Game of Thrones Finale
"Night gathers, and now my watch begins. It shall not end until my death. I shall take no wife, hold no lands, father no children. I shall wear no crowns and win no glory. I shall live and die at my post. I am the sword in the darkness. I am the watcher on the walls. I am the shield that guards the realms of men. I pledge my life and honor to the Night's Watch, for this night and all the nights to come."
~ George R. R. Martin, A Song of Fire and Ice
If you were a Game of Thrones fan, do you still check the sky for the odd dragon? One of the most famous and bloody episodes of this book and television series, "The Red Wedding" was modeled on a grisly incident in 1440 Edinburgh known as "The Black Dinner," involving the child king James II, the16 year old Earl of Douglas and his 10 year old brother, a black bull's head (a symbol of death), and the ultimate betrayal! In 2019, distillers created limited edition theme whiskies: White Walker Johnnie Walker and single malt whiskies from select distilleries representing House Stark, House Tully, House Targaryen, House Lannister, The Night's Watch, House Greyjoy, House Baratheon, and House Tyrell. Remember when winter was coming?
"Winter is Coming."
This fan designed tartan was inspired by the Black Brothers of the Night's Watch from George RR Martin's Song of Ice and Fire Series, on which the Game of Thrones TV series is based.
The designer's notes: I made this tartan as an homage, because I admire that they are warriors who take no parts in war. Their duty and loyalty is to all the realm and to each other, and they defend all people of all stations, even though many realize it not. Brothers of the Night's Watch may only wear black, as a sign of their oath. Therefore, I chose only shades of black and grey. A sworn Brother would likely only wear a plain black field, so I chose to imagine this tartan as what the green recruits would wear.
A real historic incident, associated with Clan Douglas in the 15th century known as "The Black Dinner" served as inspiration for the events of the "Red Wedding" depicted in A Storm of Swords, the third book of George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series. For more on this historical incident, click Jon Snow of the Night's Watch.