Alliser Thorne

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Alliser Thorne
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Title(s) Ser
Master-at-arms at Castle Black
Allegiance House Thorne
Night's Watch
Culture(s) Crownlands
Born In 247 AC or 248 AC[1]
Book(s) A Game of Thrones (appears)
A Clash of Kings (appears)
A Storm of Swords (appears)
A Feast for Crows (mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (appears)

Played by Owen Teale
TV series Season 1 | Season 4 | Season 5 | Season 6

Ser Alliser Thorne is a knight from House Thorne who now serves as the master-at-arms of the Night's Watch at Castle Black. While capable, he is bitter and humorless, and is particularly hated by the recruits of the Night's Watch who have been trained by him. In the television adaptation Game of Thrones he is portrayed by Owen Teale.

Appearance and Character

See also: Images of Alliser Thorne

Alliser Thorne is a slim and sinewy fifty-year-old, dry and hard, with black eyes and black hair streaked with grey.[2][3][4] He has a thin smile, and a sharp, cold voice.[5][6] He is humorless, bitter, and mean spirited.[7][3]


Prior to joining the Night's Watch, Alliser was a knight of House Thorne in the crownlands and fought on the side of House Targaryen during Robert's Rebellion. Following the Sack of King's Landing, he was given the choice by Lord Tywin Lannister between death or taking the black.[7]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Alliser Thorne - by Brittmartin ©

As master-at-arms responsible for training new recruits, Ser Alliser gives Jon Snow the mocking nickname "Lord Snow". His disdain turns into hatred when Jon replies to one of his mockeries, provoking the hilarity of the whole common room of Castle Black.[2] Having absolutely no humor, he takes the mockeries of Tyrion Lannister poorly when Tyrion is invited to the table of the Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, Jeor Mormont, during his visit to the Wall. Alliser is, however, so delighted at Jon's appointment to the stewards that Jon thinks he is behind it.

Alliser never misses an occasion to provoke the young bastard. The evening Jon learns of the imprisonment of his father, Lord Eddard Stark, in King's Landing for treason, Alliser's jeers anger Jon, who tries to attack him with a knife, before being stopped and put under arrest. This mutual hostility, and the master-at-arms' old friends who are well-placed at court, lead the Lord Commander to send Alliser to the new king, Joffrey I Baratheon, with the mission to acquire reinforcements for the Night's Watch.

Ser Endrew Tarth takes Alliser's place as the master-at-arms of Castle Black.[8]

A Clash of Kings

After a long travel, Ser Alliser arrives in King's Landing. In the Red Keep, he asks for an audience with Tyrion Lannister, the acting Hand of the King. Tyrion, remembering his dislike for Alliser, has Bronn find poor quarters for the visitor.[3] Alliser appears before the throne, only to be mocked by Tyrion. However, Tyrion allows for word to be put out in King's Landing that the Night's Watch is in need of men.

A Storm of Swords

At some point, presumably after returning from King's Landing, Alliser is appointed by Lord Commander Mormont as the new master-at-arms of Eastwatch-by-the-Sea. He returns to Castle Black during the resistance to Mance Rayder's wildlings siege and becomes one of Janos Slynt's followers.[4] During the choosing for a new Lord Commander, Alliser comes in sixth in voting on the first day and loses votes on the second day. He withdraws his name and decides to support Janos.[9] Jon Snow is chosen as the new Lord Commander, however.

A Dance with Dragons

When Janos refuses to obey orders, Jon personally executes him. Ser Alliser is present when the sentence is given but does not interfere, much to Jon's disappointment.[5] Alliser opposes Jon's decision to let wildlings pass south of the Wall.[10]

Jon later orders Alliser to accompany Dywen and another seasoned ranger beyond the Wall. Alliser is angry, but accepts the mission, not wanting to give Jon cause to execute him as well. He then states that he will return from the ranging, one way or the other.[11]

Quotes by Alliser

They will call you men of Night's Watch now, but you are bigger fools than the Mummer's Monkey here if you believe that. You are boys still, green and stinking of summer, and when the winter comes you will die like flies.[12]

—Alliser to his recruits

Alliser: Lord Snow wants to take my place now. I’d have an easier time teaching a wolf to juggle than you will training this aurochs.
Jon: I'll take that wager, Ser Alliser. I'd love to see Ghost juggle.[2]

—Alliser and Jon Snow

Alliser: Come and make your japes with steel in your hand.
Tyrion: Why, I have steel in my hand, Ser Alliser, although it appears to be a crab fork. Shall we duel?[7]

—Alliser and Tyrion Lannister

It would seem they have run short of poachers and thieves down south. Now they send up pigs to man the Wall. Is fur and velvet your notion of armor, my Lord of Ham?[7]

—Alliser to Samwell Tarly

Alliser: Do you think I sailed all the way from Eastwatch-by-the-Sea to be mocked by the likes of you? This is no jape. I saw it with my own eyes. I tell you, the dead walk.
Tyrion: You should try to kill them more thoroughly.[13]

—Alliser and Tyrion Lannister

You would like me to refuse. Then you could hack off my head, same as you did for Slynt. I'll not give you that pleasure, bastard. You'd best pray that it's a wildling blade that kills me, though. The ones the Others kill don't stay dead ... and they remember. I'm coming back, Lord Snow.[11]

—Alliser to Jon Snow

Quotes about Alliser

Jeor: You are a wicked man, to provoke our Ser Alliser so.
Tyrion: If a man paints a target on his chest, he should expect that sooner or later someone will loose an arrow at him. I have seen dead men with more humor than your Ser Alliser.[7]

Jeor: Ser Alliser is an anointed knight, one of the few to take the black since I have been Lord Commander. He fought bravely at King's Landing.
Jaremy: On the wrong side. I ought to know, I was there on the battlements beside him. Tywin Lannister gave us a splendid choice. Take the black, or see our heads on spikes before evenfall.[7]

I don't believe I care to see Ser Alliser just now. Find him a snug cell where no one has changed the rushes in a year.[3]


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