs will continue to move if detached from their bodies. When a wight is destroyed, the blue disappears from its eyes.[1][4]

Wights appear to be able to remain in a state of stasis, such as outside the hillside entrance to the cave of the three-eyed crow. The snows have buried most of the dead men, but they remain frozen and waiting.[7]

Weakness

Dragonglass cannot stop a wight [4] but fire can. They are highly flammable and will be quickly consumed if set aflame.[1] It is unknown at this time whether wights can cross the Wall on their own, although corpses brought through the Wall can apparently still reanimate as wights. Burning corpses appears to prevent them from being reanimated by the Others to become wights.

The Seven-Pointed Star

It is stated in the Seven-Pointed Star that spirits, wights, and revenants cannot harm a pious man, so long as he is armored in his faith.[8]

Known Wights

A list of individual characters that have been turned into wights over the course of the series:

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Ser Waymar Royce rises as a wight after falling to the Others beyond the Wall. Jon Snow rescues Lord Commander Jeor Mormont from the wight which was Othor.[1]

Old Nan tells Bran Stark the tale of the last hero in which she mentions that the Others led hosts of the slain and fed their dead servants on the flesh of human children.

A Clash of Kings

Othor's still-moving hand is sent to King's Landing in a jar with Alliser Thorne to impress on the Iron Throne the severity of the threat from beyond the Wall so that the king may send more troops to the Wall. Tyrion Lannister keeps Ser Allister waiting so long that Othor's hand decomposes, and is not very convincing.

A Storm of Swords

During the Battle of the Fist of the First Men, the Night's Watch is unable to defend against the wights that are sent against them. In a crushing defeat, the majority of the Night's Watch who fight on the Fist are slain by the insurmountable odds.

Those who survive are led by Mormont on a grim march back to Craster's Keep. Samwell Tarly notices that there are no attacks by the Others or the wights while they are there.

After the Battle of Castle Black, the wildling Torwynd dies a few days later from the cold. He rises as a wight and his father Tormund is forced to slay him.

Coldhands saves Samwell Tarly, Gilly and her son when they are beset by wights, some of whom had been men of the Night's Watch.

A Dance with Dragons

While listening to gossip in the Lazy Eel in White Harbor, Davos Seaworth observes that no sailors discuss wildlings, wights, and giants, unlike the men at Eastwatch-by-the-Sea.[9]

Lord Commander Jon Snow consigns some wildling corpses from a weirwood grove in the ice cells of Castle Black, hoping they can be studied when they rise up.[10] Maester Aemon and Samwell Tarly would have understood Jon's actions, but Septon Cellador is horrified, saying,

Wights are monstrous, unnatural creatures. Abominations before the eyes of the gods. You … you cannot mean to try to talk with them?[11]

Jon replies,

Monsters they may be, but they were men before they died. How much remains? The one I slew was intent on killing Lord Commander Mormont. Plainly he remembered who he was and where to find him ... My lord father used to tell me that a man must know his enemies. We understand little of the wights and less about the Others. We need to learn.[11]

Jon Snow later goes down to the ice cells where they have four living men and two wildling dead men, whom he had almost forgotten. He had hoped to learn something from the bodies, but the corpses stubbornly remained dead.[12] When Jon decides to move the living men he instructs Bowen Marsh to leave the corpses. Jon thinks he will need to burn them eventually, but for the time being they are bound with iron chains inside the cells to hold them harmless.[12]

Cotter Pyke sails towards Hardhome by the command of Lord Commander Snow. By rescuing the wildlings Jon hopes to prevent the Others from raising an enormous army of wights by killing the thousands of wildlings stranded at Hardhome and raising them as their thralls. Jon knows that if the Others manage to do this the wights will head for the Wall in their hundreds and their thousands. When Cotter arrives at Hardhome he sends a report to say there are dead things in the woods and dead things in the water.[13]

Quotes

The cold winds are rising, and men go out from their fires and never come back ... or if they do, they're not men no more, but only wights, with blue eyes and cold black hands. Why do you think I run south with Stiv and Hali and the rest of them fools?[14]

- Osha to Bran Stark


Yet his eyes were still open. They stared up at the sky, blue as sapphires.[15]

- Jon Snow observing Othor's corpse


The world shrank to two blue stars, a terrible crushing pain, and a cold so fierce that his tears froze over his eyes.[6]

- Samwell Tarly being throttled by the wight that was Small Paul


You'd best pray it's a wildling blade that kills me, though. The ones the Others kill don't stay dead ... and they remember.[16]

- Alliser Thorne

References and Notes