In the first episode of the first seakid, Winter is Coming, three rangers come across a wildling camp eliminated by a White Walker. The walker then kills 2 of the rangers, but allows Gared to live.

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In episode 10 of the second seaboy, Valar Morghulis, Samwell Tarly sees an army of wights led by a White Walker. The walker spares (ignores) Samwell Tarly but attacks the camp at the Fist of First Men. (Also noteworthy is that some wights likewise pass Sam just prior to the White Walker on his equine does, and also either do not watch him or neglect him.)

The walkers clearly spared these two world bereason they could have overpowered and also killed either.

From a tactical suggest of watch, the walkers obtain nopoint by sparing anyone. They are better off killing the perboy and also thereby recruiting the perboy right into their undead army. And the downside is that the survivor deserve to warn others that would then flee the walkers. The outcome is that the walkers have actually fewer civilization to recruit bereason many people fled.

Is tright here an explanation for why the White Walkers occasionally spare somebody?

I prefer an answer from the publications, however I will certainly take one from the TV mirrors.

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Three rangers in the Prologue of Video Game of Thrones were Will, Gared, and also Waymar Royce. In the book Will was up a tree, hiding and also watching:

“On your feet, Will,” Ser Waymar commanded. “There’s no one here. I won’t have actually you hiding under a bush.”

Reluctantly, Will obeyed.

Ser Waymar looked him over via open up disapproval. “I am not going back to Castle Babsence a faiattract on my first varying. We will find these males.” He glanced about. “Up the tree. Be quick about it. Look for a fire.” .... “Will, wbelow are you?” Ser Waymar dubbed up. “Can you check out anything?” He was turning in a slow-moving circle, unexpectedly wary, his sword in hand also. He need to have actually felt them, as Will felt them. Tright here was nothing to see. “Answer me! Why is it so cold?”

It was cold. Shivering, Will clung more tightly to his perch. His confront pressed hard versus the trunk of the sentinel. He could feel the sweet, sticky sap on his cheek.

His commander, Waymar Royce battled the white walkers and died:

Royce checked out his knees, shrieking, and also spanned his eyes. Blood welled between his fingers.

The watchers moved forward together, as if some signal had actually been provided. Swords climbed and also fell, all in a deathly silence. It was cold butchery.

When he finally came down Royce came ago to "life" and also killed him.

Will rose. Ser Waymar Royce stood over him.

His fine apparel were a tatter, his face a ruin. A sdifficult from his sword transfixed the blind white pupil of his left eye.

The appropriate eye was open up. The pupil melted blue. It witnessed.

The broken sword dropped from nerveless fingers. Will closed his eyes to pray. Long, elegant hands brumelted his cheek, then tightened about his throat. They were gloved in the finest moleskin and also sticky via blood, yet the touch was icy cold.

The third ranger, Gared, ran off before the white walkers proved up and was later on watched southern of the wall. The Starks did not take his talk around white walkers seriously and also beheaded him for deserting the Night"s Watch.

As for Sam, in Storm of Swords, chapter 18 (first Sam chapter, incredibly close to the end) they are retreating from the Fist of the First Men and also enrespond to a white walker:

And then he was stumbling forward, falling even more than running, really, closing his eyes and shoving the dagger blindly out prior to him through both hands. He heard a crack, favor the sound ice makes once it breaks beneath a man"s foot, and then a screech so shrill and sharp that he went staggering backward through his hands over his muffled ears, and fell difficult on his arse.

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When he opened his eyes the Other"s armor was running down its legs in rivulets as pale blue blood hissed and also steamed approximately the black dragonglass dagger in his throat. It reached dvery own through 2 bone white hands to pull out the knife, however where its fingers touched the obsidian they smoked.