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Denys Mallister
Denys Mallister
Season(s) 5
First seen "The House of Black and White"
Appeared in 1 episode
Mentioned in "The Wars to Come"
Titles Ser
Status Alive
Origin Seagard
Allegiance Night's Watch
House Mallister (by birth)
Family Jason Mallister - nephew
Jaremy Mallister
Portrayed by J.J. Murphy
"Ser Denys Mallister has commanded the Shadow Tower for 20 years and people say he's a good man."
Samwell Tarly[src]

Ser Denys Mallister is a character in the fifth season. He is played by guest star J.J. Murphy. Denys Mallister is a knight and the commander of the Shadow Tower, the westernmost of the three still operational castles of the Night's Watch. He is the uncle of Lord Jason Mallister of Seagard.[1]



Ser Denys Mallister is a senior member of the Night's Watch. He has commanded the Shadow Tower, the western-most castle still manned by the Watch, for 20 years.[2]

Season 5Edit

Following the death of Jeor Mormont, a choosing for the new Lord Commander of the Night's Watch will take place. Samwell Tarly tells Gilly that Denys Mallister is running against Ser Alliser Thorne. He states that Denys is a good man and thinks that he wouldn't send Gilly away, which is what will probably happen if Alliser is chosen.[2]

Denys is present at the choosing for the 998th Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, but ultimately loses to Jon Snow. He salutes Jon to congratulate him.[3]


Season Five appearances
The Wars to Come The House of Black and White High Sparrow The Sons of the Harpy Kill the Boy
Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken The Gift TBA TBA TBA

Behind the scenesEdit

Denys Mallister was played by J.J. Murphy, who died four days after filming his first scenes, at the age of 86. Co-creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have announced the character will not be recast as Murphy "was a lovely man, and the best Denys Mallister we could have hoped for. And now his watch is ended."[4]

In the booksEdit

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, Ser Denys Mallister is an old man who has commanded the Shadow Tower for thirty-three years. Ser Denys was born at Seagard, a squire at twelve, a knight at eighteen, and a champion at twenty-two years old. He had been a candidate in the two last elections of Lord Commanders of the Night's Watch.

Ser Denys has blue-grey eyes and a long white beard. He has lost almost all his hair and his face is deeply lined though he still has his teeth and is graceful in his movement. In his communication with other people he is very courteous. He is considered cautious and chivalrous. He's also distrustful of ironborn, due to his upbringing at Seagard, which had been built as a defense against raiders from the Iron Islands.

See alsoEdit


  1. Season 2 Bluray: War of the Five Kings feature
  2. 2.0 2.1 "The Wars to Come"
  3. "The House of Black and White"
  4., Actor J. J. Murphy dies after beginning filming for Game of Thrones season 5
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Lord: Lord Jason Mallister Heir:
Seat: Seagard Lands: The Riverlands
Title(s): Lord of Seagard
Current members:Ser Denys Mallister
Deceased members:Ser Jaremy Mallister
Overlord:House Tully

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