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| Character_name = [[File:House Slynt.PNG|50px|left]] '''Janos Slynt''' [[File:City watch.png|50px]][[Image:Minigdn.png|50px|right]]  
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| Character_name = [[File:House Slynt.svg|50px|left]] Janos Slynt [[File:City Watch.svg|50px|right]]<br>[[Image:Night's Watch.svg|50px]]  
 
| image          = [[File:Janos Slynt by henning.jpg|300px]]
 
| image          = [[File:Janos Slynt by henning.jpg|300px]]
 
| image_caption  = by Henning Ludvigsen, FFG©.
 
| image_caption  = by Henning Ludvigsen, FFG©.
 
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| Title          = Commander of the City Watch<br> Lord of [[Harrenhal]]
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| Title          = Captain of the [[Iron Gate]] (formerly)<br>[[Commander of the City Watch]]<br>[[Lord of Harrenhal]]
| Allegiance    = [[Night's Watch]]<br>[[House Slynt]]<br>[[City Watch of King's Landing]]
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| Allegiance    = [[City Watch of King's Landing]]<br>[[House Slynt]]<br>[[Night's Watch]]
 
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| Culture        = [[Crownlands]]
 
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| Issue          = [[Morros Slynt]]<br>[[Jothos Slynt]]<br>[[Danos Slynt]]<br>Daughter
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| Place_of_Birth = [[King's Landing]]{{ref|awoiaf| Janos Slynt}}
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| Date_of_Birth  = or between {{Date|260}} and {{Date|278}}<ref>''See the [[Years after Aegon's Conquest/Calculations Ages (Continued)#Janos Slynt|Janos Slynt]] calculation.''</ref>
 
| Place_of_Death = [[Castle Black]]
 
| Place_of_Death = [[Castle Black]]
 
| Date_of_Death  = {{Date|300}}
 
| Date_of_Death  = {{Date|300}}
| Books          = [[A Game of Thrones]] (Appears)<br>[[A Clash of Kings]] (Appears)<br>[[A Storm of Swords]] (Appears)<br>[[A Feast for Crows]] (Mentioned)<br>[[A Dance with Dragons]] (Appears)
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| Books          = ''[[A Game of Thrones]]'' (appears)<br>''[[A Clash of Kings]]'' (appears)<br>''[[A Storm of Swords]]'' (appears)<br>''[[A Feast for Crows]]'' (mentioned)<br>''[[A Dance with Dragons]]'' (appears)
 
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| Played_by      = Dominic Carter
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| Played_by      = [[w:Dominic Carter (actor)|Dominic Carter]]
| TV_series      = [[Game of Thrones - Season 1|Season 1]] {{!}} [[Game of Thrones - Season 2|Season 2]]
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| TV_series      = [[Game of Thrones - Season 1|Season 1]] {{!}} [[Game of Thrones - Season 2|Season 2]] {{!}} [[Game of Thrones - Season 4|Season 4]] {{!}} [[Game of Thrones - Season 5|Season 5]]
 
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[[File:Janos Slynt.png|300px|thumb|Janos Slynt as Commander of the City Watch in the HBO adaptation]]
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'''Janos Slynt''' is the head of [[House Slynt]] and [[Commander of the City Watch|commander]] of the [[City Watch of King's Landing]]. His father was a butcher.{{Ref|AGOT|69}} In the television adaptation ''[[Game of Thrones]]'', he is played by [[w:Dominic Carter (actor)|Dominic Carter]].<ref>[http://www.liftingfaces.com/2009/09/game-of-thrones-cast-so-far/ Game of Thrones: cast so far] on Liftingfaces</ref>
  
Lord '''Janos Slynt''' is the head of [[House Slynt]] and commander of the [[City Watch of King's Landing]]. His father was a butcher.{{ref|aGoT|69}} In the [[Game of Thrones|TV series]], he is played by Dominic Carter.<ref>[http://www.liftingfaces.com/2009/09/game-of-thrones-cast-so-far/ Game of Thrones: cast so far] on Liftingfaces</ref>
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==Appearance==
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:''See also: [[:Category:Images of Janos Slynt|Images of Janos Slynt]]''
  
==Appearance==
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Janos is a stout man, with jowls and a bald pate.{{Ref|aGoT|27}} He is frog-faced and built like a keg.{{Ref|aCoK|8}} He wears ornate gold-and-black plate with a high-crested helm.{{ref|AGOT|49}}
He is a stout man, with jowls and a bald pate.{{Ref|aGoT|27}} He is frog-faced and built like a keg.{{Ref|aCoK|8}}
 
  
 
==History==
 
==History==
Slynt was captain of the [[Iron Gate]] and was raised to commander of the City Watch after the death of the previous commander, [[Manly Stokeworth]].{{ref|aDwD|7}}
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Janos was born the son of a butcher in [[King's Landing]]. While captain of the [[Iron Gate]], he was raised to Commander of the [[City Watch of King's Landing]], the so-called gold cloaks, after the death of the previous commander, [[Manly Stokeworth]].{{ref|aDwD|7}}
 
 
During his reign as Commander of the [[Gold Cloaks]], Janos was known for taking bribes and selling positions and promotions. By the end of his tenure, over half the officers were paying him part of their salaries. [[Jon Arryn]] discovered this and had two men who were willing to come forward to testify against Janos, but both were found dead a short time later. Despite this, Arryn still wished for Slynt to be dismissed but [[Robert Baratheon]] stated that...
 
  
{{Quote|"They all steal, better one we know the next man might be worse."{{ref|aSoS|78}}
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During his rule as commander of the gold cloaks, Janos was known for taking bribes and selling positions and promotions. By the end of his tenure, over half the officers were paying him part of their salaries. Lord [[Jon Arryn]], the [[Hand of the King]] to [[Robert I Baratheon]], discovered this, and had two men who were willing to come forward to testify against Janos, but both were found dead a short time later. Robert recognized Janos's corruption, but allowed him to remain in his position, arguing his successor might be worse. The king's brother, Lord [[Stannis Baratheon|Stannis]], felt Lord [[Petyr Baelish]] had convinced Robert to retain Janos.{{ref|ASOS|78}}
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Thus Slynt retained his office. According to [[Stannis Baratheon]], these were [[Petyr Baelish|Littlefinger's]] words coming from Robert's mouth. Stannis stated that Baelish undoubtedly knew of Slynt's corruption and made sure the crown profited from it as much as Janos. Stannis also swore that if he had been king, Slynt would have lost more than his office for such corruption.{{ref|aSoS|78}}
 
  
 
==Recent Events==
 
==Recent Events==
 
===''A Game of Thrones''===
 
===''A Game of Thrones''===
Janos Slynt is the Commander of the [[City Watch of King's Landing]] when Lord [[Eddard Stark]] becomes [[Hand of the King]]. Before the start of the [[Tourney of the Hand]], Slynt comes before the [[small council]] and reports about the disturbances caused by people flooding the city. He asks for more men to keep the peace. Lord Eddard grants Slynt to hire fifty more men and orders [[Master of Coin]] [[Petyr Baelish]] to come up with the money to pay them. He also promises Slynt twenty men of his own household guards as reinforcement for the time of the tourney.{{ref|aGoT|27}}
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[[File:Janos Slynt1.jpg‎‎|Janos Slynt by Paul Phillips©|thumb|250px]]
 
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Janos is the Commander of the [[City Watch of King's Landing]] when Lord [[Eddard Stark]] becomes [[Hand of the King]] after the death of Lord [[Jon Arryn]]. Before the start of the [[Hand's tourney]], Janos comes before the [[small council]] and reports about the disturbances caused by people flooding the city. He asks for more men to keep the peace. Eddard grants Slynt to hire fifty more men and orders the [[master of coin]], Lord [[Petyr Baelish]], to come up with the money to pay them. He also promises Janos twenty men of his own household guards as reinforcement for the time of the tourney.{{ref|aGoT|27}}  
After [[Robert Baratheon|King Robert]] has been injured by a boar during a hunt in the [[Kingswood]], Lord Eddard plans to proclaim [[Stannis Baratheon]] as the new king once Robert has died, implying a likely confrontation with [[Cersei Lannister|Queen Cersei]], who wants to install her son [[Joffrey Baratheon|Joffrey]] to the [[Iron Throne]] instead. Given the strength of the [[House Lannister|Lannister]] force commanded by Cersei, Eddard sees the loyalty of the City Watch as crucial to the success of his plan, so he contacts Littlefinger, who promises him to buy the loyalty of Slynt and his men for six thousand gold pieces.{{ref|aGoT|47}}
 
  
When Eddard goes to the throne room to challenge the legitimacy of Joffrey, he is joined by Janos Slynt at the door, and Eddard is reassured by the number of gold cloaks on display. However, when Eddard calls on Slynt to put Cersei and her children under arrest, Slynt betrays him and the gold cloaks begin to murder the [[House Stark|Stark]] household guards. Slynt personally kills [[Varly]] by slashing his throat. Shoving a dagger under Eddard's chin, Littlefinger points out: "I did warn you not to trust me, you know."{{ref|aGoT|49}}
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After King [[Robert I Baratheon]] is injured while boar hunting in the [[kingswood]], Eddard plans to proclaim Lord [[Stannis Baratheon]] as the new king once Robert has died, implying a likely confrontation with Queen [[Cersei Lannister]], who wants to install her son, Prince [[Joffrey Baratheon]], to the [[Iron Throne]] instead. Given the strength of the [[House Lannister|Lannister]] force commanded by Cersei, Eddard sees the loyalty of the City Watch as crucial to the success of his plan, so he contacts Petyr, who promises him to buy the loyalty of Janos and his men for six thousand gold pieces.{{ref|aGoT|47}}
  
Slynt is raised to Lord of [[Harrenhal]] for his services to the crown and named a member of the small council. He chooses a bloody spear on a black field as his sigil. The appointment of a commoner to such a high position causes some resentment among members of noble houses.{{ref|aGoT|57}}
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When Eddard challenge's Joffrey's legitimacy in the throne room and calls on Janos to put Cersei and her children under arrest, Janos betrays him. The gold cloaks begin to murder the [[House Stark guards|Stark household guards]], and Janos kills [[Varly]] by slashing his throat.{{ref|aGoT|49}} Musing in his cell about why his actions have failed, Eddard damns Janos as one of the people who have betrayed him and [[Seven Kingdoms|the realm]], yet he ultimately blames himself the most.{{ref|aGoT|58}}
  
When [[Barristan Selmy]] reacts with bewilderment to Cersei's announcement that he is relieved of his burden, Slynt explains bluntly that Selmy is being replaced as [[Lord Commander of the Kingsguard]], angering the old knight. Slynt laughs with others in the throne room when Littlefinger mocks Selmy. After Selmy has left, King Joffrey is outraged about the defiance and contempt the knight has exhibited and orders his arrest. Slynt declares that his gold cloaks will see to it and immediately goes after Selmy.{{ref|aGoT|57}} However, Selmy can still record his own dismissal in the [[White Book]]{{ref|aCoK|67}} and gather his possessions in the [[Red Keep#White Sword Tower|White Sword Tower]], before Slynt and three of his men confront him at the stables. When they try to arrest Selmy, the seasoned knight, only armed with a knife, manages to escape them, killing one gold cloak and riding through Slynt and the other two. Slynt sends men after him but to no avail, as Selmy is able to overcome the guards at the [[River Gate|Mud Gate]] and to kill one of his pursuers before fleeing the city.{{ref|aDwD|11}}
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Janos is raised to [[Lord of Harrenhal]] for his services to the crown and is named a member of the small council. The appointment of a commoner to such a high position causes resentment among nobles at court.{{ref|aGoT|57}} Janos chooses a bloody spear on a black field as his sigil. He adds golden scales to his black doublet and wears a checkered cape of black and gold.{{ref|AGOT|57}}
  
Musing in his cell about why his actions have failed, Lord Eddard damns Slynt as one of the people who have betrayed him and the realm, yet he ultimately blames himself the most.{{ref|aGoT|58}}
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Janos laughs when Ser [[Barristan Selmy]] is replaced as [[Lord Commander of the Kingsguard]].{{ref|aGoT|57}} After recording his dismissal in the [[White Book]]{{ref|aCoK|67}} and gather his possessions in the [[Red Keep#White Sword Tower|White Sword Tower]], Barristan is confronted by Janos and three gold cloaks in the stables. The seasoned knight, only armed with a knife, escapes them, killing one gold cloak and riding through Janos and the other two. The commander sends men after the former Kingsguard, but Barristan the Bold overcomes the guards at the [[River Gate|Mud Gate]] and kills one of his pursuers before fleeing [[King's Landing]].{{ref|aDwD|11}}
  
Following Lord Eddard's execution, Lord Slynt attends another court session, in which Joffrey hands out harsh sentences in matters brought before him, nodding in approval to every action of the king.{{ref|aGoT|67}}
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At the [[Great Sept of Baelor]], Janos and Ser [[Ilyn Payne]] follow King Joffrey's order to execute Eddard,{{ref|AGOT|65}}{{ref|ACOK|8}} with Janos displaying Ned's head to the crowd.{{ref|ADWD|65}} Afterward, Lord Slynt attends another court session, in which Joffrey hands out harsh sentences in matters brought before him, nodding in approval to every action of the king.{{ref|aGoT|67}}
  
In a conversation with [[Tyrion Lannister|Tyrion]], Lord [[Tywin Lannister]] refers to granting Harrenhal, a former seat of kings, to the son of a butcher as one example of Cersei not being able to prevent foolish actions on the part of Joffrey, also citing the execution of Lord Eddard and the dismissal of Ser Barristan in this context. Lord Tywin notes with contempt that Slynt should have chosen a bloody cleaver instead of a bloody spear as his sigil. He orders Tyrion to go to [[King's Landing]] and act as Hand of the King in his absence.{{ref|aGoT|69}}
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Lord [[Tywin Lannister]] is shocked at the granting of [[Harrenhal]] to Janos. He orders his son, [[Tyrion Lannister|Tyrion]], to go to King's Landing and act as Hand of the King in his absence.{{ref|aGoT|69}}
  
 
===''A Clash of Kings''===
 
===''A Clash of Kings''===
Lord Janos sits on the Small Council when [[Tyrion Lannister]] arrives in King's Landing. He is later stripped of [[Harrenhal]] and sent to join the [[Night's Watch]] by Tyrion along with the men he has suggested as replacements for him as Commander of the City Watch. He is replaced by Ser [[Jacelyn Bywater]]{{ref|aCoK|8}}, though Tyrion believes that in getting rid of Slynt for Bywater, he has merely replaced a man loyal to Littlefinger with one loyal to [[Varys]].
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Lord Janos sits on the small council when [[Tyrion Lannister]] arrives in King's Landing. Janos is later stripped of [[Harrenhal]] and sent to join the [[Night's Watch]] by Tyrion along with the men he has suggested as replacements for him as Commander of the City Watch. He is replaced by Ser [[Jacelyn Bywater]],{{ref|aCoK|8}} though Tyrion believes that in getting rid of Slynt for Bywater, he has merely replaced a man loyal to [[Petyr Baelish]] with one loyal to [[Varys]].
  
Tyrion's action against Janos Slynt displeases his sister [[Cersei Lannister|Cersei]]{{ref|aCoK|17}} while it elicits a statement from [[Sansa Stark|Sansa]], made in [[Joffrey Baratheon|Joffrey's]] presence, that she wishes the [[Others]] will get Slynt when he is at the [[Wall]], with which she angers the King.{{ref|aCoK|18}} [[Petyr Baelish]] cites Slynt's fate when Tyrion offers him Harrenhal as a gift for his services to the Crown (namely his betrayal of Eddard Stark), pointing out that Slynt had received Harrenhal for the same reason and yet wound up being forced to take the black, suggesting that the fruit might be poisoned. Tyrion replies that, while he had no use for Slynt, the same is not true for Littlefinger.{{ref|aCoK|17}}
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Tyrion's action against Janos displeases his sister, Queen [[Cersei Lannister|Cersei]].{{ref|aCoK|17}} Petyr cites Janos's fate when Tyrion offers him Harrenhal as a gift for his services to the Crown, pointing out that Janos had received Harrenhal for the same reason and yet wound up being forced to [[Night's Watch|take the black]]. Tyrion replies that, while he had no use for Slynt, the same is not true for Baelish.{{ref|aCoK|17}} Rumor spreads among the [[smallfolk]] that Janos was exiled because he was too bluff and honest for Tyrion.{{ref|ACOK|41}}
  
 
===''A Storm of Swords''===
 
===''A Storm of Swords''===
Not knowing that [[Renly Baratheon|Renly]] is already dead, [[Bowen Marsh]] of the [[Night's Watch]] sends an appeal to the five kings, in which he asks them to send men to defend the [[Wall]] and the realm against an expected attack by [[Mance Rayder]]'s [[Free Folk|wildlings]]. He also tells them about the possible death of [[Lord Commander of the Night's Watch|Lord Commander]] [[Jeor Mormont|Mormont]] during [[the Great Ranging]]. When Grand Maester [[Pycelle]] informs Lord [[Tywin Lannister]] about the letter, the [[Hand of the King]] is annoyed about the neutrality the Night's Watch keeps in the [[War of the Five Kings]] and suggests that no help will be sent, until a [[House Lannister|Lannister]] ally has been installed as new Lord Commander and brings discipline back to the Wall. Pycelle suggests Janos Slynt for the position, angering [[Tyrion Lannister]], who reminds his father that he was against a butcher's son holding [[Harrenhal]]. Lord Tywin disagrees, arguing that "there is a tool for every task, and a task for every tool". When Tyrion objects that Slynt will sell himself to the highest bidder, Lord Tywin answers that he counts that in the man's favor. Knowing that the Black Brothers chose their own commander and direct support for Slynt would thus be unwise, Lord Tywin orders Pycelle to write a letter to Marsh in the name of [[Joffrey Baratheon|King Joffrey]], in which the demand for men is rejected for the time being but the "fondest regards to his faithful friend and servant Lord Janos Slynt" are also expressed. Thinking by himself, Tyrion regrets that he didn't leave orders for Slynt to be disposed of the way his partner in crime [[Allar Deem]] was.{{Ref|aSoS|32}}
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Not knowing that [[Renly Baratheon]] is dead, [[Bowen Marsh]] of the [[Night's Watch]] sends an appeal to the [[War of the Five Kings|five kings at war]], in which he asks them to send men to defend the [[Wall]] and the realm against an expected attack by [[Mance Rayder]]'s [[free folk|wildlings]]. He also tells them about the possible death of [[Lord Commander of the Night's Watch|Lord Commander]] [[Jeor Mormont|Mormont]] during the [[great ranging]]. Lord [[Tywin Lannister]], annoyed about the neutrality of the Night's Watch, suggests Janos become the new Lord Commander as a [[House Lannister|Lannister]] ally against the objections of Tyrion.{{ref|ASOS|32}} Tywin orders Grand Maester [[Pycelle]] to write to Bowen in the name of King [[Joffrey Baratheon|Joffrey]], in which the demand for men is rejected for the time being but the "fondest regards to his faithful friend and servant Lord Janos Slynt" are also expressed. Tyrion regrets that he did not leave orders for Janos to be disposed of the way his partner in crime [[Allar Deem]] was.{{Ref|aSoS|32}}
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[[File:Janos Wall.jpg|400px|thumb|Janos at the [[Wall]] - by Amok ©]]
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Janos arrives at [[Castle Black]] and hauls [[Jon Snow]] before him on charges of treason and oathbreaking. He allies with Ser [[Alliser Thorne]] and Ser [[Glendon Hewett]] and has [[Rattleshirt]] confirm that Jon killed [[Qhorin Halfhand]]. Janos has Jon arrested and placed in an ice cell.{{Ref|aSoS|69}}
  
Slynt arrives at [[Castle Black]] and hauls [[Jon Snow]] before him on charges of treason and oathbreaking. He allies with Ser [[Alliser Thorne]] and Ser [[Glendon Hewett]]. He brings [[Rattleshirt]] out who confirms that Jon killed [[Qhorin Halfhand]]. He has Jon arrested and placed in an ice cell.{{Ref|aSoS|69}}
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After being prevented by Maester [[Aemon Targaryen (son of Maekar I)|Aemon]] from hanging Jon, Janos sends Jon to assassinate Mance Rayder, hoping that Jon will be killed in the process. [[Stannis Baratheon]]'s army arrives and [[battle beneath the Wall|captures]] Mance, however.{{Ref|aSoS|73}}
  
After being prevented by [[Maester Aemon]] from hanging Jon, Slynt sends Jon to assassinate [[Mance Rayder]], hoping that Jon will be killed in the process.{{Ref|aSoS|73}}
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Janos puts himself forth as candidate to succeed Jeor Mormont as [[Lord Commander of the Night's Watch]], with the support of Alliser and later [[Bowen Marsh]].{{Ref|aSoS|75}} Janos also tries to persuade Stannis to support him, but Stannis's personal dislike for Janos over his corruption and his distaste for the man's sycophantic flattery put an end to it. Due to the rivalry between [[Cotter Pyke]] and Ser [[Denys Mallister]], Slynt's chances improve. In the end, he is defeated by the efforts of [[Samwell Tarly]], who persuades Cotter and Denys to support Jon Snow as a compromise candidate.{{Ref|aSoS|78}}{{Ref|aSoS|79}}
  
Slynt puts himself forth as candidate to succeed [[Jeor Mormont]] as [[Lord Commander of the Night's Watch]], with the support of Ser Alliser Thorne and later on of [[Bowen Marsh]] as well.{{Ref|aSoS|75}} Slynt also tries to persuade [[Stannis Baratheon|Stannis]] to support him, but Stannis's dislike for Slynt and his distaste for the man's sycophantic flattery put an end to it. Due to the rivalry between [[Cotter Pyke]] and Ser [[Denys Mallister]], Slynt's chances improve. In the end, he is defeated by the efforts of [[Samwell Tarly]] who persuades Pyke and Mallister to support Jon Snow as a compromise candidate.{{Ref|aSoS|78}}{{Ref|aSoS|79}}
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===''A Feast for Crows''===
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Janos informs the Lannister court of events at the Wall, sending a letter to Grand Maester Pycelle telling of Stannis trying to make common cause with the wildlings.{{ref|affc|17}}
  
 
===''A Dance With Dragons''===
 
===''A Dance With Dragons''===
[[File:Janos Slynt1.jpg‎‎|Janos Slynt by Paul Phillips©|thumb|250px]]
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[[File:Small Justice for Ned.jpg|350px|thumb|Small Justice for Ned - by acazigot ©]]
To avoid Slynt undermining his authority with his scheming, to separate him from his ally [[Alliser Thorne]] and in view of his experience, Jon Snow, now Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, decides to give Slynt command of the abandoned way castle [[Greyguard]].  
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To avoid Janos undermining his authority with his scheming, to separate him from his ally, Ser [[Alliser Thorne]], and in view of his experience, [[Jon Snow]], now Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, decides to give Janos command of the abandoned way castle [[Greyguard]].{{ref|ADWD|7}}
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Janos refuses to follow Jon's orders, however, doing so the second time publicly. Jon, sick of Janos's insubordination and knowing either imprisoning him or forcing him to go would only cause further problems, orders that Janos be taken to the top of the [[Wall]] and hanged, though the arrogant Janos threatens [[Tywin Lannister]]'s retribution, unaware that Tywin has died. Jon follows the moral code that [[Eddard Stark]] had set his sons, including, "The man who passes the sentence should swing the sword." Jon orders his men to fetch a chopping block so he can carry out the beheading himself, under the laws of the [[First Men]] his father had followed. Janos begs for mercy with his head on the block, but Jon quickly beheads him with [[Longclaw]]. A watching [[Stannis Baratheon]] approves of Jon's decision.{{Ref|aDwD|7}}
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Janos's accusations toward Jon are remembered by some of the men at Castle Black, hampering the new Lord Commander's support.{{ref|ADWD|17}}
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==Quotes by Janos==
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{{quote|You and your threats, well, we will see. I am the king's friend, you know. We shall hear what [[Joffrey Baratheon|Joffrey]] has to say about this. And [[Petyr Baelish|Littlefinger]] and [[Cersei Lannister|the queen]], oh, yes. Janos Slynt has a good many friends. We will see who goes sailing, I promise you. Indeed we will.{{ref|ACOK|8}}|Janos to [[Tyrion Lannister]]}}
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{{quote|You lie through your [[bastard]]'s teeth. Well, I will not suffer it. I will not! You might have fooled [[Donal Noye|this crippled blacksmith]], but not Janos Slynt! Oh, no. Janos Slynt does not swallow lies so easily. Did you think my skull was stuffed with cabbage?{{ref|ASOS|69}}|Janos to [[Jon Snow]]}}
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{{quote|'''Janos''': Lies, all lies! A strong man makes enemies, Your Grace, they whisper lies behind your back. Naught was ever proven, not a man came forward...<br>
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'''Stannis''': Two men who were prepared to come forward died suddenly on their rounds. Do not trifle with me, my lord, I saw the proofs [[Jon Arryn]] laid before the [[small council]]. If I had been king, you would have lost more than your office, I promise you that, but [[Robert I Baratheon|Robert]] shrugged away your little lapses. 'They all steal' I recall him saying. 'Better a thief we know than one we don't, the next man might be worse'. Lord [[Petyr Baelish|Petyr's]] words in my brother's mouth, I'll warrant.{{ref|aSoS|78}}|Janos and [[Stannis Baratheon]]}}
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{{Quote|'''Jon''': It is forty leagues to [[Greyguard]]. Pack up your arms and armor, say your farewells, and be ready to depart at first light on the morrow.<br>
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'''Janos''': No. I will not go meekly off to freeze and die. No [[Eddard Stark|traitor's]] bastard gives commands to Janos Slynt! I am not without friends, I warn you. Here, and in [[King's Landing]] too. I was the [[Lord of Harrenhal]]! Give your ruin to one of the blind fools who cast a stone for you, I will not have it. Do you hear me, boy? I will not have it!{{ref|ADWD|7}}|[[Jon Snow]] and Janos}}
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==Quotes about Janos==
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{{quote|If you cannot keep the king's peace, Janos, perhaps the [[City Watch of King's Landing|City Watch]] should be commanded by someone who can.{{ref|AGOT|27}}|[[Renly Baratheon]] to Janos}}
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{{quote|Whose notion was it to make this Janos Slynt a lord? The man's father was a butcher, and they grant him [[Harrenhal]]. Harrenhal, that was the [[House Hoare|seat of kings]]! Not that he will ever set foot inside it, if I have a say. I am told he took a bloody spear for his sigil. A bloody cleaver would have been my choice.{{ref|AGOT|69}}|[[Tywin Lannister]] to [[Tyrion Lannister]]}}
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{{quote|'''Tyrion''': Janos Slynt is a butcher's son. You yourself told me—<br>
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'''Tywin''': I recall what I told you. [[Castle Black]] is not [[Harrenhal]], however. The [[Night's Watch]] is not the [[small council|king's council]]. There is a tool for every task, and a task for every tool.<br>
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'''Tyrion''': Lord Janos is a hollow suit of armor who will sell himself to the highest bidder.{{ref|ASOS|32}}|[[Tyrion Lannister]] and [[Tywin Lannister]]}}
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{{Quote|'''Bowen''': Who better to command the [[Night's Watch|black cloaks]] than a man who once commanded the [[City Watch of King's Landing|gold]]?<br>
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'''Stannis''': Any one of you I would think. Even [[Hobb|the cook]].{{ref|ASOS|78}}|[[Bowen Marsh]] and [[Stannis Baratheon]]}}
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{{Quote|This so-called Lord of [[Harrenhal]] is a butcher's whelp upjumped by the [[House Lannister|Lannisters]]. Small wonder he is venal and corrupt.{{ref|aSoS|78}}|[[Denys Mallister]] to [[Samwell Tarly]]}}
  
Still under the misapprehension that Jon's youth and inexperience give him licence to do as he pleases, Slynt refuses to follow Jon's orders, doing so the second time publicly. At this point, Jon, sick of Slynt's insubordination and knowing either imprisoning Slynt or forcing him to go would only cause further problems, orders that Slynt should be taken to the top of the Wall and hanged, though Slynt remains arrogantly confident that Jon wouldn't go through with the execution. However, Jon ultimately decides to follow the moral code that [[Eddard Stark]] had set his sons, and orders his men to fetch a chopping block so Jon can carry out the beheading himself, under the laws of the [[First Men]] his father had followed: namely 'The man who passes the sentence should swing the sword.' With his head on the block, Slynt begs for mercy and says he will obey Jon's orders, but Jon tells him it is too late, though Jon is merciful and kills Slynt quickly. [[Stannis Baratheon]], who watches the execution, approves of Jon's behavior.{{Ref|aDwD|7}}
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{{Quote|All of a man's crimes were wiped away when he [[Night's Watch|took the black]], and all of his allegiances as well, yet he found it hard to think of Janos Slynt as a brother. There is blood between us. This man helped slay [[Eddard Stark|my father]] and did his best to have me killed as well.{{ref|aDwD|7}}|[[Jon Snow]]'s thoughts}}
  
 
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Latest revision as of 11:44, 23 August 2019

House Slynt.svg
Janos Slynt
City Watch.svg

Night's Watch.svg
Janos Slynt by henning.jpg
by Henning Ludvigsen, FFG©.

Title Captain of the Iron Gate (formerly)
Commander of the City Watch
Lord of Harrenhal
Allegiance City Watch of King's Landing
House Slynt
Night's Watch
Culture Crownlands
Born In or between 260 AC and 278 AC[1], at King's Landing[2]
Died In 300 AC, at Castle Black
Issue Morros Slynt
Jothos Slynt
Danos Slynt
Daughter
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 Dominic Carter
TV series Season 1 | Season 2 | Season 4 | Season 5

Janos Slynt is the head of House Slynt and commander of the City Watch of King's Landing. His father was a butcher.[3] In the television adaptation Game of Thrones, he is played by Dominic Carter.[4]

Appearance

See also: Images of Janos Slynt

Janos is a stout man, with jowls and a bald pate.[5] He is frog-faced and built like a keg.[6] He wears ornate gold-and-black plate with a high-crested helm.[7]

History

Janos was born the son of a butcher in King's Landing. While captain of the Iron Gate, he was raised to Commander of the City Watch of King's Landing, the so-called gold cloaks, after the death of the previous commander, Manly Stokeworth.[8]

During his rule as commander of the gold cloaks, Janos was known for taking bribes and selling positions and promotions. By the end of his tenure, over half the officers were paying him part of their salaries. Lord Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King to Robert I Baratheon, discovered this, and had two men who were willing to come forward to testify against Janos, but both were found dead a short time later. Robert recognized Janos's corruption, but allowed him to remain in his position, arguing his successor might be worse. The king's brother, Lord Stannis, felt Lord Petyr Baelish had convinced Robert to retain Janos.[9]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Janos Slynt by Paul Phillips©

Janos is the Commander of the City Watch of King's Landing when Lord Eddard Stark becomes Hand of the King after the death of Lord Jon Arryn. Before the start of the Hand's tourney, Janos comes before the small council and reports about the disturbances caused by people flooding the city. He asks for more men to keep the peace. Eddard grants Slynt to hire fifty more men and orders the master of coin, Lord Petyr Baelish, to come up with the money to pay them. He also promises Janos twenty men of his own household guards as reinforcement for the time of the tourney.[5]

After King Robert I Baratheon is injured while boar hunting in the kingswood, Eddard plans to proclaim Lord Stannis Baratheon as the new king once Robert has died, implying a likely confrontation with Queen Cersei Lannister, who wants to install her son, Prince Joffrey Baratheon, to the Iron Throne instead. Given the strength of the Lannister force commanded by Cersei, Eddard sees the loyalty of the City Watch as crucial to the success of his plan, so he contacts Petyr, who promises him to buy the loyalty of Janos and his men for six thousand gold pieces.[10]

When Eddard challenge's Joffrey's legitimacy in the throne room and calls on Janos to put Cersei and her children under arrest, Janos betrays him. The gold cloaks begin to murder the Stark household guards, and Janos kills Varly by slashing his throat.[7] Musing in his cell about why his actions have failed, Eddard damns Janos as one of the people who have betrayed him and the realm, yet he ultimately blames himself the most.[11]

Janos is raised to Lord of Harrenhal for his services to the crown and is named a member of the small council. The appointment of a commoner to such a high position causes resentment among nobles at court.[12] Janos chooses a bloody spear on a black field as his sigil. He adds golden scales to his black doublet and wears a checkered cape of black and gold.[12]

Janos laughs when Ser Barristan Selmy is replaced as Lord Commander of the Kingsguard.[12] After recording his dismissal in the White Book[13] and gather his possessions in the White Sword Tower, Barristan is confronted by Janos and three gold cloaks in the stables. The seasoned knight, only armed with a knife, escapes them, killing one gold cloak and riding through Janos and the other two. The commander sends men after the former Kingsguard, but Barristan the Bold overcomes the guards at the Mud Gate and kills one of his pursuers before fleeing King's Landing.[14]

At the Great Sept of Baelor, Janos and Ser Ilyn Payne follow King Joffrey's order to execute Eddard,[15][6] with Janos displaying Ned's head to the crowd.[16] Afterward, Lord Slynt attends another court session, in which Joffrey hands out harsh sentences in matters brought before him, nodding in approval to every action of the king.[17]

Lord Tywin Lannister is shocked at the granting of Harrenhal to Janos. He orders his son, Tyrion, to go to King's Landing and act as Hand of the King in his absence.[3]

A Clash of Kings

Lord Janos sits on the small council when Tyrion Lannister arrives in King's Landing. Janos is later stripped of Harrenhal and sent to join the Night's Watch by Tyrion along with the men he has suggested as replacements for him as Commander of the City Watch. He is replaced by Ser Jacelyn Bywater,[6] though Tyrion believes that in getting rid of Slynt for Bywater, he has merely replaced a man loyal to Petyr Baelish with one loyal to Varys.

Tyrion's action against Janos displeases his sister, Queen Cersei.[18] Petyr cites Janos's fate when Tyrion offers him Harrenhal as a gift for his services to the Crown, pointing out that Janos had received Harrenhal for the same reason and yet wound up being forced to take the black. Tyrion replies that, while he had no use for Slynt, the same is not true for Baelish.[18] Rumor spreads among the smallfolk that Janos was exiled because he was too bluff and honest for Tyrion.[19]

A Storm of Swords

Not knowing that Renly Baratheon is dead, Bowen Marsh of the Night's Watch sends an appeal to the five kings at war, in which he asks them to send men to defend the Wall and the realm against an expected attack by Mance Rayder's wildlings. He also tells them about the possible death of Lord Commander Mormont during the great ranging. Lord Tywin Lannister, annoyed about the neutrality of the Night's Watch, suggests Janos become the new Lord Commander as a Lannister ally against the objections of Tyrion.[20] Tywin orders Grand Maester Pycelle to write to Bowen in the name of King Joffrey, in which the demand for men is rejected for the time being but the "fondest regards to his faithful friend and servant Lord Janos Slynt" are also expressed. Tyrion regrets that he did not leave orders for Janos to be disposed of the way his partner in crime Allar Deem was.[20]

Janos at the Wall - by Amok ©

Janos arrives at Castle Black and hauls Jon Snow before him on charges of treason and oathbreaking. He allies with Ser Alliser Thorne and Ser Glendon Hewett and has Rattleshirt confirm that Jon killed Qhorin Halfhand. Janos has Jon arrested and placed in an ice cell.[21]

After being prevented by Maester Aemon from hanging Jon, Janos sends Jon to assassinate Mance Rayder, hoping that Jon will be killed in the process. Stannis Baratheon's army arrives and captures Mance, however.[22]

Janos puts himself forth as candidate to succeed Jeor Mormont as Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, with the support of Alliser and later Bowen Marsh.[23] Janos also tries to persuade Stannis to support him, but Stannis's personal dislike for Janos over his corruption and his distaste for the man's sycophantic flattery put an end to it. Due to the rivalry between Cotter Pyke and Ser Denys Mallister, Slynt's chances improve. In the end, he is defeated by the efforts of Samwell Tarly, who persuades Cotter and Denys to support Jon Snow as a compromise candidate.[9][24]

A Feast for Crows

Janos informs the Lannister court of events at the Wall, sending a letter to Grand Maester Pycelle telling of Stannis trying to make common cause with the wildlings.[25]

A Dance With Dragons

Small Justice for Ned - by acazigot ©

To avoid Janos undermining his authority with his scheming, to separate him from his ally, Ser Alliser Thorne, and in view of his experience, Jon Snow, now Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, decides to give Janos command of the abandoned way castle Greyguard.[8]

Janos refuses to follow Jon's orders, however, doing so the second time publicly. Jon, sick of Janos's insubordination and knowing either imprisoning him or forcing him to go would only cause further problems, orders that Janos be taken to the top of the Wall and hanged, though the arrogant Janos threatens Tywin Lannister's retribution, unaware that Tywin has died. Jon follows the moral code that Eddard Stark had set his sons, including, "The man who passes the sentence should swing the sword." Jon orders his men to fetch a chopping block so he can carry out the beheading himself, under the laws of the First Men his father had followed. Janos begs for mercy with his head on the block, but Jon quickly beheads him with Longclaw. A watching Stannis Baratheon approves of Jon's decision.[8]

Janos's accusations toward Jon are remembered by some of the men at Castle Black, hampering the new Lord Commander's support.[26]

Quotes by Janos

You and your threats, well, we will see. I am the king's friend, you know. We shall hear what Joffrey has to say about this. And Littlefinger and the queen, oh, yes. Janos Slynt has a good many friends. We will see who goes sailing, I promise you. Indeed we will.[6]

—Janos to Tyrion Lannister

You lie through your bastard's teeth. Well, I will not suffer it. I will not! You might have fooled this crippled blacksmith, but not Janos Slynt! Oh, no. Janos Slynt does not swallow lies so easily. Did you think my skull was stuffed with cabbage?[21]

—Janos to Jon Snow

Janos: Lies, all lies! A strong man makes enemies, Your Grace, they whisper lies behind your back. Naught was ever proven, not a man came forward...
Stannis: Two men who were prepared to come forward died suddenly on their rounds. Do not trifle with me, my lord, I saw the proofs Jon Arryn laid before the small council. If I had been king, you would have lost more than your office, I promise you that, but Robert shrugged away your little lapses. 'They all steal' I recall him saying. 'Better a thief we know than one we don't, the next man might be worse'. Lord Petyr's words in my brother's mouth, I'll warrant.[9]

—Janos and Stannis Baratheon

Jon: It is forty leagues to Greyguard. Pack up your arms and armor, say your farewells, and be ready to depart at first light on the morrow.
Janos: No. I will not go meekly off to freeze and die. No traitor's bastard gives commands to Janos Slynt! I am not without friends, I warn you. Here, and in King's Landing too. I was the Lord of Harrenhal! Give your ruin to one of the blind fools who cast a stone for you, I will not have it. Do you hear me, boy? I will not have it![8]

Jon Snow and Janos

Quotes about Janos

If you cannot keep the king's peace, Janos, perhaps the City Watch should be commanded by someone who can.[5]

Renly Baratheon to Janos

Whose notion was it to make this Janos Slynt a lord? The man's father was a butcher, and they grant him Harrenhal. Harrenhal, that was the seat of kings! Not that he will ever set foot inside it, if I have a say. I am told he took a bloody spear for his sigil. A bloody cleaver would have been my choice.[3]

Tyrion: Janos Slynt is a butcher's son. You yourself told me—

Tywin: I recall what I told you. Castle Black is not Harrenhal, however. The Night's Watch is not the king's council. There is a tool for every task, and a task for every tool.

Tyrion: Lord Janos is a hollow suit of armor who will sell himself to the highest bidder.[20]

Bowen: Who better to command the black cloaks than a man who once commanded the gold?
Stannis: Any one of you I would think. Even the cook.[9]

This so-called Lord of Harrenhal is a butcher's whelp upjumped by the Lannisters. Small wonder he is venal and corrupt.[9]

All of a man's crimes were wiped away when he took the black, and all of his allegiances as well, yet he found it hard to think of Janos Slynt as a brother. There is blood between us. This man helped slay my father and did his best to have me killed as well.[8]

Jon Snow's thoughts

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Daughter
 


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