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In the last episode of Game of Thrones season 4, Stannis's army comes and kills the wildings. It's great but which path did they take to go behind the wall?

The wildings want to go to the other side of the wall, if there is an easier way than go through Castle Black, why don't they take it?

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Seems like they could just swim or canoe around eastwatch, the wall's not that wide... – user11231 Jun 18 '14 at 14:11
I get how they got there, but not having read the books I'm not at all sure why they were there? – user18087 Jan 12 '15 at 22:55
Of course the wildlings could sail around the wall, if east watch wasn't manned and if they had built boats. The wall was not put up to stop wildlings going south or anyone else going north, but to stop what else(white walkers)lay North of the wall going south. The episodes in season 4 do not really explain how stannis got there, especially as he was at the iron bank only a few episodes earlier. – user18116 Jan 14 '15 at 0:18
From left, right and center! – Mooz Feb 24 '15 at 21:21
This has now been asked on Scifi as well – atticae Apr 14 '15 at 16:50
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Good question! I'm not entirely sure how it's portrayed in the final episode, but to take knowledge from the books, he simply sailed north of the wall and his army marched from there. The wall extends across the entire land, but it's certainly possible to sail north or south of it.

According to the books, the orange arrow is where he landed:

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He leaves some of his men at Eastwatch and marches the rest westward to Castle Black.

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Ok, it makes more sense for me. Thanks ! (sorry i can't upvote your response, i don't have enough reputation) – TroyAndAbed Jun 17 '14 at 16:39
To clarify, the wildlings don't have enough big boats to sneak past by sea – Mooing Duck Jun 18 '14 at 0:04
@MooingDuck Well, the wall isn't there against the wildlings, is it? – Luaan Jul 10 '14 at 15:23

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