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Bowen Marsh
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Last seen
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3 episodes (see below)
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First Steward of the Night's Watch
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Date of birth
The Night's Watch (by oath)
House Marsh (by birth)
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"You knelt as boys; rise now, as men of the Night's Watch"
―Bowen to Sam and Jon[src]

Bowen Marsh is a recurring character in the first and fourth seasons. He is played by guest star Brian Fortune and debuts in "You Win or You Die", appearing again in the episode "Two Swords". Bowen Marsh is the First Steward of the Night's Watch.



Bowen Marsh is the First Steward of the Night's Watch, based at Castle Black. He is in charge of the day-to-day running of the Night's Watch, dealing with issues of supplies, funding, logistics and communications.

Season 1Edit

Bowen Marsh accompanies Jon Snow and Samwell Tarly into the Haunted Forest to witness them saying their oaths of loyalty to the Watch in front of a heart tree. He is among the first to congratulate them on entering the Watch, and is also present when Ghost returns with a corpse's hand in his mouth.[1] The party discover the corpses of Othor and Jafer Flowers and return them to Castle Black. He confirms Sam's discovery that the corpses do not smell, which is odd since they appear to have been dead for weeks.[2]

Season 4Edit

Bowen Marsh is one of the five black brothers to "judge" Jon Snow for his actions during his time with the wildlings. After Maester Aemon dimisses Jon, Marsh helps Aemon to his feet and to leave the hall.[3]


Season One appearances
Winter is Coming The Kingsroad Lord Snow Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things The Wolf and the Lion
A Golden Crown You Win or You Die The Pointy End Baelor Fire and Blood
Season Four appearances
Two Swords The Lion and the Rose Breaker of Chains Oathkeeper First of His Name
The Laws of Gods and Men Mockingbird The Mountain and the Viper The Watchers on the Wall The Children

Behind the scenesEdit

HBO announced Fortune as playing "Night's Watch Officer", but according to the actor and other sources this is the same role as Bowen Marsh in the books. Fortune was confirmed as playing Bowen Marsh in the credits of "Two Swords".

In the booksEdit

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, Marsh, nicknamed "the Old Pomegranate," is an important and senior figure in the Watch, reporting directly to Lord Commander Jeor Mormont and is just below him in the command hierarchy of the Watch. When Mormont and the rest of the Night's Watch ride out to investigate the wildling menace in the so-called "Great Ranging", he remains in command at Castle Black. Bowen Marsh hails from House Marsh, a noble house from the Neck sworn to House Reed.

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