Game of Thrones: Episode 5: The Stark family must hold Winterfell. Here's why.

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May 11 2015 10:23 AM

House Slate, Episode 5: The 8,000-Year Battle Against the White Walkers

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Northerners have a lot of sayings: “The North remembers.” “Winter is coming.” “There must always be a Stark in Winterfell.” There’s actually a very good reason for this going back to the Long Night, the first time the White Walkers came south of the wall.

House Slate hosts Marc Faletti and Amanda Marcotte dive into the history of the Starks—why they've been there so long and why people are so loyal to them. Marc and Amanda also explore the Boltons. Who are they, and why are they so keen on having Winterfell?

Marc Faletti is the director of multimedia for Rewire and is based in Brooklyn.

Daniel Hubbard is a writer, editor, and director living in New York City.

Amanda Marcotte is writer for Salon.