He's one of the most loyal and likable characters in a show that has an almost purposeful dearth of loyal, likable characters. Seeing him again, with the bright blue, lifeless eyes of a wight, would be a pretty big punch in the gut.
My great-great-grandfather, Young Ewing Allison II (1853-1932), was a somewhat well-known writer, journalist and editor at the end of the 19th and start of the 20th centuries. I’ve been reading some of his short stories lately and I came across this passage in one of them (from about 1894)
I am a reasonably intelligent person. No, really, I am. But sometimes I have to laugh at how clueless and/or oblivious I am. This morning, I was thinking about who my favorite authors were when I was a kid/teenager.