** Following article contains spoilers for Game of Thrones season 6 episode 7 [The Broken Man] **
In a featurette released by HBO, Kristofer Hivju (Tormund) and Liam Cunningham (Davos) discuss recruiting the Wildings for the upcoming battle and why they are fighting for something which at least for the time being, looks like a lost cause. Hivju explains:
“When this idea of taking Winterfell comes up. I know immediately that this is gonna be a hard sell. It’s hard to ask your people to go to a war you probably won’t win.. and you just lost like 95%of your total population. And now we are suddenly upon a much larger political picture. The free folk.. they are more simple to talk about politics and to adjust with this souther twats.. it doesn’t help much. It’s not like if somebody sacrifice their life for you and then you have something going on. So I have to get down to the deep emotions and point out what Jon has done for us. He almost sacrificed for us in Hardhome and now they killed him because he did that. And if he hadn’t, they’d all be dead.”
“We are aware of Ramsay’s numbers. And how battle-hardened they are and how prepared they are for war and we aren’t. Our guys are kind of ragtag group of near do wells, certainly not a cohesive force by any means. In a sense we we kind of already know we are gonna be severely outnumbered. Probably, don’t have a chance.. but the right thing has to be done.”
Check out their interviews in the video below.