|Allegiance|| House Thorne|
|Born||In 248 AC (roughly)|
|Book(s)|| A Game of Thrones (appears)|
A Clash of Kings (appears)
A Storm of Swords (appears)
A Feast for Crows (mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (appears)
|Played by||Owen Teale|
|TV series||Season 1 | Season 4 | Season 5|
Ser Alliser Thorne is a knight and the master-at-arms of the Night's Watch at Castle Black. Whilst capable, he is an ill-liked for being bitter and humorless, particularly hated by the recruits of the Night's Watch who have been trained by him.
Appearance and Character
- See also: Images of Alliser Thorne
Alliser is a slim and sinewy fifty-year-old, dry and hard, with black eyes and black hair streaked with grey. He has a thin smile, and a sharp, cold voice. He is humorless, bitter, and meanspirited.
Prior to joining the Night's Watch, Alliser was a knight of House Thorne of the Crownlands and fought on the side of House Targaryen during Robert's Rebellion. A defender of King's Landing, after its sack he was given the choice by Lord Tywin Lannister between death or taking the black.
A Game of Thrones
As master-at-arms responsible for training new recruits, Alliser gives Jon Snow the mocking nickname "Lord Snow". His disdain turns into hatred when Jon replies to one of his mockeries, provoking the hilarity of the whole common room of Castle Black. Having absolutely no humor, Alliser takes the mockeries of Tyrion Lannister poorly when Tyrion is invited to the table of the Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, Jeor Mormont, during his visit at the Wall. Alliser is, however, so delighted at Jon Snow's appointment to the stewards that Jon thinks he is behind it.
Alliser never misses an occasion to provoke the young bastard. The evening Jon learns of the imprisonment of Lord Eddard Stark in King's Landing for treason, Alliser's jeers anger Jon, who tries to attack him with a knife, before being stopped and put under arrest. This mutual hostility, and the master-at-arms' old friends who are well-placed at court, lead the Lord Commander to send Alliser to the new king, Joffrey I, with the mission to acquire reinforcements for the Night's Watch.
A Clash of Kings
After a long travel, Alliser arrives in King's Landing. In the Red Keep, he asks for an audience with Tyrion Lannister, the acting Hand of the King. Tyrion though, remembering Alliser as the man he liked least when he visited the Wall and considering him a bitter, mean-spirited person with too much sense of his own worth, has Bronn answer that he will see Alliser later while making sure he will get a room where nobody has changed the rushes for a year. Alliser appears before the throne, only to be mocked by Tyrion. However, Tyrion allows for word to be put out in King's Landing that the Night's Watch is in need of men.
A Storm of Swords
At some point, presumably after returning from King's Landing, Alliser is stationed by Lord Commander Mormont as the new master-at-arms of Eastwatch-by-the-Sea. He returns to Castle Black during the resistance to Mance Rayder's wildlings siege and becomes one of Janos Slynt's followers. During the choosing for a new Lord Commander, Alliser comes in sixth in voting on the first day and loses votes on the second day. He withdraws his name and places his support with Janos Slynt.
A Dance with Dragons
When Janos refuses to obey orders, Jon personally executes him. Alliser is present when the sentence is given but does not interfere, much to Jon's disappointment. Jon later orders Alliser to accompany Dywen and another seasoned ranger beyond the Wall. Alliser is angry, but accepts the mission, not wanting to give Jon cause to execute him as well. Alliser then states that he will return from the ranging, one way or the other.
Quotes by Alliser
|“||They will call you men of Night’s Watch now, but you are bigger fools than the Mummer’s Monkey here if you believe that. You are boys still, green and stinking of summer, and when the winter comes you will die like flies.||”|
|“||Alliser: Lord Snow wants to take my place now. I’d have an easier time teaching a wolf to juggle than you will training this aurochs.
Jon: I’ll take that wager, Ser Alliser. I’d love to see Ghost juggle.
|“||Alliser: Come and make your japes with steel in your hand.
Tyrion: Why, I have steel in my hand, Ser Alliser, although it appears to be a crab fork. Shall we duel?
|“||It would seem they have run short of poachers and thieves down south. Now they send up pigs to man the Wall. Is fur and velvet your notion of armor, my Lord of Ham?||”|
|“||Not only a bastard, but a traitor’s bastard.||”|
|“||Alliser: Do you think I sailed all the way from Eastwatch-by-the-Sea to be mocked by the likes of you? This is no jape. I saw it with my own eyes. I tell you, the dead walk.
Tyrion: You should try to kill them more thoroughly.
|“||I suppose it was also the Halfhand who commanded you to fuck this unwashed whore?||”|
Quotes about Alliser
|“||I don’t believe I care to see Ser Alliser just now. Find him a snug cell where no one has changed the rushes in a year.||”|
|“||Jeor: You are a wicked man, to provoke our Ser Alliser so.
Tyrion: If a man paints a target on his chest, he should expect that sooner or later someone will loose an arrow at him. I have seen dead men with more humor than your Ser Alliser.
|“||Jeor: Ser Alliser is an anointed knight, one of the few to take the black since I have been Lord Commander. He fought bravely at King’s Landing.
Jaremy: On the wrong side. I ought to know, I was there on the battlements beside him. Tywin Lannister gave us a splendid choice. Take the black, or see our heads on spikes before evenfall.
References and Notes
- ↑ See the Alliser Thorne calculation.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 19, Jon III.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 17, Tyrion IV.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 69, Jon IX.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 7, Jon II.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 26, Jon IV.
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 21, Tyrion III.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 60, Jon VIII.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 75, Samwell IV.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 28, Jon VI.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 41, Jon V.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 52, Jon VII.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 25, Tyrion VI.