De acordo com a sinopse do site do guia oficial do espectador para a Temporada 1 Episódio 1 gameofthrones.com
De acordo com a sinopse, parece seguro assumir que os guardas do castelo pegaram o guarda, Will, perto das muralhas do castelo e o mantiveram lá para ser executado. Parece que Will estava fazendo com que Winterfell informasse lorde Stark.
...news from Ser Rodrick Cassel, the house's Master at Arms: "The guards rode in from the hills. They've captured a deserter from Night's Watch." Lord Ned Stark knows immediately what he must do, and orders his boys to saddle their horses.
On a hillside outside the castle walls, the ranger Will stands before Ned, understanding that his sentence is death but swearing that he saw White Walkers. Ned draws his family's ancient blade, called Ice, and metes out punishment as his sons - even young Bran - look on.