Meryn Trant

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Meryn Trant
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Title Ser
Allegiance House Trant
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 (Appears)

Played by Ian Beattie
TV series Season 1 | Season 2

Ser Meryn Trant is a knight of the Kingsguard during the reign of Robert I and his heirs. In the TV series he is played by Ian Beattie.

Appearance and personality

He has droopy eyes and a red beard.[1] Ser Jaime Lannister considers him sly and cruel.[2]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Ser Meryn Trant accompanies King Robert I to Winterfell to name his new Hand of the King, Lord Eddard Stark.[3] He participates in the Tourney of the Hand, defeating Harwin.[4] He is defeated in the tourney by Ser Loras Tyrell.[5] He is sent to apprehend Arya Stark when Lord Eddard is arrested, but is prevented from doing so by Syrio Forel.[6] Joffrey uses him to beat Sansa Stark into obedience.[7]

A Clash of Kings

Ser Meryn rides in the joust during the Tourney for King Joffrey's 13th Name Day. There he breaks two lances with Ser Hobber Redwyne, unhorsing him on the second pass.[8] Ser Meryn survives the Riot of King's Landing, when the royal procession is attacked on its return to the Red Keep after seeing Princess Myrcella off to Dorne.[9] He guards King Joffrey I during the Battle of the Blackwater.[10] After the battle, Ser Meryn and the other remaining Kingsguard spend hours knighting more than six hundred men.[11]

A Storm of Swords

He is ordered by Queen Cersei to bring Sansa Stark to the sept to marry Tyrion Lannister. During the trial of Tyrion for the death of King Joffrey, Ser Meryn recounts the story of Tyrion beating King Joffrey after the riot and tells the judges of more episodes where Tyrion threatened the life of King Joffrey [12]. Upon his return, the new Lord Commander of the Kingsguard, Jaime Lannister berates Trant for his willingness to beat Sansa on Joffrey's orders, pointing out that nowhere in the White Book do the Kingsguard swear to beat women and children. When Trant protests that the Kingsguard are sworn to obey, Jaime counters that their first role is to protect the King, which includes protecting the monarch from themselves, and that he expects the knight to use common sense when his king gives him a questionable command.

A Feast for Crows

Ser Meryn guards the apartments of the Hand of the King after the body of Lord Tywin Lannister is found until the arrival of Queen Cersei.[13]

A Dance with Dragons

Ser Meryn is present at the Red Keep when Queen Cersei completes her walk of penance.[14] He guards the Hand of the King's apartments in Maegor's Holdfast on the night of Ser Kevan Lannister's death.[15]


You are no true knight, Ser Meryn.

Sansa Stark, to Ser Meryn

References and Notes