Thursday, 2 November 2017

Game of Thrones Gossip #40 The Bad Guys

Welcome to my Game of Thrones Gossip, where us fanatics get the chance to discuss everything we love about this amazing TV series. I decided to do a whole series of these discussion posts that let us say everything we want and enjoy every second of it! Please feel free to comment fully and without restriction!

I have to warn you that it is important that you have seen all six seasons before reading any of these posts because these posts and blogger comments will be exploding spoilers all over the place. If you haven't watched the series and plan to, be warned that it's a bad idea to be here right now! I take no responsibility if you read on and things are spoiled for you.

Now I'm looking at the main characters introduced in season two, what our season one characters were doing and looking at all the bests bits. Enjoy the season two posts! 

This time I'm looking at a few of the bad guys who played minor roles in the opening two seasons but are worthy of mention.

Meryn Trant is a knight in the Kingsguard for King Robert Baratheon but his actions are on behalf of the Lannisters which is where his true loyalty lies. When the Lannisters move against Ned Stark, he leads his men to capture Arya Stark after her father's arrest but is thwarted by her sword teacher Syrio. He watches in disbelief as Syrio is able to disarm all his men with a wooden sword and decides to do the job himself. We know that Meryn Trant survives the encounter but we do not hear what happened to Syrio. Arya assumes that he is dead, giving his life to let her escape. When Ser Barristan Selmy is dismissed from his post, he draws his sword in a mild threat to Joffrey and responds to the Kingsguard moving forward by indicating that he could take them all out personally, showing his contempt for the men and their behaviour.

Trant enjoys serving Joffrey which allows him to indulge his love of inflicting pain. He enjoys slapping Sansa up on the battlements after Joffrey instructs him to do so for her being rude to him. In the Throne Room in front of the Court, Trant starts to beat and strip Sansa at Joffrey's instruction after Robb's army scores a victory, and is furious to be stopped by Tyrion. Trant makes it clear to Tyrion that he will do whatever his King commands and shows no remorse for attacking a young girl. Tyrion warns Joffrey that The Mad King was killed for such behaviour and Trant furiously berates him for threatening the King. Tyrion shows the difference between a warning and a real threat by telling Bronn to kill Trant if he speaks again. Trant is with Joffrey during the riot and refuses to do his duty to protect by telling Tyrion that he answers to only Joffrey and will not take his men out to look for the missing Sansa without a direct order which does not come. Trant is a coward and a bully who is happy to inflict misery on other people and has no honour as a Knight.

Polliver is one of the men who accompanies Lorch in the attack on the Night's Watch convoy, loyal to the Lannisters. During the fight, Polliver takes Arya's sword from her after knocking her over and is insulting to her about using it as a toothpick. She watches in disgust as he murders the injured Lommy who has been injured and cannot walk, using Needle to penetrate the boy's throat. Arya convinces him that Lommy is Gendry and the attack ceases, with the prisoners being taken to Harrenhal, where Arya witnesses his cruelty to other prisoners. He is added to her growing list. Polliver was not smart enough to notice that Arya was a girl for which he is roundly mocked by Tywin Lannister.

Amory Lorch is loyal to the Lannisters and is asked to assist the goldcloaks in their search for Gendry, after being chased off first time by Yoren. He agrees to lead a larger group to attack the convoy and is personally responsible for the murder of Yoren. He delivers the rest of the prisoners to Harrenhal where Gregor Clegane is having them tortured. Amory is not very smart as noted by Tywin, sending war sensitive messages by mistake to those loyal to Robb. Tywin tells him that Arya his cupbearer can read better than him. After Arya begins working for Tywin Lannister, Lorch catches her with a stolen letter and goes to inform on her but he is killed by Jaqen H'ghar just in time with a wolfsbane dart.

Janos Slynt is Commander of the City Guard at King's Landing when we meet him and is loyal to the Lannisters. He frequently complains about problems with his job, from the disruption of the Ned Stark tourney to the refugee crisis when the war starts. Ned asks Littlefinger to bribe Slynt to fight on his side when he challenges the Lannisters rule after Robert's death. He is unaware that both Slynt and Littlefinger are betraying him, leading to his arrest for treason. As reward, Slynt gains the title Lord of Harrenhal from King Joffrey and is given a seat on the Small Council. He oversees the murder of King Robert's bastards and sends his men to hunt Gendry down after hearing he has joined the Night's Watch. As acting Hand of the King, Tyrion takes the opportunity to replace Slynt with Bronn as Commander of the City Guard and sends the former to join the Night's Watch as punishment for all his crimes.

Craster is a wildling who lives beyond the Wall, marrying his daughters and giving his sons to the White Walkers for their army in return for being left alone. He allows the Night's Watch to spend time as his Keep on their rangings to the north and offers information about wildling movements, in return for supplies that he needs. Lord Commander Mormont is not happy with the deal but sticks to it because he needs that help. On this Great Ranging, Craster says that he has not seen Benjen Stark for several years which suggests that Benjen and his men went missing somewhere beween the Wall and the Keep. He also says that Mance Rayder has united all the wildling clans into one united force to match south, which is troubling news for the Night's Watch.

Craster takes an instant dislike to Jon Snow, who gets on the wildling's wrong side by looking at his daughters and talking back. Several times Mormont tries to tell Jon to stop annoying their host. Jon doesn't listen and follows Craster out into the snow, seeing the truth of what happens to Craster's sons and getting a blow to the head for his trouble. Craster angrily throws out his guests.

Dagmer Cleftjaw is Iron Born and makes a living reaving. As his fellow reavers ignore the orders of the newly arrived Theon Greyjoy, he decides to offer some advice to him and a 'friendly' face. He tells Theon that the men will not respect him until he proves himself in battle, which Theon laments he cannot do attacking fishermen, as per his father's orders. With Dagmer's hints helping him along, Theon decides to ignore his orders and set an attack on Torrhen's Square, drawing the best fighting men away from Winterfell and leaving the Castle vulnerable to their attack. Theon gloats as he easily takes Winterfell, forcing Bran to yield to him. The captured Ser Rodrick shows his disgust and spits on him. Dagmer insists that locking the man up is not enough and he will appear weak if he does not execute Ser Rodrick. Theon reluctantly agrees and botches the beheading.

Dagmer becomes the one man that Theon trusts beside him, which is to prove fateful to him. Dagmer is with him and takes part in the cover up when Theon has two orphans murdered and burned, passing them off as the Stark boys. He tells Theon that there was no point in paying for the silence of the farmers and has killed the farmer and his wife instead. With the Bolton troops surrounding the Castle, Dagmer believes that handing over Theon to the Bolton's will get him safe passage back home with the other Iron Born, unaware that Ramsay has no intention of keeping his word. Dagmer attacks and knocks out Theon, fatally stabbing Maester Luwin when he intervenes.


  1. All of these are vile characters and kudos to the actors for there awesome performances. I love to loathe. LOL Man, I miss this show!

    1. I want to just watch it over and over! When you watch each performance it is obvious how good the casting people were. I'd love to read more about how each actor was selected!

  2. I barely remember some of these dudes . . .

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. I had that problem when I first started watching the series. I think doing all these posts helped me remember more of these supporting characters. It's much easier now!

  3. O
    as a consecrated feminist I loathed Craster SO FREAKING MUCH!