Clubfoot Karl

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Alias Clubfoot Karl
Allegiance Night's Watch
Died In 300 AC, at the haunted forest
Book(s) A Storm of Swords (appears)
A Feast for Crows (appendix)
A Dance with Dragons (appears)

Played by Burn Gorman
TV series Season 3 | Season 4

Clubfoot Karl[1][2] is a ranger[3] or steward[4][2] of the Night's Watch.


Karl is a large man with a clubfoot.[3]

Recent Events

A Storm of Swords

Clubfoot Karl is a member of the great ranging, the force that leaves Castle Black in search of the wildlings. One of the conspirators who intend to kill Lord Commander Jeor Mormont near the Fist of the First Men, Karl is to cut the tethers among the horse lines.[1] Karl survives the fight at the Fist. After complaining about food provided by Craster and his wives, Karl supports Dirk during the mutiny at Craster's Keep.[3]

A Feast for Crows

Karl remains at Craster's Keep after the betrayal, along with a few other former members of the Night's Watch.[5]

A Dance With Dragons

Five surviving betrayers wander in the haunted forest, planning to head south over the Wall. However, the traitors are killed by Coldhands and his ravens. Summer, Bran Stark's direwolf, finds the bodies and eats parts of the meat. [6] It is unknown if Karl is among them.

Game of Thrones

In the television adaptation Game of Thrones, Karl Tanner is a character based on Clubfoot Karl and Dirk, and he is played by Burn Gorman.

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