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Night's Watch Officer is a recurring background character in the first, second and third seasons. He is a builder. He is portrayed by Dennis McKeever.


This man is an officer in the Night's Watch, stationed at Castle Black. He is a builder.

Season 1Edit

This officer is present for the induction of the new recruits at Castle Black. He calls for the builders after the Lord Commander's speech. He 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 2Edit

The officer takes part in Lord Commander Mormont's Great Ranging. He is among the officers that takes shelter inside Craster's Keep and is present when Mormont speaks with Craster about Mance Rayder's actions and plans.[3]

He is present when Craster expels the black brothers from his keep after Jon Snow is caught spying on the wildling leaving a newborn son in the woods.[4]

Season 3Edit

The officer survives the White Walkers' attack against the Night's Watch camp atop the Fist of the First Men and joins the survivors' march back into the Haunted Forest all the way to Craster's Keep.[5]

He is present at the hall of Craster's Keep when a group of deserters commits mutinies against the authority of Lord Commander Mormont and break guest right by murdering Craster.[6]


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 Two appearances
The North Remembers The Night Lands What is Dead May Never Die Garden of Bones The Ghost of Harrenhal
The Old Gods and the New A Man Without Honor The Prince of Winterfell Blackwater Valar Morghulis
Season Three appearances
Valar Dohaeris Dark Wings, Dark Words Walk of Punishment And Now His Watch is Ended Kissed by Fire
The Climb The Bear and the Maiden Fair Second Sons The Rains of Castamere Mhysa

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Behind the scenesEdit

During Season 1 it was believed McKeever was playing Othell Yarwyck and Brian Fortune was playing Bowen Marsh, based on comments by Fortune and McKeever's character delivering a line said by Yarwyck in the books. Neither of them were absolutely confirmed to be playing these characters, however, as their names were never stated in on-screen dialogue or in the credits. McKeever reappeared in Seasons 2 and 3 in a background role in the Great Ranging, in which Yarwyck didn't partake. In Season 4, Fortune's character was directly identified in on-screen dialogue as Yarwyck, and Michael Condron was subsequently cast as Marsh for Season 5. This establishes that Fortune's character should always be considered to have been Yarwyck, while McKeever was simply playing an unnamed Night's Watch officer. While this might technically be a retcon, Season 1 never absolutely confirmed which characters these actors were playing, so it introduced no internal continuity errors.

In the books, about a dozen loyal Night's Watch members managed to escape from the Mutiny at Craster's Keep and return to Castle Black. The TV series, however, explicitly showed Jon Snow, Samwell Tarly, Edd, and Grenn are the only black brothers who went on the expedition north of the Wall who managed to return alive. The books also never explicitly showed what happened to the Mutineers after the mutiny, but the TV series did, and no other loyalists were shown to have survived. Therefore, it is tacitly presented that McKeever's character died during the mutiny.


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