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Eastwatch-by-the-Sea by Ted Nasmith ©.
Eastwatch-by-the-Sea - by Franz Miklis. © FFG
The North and the location of Eastwatch-by-the-Sea
The North and the location of Eastwatch-by-the-Sea
The North and the location of Eastwatch-by-the-Sea

Eastwatch-by-the-Sea is the easternmost castle along the Wall, located on a grey, windswept shore by the Bay of Seals.[1] Near Eastwatch live some fisherfolk and to the west lies Greenguard.[2] Some wildlings trade with the Night's Watch at Eastwatch; wildlings prefer it to Castle Black, because trading ships from "the fabled lands beyond the sea" visit.[3]

The commander of Eastwatch is Cotter Pyke, while its maester is Harmune. The Night's Watch keeps several galleys at Eastwatch, including larger vessels capable of crossing the narrow sea and lean fighting vessels. The galleys patrol the Bay of Seals in part to catch smugglers who trade weapons to the wildlings.[4] Ships stationed at Eastwatch include the Talon, the Blackbird, and the Storm Crow.


Maester Balder wrote The Edge of the World while serving at Eastwatch.[5] Maester Wyllis was last seen at the docks of Oldtown hoping to find transport to Eastwatch.[6]

The ship carrying Aegor Rivers to Eastwatch so he could take the black was intercepted en route, allowing him to continue supporting House Blackfyre in exile.[7]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

There are reports that fisherfolk near Eastwatch have seen white walkers.[8] There are fewer than two hundred men stationed at Eastwatch under the command of Cotter Pyke.

A Clash of Kings

Lord Commander Mormont plans to re-garrison the Long Barrow with men from Eastwatch.[9] Ser Alliser Thorne becomes the new master-at-arms of Eastwatch.[10]

A Storm of Swords

King Stannis Baratheon and his forces sail to Eastwatch on their way to fight the free folk.[citation needed]

A Feast for Crows

Aboard the Blackbird, Samwell Tarly and Maester Aemon sail from Eastwatch to Braavos.[citation needed]

A Dance with Dragons

Queen Selyse Florent and her Queen's Men travel from Eastwatch to Castle Black. Lord Commander Jon Snow sends his friends Grenn and Pypar from Castle Black to Eastwatch. In order to save thousands of wildlings trapped at Hardhome, Cotter Pyke leads eleven ships from Eastwatch in a rescue mission.[11] Bowen Marsh is tasked with collecting the treasures of wildlings crossing the Wall south and having the tolls sent to Eastwatch. Because their mammoths are too big to travel through the Wall at Castle Black, the giants are sent east to round the Wall at Eastwatch.[12]