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Othell Yarwyck
1, 4
First seen
Last seen
Appeared in
4 episodes (see below)
Mentioned in
First Builder
Also known as
Date of birth
Portrayed by
Dennis McKeever (Season 1)
Brian Fortune (Season 4)


Othell Yarwyck[src]

Othell Yarwyck is a recurring character in the first and fourth seasons. He is played by guest star Dennis McKeever in Season 1 and by Brian Fortune in Season 4[1]. He debuts in "You Win or You Die." Othell Yarwyck is the First Builder; a senior position within the Night's Watch.



Othell Yarwyck is First Builder of the Night's Watch and a member of House Yarwyck, a noble house of the Westerlands sworn to Casterly Rock. He is based at Castle Black and is tasked with organizing the builders in maintaining the Wall and the castles belonging to the Watch.

Season 1Edit

Yarwyck is present for the induction of the new recruits at Castle Black. He calls for the builders after the Lord Commander's speech.[2] He is also present when the bodies of Othor and Jafer Flowers are returned to Castle Black.[3]

Season 4Edit

Othell Yarwyck 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, Yarwyck helps Aemon to his feet and to leave the hall.[4]


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

* - Uncredited appearances

Behind the scenesEdit

Othell Yarwyck
Othell Yarwyck, as portrayed by Dennis McKeever in the first seasons.
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Yarwyck was portrayed by Dennis McKeever in Season 1, who reappeared in Seasons 2 and 3 in a background role in the Great Ranging storyline. Yarwyck's reapperance at the Wall in Season 4 implies that McKeever was portraying a different character in Seasons 2 and 3. This explanation is in keeping with the books, where Yarwyck doesn't partake in the Great Ranging.

McKeever was replaced by Brian Fortune in Season 4. Fortune himself previously played the role of Bowen Marsh in Season 1. The reason for this sudden change has not yet been explained; or if the characters themselves have been merged.

In the booksEdit

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, Yarwyck is also present for the induction of the recruits and has the same single word line. He is not present when Jon Snow is taken before Alliser Thorne and Janos Slynt.

See alsoEdit


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