Captain of the guards

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Captain of the guards[1][2] or captain of the guard[1][3] is a position charged with the command of a castle's household guards.[4] When he is away for a long period of time, a new captain can be appointed at his place.[1] The commander of the garrison is a similar position.[5][6][7]


Ser Merrell Bullock was the commander of the castle garrison at Dragonstone during the reign of King Jaehaerys I Targaryen.[7] He was relieved of his position by Princess Rhaena Targaryen in 54 AC.[8]

During the Dance of the Dragons, King Aegon II Targaryen retook Dragonstone from his half-sister, Rhaenyra Targaryen. His men hanged the captain of the guard from the battlements along side Ser Robert Quince, Grand Maester Gerardys, the master-at-arms and the steward of the castle.[9]

Ser Tommard Heddle commanded the garrison at Whitewalls during the Second Blackfyre Rebellion.[6]

Ser Ilyn Payne, Lord Tywin Lannister's captain of the guards during his time at King Aerys II Targaryen's court, had his tongue torn out with hot pincers for saying that it was Tywin who truly ruled the Seven Kingdoms.[10] He later became Robert I Baratheon's King's Justice.[11]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

At the start of the series, Jory Cassel has been serving as Winterfell's captain of the guard for more than eight years.[12] He goes south with Lord Eddard Stark and Robb Stark appoints Hallis Mollen as his replacement.[1] Jory is eventually slain in the streets of King's Landing by House Lannister guards under orders from Ser Jaime Lannister.[13] He is replaced by Alyn, who is himself replaced by Tomard, when he leaves the capital with the force led by Lord Beric Dondarrion to bring Ser Gregor Clegane to justice.[14][15] Tomard is slain by gold cloaks in the throne room of the Red Keep when Eddard is arrested.[16]

Ser Vardis Egen, the captain of the guards at the Eyrie, is killed in a trial by combat by Bronn.[17]

Igon Vyrwel, Ser Robin Ryger and Areo Hotah serve respectively for House Tyrell at Highgarden, House Tully at Riverrun, and House Martell at Sunspear as the captain of the guards.[18]

A Clash of Kings

Tyrion Lannister names Bronn as the captain of his personal guards after occupying the role of Hand of the King.[19]

Unbeknownst to Vylarr, the captain of the red cloaks in King's Landing, he is sent to Riverrun by Tyrion as part of his plan to free his brother, Ser Jaime Lannister.[20]

Steelshanks Walton is the captain of the guards for House Bolton. He is among Roose Bolton's army who captures Harrenhal.[21]

Ser Marwyn Belmore is appointed the new captain of the guards at the Eyrie.[22]

A Storm of Swords

Walton commands Ser Jaime Lannister's escort of two hundred men from Harrenhal to King's Landing.[23] He later departs from the capital with "Arya Stark".[24]

Bryen is the captain of the guards for House Baelish at their tower.[25]

Upon his arrival at the Eyrie, Lord Petyr Baelish dismisses Marwyn Belmore, and names Ser Lothor Brune as his replacement.[26]

A Feast for Crows

Ser Harwyn Plumm clears the broken men from Darry, before Lord Lancel Lannister takes his seat there[27] and he is later named commander of the garrison.[5]

Ser Willam Wythers serves as captain of the guard for Queen Margaery Tyrell in King's Landing.[5] Queen Regent Cersei Lannister has him occupied with various tasks around the Red Keep.[28]

Ser Marwyn Belmore is appointed the captain of the guard at the Gates of the Moon by its new lord, Nestor Royce.[5]

A Dance with Dragons

Ser Marlon Manderly serves as commander of the White Harbor garrison for his cousin, Lord Wyman Manderly.[29]