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Qyburn by Morgan King

Alias The Bloody Maester
Title Master of whisperers
Allegiance House Lannister
Brave Companions (formerly)
Born In 217AC or after[1]
Book(s) A Clash of Kings (Appears)
A Storm of Swords (Appears)
A Feast for Crows (Appears)
A Dance with Dragons (Appears)

Played by Anton Lesser
TV series Season 3 | Season 4 | Season 5

Qyburn is a former maester who has joined the Brave Companions. In the television adaptation Game of Thrones he is portrayed by Anton Lesser.


See also: Images of Qyburn

Qyburn is tall, slightly stooped with crinkles around his blue eyes[2] (or warm, brown eyes [3]). He has grey hair, a lean frame, and looks fatherly.[3] According to Cersei Lannister he looks like some little girl's favorite grandfather.[4]

As the new master of whisperers Qyburn garbs himself in something very like maester’s robes, but white instead of grey, immaculate as the cloaks of the Kingsguard. Whorls of gold decorate his hem sleeves and stiff high collar, and a golden sash is tied about his waist.[5]


Qyburn studied at the citadel and was as skilled a healer as Maester Ebrose. Qyburn sought to surpass him though and instead of opening the bodies of the dead to discover the secrets of the living as the citadel has done for centuries, Qyburn instead opened the bodies of the still living to discover the secrets of death. When this was discovered, Qyburn was stripped from his position as a maester for unethical experiments he performed on living humans.[6]

Qyburn joined the Brave Companions as a means to survive. Qyburn only had respect for Archmaester Marwyn of the Citadel, calling other archmaesters the "grey sheep".

Recent Events

A Clash of Kings

When the Brave Companions turn cloak and take Harrenhal for Lord Roose Bolton, Qyburn takes over the duties of Harrenhal's maester Tothmure, who is killed for dispatching ravens to King's Landing. It is mentioned by Gendry that Qyburn is rumored to have knowledge of black magic and necromancy. [7]

A Storm of Swords

When Ser Jaime Lannister is captured and brought to Harrenhal, Roose orders Jaime to be brought to Qyburn. He uses his exceptional healing abilities to prevent the infection on Jaime's severed wrist from spreading.[3] He accompanies Jaime to King's Landing when Roose decided to send him back to his father, Lord Tywin Lannister. Before departing Qyburn sends Jaime Pia hoping to ingratiate himself with the Lannisters; Jaime, however, sends the girl away.[8][9]

A Feast for Crows

Qyburn leaves the company and joins the court at King's Landing,[2] where he convinces Queen Cersei Lannister to allow him to experiment on the dying Ser Gregor Clegane. He later gains favor with her by using his knowledge to torture her prisoners. Cersei eventually appoints him as master of whisperers to replace Varys after his disappearance. Qyburn also took Varys's place on the small council.

Part of the payment for Qyburn's services to Cersei includes permission to experiment on various prisoners and enemies of Cersei's. These typically prove fatal to the subject. Qyburn works on a master project to build an "undefeatable champion" for Cersei. He orders a massive suit of armor, too huge to be worn by any man, for this purpose. His extended experiments on Gregor Clegane seem to factor into the size of his creation. Qyburn may also have some knowledge of magic, as he suspects Prince Oberyn Martell to have used it on his venom to prolong Clegane's death.

A Dance with Dragons

Qyburn is present at the Red Keep when Cersei completes her penance walk and introduces Cersei to her champion and the newest member of the Kingsguard, Ser Robert Strong.[10] Qyburn, though dismissed from the small council, still works with the eunuch's whisperers. According to Ser Kevan Lannister, Qyburn is in charge of the dungeons where most of the (falsely) accused lovers of Margaery Tyrell are held. Cersei is delighted to hear this, as Qyburn was the one last straw she could clutch in King's Landing.

Quotes about Qyburn

Qyburn does black magic. [7]


Gods be good, Cersei, he rode with Vargo Hoat. The Citadel stripped him of his chain! [11]

Jaime Lannister

References and Notes

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