- "If you want to run away south, run away. Of course, they will behead you as a deserter... if I don't catch you first."
- ―Ser Waymar to Will.
Ser Waymar Royce was a knight and the youngest son of House Royce, a noble family of the Vale of Arryn. He joined the Night's Watch and was placed amongst the Rangers due to his noble birth and skill at arms.
Ser Waymar commands a ranging beyond the Wall, accompanied by Gared and Will, to investigate sightings of wildlings close by. Instead, they find Wights and a White Walker. Royce, along with Gared, was brutally killed. Will flees and is eventually executed by Ned Stark for desertion.
|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|
Behind the scenesEdit
In the booksEdit
In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, House Royce of Runestone is distantly related to House Stark. He is the third and youngest son of "Bronze" Yohn Royce, and therefore having little chance of inheriting lands or wealth, he joined the Night's Watch. Waymar was fast-tracked to being an officer because of his noble blood. Eighteen-year-old Waymar is a skilled warrior, trained by his castle's master-at-arms, but is untested in battle. He is arrogant and has a tendency to underrate the experience of other men due to their lower birth, even though they have been serving on the Wall for longer than he has, but he is not completely stupid.
Nonetheless, when the Others - as the White Walkers are known in the novels - appear he bravely attempts to fight one in single combat. However, his sword shatters as soon as it touches the ice-sword of the Other, and he is defeated and killed. When Will surveys the damage and retrieves Royce's shattered sword Royce revives as a wight, his eyes now icy blue, and murders Will.
The young Sansa (who was less than 11 years old at the time) developed a massive romantic crush on the handsome young man in the brief time he and his father stayed at Winterfell before he departed to the Wall.
|Former Lords Commander:|
|Castles of the Watch:|
|Lord:||Lord Yohn Royce||Heir:||Unknown|
|Seat:||Runestone||Lands:||The Vale of Arryn|
|Title(s):||Lord of Runestone|
|Deceased members:||Robar Royce · Waymar Royce|