Bowen Marsh

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Bowen Marsh
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Alias Old Pomegranate
Title First Steward
Lord Steward
Allegiance Night's Watch
Book(s) A Game of Thrones (appears)
A Clash of Kings (mentioned)
A Storm of Swords (appears)
A Feast for Crows (mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (appears)

Played by Michael Condron
TV series Season 5

Bowen Marsh is the Lord Steward of the Night's Watch.[1]

Character and Appearance

Bowen is round and red as a pomegranate.[1] He has a mind for counts and measures.[2]

As Lord Commander Jeor Mormont is known as "the Old Bear", Edd Tollett refers to Bowen as "the Old Pomegranate".[3]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Bowen is one of the guests at the dinner organized by the Lord Commander Jeor Mormont on the eve of Tyrion Lannister's departure.[1] He accompanies Jon Snow and Samwell Tarly, who have been assigned to stewardship, when they pronounce their vows in the weirwood circle in the haunted forest beyond the Wall.[4]

A Storm of Swords

Bowen is assigned as castellan of Castle Black by Lord Commander Mormont while the great ranging takes place. He sends letters to King's Landing requesting assistance for the Night's Watch.[5]

After Jeor Mormont's death at Craster's Keep, Bowen temporarily takes command of the Night's Watch until the election of a new Lord Commander of the Night's Watch. Appointing the ancient Ser Wynton Stout to command in his absence, he leaves Castle Black to face a diversion by the wildlings who lead him to the Bridge of Skulls.[6] There, he confronts the Weeper and inflicts upon him a bloody defeat, but costing heavy losses to the Night's Watch. Injured, Bowen is healed at the Shadow Tower and brought back to Castle Black by Ser Denys Mallister. On the way there, they meet and join with Samwell Tarly and Gilly.[7]

Bowen supports Janos Slynt after his own defeat in the election of the new Lord Commander, attempting to sway his sworn brothers and King Stannis Baratheon of Janos's worth.[7] However, Jon Snow is chosen instead.[8]

A Feast for Crows

Bowen returns to his duties as Lord Steward.[9]

A Dance with Dragons

Bowen is at first helpful to the new Lord Commander, but becomes increasing angry with his decisions. These include making a baseborn lad, Satin, the Lord Commander's new steward,[10] appointing the wildling Leathers as the new master-at-arms at Castle Black,[10] and allowing wildlings to join the Watch and diminish the food supply.[11][2]

Supported by most stewards and builders of the Watch,[12] Bowen suggests sealing the gate through the Wall at Castle Black, but his advice is rejected by Jon.[11] He tries to discourage the Lord Commander from leading some recruits to recite their vows in the haunted forest, suggesting Castle Black's sept instead.[13]

Jon tasks Bowen with collecting tolls from wildlings passing through the Wall and sending the riches to Eastwatch-by-the-Sea.[2][14]

The final straw for Bowen is when Jon reads aloud a letter sent by Ramsay Bolton and states his intention to march on House Bolton at Winterfell, threatening the neutrality of the Night's Watch. Bowen and fellow conspirators stab Jon Snow several times.[15]

Quotes by Bowen

We need to conserve what strength remains us. Every death diminishes us, and we are stretched so thin ... Take the high ground and win the battle, my uncle used to say. No ground is higher than the Wall, Lord Commander.[11]
- Bowen to Jon Snow


The lord commander must pardon my bluntness, but I have no softer way to say this. What you propose is nothing less than treason. For eight thousand years the men of the Night's Watch have stood upon the Wall and fought these wildlings. Now you mean to let them pass, to shelter them in our castles, to feed them and clothe them and teach them how to fight. Lord Snow, must I remind you? You swore an oath.[2]
- Bowen to Jon Snow


For the Watch.[15]
- Bowen during the mutiny at Castle Black

Quotes about Bowen

Bowen knows a deal more about counting swords than he's ever known about using them.[16]
- Mance Rayder to Jon Snow


He's the man you want in front when the foes are in the field. He'll count them right up for you. A regular demon for counting, that one.[3]
- Edd Tollett to Jon Snow


Samwell: W-what if there was someone else? Could you s-support someone else?

Cotter: Who? Bowen Marsh? The man counts spoons.[7]

- Samwell Tarly and Cotter Pyke

References and Notes

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