Game of Thrones
The Lord of Bones is a Wildling leader and raider who wears bones tied to his armor, which rattle when he walks, earning him the nickname, Rattleshirt. While his armor is comprised of randomly assorted bones, his helm is a cracked giant’s skull. He is described as a cruel and vile man of a shorter stature, with black hair. While Mance Rayder has joined the scattered Wildling forces into one army, Rattleshirt’s allegiances are ultimately to himself, alone.
Rattleshirt is introduced in the second season of Game of Thrones, when his scouting party captures Qhorin Halfhand. Later, Ygritte brings the captured Jon Snow to the Lord of Bones and he commands that Jon be killed, as he already has the Halfhand. However, Ygritte intervenes on Jon’s behalf, and she convinces the Lord of Bones to keep Jon alive, to present to Mance Rayder. Later, Qhorin convinces Jon to kill him, as it is the only way that the Night’s Watch can infiltrate Mance Rayder’s Wildling army. The two brothers of the black, fight each other, and Rattleshirt commands his Wildlings to let them fight, with Jon finally slaying the legendary Ranger. After the fight, Rattleshirt cuts Jon’s bonds, thinking that only a true turncloak would kill his former brother.
The Lord of Bones is sure to have a part in season 4, as the Wildlings prepare their assault on the Wall, and Castle Black. How do you think his story will unfold? Let me know in the comments below, and while you’re there, tell me who or what you would like to see as the next countdown character.
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