At Castle Black, Samwell Tarly visits Jon Snow, who is still recovering from his injuries. After learning of Robb's fate, Jon shares that he always envied his brother's charmed life. "I wanted to hate him," Jon confesses, and is surprised to learn that Sam feels similarly towards him.
Jon defends his infiltration of the wildlings before a tribunal of Night's Watch officers including Maester Aemon, Janos Slynt, and Alliser Thorne, who is in temporary command of the Watch. Thorne accuses Jon Snow of defecting, but Jon maintains his actions were in line with Qhorin Halfhand's commands. Jon comes clean about his relationship with Ygritte and the vow he did break, but Maester Aemon declares that offensive trivial, given what else Jon has revealed: Mance Rayder has organized over 100,000 wildlings to attack the Wall.
Tormund and Ygritte discuss the impending attack on the Wall, and Tormund questions how Jon Snow escaped with his life intact. Before Ygritte can reply, a group of Thenns, a fierce clan with ritualistic scars on their faces, arrives at the camp. Its magnar, Styr, reveals that the Thenns have an appetite for crows.