In the first episode of the first seachild, Winter is Coming, 3 rangers come across a wildling camp killed by a White Walker. The walker then kills 2 of the rangers, however allows Gared to live.

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In episode 10 of the second season, Valar Morghulis, Samwell Tarly sees an army of wights led by a White Walker. The walker spares (ignores) Samwell Tarly but assaults the camp at the Fist of First Men. (Also notable is that some wights additionally pass Sam simply before the White Walker on his horse does, and either do not watch him or disregard him.)

The walkers plainly spared these two human being because they could have actually overpowered and also killed either.

From a tactical suggest of watch, the walkers get nopoint by sparing anyone. They are much better off killing the perchild and also thereby recruiting the perchild 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 fewer human being to recruit bereason many type of humans fled.

Is tbelow an explacountry for why the White Walkers sometimes spare somebody?

I choose an answer from the publications, yet I will take one from the TV shows.

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

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

Reluctantly, Will obeyed.

Ser Waymar looked him over with open disapproval. “I am not going earlier to Castle Black a faientice on my first ranging. We will certainly find these guys.” He glanced roughly. “Up the tree. Be quick around it. Look for a fire.” .... “Will, wright here 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. He must have felt them, as Will felt them. Tbelow was nopoint to view. “Answer me! Why is it so cold?”

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

His commander, Waymar Royce dealt with the white walkers and also died:

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

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

When he finally came dvery own Royce came ago to "life" and also eliminated him.

Will rose. Ser Waymar Royce stood over him.

His fine clothing were a tatter, his confront a damage. A sdifficult from his sword transaddressed the blind white pupil of his left eye.

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

The damaged sword fell from nerveless fingers. Will closed his eyes to pray. Long, elegant hands bruburned his cheek, then tightened approximately his throat. They were gloved in the ideal moleskin and also sticky through blood, yet the touch was icy cold.

The third ranger, Gared, ran off before the white walkers proved up and was later viewed south 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, extremely cshed 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 thoughtlessly out prior to him via both hands. He heard a crack, like the sound ice makes as soon as it breaks beneath a man"s foot, and then a screech so shrill and also sharp that he went staggering backward via his hands over his muffled ears, and also dropped hard on his arse.

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