So Sam is the only future-maester whose destination is known upon arrival?
Dylan Paris

Honestly, wouldn’t it make more sense to send a fully-trained maester to Castle Black in Aemon’s stead, rather than wait years for Sam to train, leaving the Night’s Watch without a maester for all that time? I guess it‘s in keeping with the theme of no one in Westeros giving a shit about keeping the Wall properly defended. And, of course, it needs to happen for story reasons.

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