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{{Quote|You knelt as boys; rise now, as men of the Night's Watch|'''Bowen''' to '''[[Samwell Tarly|Sam]]''' and '''[[Jon Snow|Jon]]'''|The Pointy End}}
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| Culture = [[Crannogmen]]}}{{Quote|And why do you think the farmers abandoned those [[The Gift|villages]]? Because the [[Free Folk|Wildlings]] raided them for years, cut them down! Just like they did this [[Olly|boy's]] people!|Bowen Marsh to [[Samwell Tarly]]|Kill the Boy}}'''Bowen Marsh''' is a recurring character in the [[Season 5|fifth season]] who had already been mentioned in the [[Season 1|first season]]. He is played by [[Michael Condron]]. Bowen Marsh is the First Steward of the [[Night's Watch]].
'''Bowen Marsh''' is a recurring character in the [[Season 1|first season]]. He is played by guest star [[Brian Fortune]] and debuts in "[[You Win or You Die]]." [[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. Bowen Marsh is the First Steward of the [[Night's Watch]].
 
   
 
==Biography==
 
==Biography==
 
===Background===
 
===Background===
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.
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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. He hails from [[House Marsh]], a noble [[crannogmen]] family of [[the Neck]] sworn to [[House Reed]].
   
 
===[[Season 1]]===
 
===[[Season 1]]===
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.<ref>"[[You Win or You Die]]"</ref> 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.<ref>"[[The Pointy End]]"</ref>
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After the assignment ceremony, [[Maester]] [[Aemon]] orders [[Pypar|Pyp]] to report to Bowen Marsh in the kitchens.<ref>"[[You Win or You Die]]"</ref>
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===[[Season 5]]===
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Marsh is present when [[Mance Rayder]] is executed by [[Stannis Baratheon]] for refusing to bend the knee.<ref>"[[The Wars to Come]]"</ref>
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Marsh participates in the [[Choosing]] of the 998th [[Lord Commander of the Night's Watch]]. He stands among [[Alliser Thorne]]'s supporters, and fails to applaud or cheer when Jon Snow is elected.<ref>"[[The House of Black and White]]"</ref>
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At a later meeting in the Night's Watch, Marsh sits alongside Jon, Thorne and First Builder [[Othell Yarwyck]] and openly opposes Jon's proposal to allow the wildlings access through the Wall to settle in the Seven Kingdoms or even join the Watch itself. [[Samwell Tarly]] cites [[The Gift]] as a good place for the wildlings to settle since it has good farmland but is deserted, but Marsh reminds him that this is because the wildlings practically slaughtered everyone on their way to attack Castle Black under Mance Rayder, using [[Olly]]'s family and people as an example.<ref>"[[Kill the Boy]]"</ref>
   
 
==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==
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{{Season Five Appearances|yes|yes|yes||yes||yes||yes|yes}}
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==Behind the scenes==
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During the first season it was believed [[Brian Fortune]] was playing Marsh, and [[Dennis McKeever]] was playing [[Othell Yarwyck]], based on comments made by Fortune and McKeever's character delivering one of Yarwyck's lines from the books. However, this assumption was then dispelled: McKeever reappeared in Seasons [[Season 2|2]] and [[Season 3|3]] in the [[Great Ranging]], even though Yarwyck didn't participate in the books; in [[Season 4|season four]], Fortune's character was identified as Yarwyck; and [[Michael Condron]] was subsequently cast as Marsh for the fifth season, which means Fortune's character was always Yarwyck, while McKeever was simply playing [[Night's Watch Officer 2|an unnamed Night's Watch officer]].
   
 
==In the books==
 
==In the books==
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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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. Though not explicitly stated, Bowen Marsh hails from House Marsh, a noble house from [[the Neck]] sworn to [[House Reed]].
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As the [[Wildling]]s advance to Castle Black, [[Mance Rayder]] sends raiding parties the to attack several areas of the Wall, in order to draw attention away from the main host and to draw away the defenders. Unfortunately, Marsh falls for the trick and takes most of the garrison from Castle Black. When [[Jon Snow]] returns, he finds that only forty-one men are left in the castle, most of them old, crippled, and inexperienced.
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Marsh first appears in the first novel, ''A Game of Thrones'', though he debuts in the TV series in season 5.
   
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
* [http://awoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/Bowen_Marsh Bowen Marsh at A Wiki of Ice and Fire] (MAJOR spoilers from the books)
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* {{AWOIAF}} (MAJOR spoilers from the books)
   
 
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Bowen Marsh
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Season(s) 5
First seen "The Wars to Come"
Appeared in 5 episodes (see below)
Mentioned in "You Win or You Die"
Titles First Steward of the Night's Watch
Status Alive
Allegiance The Night's Watch (by oath)
House Marsh (by birth)
Culture Crannogmen
Portrayed by Michael Condron
"And why do you think the farmers abandoned those villages? Because the Wildlings raided them for years, cut them down! Just like they did this boy's people!"
―Bowen Marsh to Samwell Tarly[src]
Bowen Marsh is a recurring character in the fifth season who had already been mentioned in the first season. He is played by Michael Condron. Bowen Marsh is the First Steward of the Night's Watch.

BiographyEdit

BackgroundEdit

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. He hails from House Marsh, a noble crannogmen family of the Neck sworn to House Reed.

Season 1Edit

After the assignment ceremony, Maester Aemon orders Pyp to report to Bowen Marsh in the kitchens.[1]

Season 5Edit

Marsh is present when Mance Rayder is executed by Stannis Baratheon for refusing to bend the knee.[2]

Marsh participates in the Choosing of the 998th Lord Commander of the Night's Watch. He stands among Alliser Thorne's supporters, and fails to applaud or cheer when Jon Snow is elected.[3]

At a later meeting in the Night's Watch, Marsh sits alongside Jon, Thorne and First Builder Othell Yarwyck and openly opposes Jon's proposal to allow the wildlings access through the Wall to settle in the Seven Kingdoms or even join the Watch itself. Samwell Tarly cites The Gift as a good place for the wildlings to settle since it has good farmland but is deserted, but Marsh reminds him that this is because the wildlings practically slaughtered everyone on their way to attack Castle Black under Mance Rayder, using Olly's family and people as an example.[4]

AppearancesEdit

Season Five appearances
The Wars to Come The House of Black and White High Sparrow Sons of the Harpy Kill the Boy
Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken The Gift Hardhome The Dance of Dragons Mother’s Mercy

Behind the scenesEdit

During the first season it was believed Brian Fortune was playing Marsh, and Dennis McKeever was playing Othell Yarwyck, based on comments made by Fortune and McKeever's character delivering one of Yarwyck's lines from the books. However, this assumption was then dispelled: McKeever reappeared in Seasons 2 and 3 in the Great Ranging, even though Yarwyck didn't participate in the books; in season four, Fortune's character was identified as Yarwyck; and Michael Condron was subsequently cast as Marsh for the fifth season, which means Fortune's character was always Yarwyck, while McKeever was simply playing an unnamed Night's Watch officer.

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. Though not explicitly stated, Bowen Marsh hails from House Marsh, a noble house from the Neck sworn to House Reed.

As the Wildlings advance to Castle Black, Mance Rayder sends raiding parties the to attack several areas of the Wall, in order to draw attention away from the main host and to draw away the defenders. Unfortunately, Marsh falls for the trick and takes most of the garrison from Castle Black. When Jon Snow returns, he finds that only forty-one men are left in the castle, most of them old, crippled, and inexperienced.

Marsh first appears in the first novel, A Game of Thrones, though he debuts in the TV series in season 5.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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