Sam Tarly hails from the southern land of Horn Hill and is the son of Randyll Tarly, one of the greatest military commanders in the Seven Kingdoms. Unfortunately for Lord Randyll, his eldest son Sam is a self-confessed coward. Rather than risk shame being brought on his house by Sam's eventual rule, Lord Randyll gave his boy an ultimatum: take the black, or die. Sam made quick tracks for the wall.
Having befriended Jon Snow, Sam found his place in the Watch as a steward. But how long can a coward last in the lands beyond the wall is a question that remains to be answered.