But since raven messages have been shown to travel much, much faster than that, it just raises a different question: Why would Mormont send Thorne to deliver a message in person and then send a raven-o-gram weeks later that will get there before him and completely supersede his message?
There's another reason why Thorne was sent south. When in episode 9 Jon gets all emotional after receiving the ancestral sword from Lord Mormont, he says: "I'll apologize to Ser Aliser tonight". And Mormont replies that he won't as he sent Thorne to KL to deliver the proof about dead rising and adds at the end: "And it puts a thousand leagues between you and Thorne", and Jon, Mormont and us viewers smile subtly at it and exchange this wink-wink moment to each other.
On the other hand, this is what looks like a "plothole" to me:
I really wonder if the three men in the cage are worth the trouble for the Night's Watch. Two of them look as if they'd slit anyone's throat on a moment's notice without any cause. Therefore, I presume the calm looking one who asked Arya for a drink is just as bad if not worse. I know the Night's Watch can't be too choosy, but I'm not sure these 3 even meet the minimum standards.
So, story needs some dangerous prisoners travelling with Arya and Gendry, so dangerous that everyone is advised not to go near them, but damn, Nightwatch certainly doesn't need them. So what's the plan, Yoren, you'll keep them caged in a kitchen in Castle Black while throwing potatoes towards them to do some peeling. I get a feeling they would just eat them raw and threaten the cook with a peeling knife through the bars.
Edited by Ramsay, Apr 10, 2012 @ 2:40 AM.