Alliser Thorne

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Alliser Thorne
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Title Ser
Allegiance Night's Watch
Book(s) A Game of Thrones (Appears)
A Clash of Kings (Appears)
A Storm of Swords (Appears)
A Feast for Crows (Mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (Appears)

Played by Owen Teale
TV series Season 1

Ser Alliser Thorne is a master-at-arms of the Night's Watch at Castle Black.

The tone of his voice and his contempt makes him hated by all the Night's Watch's recruits.In the TV series he is played by Owen Teale.


He is a fifty year old man, heft, dry and hard, with eyes as black as onyx and black hairs ridged with white.[1]


Before he was knight of House Thorne of the Crownlands and fought on the side of Targaryen during Robert's Rebellion. He was one of the defenders of King's Landing, after its fall he was given the choice by Lord Tywin Lannister between death or taking the black.[2]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Owen Teale as Alliser Thorne(TV series)

As master-at-arms responsible for training the new recruits, Ser Alliser gives Jon Snow the mocking nickname of Lord Snow. His disdain turns into hatred when Jon replies to one of his mockeries, provoking the hilarity of the whole common room of Castle Black.[1] Having absolutely no humor, he takes the mockeries of Tyrion Lannister poorly, when, while visiting the Wall, he is invited to the table of the Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, Jeor Mormont. He is, however, so delighted at Jon Snow's appointment to the stewards that Jon thinks he is behind it.

He never misses an occasion to provoke the young bastard, and the evening Jon learns of the imprisonment of Lord Eddard Stark in King's Landing for treason, his jeers anger Jon, who tries to attack him with a knife, before being stopped and put under arrest. This mutual hostility, and the old friends well placed at the court of the master-at arms, lead the Lord Commander to send Ser Alliser to the court of the new king, Joffrey I, with the mission to acquire reinforcements for the Night's Watch.

Ser Endrew Tarth takes his place as the master-at-arms of Castle Black.[3]

A Clash of Kings

After a long travel, Ser Alliser Thorne arrives in King's Landing. In the Red Keep, he asks for an audience with Tyrion Lannister, Hand of the King. Tyrion though, remembering him as the man he liked least when he visited the Wall and considering him a bitter, mean-spirited person with too much sense of the own worth, makes Bronn answer that he will see Ser Alliser later while making sure he will get a cell where nobody has changed the rushes for a year.[4] Ser Alliser appears before the throne, only to be mocked by Tyrion. However, Tyrion allowed for word to be put out in King's Landing that the Night's Watch was in need of men.

A Storm of Swords

At some point, presumably after returning from King's Landing, Ser Alliser was directed by Lord Commander Ser Jeor Mormont to Eastwatch-by-the-sea. He returns to Castle Black during the resistance to Mance Rayder's wildlings' siege and becomes one of Janos Slynt's followers.[5] During the choosing for a new Lord Commander, he came in sixth in voting on the first day, lost votes on the second day and withdrew his name and placed his support with Janos Slynt.[6]

A Feast for Crows

Slynt and Thorne try and cast doubts over the election of Jon Snow to Lord Commander.

A Dance with Dragons

When Janos Slynt refuses to obey orders, Jon Snow has him executed. Thorne is present when the command was given but didnt interfere much to Jon's disappointment. Jon Snow later ordered Thorne to accompany several rangers on a ranging. Thorne is angry at Snow and states that he will not refuse as he believes Jon is also looking for a reason to execute him. Thorne then states that he will return from the ranging, one way or the other.

References and Notes

See Also

See also the article on Alliser Thorne on the Game of Thrones wiki.

Alliser Thorne's Story "You Don't Know Cold"