Following his contravercial assasination of Night's Watch Lord Commander, Bastard of Winterfell, and very depressed person Jon Snow, Sir Alistar Thorne of the Night's Watch released a public statement on his motives. In his statement, delieverd by raven to all the major lords of Westeros, Thorne denied committing treason, saying "I have never committed treason. I have never disobeyed a direct order. Lord Commander Jon Snow never told me not to stab him." Thorne claimed that he "would have given his life for the Lord Commander, and followed his every order, but when he let the wildlings through, I really disagreed with him. So I got together with some other brothers, and stabbed him to death. There's technically no rule against it."

Thorne then quoted the oath of the Night's Watch:

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.

"See?", Thorne wrote in his statement, "nothing about murdering the Lord Commander if we really want to!" Regarding the three brothers of the watch holed up in the Lord Commander's chamber with Snow's direwolf Ghost, Lord Davos Seaworth, and Lady Melisandre, Thorne wrote only, "There's nothing in the oath about killing them either."

When reached for comment, Free Folk leader Tormund Giantsbane, who owes his life to the late Lord Commander Snow, glared and brandished his sword at our reporter.