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House Hightower
House Hightower

"If it soothes your brow, Cole, we will rendezvous with your army at first light. Or, if the wine is good, perhaps a little after first light."
―Gwayne Hightower to Criston Cole[src]

Ser Gwayne Hightower is a knight of House Hightower and the eldest son of Ser Otto Hightower. He is a brother of Alicent Hightower.

Biography[]

House of the Dragon: Season 1[]

Gwayne Hightower

Gwayne at the Heir's Tournament.

Ser Gwayne competes in the Heir's Tournament. Prince Daemon Targaryen chooses him as his first opponent in the jousting competition as an insult to his father Ser Otto. Gwayne has the better of Daemon in the first tilt knocking him backwards but on the second Daemon aims his lance low, taking out his horse's legs and throwing Gwayne from the saddle, injuring his face.[1]

House of the Dragon: Season 2[]

Ser Gwayne travels from Oldtown to King's Landing at the behest of his sister, Dowager Queen Alicent Hightower. He arrives at the capital shortly after their father has been replaced as Hand of the King by Ser Criston Cole, Lord Commander of his nephew's Kingsguard, with Alicent insisting Cole allow Gwayne to accompany him on his march to secure Harrenhal. Gwayne makes several backhanded insults to Cole's parentage and lack of fitness for his new post before departing.[2]

Several days later, Cole intercepts Gwayne and several of his companions as they make for an inn, rather than camp with the main army. As Gwayne defends his intentions, Cole notices they are exposed on open ground, before spotting Lady Baela Targaryen atop her dragon Moondancer circling above them. Cole orders the group to make for the forest nearby, and Gwayne and his companions hastily obey, reaching the treeline just ahead of a diving Moondancer, who breaks off her attack. The group nervously waits until Baela leaves, after which a chastened Gwayne thanks Cole for saving his life. Cole berates him for giving away their presence to the Blacks and insists there will be no further stopping at inns for Gwayne.[2]

As the campaign continues, Cole, Gwayne and their army travel by night to hide from the Blacks dragons. They reach Castle Stokeworth and Rosby, and the lords of both castles swear fealty to king Aegon. However, lord Gunthor Darklyn of Duskendale refuse to bend his knee to the Green cause, leading to a battle where Gwayne fights alongside Cole. In the aftermath, he witnesses as Cole executes lord Darklyn.[3]

Gwayne and Cole later reach Rook's Rest, where they make camp while preparing to assault the castle. Cole decides to launch the attack in broad daylight, despite Gwayne protesting that they will easily be spotted and destroyed by one of Rhaenyras dragons. As the attack commences, Gawyne surveys the battle alongside Cole, and watches as Rhaenys Targaryen arrives on Meleys to defend Rook's Rest. He then spots king Aegon arriving on Sunfyre and berates Cole, thinking that risking the kings life in battle is part of his plan. Soon afterwards, prince Aemond Targaryen joins the fray on Vhagar and the fight eventually causes both Sunfyre and Meleys to fall from the sky. Meleys crashes into Rook's Rest, killing Rhaenys and breaching the wall. Gwayne seizes the opening to rally the Green soldiers and take the castle while Cole goes to look for the fallen king.[3]

Gwayne, Cole and their army later return to King's Landing, where they parade the head of the dead Meleys through the streets, to the horror of the citizens. When Cole asks if the people realize that the Green won the Battle at Rook's Rest, Gwayne questions if it really was a victory.[4]

Personality[]

Gwayne is arrogant,[5] although this does not make him foolish, since he recognized that attacking the Rook's Rest in broad daylight was true tactical madness.[3]

Family[]

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Hobert
Hightower

Deceased
 
Famtree-Lynesse Hightower
Lynesse
Hightower


 
 
 
Famtree-OttoHightower
Otto
Hightower


 
House-Florent-Square
Alyrie
Florent

Deceased
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
House-Hightower-Square
Ormund
Hightower


 
Famtree-Gwayne Hightower
Gwayne
Hightower


 
Famtree-ViserysITargaryen
Viserys I
Targaryen
House Targaryen/House of the Dragon
Deceased
 
Famtree-AlicentHightower
Alicent
Hightower


 
House-Hightower-Square
Son(s)


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Famtree-Aegon Targaryen
Aegon II
Targaryen
Aegon II Targaryen

 
Famtree-HelaenaTargaryen
Helaena
Targaryen
House Targaryen/House of the Dragon

 
Famtree-AemondTargaryen
Aemond
Targaryen
House Targaryen/House of the Dragon

 
House-Targaryen-HotD-Square
Daeron
Targaryen


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Famtree-PrinceJahaerysTargaryen
Jaehaerys
Targaryen
House Targaryen/House of the Dragon
Deceased
 
Famtree-JaehaeraTargaryen
Jaehaera
Targaryen
House Targaryen/House of the Dragon

 

Behind the scenes[]

Gwayne first appears in the series premiere, portrayed by stunt performer Will Willoughby in a jousting match against Daemon Targaryen.[6] He has no speaking lines and appears helmetless only very briefly.

On April 24, 2023, HBO announced that Freddie Fox had been cast in the role of Gwayne Hightower for House of the Dragon: Season 2.[7] His character description reads as follows:

"An arrogant knight from Oldtown who is the son of Otto Hightower and Queen Alicent’s brother."[5]

Freddie Fox is from a prominent multi-generational family of actors. His mother, Joanna David, portrayed Joselyn Redwyne in the first season of House of the Dragon.

In the books[]

In the Fire and Blood, Ser Gwayne Hightower is said to be the youngest of Alicent's brothers, rather than the eldest.

In 129 AC, Gwayne was named the second-in-command of the City Watch of King's Landing, following the Greens' coup and Aegon II's crowning. He and Ser Arryk Cargyll escorted Grand Maester Orwyle when he traveled to Dragonstone, delivering Aegon II's terms of peace to Rhaenyra.

Appearances[]

References[]

Notes[]

  1. Gwayne Hightower is stated to be in his 20s in the script for "The Heirs of the Dragon;" therefore, he was born between 83 and 92 AC.
  2. In "A Son for a Son," Daemon Targaryen and Otto Hightower mention that days have passed since Viserys Targaryen and Lucerys Velaryon's deaths. Unlike the first season, no major time jumps are expected; therefore, House of the Dragon: Season 2 takes place in 132 AC.

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