Franklyn Flowers

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Franklyn Flowers
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Alias The Bastard of Cider Hall
The Brown Apple
Title Ser
Allegiance Golden Company
Book(s) A Dance with Dragons (appears)

Ser Franklyn Flowers, also known as the Bastard of Cider Hall, is a knight in service to the Golden Company.


Franklyn is a big-bellied, shambling hulk of a man with a seamed face crisscrossed with old scars. His right ear looks as if a dog had chewed on it and his left ear is missing entirely. He wears a lord’s ransom in golden arm rings, he may wear at least twelve of them, one for each year he has served with the company.[1]


Franklyn claims that his mother was a washerwoman at Cider Hall who was raped by one of the lord's sons. Due to this, Franklyn loathes the Fossoways. He has been with the Golden Company for at least a dozen years. He knows Griff and remembers him from when he served with Golden Company twelve years ago. He was knighted sometime after Griff left the company.

Recent Events

A Dance with Dragons

Ser Franklyn is present during Jon Connington’s rendezvous with the Golden Company three miles south of Volon Therys. During the discussions about how to meet up with Daenerys Targaryen in Meereen, Franklyn suggests the land route but Harry Strickland replies that the demon road is death.

Franklyn is one of the first to swear his allegiance to Aegon Targaryen. He remarks that he looks forward to attacking the Reach and killing some Red-Apple Fossoways. Franklyn then takes Aegon to meet the men of the Golden Company.

Once in Westeros Franklyn takes part in the taking of Griffin's Roost. Trees had been allowed to encroach on the field beyond the castle’s gatehouse, so Flowers is able to use the brush for concealment, leading his men within twenty yards of the gates before emerging from the trees with a ram that the men had fashioned back at camp. The gate turns out to be closed—but not barred—and it gives way at the second blow. Ravens are quickly dispatched by the castle but are taken out by the Golden Company’s expert archers. When Jon tells Franklyn there are to be no more messages, the next thing to come flying from the maester’s tower is the maester.[2]

During the victor's feast in Griffin's Roost's great hall, Jon Connington presides from the Griffin’s Seat while Franklyn shares the high table with Homeless Harry Strickland, Black Balaq, and the three young Conningtons they had taken captive. Franklyn is later present during Jon’s war council held at Griffin's Roost.[2]


Makes me a sort o’ brown apple Fossoway, the way I see it.[1]

- Franklyn, on being a Fossoway bastard, to Aegon Targaryen

Aegon: Why should I go running to my aunt as if I were a beggar? My claim is better than her own. Let her come to me ... in Westeros.
Franklyn: I like it. Sail west, not east. Leave the little queen to her olives and seat Prince Aegon upon the Iron Throne. The boy has stones I give him that.[1]

- Aegon Targaryen and Franklyn

So long as I can kill some Fossoways I’m for it.[1]

- Franklyn to Aegon Targaryen


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 24, The Lost Lord.
  2. 2.0 2.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 61, The Griffin Reborn.