Cotter Pyke

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Cotter Pyke
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Title Commander of Eastwatch-by-the-Sea
Allegiance Night's Watch
Culture Ironborn
Book(s) A Game of Thrones (mentioned)
A Clash of Kings (mentioned)
A Storm of Swords (appears)
A Feast for Crows (mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (mentioned)

Cotter Pyke is a member of the Night's Watch and the commander of Eastwatch-by-the-Sea. He is the bastard son of a tavern wench from the Iron Islands.[1] He is considered rough of speech and bold.[2]

Appearance and Character

See also: Images of Cotter Pyke

Cotter has small, close-set eyes, a broken nose and a pox ravaged face. He has a widow's peak and a sparse, rough beard. He is lean, hard and wiry. He is illiterate, and Maester Harmune must read and write his letters.[3]


According to Denys Mallister, Cotter was "raping and murdering when he was still half a boy."

Recent Events

A Storm of Swords

Cotter captures Rattleshirt at the Long Barrow.[4] When Stannis Baratheon lands his men at Eastwatch, Cotter leads him and his men along hidden paths which allow Stannis to take the wildlings attacking Castle Black unawares. He puts his name forth as a candidate for the position of Lord Commander of the Night's Watch when they hold the choosing, and is a leading candidate.[5] Cotter is vocally opposed to King Stannis naming the next lord commander, asking if he is to wipe their arses as well. He and the commander of the Shadow Tower, Ser Denys Mallister dislike one another, but are both convinced by Samwell Tarly to withdraw their candidacy and support Jon Snow, lest the other be elected. In truth, Sam was trying to avoid the election of Janos Slynt, who would have won if Cotter and Ser Denys continued to split the vote.[3]

A Dance with Dragons

Captaining the Talon, Cotter sails from Eastwatch towards Hardhome with eleven ships by the command of Lord Commander Jon Snow.[6] He is to rescue the wildlings brought there by the vision of the woods witch Mother Mole, who saw in her vision that ships would come to take the wildlings south.[7] By the time Cotter arrives at Hardhome, he has lost five ships and the wildlings are eating their own dead. The undead are lurking in the woods and in the waters. Cotter sends a raven to Jon Snow, pleading him to send help by land, since the weather was very harsh on the seas.[8] His current fate is unknown.

References and Notes

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