The Wall is a place of CGI snow and wind noises. And the sound of steel on steel as people practice swordplay. Snow rides an elevator up to the top, and it turns out to be powered by a single guy pushing a stick around. They couldn't get a donkey for that? It takes awhile to get to the top, and Snow is shivering a little. He walks along the top of the Wall, which does have some embankments to keep people from falling off. He hugs Uncle Benjen and the two of them look down at the ground, hundreds of feet away. I guess they're up there as lookouts, because without an elevator, I don't think there's going to be anyone to fight up there. Benjen is leaving in the morning to go "out there" where there have been disturbing reports. Snow, however, is no ranger. He protests that he's better than everyone, but Benjen corrects him: "You're better than no one! Here, a man gets what he earns when he earns it. We'll speak when I return." If I were Jon Snow, I would be getting kind of tired of people telling me they'll talk to me the next time they see me.
Tyrion has some good, manly repartee with Yoren, who's one of the longer-time members of the Night's Watch. Their discussion largely centers on bear testicles. Apparently the recruits are mostly pickpockets and thieves, although a few are highborn lads looking for glory. Benjen picks a fight with Tyrion, asking, "The night's watch a joke to you, Lannister?" He seems angry that half the recruits will die north of the wall, and that they'll do so in order that plump little lords like Tyrion can enjoy their afternoons in comfort. Tyrion is unaffected by this, asking, "Do you think I'm plump?" Tyrion claims he has great admiration for the Night's Watch but he doesn't believe that giants and ghouls and White Walkers are over there. Benjen tells him, "You've never been north of the Wall, so don't tell me what's out there." Then he flounces out, "going below" through the tunnel. Yoren is going to King's Landing to pick up a handful of prisoners and Tyrion wants to travel together. He promises Yoren nothing but the finest castles and inns! Hooray! Tyrion has the ability to completely ignore somebody being outraged at him, which is something he has in common with his brother Jaime.