Jaime: "Do you remember Thoros of Myr charging through the breach?"
Jory: "With his burning sword? I'll remember that 'til the day I die..."
Jaime Lannister and Jory Cassel reminiscing about the Siege of Pyke[src]

Jory Cassel was the Captain of the Guards to House Stark.



Jory Cassel was the captain of Lord Eddard Stark's household guards at Winterfell. He is an extremely loyal and trusted servant of House Stark and a good swordsman and warrior. He is the nephew of Ser Rodrik Cassel, Winterfell's Master-at-Arms. He fought at the Siege of Pyke during the Greyjoy Rebellion alongside Jaime and Thoros of Myr, where he gained his noticeable scar from one of the Greyjoys, who nearly took his eye.

Season 1

Jory and the Stark entourage find the direwolves in the Wolfswood.

Jory joins Eddard and his retinue as they venture out to execute Will. He is with the group when they find the direwolf pups.[1] Jory later accompanies Eddard south to King's Landing. During the dispute between Joffrey and Arya, Jory reports that Arya has been found and taken before the king. Jory accompanies Eddard to the Crossroads Inn and listens as King Robert questions those involved. Queen Cersei convinces him to sentence Sansa's direwolf Lady to death despite her not being involved because Arya's wolf Nymeria cannot be found. Eddard asks Jory to look after Arya and Sansa while he attends to the execution.[2]

Jory assists Eddard's investigation into Jon Arryn's final days, unsuccessfully asking for the assistance of Ser Hugh of the Vale, accompanying Eddard to Tobho Mott's smithy and later reminiscing over fighting in the Greyjoy Rebellion with Jaime.[3][4] Jory accompanies Eddard to Petyr Baelish's brothel, still seeking illegitimate royal children. Jory is distracted by one of the whores, while Eddard questions Mhaegen. On leaving, Eddard has to break Jory's attention away from the woman he is staring at so they can leave. As they walk outside accompanied by two Stark guards, Heward and Wyl, they are confronted by Jaime. Jaime has heard of his brother Tyrion's arrest and demands his release. Eddard says it was done by his orders and if Jaime kills him Tyrion will die. Jaime has brought many Lannister men-at-arms.

Jory's death.

Jory begins to tell Jaime that if he threatens Eddard again, there will certainly be a fight. However, Jaime interrupts Jory, and he orders his men-at-arms to leave Eddard alive, but to kill his men. They easily spear Heward and Wyl. Jory attacks and kills two of Jaime's men before engaging Jaime himself. As Jaime and Jory trap swords, Jaime stabs Jory through the left eye with a dirk. Eddard, angered and stunned by Jory's death, exchanges blows with Jaime before a Lannister guardsman stabs him through the thigh, ending the melee.[5]

When news about Jory and the others reaches Winterfell, Theon insists that Robb must make the Lannisters pay for their deaths, but Robb is hesitant about going to war.[6]

Family tree

Lady Cassel

Three unknown
Rodrik wives
Cassel sons

Cassel daughters


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

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In the books

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, Jory is the son of Martyn Cassel, one of Eddard's companions who was killed in a duel with three members of the Kingsguard at the Tower of Joy, while they were searching for Lyanna during the closing days of Robert's Rebellion. Jory is a skilled warrior and a stalwart servant of the house.

Jory's role in the series is somewhat expanded from the books. Dialogue from several different Stark guardsmen is given to Jory (most notably his promise to Arya that he will keep Eddard safe, which in the book was given by a guardsman named Desmond); the scenes where he talks to Ser Hugh and later Jaime Lannister are inventions of the TV series.

There is no mention in the books that Jory fought at the Siege of Pyke, or at any stage of the Greyjoy Rebellion.

In the book, Jory is not killed personally by Jaime, but by the Lannister guardsmen that ultimately overwhelmed the small Stark contingent.

According to the TV series official pronunciation guide developed for the cast and crew, "Cassel" is pronounced "Cuss-EL", not "Kas-el" (that is, "Cassel" doesn't rhyme with "castle").

See also


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Lord: Queen Sansa Stark Heir: Princess Arya Stark
Seat: Winterfell Lands: The North
Title(s): King in the North · Lord of Winterfell

Under the Iron Throne: Lord Paramount of the North · Warden of the North

Ancestors: Brandon the Builder · Brandon the Breaker · Dorren Stark · Jon Stark · Rickard Stark · Rodrik Stark · Karlon Stark · Theon Stark · Osric Stark · Torrhen Stark · Cregan Stark · Brandon Snow
Current members: Bran I, the Broken · Jon Snow
Deceased members: Rickard Stark · Brandon Stark · Lyanna Stark · Eddard Stark · Robb Stark · Talisa Stark · Catelyn Stark · Rickon Stark · Benjen Stark
Household: {Maester Luwin} · {Ser Rodrik Cassel} · {Jory Cassel} · {Vayon Poole} · Jeyne Poole · {Septa Mordane} · {Old Nan} · {Hodor} · {Farlen} · {Mikken} · {Osha} · {Jojen Reed} · Maester Wolkan
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