Alliser Thorne

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Alliser Thorne
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Title Ser
Allegiance House Thorne
Night's Watch
Born In 248 AC (roughly)[1]
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 | Season 6

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 Thorne is a slim and sinewy fifty-year-old, dry and hard, with black eyes and black hair streaked with grey.[2][3][4] He has a thin smile, and a sharp, cold voice.[5][6] He is humorless, bitter, and meanspirited.[7][3]


Prior to joining the Night's Watch, Alliser Thorne 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.[7]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Alliser Thorne - by Brittmartin ©

As master-at-arms responsible for training new recruits, Thorne 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.[2] Having absolutely no humor, he 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 to the Wall. Alliser is, however, so delighted at Jon Snow's appointment to the stewards that Jon thinks he is behind it.

Ser 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, Thorne'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 Thorne to the new king, Joffrey I, with the mission to acquire reinforcements for the Night's Watch.

Ser Endrew Tarth takes Ser Alliser's place as the master-at-arms of Castle Black.[8]

A Clash of Kings

After a long travel, Ser 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 Ser 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 Ser Alliser later while making sure he will get a room where nobody has changed the rushes for a year.[3] 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, Thorne is appointed 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.[4] During the choosing for a new Lord Commander, Ser Alliser comes in sixth in voting on the first day and loses votes on the second day. He withdraws his name and decides to support Janos Slynt.[9]

A Dance with Dragons

When Slynt refuses to obey orders, Jon personally executes him. Ser Alliser is present when the sentence is given but does not interfere, much to Jon's disappointment.[5] Jon later orders Thorne to accompany Dywen and another seasoned ranger beyond the Wall. Thorne is angry, but accepts the mission, not wanting to give Jon cause to execute him as well. He then states that he will return from the ranging, one way or the other.[10]

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.[11]

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.[2]
– Alliser and Jon Snow

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?[7]
– Alliser and Tyrion Lannister

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?[7]
– Alliser, to Samwell Tarly

Not only a bastard, but a traitor’s bastard.[12]
– Alliser, on Jon Snow

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.[13]
– Alliser and Tyrion Lannister

I suppose it was also the Halfhand who commanded you to fuck this unwashed whore?[4]
– Alliser, to Jon Snow, on Ygritte

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.[3]
Tyrion Lannister

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.[7]
Jeor Mormont and Tyrion Lannister

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.[7]
Jeor Mormont and Jaremy Rykker

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