If this happened during a Game of Thrones wedding, it would’ve ended much worse.
As he recounted to KFDX, while wearing a Night’s Watch t-shirt, a Game of Thrones fan, Jimmy Morgan Jr., used a spear to defend himself against a man who had broken into his trailer home in Wichita Falls, Texas. Morgan stabbed the intruder, 25-year-old Thomas McGowan, who fled and was later arrested by police. The Night’s Watch is a military order within the fictional world created by George R. R. Martin for his fantasy novel series, A Song of Ice and Fire, which was adapted into the HBO series A Game of Thrones.
The epic tale began around 11:50 PM last Tuesday night, when police attempted to pull over a car that was reported stolen. The driver, McGowan, was able to evade the police and ditched his car. Taking off on-foot, Thomas happened upon Morgan’s trailer home, where he broke in through a window.
Jimmy heard McGowan enter and his fan instincts were replaced with survival instincts. He grabbed his trusty spear that he kept within arm’s reach of his bed every night. The mighty battle occurred in the hallway outside of Morgan’s bedroom.
“He was standing no more than two to three feet away from me,” Jimmy said, recreating the incident by miming his deft spear work. “I looked at him. I didn’t see any weapons, however I was terrified.”
Morgan lunged with his spear at McGowan, Game of Thrones-style, injuring the intruder’s hand and shoulder. Thomas began to retreat, backing down the hallway and into the living room. Jimmy followed him with his spear and stalked him into a corner by the front door.
“The door was locked and shut,” Jimmy explained. “He said, ‘I can’t get out, I can’t get out’. After fumbling and making a real disaster at this point of my door, he calmed down and opened it. And as he was running, he smeared blood from here to high heaven.”
Morgan then called the police to report that someone had broken into his home, and he had stabbed them with his spear. The police found McGowan a short time later, arrested him, and charged him with evading arrest with a vehicle, criminal trespassing of a habitation, and driving while intoxicated.
Jimmy is lucky the confrontation didn’t end like the fatal spear and sword fight between the Red Viper and the Mountain. How did he know how to handle himself? It turns out, his love of A Game of Thrones goes beyond the books and TV show.
“I do a hobby, it’s called SCA,” he explained. “It’s medieval fighting, and we do use spears and swords and things of that nature.”
Of course, the fan couldn’t resist providing the local news station with a short demonstration. Tragically, there’s no spear action. But as a consolation prize, MTV News created Morgan gifs of him lunging and slicing with his sword.
“I don’t have a firearm, so I have a short spear,” he said. “[It’s] very quick, very agile, and very deadly.”
Fortunately, the encounter didn’t become deadly. McGowan was treated for his wounds at a nearby hospital and is recovering in the Wichita County jail. His bonds total $5,500.
The whole thing could have been avoided. The reported stolen car was actually McGowan’s own car, which he had found without ever updating the police.
“I am a Christian man and I don’t want to take life,” concluded Morgan, like out of an episode of A Game of Thrones. “However I want to make sure that he understands that his life was mine to take. I let him have it.”
No word yet on what this fan thinks of the return of actor Charles Dance to A Game of Thrones season 5. But let’s be honest, his response probably involves a spear.