Just started reading yhe book and I've only read this last page of this thread and have to disagree.
he's about to meet the smithy on hangmans hill at midnight but I can see he's grown as a character, just like Wilikins.
IMO Sam peaked in Gaurds Guards, we've seen his evolution into The Duke, Commander, Sir Samuel since since. People change and so do their characters, this is what has been constructed here.
GG, Thud, Nightwatch, all Watch classics but snuff so far has intrigued me and I love how Sam and his family have grown.
Times Change. Sam has changed (knuckle dusters apart). Its all good.
You may be a King or a simple road sweeper but sooner or later you'll dance with the reaper