Mandon Moore

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Mandon Moore
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Title Ser
Allegiance House Moore
Culture Valemen
Died In 299 AC, at the Blackwater Rush[1]
Book(s) A Game of Thrones (appears)
A Clash of Kings (appears)
A Storm of Swords (mentioned)

Played by James Doran
TV series Season 1 | Season 2

Ser Mandon Moore is a knight of House Moore. He is a member of King Robert I Baratheon's Kingsguard. In the television adaptation Game of Thrones he is played by James Doran.

Appearance and Character

See also: Images of Mandon Moore

He has pale grey eyes, oddly flat and lifeless.[2] Bronn thinks that he has the eyes of a fish. Wearing the white raiment of the Kingsguard makes him look like a corpse in a shroud.[2]

He is described as a skilled warrior, but is not loved by the smallfolk despite his prowess, nor is he close to any of his fellow brothers of the Kingsguard. Barristan Selmy says about him that he has no friend but his sword and no life but duty.[3] Jaime Lannister considers him the most dangerous of the Kingsguard after himself, as his face doesn't give away what he will do next.[2] Tyrion Lannister notes that Mandon is a man others would not follow.[4]


He came from the Vale of Arryn and was brought to King's Landing by Lord Jon Arryn. King Robert I Baratheon made him a member of the Kingsguard. Neither of the two loved him very much, though.[3]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Ser Mandon guards the door of the council chambers when Sansa Stark is summoned to the small council in relation to her father's arrest as a traitor and is brought there by Ser Boros Blount. He ushers the two into the room. He later escorts Sansa back to the high tower of Maegor's Holdfast.[5]

He is present in the throne room when Ser Barristan Selmy is dismissed, and, together with the other members of the Kingsguard, laughs at his former sworn brother's shame.[6]

A Clash of Kings

Ser Mandon's strange dead eyes make Sansa Stark uneasy.[7]

He is on guard outside the chambers of the small council when Tyrion Lannister arrives with Bronn and Timett, carrying a message by his lord father, Tywin Lannister. He refuses to let Tyrion in, since Queen Cersei has ordered them not to be disturbed. That Tyrion has a letter from his father has no effect, neither does the threat of Tyrion’s companions, even when Ser Mandon is told that Bronn killed Ser Vardis Egen, whom Mandon knew. After a bit of delay, during which Tyrion thinks about forcing his way through, Ser Mandon allows only Tyrion to pass.[2]

Ser Mandon is among the escort for the party that sees Princess Myrcella off to Dorne. He guards King Joffrey I when the mob attacks the royal party, abandoning Sansa Stark, though he is hersworn shield. Someone from the crowd manages to grab the king's leg, but Ser Mandon's sword slashes down, cutting the hand from the wrist. He later helps the shaken king off his horse after they have reached the safety of the Red Keep. When a furious Tyrion attacks King Joffrey for his actions in the streets, slapping, shoving and kicking his nephew, Ser Mandon pulls him off a howling Joffrey. Tyrion then berates him about his failure to protect Sansa, but he remains untroubled and declares that, when the mob began attacking the Hound, his first thought was to protect the king, a rationale seconded by Cersei who states Ser Mandon did right.[8]

During the battle of the Blackwater, Ser Mandon is assigned to guard King Joffrey and Tyrion Lannister. However, when the king leaves for the Three Whores, Ser Mandon stays with Tyrion and accompanies him and Podrick Payne on the way from the Mud Gate to the King's Gate, after information has been received that enemy forces intend to batter down the King's Gate with a ram. Tyrion tries to talk Sandor Clegane, who is in charge at the King's Gate, into leading his men in a sortie against the enemies, receiving a dismissive answer. When Ser Mandon tells the Hound that the King's Hand commands him, the answer is: "Bugger the King's Hand."[9] While the fighting outside the walls is underway, Ser Mandon attempts to kill Tyrion, managing to cause a severe injury to his face, but Podrick pushes him into the Blackwater Rush, where he drowns under the weight of his armor.[1]

Tyrion is later convinced that Ser Mandon tried to kill him on Queen Cersei's orders.[10]

A Storm of Swords

Tyrion Lannister asks Ser Bronn what he knows about Ser Mandon, arguing that he owes the man a great deal and wants to repay his debt, yet knows precious little about him. But all Bronn can tell him is that Ser Mandon has drowned, had eyes like a fish and wore a white cloak. As Tyrion wants to establish a link between Ser Mandon and his sister Cersei to prove that she was behind Ser Mandon's attempt on his life, seeing no reason the Kingsguard member should have wished him dead on his own, he offers to pay Bronn for making inquiries into Ser Mandon's background. However, he is not sharing his real motives with the newly knighted sellsword.[11]

Lord Tywin Lannister, advising his son that his brother Ser Jaime would have never been so foolish to remove his helmet during a battle, asks Tyrion whether he at least killed the man who cut him, receiving the answer: "Oh, the wretch is dead enough." Yet Tyrion doesn't share with his father his suspicion that Cersei gave the order for making sure that he would not survive the battle of the Blackwater, as Lord Tywin would never listen to such allegations without proof.[11]

Tyrion meets Varys for the first time since his injury and the Spider asks him whether the visit has to do with the inquiries Ser Bronn has been making about "the gallant Ser Mandon Moore." Tyrion prompts Varys to share information about Ser Mandon, including that he was brought to King's Landing by Lord Jon Arryn and made a member of the Kingsguard by King Robert I, although both didn't love him much, that his brothers in the Kingsguard didn't warm up to him and that he wasn't the kind of man the smallfolk cheered for in a tourney, his considerable prowess notwithstanding. Varys quotes Ser Barristan Selmy saying once that "Ser Mandon had no friend but his sword and no life but his duty", and Varys suspects that this wasn't meant altogether as praise, although it would sound like Ser Mandon represented the exact qualities sought in members of the Kingsguard. However, nothing of this is new to Tyrion, as Bronn's inquiries have yielded the same results. Tyrion wonders whether Varys knows more than he is prepared to say.[3]

When Ser Jaime Lannister assumes his duties as Lord Commander of the Kingsguard, he notices that in his absence the White Book has not been updated, as that is the Lord Commander's duty, and that the death of Ser Mandon has yet to be recorded.[12]

Quotes about Mandon

...Ser Mandon flashed past him, death in snow-white silk.[1]

– thoughts of Tyrion Lannister during the battle of the Blackwater


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