Ilyn Payne, by Amok.
Captain of the guard (formerly)
|Book(s)|| A Game of Thrones (appears)|
A Clash of Kings (appears)
A Storm of Swords (appears)
A Feast for Crows (appears)
A Dance with Dragons (mentioned)
|Played by||Wilko Johnson|
|TV series||Season 1 | Season 2|
Ser Ilyn Payne is a knight from House Payne. He serves as the King's Justice, the royal executioner, for King Robert I Baratheon. Ilyn is a cousin to Podrick Payne. In the television adaptation Game of Thrones he is portrayed by Wilko Johnson.
Appearance and Character
- See also: Images of Ilyn Payne
Ilyn is a grim man, thin, with a beardless, pockmarked face. He has a deep set of pale, colorless eyes and hollow cheeks. He is almost completely bald. He wears iron-grey chainmail over boiled leather with a large greatsword worn over his right shoulder.
It has been mentioned more than once in the story that Ilyn lives for nothing but killing. Due to his appearance as well as his silence, many characters find him terrifying, a suitable trait for the King's Justice.
Ser Ilyn was the captain of Lord Tywin Lannister's guard when he was Hand of the King for King Aerys II Targaryen. He was heard saying that it was Tywin who truly ruled the Seven Kingdoms, rather than Aerys. The king had Ilyn's tongue torn out with hot pincers for the comment.
Ilyn was named as the King's Justice by King Robert I Baratheon as a wedding present for Tywin. It was a sinecure to compensate Ilyn for the tongue he lost in the service of House Lannister. Ilyn is an extremely skilled executioner. He has never botched an execution and seldom requires more than a single stroke to finish off his charges.
A Game of Thrones
When Eddard Stark is arrested by the Lannisters after Robert's death, Ilyn takes Lord Stark’s ancestral Valyrian steel greatsword, Ice, for his own. He later executes Lord Stark at the Great Sept of Baelor with Eddard's own sword.
A Clash of Kings
During the Battle of the Blackwater, Queen Cersei Lannister has Ilyn remain with her in the Queen's Ballroom of Maegor's Holdfast, in the Red Keep. When Osfryd Kettleblack informs the Queen that a groom and two maidsevants where caught trying to flee the Red Keep with three of the king's horses, she has Ser Ilyn execute them and place their heads on pike outside the stables. The reason for Ser Ilyn's presence, however, is to have him kill Sansa and herself if Stannis is victorious.
When the turncloaks and hostages of the Battle of the Blackwater are presented in the throne room, Joffrey beckons Ser Ilyn to execute a bastard of House Florent who remains defiant and hails Stannis as the true king and denounces Joffrey as a monster and abomination born of incest.
A Storm of Swords
Lord Tywin Lannister takes Ice from Ilyn and presents him with a new sword. Ilyn is present at King Joffrey Baratheon's wedding feast. Joffrey asks him for his sword so he and his new wife, Margaery Tyrell, can cut the huge dove pie. Ilyn now wields a greatsword that is six feet long and is silver bright with runes. The blade is decorated with ruby eyes on its pommel and has a chunk of dragonglass carved in the shape of a grinning skull.
A Feast for Crows
Ser Jaime Lannister demands the services of Ser Ilyn on his ride north to Riverrun as a condition for leading the expedition. Ilyn begins practicing the sword with Jaime when they stop at Hayford. Jaime chooses Ilyn as his sparring partner because Ilyn can neither talk, read nor write. As a result of this, Jaime reveals many of his darker secrets to Ilyn, knowing the mute and illiterate knight can never reveal it to anyone.
Oft-times Ser Ilyn frightens me as well, sweet lady. He has a fearsome aspect.
Ser Ilyn has not been feeling talkative these past fourteen years.
He does so love his work…
Ser Ilyn made the perfect drinking companion. He never interrupted, never disagreed, never complained or asked for favors or told long pointless stories. All he did was drink and listen.
– thoughts of Jaime Lannister
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 59, Sansa IV.
- A Game of Thrones, Appendix.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 15, Sansa I.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 27, Jaime III.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 11, Jaime II.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 65, Arya V.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 26, Arya VI.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 57, Sansa V.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 60, Sansa VI.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 65, Sansa VIII.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 60, Tyrion VIII.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 38, Jaime VI.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 43, Eddard XI.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 44, Jaime VII.