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Waymar Royce

Last edited on April 17, 2014
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Waymar Royce
Waymar Royce
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Yohn Royce - father
{Robar Royce} - brother
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"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.[src]

Ser Waymar Royce is a minor character in the first season of Game of Thrones. He is portrayed by Rob Ostlere. He is sworn brother of the Night's Watch who is killed by White Walkers.



Ser Waymar Royce is a knight and the youngest son of House Royce, a noble family of the Vale of Arryn. At some point, Waymar goes to the Wall to join the Night's Watch, where he is placed amongst the Rangers due to his noble birth and skill at arms.

Season 1

Waymar Royce, Gared & Will
Rangers Gared, Ser Waymar Royce and Will departing Castle Black on a ranging beyond the Wall.

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.[1]


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

Family tree

Yohn Royce
Lady Royce

Robar Royce

Waymar Royce
Night's Watch

Behind the scenes

Jamie as Waymar
Jamie Campbell Bower as Waymar Royce in the unaired pilot episode.

In the unaired pilot episode he was played by Jamie Campbell Bower, but was recast with Rob Ostlere when the opening scene was re-shot.

In the books

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.

At a later point in the novels, Sansa Stark recalls that Waymar stopped at Winterfell on his way to the Wall, along with his father. 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 before he departed.

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Lord: Lord Yohn Royce Heir: Unknown
Seat: Runestone Lands: The Vale of Arryn
Title(s): Lord of Runestone
Deceased members:Robar Royce · Waymar Royce
Overlord:House Arryn