Re: Jon Snow -- Beware of Spoilers
Sorry for the double post.
I just had another thought supporting why the White Walkers aren't coming right now.
We know the wall holds some Magic. (melisandra is more powerful there, Aemon lived a long time and Cold Hands couln't cross it) so I think it's safe to assume that magic is there to help the wall perform its main duty, which is to keep the White Walkers out. I don't think they can cross the wall while it still stand. Someone made the point earlier (in this thread I think) that the wall might collapse. Something along the lines of "the wall will stand as long as there are loyal mean of the NW to defend it" and now, because the men attacked their Lord Commander, we could say that the wall may not fall, or hold its same power.
two opposing arguments against this theory are
1- The men who attacked Jon WERE loyal to the watch ("for the watch" *stab stab*)
2- If these men weren't Loyal, there are the men at Eastwatch and.. that other castle at the other end (westwatch?) and even the other men that Jon sent away that a) don't know about jon's speach and subsequent, alleged, breaking of Oaths. b)don't know about Jon getting stabbed to (near) death and c) are as Loyal as they come.