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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
The castles of the Wall © HBO

Eastwatch-by-the-Sea is the easternmost castle of the Night's Watch along the Wall, located on a grey, windswept shore by the Bay of Seals.[1] To the west lies Greenguard, an abandoned castle.[2] Some fisherfolk live near Eastwatch.[3]

The commander of Eastwatch is Cotter Pyke, while its maester is Harmune. Iron Emmett is a promising young ranger.[4][5]

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, and sometimes catch smugglers who trade weapons to the free folk.[6] Ships stationed at Eastwatch include Talon, Blackbird, and Storm Crow.[7]

Some free folk trade with the Night's Watch at Eastwatch; wildlings prefer it to Castle Black, because trading ships visit from across the narrow sea.[8] Sure-footed mules, that can handle the ice of the Wall, are bred by the Watch at Eastwatch.[9]


Eastwatch-by-the-Sea by Ted Nasmith ©

Maester Balder wrote The Edge of the World while serving at Eastwatch.[10] Maester Wyllis, who studied the customs of the free folk and lived among them, was last seen at the docks of Oldtown hoping to find transport to Eastwatch.[11]

Half a year after the Night's Watch rebellion of 50 AC was put down and Ser Raymund Mallery and his men fled beyond the Wall, his head was delivered to Eastwatch by a free folk chieftain, who claimed that Raymund's rebels had been eaten.[12]

Corlys Velaryon visited Eastwatch on the Ice Wolf.[13]

In 219 AC, Aegor Rivers was captured at the end of the Third Blackfyre Rebellion, and King Aerys I Targaryen decided to sentence him to join the Night's Watch. However, the ship taking Aegor north to Eastwatch was intercepted en route, and he returned to the Golden Company and his support of House Blackfyre in exile.[14]

When Maester Aemon took the black, Ser Duncan the Tall accompanied him on Golden Dragon to see him safely to Eastwatch.[15] Among those aboard who had been sent to the Wall by King Aegon V Targaryen to join the Night's Watch alongside Aemon, was Brynden Rivers[15] and many of the Raven's Teeth.[16]

Before Robert's Rebellion, when Davos Seaworth was a smuggler, he traded at Eastwatch. In his youth, he served on the Cobblecat, captained by Roro Uhoris. The ship was taken by galleys from Eastwatch for the crime of trading weapons to the free folk, and Roro was beheaded at the castle.[17]

When Donal Noye joined the Night's Watch after the Rebellion, some Skagosi were serving at Eastwatch.[18]

One brother at Eastwatch is a man who set his father's house on fire, and barred the door. All nine members of his family burned to death.[19]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

A man of the Night's Watch from Eastwatch, by Anthony Palumbo © Fantasy Flight Games

There are fewer than two hundred men stationed at Eastwatch under the command of Cotter Pyke. Tyrion Lannister and the officers of Castle Black enjoy succulent crabs shipped from Eastwatch. Jeor Mormont, Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, tells Tyrion there are reports that fisherfolk near Eastwatch have seen white walkers.[3]

Bowen Marsh sends Dareon to serve with Borcas at Eastwatch.[20] Cotter writes to Jeor that large, misshapen footprints have been seen north of Eastwatch.[21]

A Clash of Kings

Tyrion, the acting Hand of the King, sends Janos Slynt and Allar Deem to join the Night's Watch, discreetly arranging for Allar to be tossed from Summer's Dream while the carrack sails for Eastwatch.[22]

Lord Commander Mormont plans to re-garrison the Long Barrow with men from Eastwatch.[23] Ser Alliser Thorne becomes the new master-at-arms of Eastwatch.[24]

A Storm of Swords

Free folk are said to be massing near Eastwatch,[18] and Maester Aemon sends ravens from Castle Black to warn Eastwatch and the Shadow Tower that Thenn raiders led by Styr are south of the Wall.[18]

Cotter captures Rattleshirt at Long Barrow,[25] and the wildling reveals that Jon Snow killed Qhorin Halfhand.[26] Alliser Thorne and Ser Glendon Hewett are among a small group of Eastwatch men who escort Janos Slynt to Castle Black. Janos takes command of Castle Black in the absence of Bowen Marsh, and he has Jon arrested.[26]

King Stannis Baratheon and his forces sail to Eastwatch, then ride west with Cotter's scouts to defeat Mance Rayder's host in the battle beneath the Wall.[25][27] Queen Selyse Florent, Princess Shireen Baratheon, and Stannis's fleet remain at Eastwatch.[27] Vindicated by Stannis, Jon trains with the promising Iron Emmett, one of Eastwatch's best rangers. Instead of Cotter or Ser Denys Mallister, Jon is chosen as the new Lord Commander after Jeor's death.[5]

A Feast for Crows

Aboard Blackbird, Samwell Tarly, Maester Aemon, and Dareon sail from Eastwatch to Braavos.[15]

A Dance with Dragons

Lord Davos Seaworth and Salladhor Saan sail from Eastwatch for White Harbor,[28] while Selyse and her queen's men travel from Eastwatch to Castle Black.[29] Lord Commander Snow sends his friends Grenn and Pypar from Castle Black to Eastwatch.[30] When Melisandre has a vision of submerged towers by the sea, Jon ponders if it is Eastwatch.[31]

In order to save thousands of wildlings trapped at Hardhome, Cotter Pyke leads eleven ships in a rescue mission, with Glendon Hewett remaining to hold Eastwatch.[32] 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.[33]


Eastwatch-by-the-Sea by Franz Miklis © Fantasy Flight Games

Davos had traded at Eastwatch in his smuggling days. The black brothers made hard enemies but good customers, for a ship with the right cargo.[17]

—thoughts of Davos Seaworth

Those look like Eastwatch men. Sailors on horses.[25]

Eastwatch was a better place to trade than Castle Black; that was where the ships came, laden with goods from the fabled lands beyond the sea.[8]

—thoughts of Varamyr

At Eastwatch I was patient ... and cold, so very cold.[34]

We are done with Eastwatch. We did not like it there. A queen should be mistress beneath her own roof. We found your Cotter Pyke to be an uncouth and unpleasant man, quarrelsome and niggardly.[29]


  1. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 19, Jon III.
  2. A Storm of Swords, Map of Beyond the Wall
  3. 3.0 3.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 21, Tyrion III.
  4. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 78, Samwell V.
  5. 5.0 5.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 79, Jon XII.
  6. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 55, Jon VII.
  7. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 33, Jaime V.
  8. 8.0 8.1 A Dance with Dragons, Prologue.
  9. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 26, Jon III.
  10. The World of Ice & Fire, The North: The Stoneborn of Skagos.
  11. The World of Ice & Fire, The Wall and Beyond: The Wildlings.
  12. Fire & Blood, A Surfeit of Rulers.
  13. Fire & Blood, Heirs of the Dragon - A Question of Succession.
  14. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aerys I.
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 15, Samwell II.
  16. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon V.
  17. 17.0 17.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 54, Davos V.
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 48, Jon VI.
  19. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 39, Jon VIII.
  20. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 48, Jon VI.
  21. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 70, Jon IX.
  22. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 8, Tyrion II.
  23. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 43, Jon V.
  24. A Clash of Kings, Appendix.
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 73, Jon X.
  26. 26.0 26.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 69, Jon IX.
  27. 27.0 27.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 74, Arya XIII.
  28. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 7, Jon II.
  29. 29.0 29.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 44, Jon IX.
  30. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 10, Jon III.
  31. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 31, Melisandre I.
  32. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 49, Jon X.
  33. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 53, Jon XI.
  34. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 9, Davos I.