Gared

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Gared
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Allegiance Night's Watch[1] (formerly)[2]
Born In Around 245AC[1]
Died In 298AC[2], at the North[2]
Book(s) A Game of Thrones (Appears)
A Clash of Kings (Mentioned)

Played by Dermot Keaney
TV series Game of Thrones

Gared is a ranger of the Night's Watch. His are the first words of the series.

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Appearance & personality

Gared is past fifty. He lost both ears, three toes and the little finger of his left hand to the cold.[1] He is old and scrawny.[2] He is considered a very experienced ranger.[3]

History

Gared joined the Night's Watch as a boy and spent forty years as a ranger. When his ears had frostbite one winter, Maester Aemon had to cut them off. He is known to have made fun of Ser Waymar Royce because of the fine clothes the young lordling is wearing and of his inexperience.[1]

Dermot Keaney as Gared (on Game of Thrones)

Shortly before the series starts, Gared was sent by Lord Commander Jeor Mormont ranging into the Haunted Forest, going after a band of wildling raiders. He was accompanied by Ser Waymar and Will. Mormont gave the command to Ser Waymar, although he was by far the least experienced of the three, whereas Mormont counted Gared and Will among his best men. However, Ser Waymar felt it was his due to have a command because he was a knight, and Mormont accepted because he didn't want to offend Waymar's father.[3]

For nine days, the three followed the wildlings, first going north, then northwest, then north again. The weather kept getting colder. On the ninth day, Will felt increasingly apprehensive, as if something cold and implacable was watching him, and Gared felt the same. They finally caught up with the wildlings on the ninth day. Will sneaked near their camp to gather information and saw eight people, men and women. However, he wasn't able to see any movements over an extended period of time. He returned to Ser Waymar and Gared, reporting that the wildlings were dead, probably killed by the cold.[1]

Recent events

A Game of Thrones

Gared, Will and Ser Waymar Royce are near the camp of the wildling raiders they have been following, talking about how to proceed. Gared tries to persuade Ser Waymar to head back to the Wall, but without luck. Ser Waymar points out that it's unlikely that a group of eight adult wildlings would freeze to death at a time when the Wall is weeping. Thus the three men go to search the corpses to discover what killed them. While they are approaching the wildling camp, it turns night and a half-moon rises. Gared says he can feel that something is wrong, but Ser Waymar dismisses the suggestion. He is mocking the experienced ranger repeatedly, making Gared increasingly angry.[1]

Ser Waymar orders Gared to remain with the horses while he and Will walk the last part. Gared intends to make a fire, arguing that fire can keep some enemies away. This earns him a sharp rebuke by Ser Waymar who calls him a fool. Grudgingly, Gared accepts the order. When they are at the wildling camp, Will and Ser Waymar cannot find the bodies. Will climbs a tree to look for them. Both men feel that it's getting markedly colder. Suddenly, Ser Waymar is attacked and killed by the Others. Will stays in the trees until he is sure that the Others have left. When Will goes down, he is attacked and strangled by Ser Waymar, who has been turned into a wight.[1]

It is not known how much of this Gared has seen, but he apparently flees south in terror. He does not rejoin his brothers at the Wall and so is seen as a deserter. Gared is arrested south of the Wall outside a small holdfast in the hills near Winterfell. He is in a ragged and distraught condition. He is later questioned by Lord Eddard Stark. Also present are Bran and Robb Stark, Jon Snow, Theon Greyjoy, Jory Cassel, Desmond, Tomard, Hullen and Harwin. Gared is half mad and Lord Eddard's words don't reach him.[2][4][5]

For his desertion, Gared is sentenced to death by Lord Eddard, who performs the beheading himself with the greatsword Ice, in accordance with the traditions of the First Men. It's the fourth execution of a deserter Lord Eddard performs this year. Afterwards, Theon laughs and kicks Gared's head when it lands near his feet, provoking Jon Snow's disapproval. Lord Eddard thinks that Gared behaved well just before he died and Robb grants him that he showed some courage at that moment, yet Jon Snow believes that it wasn't courage, pointing out that Gared was primarily dead with fear.[2][4] Lord Eddard sends Gared's head to Lord Commander Mormont of the Night's Watch.[3]

While Lord Commander Mormont is telling Tyrion Lannister about the conditions on the wall to gain his support, he mentions the ranging on which Will and Ser Waymar went missing. He laments giving the command to someone as inexperienced as Ser Waymar, calling himself a fool about it. He mentions that Gared had been longer at the wall than himself and that he would never have believed the man would turn. There has been no word on the other two men. Mormont has sent Benjen Stark to search for the men, and now Benjen has also disappeared. There is no one for the commander to send to search for Benjen.[3]

Quotes

We should start back. The wildlings are dead.[1]
– First words of the series


"Everyone talks about snows forty foot deep, and how the ice wind comes howling out of the north, but the real enemy is the cold."[1]
- Gared

Quotes about Gared

The poor man was half mad. Something had put a fear in him so deep that my words could not reach him.[4]
Eddard Stark, to Catelyn Stark

Game of Thrones

In the TV series the roles of Gared and Will are swapped. Gared is beheaded by an Other and Will flees south until he is captured and executed.[6] Gared is played by Dermot Keaney.[7]

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