Warden of the West

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Warden of the West
Warden of the West, by David Griffith © Fantasy Flight Games
Warden of the West, by David Griffith © Fantasy Flight Games
Office Supreme general in western Westeros
Region Seven Kingdoms
Current Holder Daven Lannister
First Holder Loren Lannister
Creator Aegon I Targaryen
Created Aegon's Conquest

Warden of the West is a warden title traditionally held by House Lannister, the Lords of Casterly Rock and rulers of the westerlands, on behalf of the Iron Throne.[1] The warden has been responsible for the defense of the western lands of the Seven Kingdoms since Aegon's Conquest.[2]


The Warden of the West is tasked with defending the western regions of the Seven Kingdoms from invaders.[3] Although now part of the realm, men from the Iron Islands historically raided the shores of the Sunset Sea,[4] and some ironborn desire a return to the Old Way.[5]


Loren the Last bends the knee to House Targaryen, as depicted in Game of Thrones: Histories & Lore.

Loren I Lannister, King of the Rock, was captured the day after the Field of Fire during Aegon's Conquest. Loren the Last submitted to King Aegon I Targaryen, and was named the first Warden of the West.[2]

Lord Tywin Lannister, Warden of the West, and Lord Eddard Stark, Warden of the North, supported King Robert I Baratheon during Greyjoy's Rebellion.[6]

Recent Events

A Storm of Swords

Lord Tywin Lannister, Warden of the West, by Aleksander Karcz © Fantasy Flight Games

Lord Tywin Lannister, Warden of the West and Hand of the King, is murdered by his son Tyrion in the Tower of the Hand.[7]

A Feast for Crows

Cersei Lannister, the Queen Regent, wants her uncle, Ser Kevan Lannister, to succeed her father as Hand, but Kevan insists he will only do so if he is named regent in her place and she removes herself to Casterly Rock.[8] Cersei instead names Ser Harys Swyft as Hand, Ser Damion Lannister as castellan of the Rock, and Ser Daven Lannister as Warden of the West.[9]

Daven participates in the siege of Riverrun.[10]

Known Wardens of the West


Kingslayer. An able and courageous man, no doubt, but his father is Warden of the West, Robert. In time Ser Jaime will succeed to that honor. No one man should hold both East and West.[1]

Lord Tywin the proud and splendid, Warden of the West, Hand of the King, oh, what a great man that one is, him and his gold this and gold that and lions here and lions there. I'll wager you, he eats too many beans, he breaks wind just like me, but you'll never hear him admit it, oh, no.[11]

Kevan should be the Warden of the West. Or you. It's not that I'm not grateful for the honor, mind you, but our uncle's twice my age and has more experience of command. I hope he knows I never asked for this.[10]


  1. 1.0 1.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 12, Eddard II.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Fire & Blood, Aegon's Conquest.
  3. So Spake Martin: Social Structure, Moat Cailin, and More (June 10, 2002).
  4. The World of Ice & Fire, The Iron Islands.
  5. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 11, Theon I.
  6. The World of Ice & Fire, The Iron Islands: The Old Way and the New.
  7. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 77, Tyrion XI.
  8. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 7, Cersei II.
  9. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 17, Cersei IV.
  10. 10.0 10.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 33, Jaime V.
  11. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 59, Catelyn IX.