Othell Yarwyck

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Othell Yarwyck
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Othell Yarwyck - Illustrated by Joshua Cairós. © Fantasy Flight Games.

Title(s) First Builder
Allegiance House Yarwyck
Night's Watch
Culture(s) Westermen
Book(s) A Game of Thrones (appears)
A Clash of Kings (mentioned)
A Storm of Swords (appears)
A Feast for Crows (mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (appears)

Played by Brian Fortune
TV series Season 1 | Season 4 | Season 5 | Season 6

Othell Yarwyck is a member of House Yarwyck and is the First Builder of the Night's Watch. In the television adaptation Game of Thrones he is portrayed by Brian Fortune.

Appearance and Character

Othell is lantern-jawed.[1] According to Jon Snow, Othell is stolid and taciturn.[2] He consider Hardhome as an unholy place.[3]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Othell is present as First Builder when the new members of the Night's Watch swear their vows.[1] Othell believes the Lance, the tallest tower of Castle Black, is unstable and risk to topple soon.[4]

A Storm of Swords

The brothers of the Night's Watch left to defend the Wall from the assault by the wildlings name one of the straw dummies after him.[5] During the choosing of the new Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, Othell puts his name forth.[6] In the end he withdraws his name from the election, though he also refuses to support Janos Slynt's candidacy.[7]

A Dance with Dragons

Othell and Bowen Marsh want to seal the gates of the Wall to prevent wildlings coming south.[8] Othell and his builders are sent by Lord Commander Jon Snow to restore the Nightfort.[9] Othell later reports back on the advancement of their work.[3]

Jon notes Othell's absence, among others, at the wedding of Alys Karstark and Sigorn, the Magnar of Thenn.[10] Othell disapproves of Jon's decision to send Borroq, a wildling skinchanger capable of entering the mind of a huge boar, to Stonedoor as the nearby woods are full of wild boars. Othell is present at the Shieldhall when Jon announces his intent on marching south.[11]


Jon: Othell, how goes the work at the Nightfort? I have had a letter from Ser Axell Florent, who styles himself the Queen's Hand. He tells me that Queen Selyse is not pleased with her quarters at Eastwatch-by-the-Sea and wishes to move into her husband's new seat at once. Will that be possible?

Othell: We've got most of the keep restored and put a roof back on the kitchens. She'd need food and furnishings and firewood, mind you, but it might serve. Not so many comforts as Eastwatch, to be sure. And a long way from the ships, should Her Grace wish to leave us, but … aye, she could live there, though it will be years before the place looks a proper castle. Sooner if I had more builders.

Jon: I could offer you a giant.[3]

—Othell and Jon Snow