Jaremy Rykker

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Jaremy Rykker
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Ser Jaremy Rykker, by Ramon Ignacio Bunge © FFG

Culture crownlands
Died 298 AC
Castle Black

Played by Jeffrey O'Brien
TV series Game of Thrones: Season 1

Jaremy Rykker is a ranger of the Night's Watch and a knight from House Rykker.

Appearance and Character

According to Tyrion Lannister, Jaremy has a noble face.[1] He is not known for his patience,[2] and has a sardonic smile.[1]


Jaremy remained loyal to Aerys II Targaryen during Robert's Rebellion, and fought on the battlements during the Sack of King's Landing. Afterwards, he was given the choice by Lord Tywin Lannister between the Wall or execution. Both Jaremy and Ser Alliser Thorne joined the Night's Watch.[1]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Ser Jaremy is present when Tyrion Lannister has dinner at Castle Black with Jeor Mormont, the Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, and other senior officers.[1]

After First Ranger Benjen Stark goes missing beyond the Wall, Jaremy leads two sweeps in search of him, while Qhorin Halfhand leads another search party going north from the Shadow Tower. Nothing is found except a few blazes in trees that Benjen used to mark his way. The marks stop in the stony highlands to the northwest, and all trace of Benjen vanishes.[3]

Jaremy serves as First Ranger in the absence of Benjen. He is present during the swearing-in ceremony for the new members of the Night's Watch at the sept of Castle Black, and again when Jon Snow, Samwell Tarly, and others are sworn in at the weirwood grove beyond the Wall.[4]

After the latter ceremony, the bodies of two rangers are found by Ghost. Jaremy identifies them as Othor and Jafer Flowers, who both belonged to Benjen's party. Lord Commander Mormont is displeased that Benjen has not been found and rangers have died close to the Wall, but Jaremy explains he lacks rangers and that the Lord Commander had ordered closer patrols. When they return to Castle Black, Jeor conveys an order to Jaremy, through Jon Snow, to put the dead men into a storeroom until Maester Aemon is ready to examine them.[2]

At Castle Back, Jafer Flowers rises as a wight and kills five people, including Jaremy. The knight manages to hack the wight's already loose head off with his sword, but is killed nonetheless when the headless wight pulls his dagger from its sheath and thrusts it into Jaremy's bowels.[5]

A Clash of Kings

Thoren Smallwood states he is First Ranger with Benjen lost and Jaremy killed, a claim rejected by Lord Commander Mormont.[6] Thoren receives Jaremy's clothing and armor, right down to the House Rykker emblem used as a clasp on Jaremy's cloak, as the Night's Watch does not waste things.[7]

The death of Jaremy by the hand of a wight is brought up by Lord Commander Mormont in his conversation with Craster.[8]

Ser Alliser Thorne mentions in front of the Iron Throne that Jaremy has been killed by a wight, when he appeals to the Crown to provide more men for the Night's Watch, causing people to snigger and Tyrion Lannister to mock Alliser.[8]

A Storm of Swords

When Mance Rayder questions Jon Snow at the Fist of the First Men, he asks him who had been in command there, suggesting, among others, that it might have been Jaremy. After some hesitation, Jon admits that the ranging was led by Lord Commander Mormont himself.[9]

A Dance with Dragons

As the wildlings are about to pass through the Wall, Lord Commander Jon Snow has last doubts about his decision, thinking that a more experienced man should have dealt with Tormund Giantsbane. In this context, he thinks of Jaremy, among others.[10]


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. No offense intended, Tyrion.

Tyrion: None taken, Ser Jaremy. My father is very fond of spiked heads, especially those of people who have annoyed him in some fashion. And a face as noble as yours, well, no doubt he saw you decorating the city wall above the King's Gate. I think you would have looked very striking up there.[1]