Originally Posted by stelios
That's what I'm getting, too. I don't know if the dragons were the catalyst in all this or merely another symptom but shit is going down. And I'd like to repeat something: The King Beyond The Wall is probably that missing Stark ranger (I can't seem to remember his name) and all this wildiling mobilization has a lot to do with the Ice Walkers getting active again.
And seriously? The number of Dany's followers that are still alive is a point of debate?
From what I've put together, the King Beyond the Wall is Mance Rayder (sp?), and that Commander Mormont had said early on in the season that Rayder's a known factor -- used to be Night's Watch, but deserted a while ago to the Far North to presumably organize the Wildlings under his rule. So, not Benjen Stark, who's still AWOL (didn't even make it to Craster's). I was just relieved we didn't see him shambling and blue-eyed at the end, there.
ETA: Also, in the season 1 ep that introduces Osha, her band of Wildlings mention both Rayder and Benjen as two different folks, in that Rayder would pay well for Benjen Stark's nephew (before Wildling 1 says "Fuck Manse Rayder"). So, most likely not Benjen's nom de guerre; Rayder precedes Benjen's disappearance, and I doubt he's been leading a double life.
I definitely agree that Rayder's mustering the Wildlings because of the White Walkers, though. Ice zombie monsters don't seem to be much of a mysterious secret to folks north of the Wall. RE-ETA: And I also blindly predict Manse Rayder's going to be a charismatic and sympathetic figure with no designs for conquest south, but actually compiling an extension of the NW's original mission (before it became Barbarian Border Patrol). Which he wouldn't be able to do while still a nominal Black -- basically, that he pulled off already what Jon's trying to do now, infiltrate the Wildlings. Benjen may even be at Manse's side, advising (S3 E1 TWIST!).
Edited by Trav McGee - 6/4/12 at 11:24am