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Ser Arys Oakheart[1] was a knight and a member of the Queensguard. He serves Queen Cersei Lannister as he formerly served Kings Tommen Baratheon, Joffrey Baratheon, and Robert Baratheon.

Biography

Season 1

Ser Arys is among the guards who attack Eddard Stark when he tried to de-throne King Joffrey.[2] He is also present when Ser Barristan Selmy is dismissed from the Kingsguard.[3]

Season 2

Ser Arys in Princess Myrcella's retinue.

Ser Arys accompanies Princess Myrcella as her sworn shield for her journey to Dorne.[4]

Season 5

Ser Arys returns to King's Landing after Myrcella's arrival in Dorne and escorts King Tommen in his attempt to enter the Great Sept of Baelor to speak to the High Sparrow about the arrest of Loras Tyrell.[5]

Season 6

Ser Arys accompanies Tommen and guards him during his conversation with the High Sparrow.[6]

Season 8

Ser Arys escorts Cersei to Maegor's Holdfast during the Battle of King's Landing, but is cut down by the Hound or crushed by the falling debris.[7]

Appearances

Game of Thrones Season 1 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
Game of Thrones Season 2 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
Game of Thrones Season 5 appearances
The Wars to Come The House of Black and White High Sparrow Sons of the Harpy Kill the Boy
Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken The Gift Hardhome The Dance of Dragons Mother's Mercy
Game of Thrones Season 8 appearances
Winterfell A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms The Long Night
The Last of the Starks The Bells The Iron Throne

In the books

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, Arys Oakheart is a member of Robert Baratheon's Kingsguard, appointed after his predecessor - whose name has not been mentioned - perished during the Greyjoy Rebellion. He is a member of House Oakheart, a noble house from the Reach.

He is regarded as one of the kinder knights of the Kingsguard under King Joffrey, objecting at first to Joffrey's orders to beat Sansa, then only hitting her as lightly as he can. He is also of a much more pleasant demeanor, often engaging in pleasant conversation with the Stark girl.

Arys remains in Dorne as Myrcella's sworn shield. During this time, Arianne Martell, Prince Doran's daughter and heiress, sexually seduces him. She persuades him to take part in her plan to crown Myrcella to incite war with the Iron Throne in retaliation for the death of Oberyn Martell. The plan is foiled, as Arianne's party is intercepted by Areo Hotah. Ser Arys, bravely but foolishly, charges at the surrounding soldiers and kills some of them, but is killed by Hotah. During the confrontation, Myrcella is gravely injured and nearly killed by one of their escorts, Ser Gerold "Darkstar" Dayne.

Cersei is pleased to hear about Ser Arys's death since it creates a vacancy on the Kingsguard - which is filled by her new champion, Ser Robert Strong.

See also

References

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