"Look... I can't blame you if your feelings about me are conflicted. Or your feelings about going home. Your family exiled you to this place! But I swore an oath to your mother... Sailed halfway around the world, to bring you back safe. And I'll be damned if some dragonfire, or your foul decisions, are going to stop me!"
―Malcolm to Asher Forrester, if he was not helped during the fight with Drogon.[src]

Malcolm Branfield is the brother of Lady Elissa Forrester. He is a member of House Forrester's household, and last male of the Branfield line. After his nephew Ethan was killed by Ramsay Snow, Malcolm was sent to Essos to retrieve his nephew Asher and to look for an army to help fight against House Whitehill. He is now in service to Daenerys Targaryen after retrieving his nephew from Essos. After the death of his sister, Elissa, in the Battle of Ironrath. Malcolm is now the only surviving member of House Branfield.



As a young man, Malcolm was the black sheep of the Branfield family. He liked to roam the countryside in the style of a hedge knight, refusing his father’s offers of marriage and lands. Malcolm fought bravely alongside his brothers when House Branfield fell; yet he and his sister were the only two survivors. Malcolm now lives with Lady Elissa’s new family at Ironrath, though he still tends to disappear for weeks at a stretch. Malcolm has fathered no children, thus he is the last of the Branfield line.[1]

"Iron From Ice"

IFI Malcolm Advising

Malcolm advises Ethan on selecting a sentinel.

At Ironrath, Ethan can ask Malcolm who he believes should be the new Sentinel of House Forrester. Malcolm voices support for Ser Royland Degore. As the situation for House Forrester worsens, his sister Elissa realizes the lack of skilled swords and strong men at her houses' disposal. Elissa speaks to Malcolm and instructs him to go to Essos to find her exiled, and dangerous, son Asher. As the new lord of House Forrester, it is up to Ethan, the newly appointed child lord to decide whether to follow this plan through or defy his own mother's request.[2]

"The Lost Lords"

TLL Malcolm and Asher

Malcolm reunites with his nephew.

Malcolm appears in Yunkai in time to save Asher and Beskha fight the Lost Legion and they escape the inn. He then fills Asher in on what is happening back in Westeros, he also reveals that retrieving Asher is not the only reason he is there. He also wants to gain the assistance of a sellsword army in order to aid his family. The three of them then manage to escape Yunkai and head north to Meereen in order to find a suitable mercenary company currently working for Daenerys Targaryen.[3]

"The Sword in the Darkness"

The episode opens to Malcolm and Asher waiting for Beskha to return from checking if the Lost Legion were still after them. Malcolm expresses his doubt that Beskha can be trusted and exclaims that she is costing them invaluable time - time they need in order to get back to Talia and Ryon. The group continues to travel along the ravine until their path is blocked by some rubble. Malcolm suggests searching for a cave, to which Beskha will agree with if her opinion is asked. When prompted, Malcolm will explain to Asher that the reason he is so distrustful and harsh towards Beskha is because she is "immaterial" compared to Asher; Asher is his main focus and only concern during the mission.

TSITD Beskha and Malcolm Fighting

Malcolm and Beskha fend off the Lost Legion.

When Asher finds a cave, the Lost Legion find them and Malcolm helps fend them off while Asher looks for a new escape. They have unknowingly entered a dragons lair. When the trio and their enemies are faced with the appearance of Drogon, one of Daenerys Targaryen's dragons, Malcolm is stabbed in the leg by one of the Lost Legion soldiers. Asher then faces a difficult decision of saving his uncle, or helping Beskha fight off the dragon. If Malcolm is helped, he and Asher will pair up to fight the Lost Legion. If Malcolm is left alone, Malcolm will manage to survive and fight them off on his own.

Finding their way into Meereen, Malcolm helps Asher persuade an old friend, Croft, to help them bring back an army. If he was not helped, Malcolm will inquire Asher about his decision to help Beskha instead of him, saying that he could not have known they would both make it out alive. Malcolm will be disappointed and hurt, but will continue on his mission with him nonetheless. While Croft cannot help them as he swore loyalty to the Khaleesi, Malcolm and the others knowledge of where her missing dragon is helps them set up a meeting with the Queen herself. The episode ends with Malcolm, Asher, and Beskha entering Daenerys tent and coming face-to-face with her for the first time.[4]

"Sons of Winter"

SOW Group Before Dany

Malcolm accompanies his nephew to meet Daenerys.

Standing before the Khaleesi herself, Daenerys Targaryen, with Asher and Beskha, Malcolm is present as Asher plans to plead for her help and the assistance of her sellswords. One of Daenerys dragons fly in from behind her, startling Malcolm, and prompting him to keep his hand near his sword. As Daenerys tests Asher's confidence by encouraging him to pet her dragon, Malcolm and Beskha share a rare moment of agreement as they tell him not to. Regardless of whether Asher pets the dragon or not, Asher will eventually make his request for her sellswords. However, Asher's offer is rejected due to her own mission of invading Meereen and freeing the slaves.

If Asher does not say this first, Malcolm will suggest that they fight alongside of her with the aid of Beskha's knowledge of the city. Beskha is angered by this, as she despises Meereen for unknown reasons. Despite the animosity between Malcolm and Beskha because of this outburst, Daenerys takes the trio up on their offer, promising that she will consider helping them if she is successful in her mission. Malcolm is told by Daenerys to stay behind as Asher and Beskha leave. Malcolm's final appearance of the episode is a shot of him watching Asher and Beskha leave from inside the tent as the flap closes.

While he is not present for the attack on Meereen, his name is mentioned throughout the episode. It is Malcolm's suggestion of relying on Beskha for the mission that triggers her memories of being enslaved inside the city as a child. It is assumed that Malcolm is unaware of this as he was not around for this breakdown.[5]

"A Nest of Vipers"

NOV Returned to Dany

Malcolm presents Asher to Daenerys after his mission to Meereen.

When Asher and Beskha return from their raid in Meeren, Malcolm greets them outside of Daenerys' tent, before bringing them in. Daenerys mentions if you obey Croft's orders that Malcolm told her Asher was a man of integrity, which she now believes.

Before Asher, Beskha, and Malcolm can leave, Daenerys says she has other plans for Malcolm, much to the confusion of Asher's group. She wishes Malcolm to stay and serve her. He cites that he owes allegiance to his family, but Daenerys counters that they will be grateful for the alliance with her that he helped forge. He asks to discuss it with Asher, which she agrees, but pleads with him to give her his answer soon.

Asher is shocked that Malcolm would consider staying in Essos. Malcolm counters that Daenerys is someone they would want on their side if she ever came to Westeros. Malcolm also notes that Asher made a good start with her and he could strengthen that bond. He argues that should she take the Iron Throne, she would be the only ally they need. While Asher and Beskha go off to acquire pit fighters, he goes to further discuss with the queen.

NOV Malcolm Staying Behind

Malcolm decides to remain in Essos.

Malcolm then arrives at Asher's boat with the pit fighters he acquired. Malcolm is proud that Asher came through for his family. He however decides to stay in Essos and serve Daenerys, who has a mission for him, the details he does not know besides. He wishes to help her reclaim the Iron Throne, reminding Asher of what kind of ally she would be if she would succeed. He believes that all the time Asher spent in Essos has made him a better person, that he is his father's son, and despite their differences, he would be proud. He states he will send a raven ahead to Ironrath, informing them of Asher's departure. His final words to Asher before he departs for Westeros are "Iron From Ice."[6]

Family Tree

Lord Branfield

Branfield sons
Malcolm Branfield Tree
Malcolm Branfield
Gregor Forrester Tree
Gregor Forrester House-Forrester-Main-Shield
Elissa Forrester Tree
Elissa Branfield
Rodrik Tree
Rodrik Forrester House-Forrester-Main-Shield
Elaena Tree
Elaena Glenmore House-Glenmore-Shield
(player-determined betrothal)
Asher Tree
Asher Forrester House-Forrester-Main-Shield
Rickard Morgryn Tree

Rickard Morgryn

(player-determined betrothal)
Mira Forrester Tree
Mira Forrester House-Forrester-Main-Shield
Ethan Forrester Tree
Ethan Forrester House-Forrester-Main-Shield
Talia Forrester Tree
Talia Forrester House-Forrester-Main-Shield
Ryon Forrester Tree
Ryon Forrester House-Forrester-Main-Shield


Telltale Game Series appearances
Iron From Ice The Lost Lords The Sword in the Darkness
Sons of Winter A Nest of Vipers The Ice Dragon

Image Gallery


  1. Malcolm Branfield - Game Codex Entry
  2. "Iron From Ice"
  3. "The Lost Lords"
  4. "The Sword in the Darkness"
  5. "Sons of Winter"
  6. "A Nest of Vipers"
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Lord: Lord Malcolm Branfield Heir: None
Seat: (Exiled) Lands: (Exiled)
Title(s): None
Current members:None
Deceased members:Lord Branfield · Talia Branfield · Elissa Forrester · Several sons
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Lord: Lord Rodrik Forrester or Lord Asher Forrester (player-determined) Heir: Ryon Forrester
Seat: Ironrath (formerly) Lands: The Wolfswood, The North
Title(s): Lord of Ironrath (formerly)
Ancestors:Gerhard Forrester · Cedric Forrester· Thorren Forrester
Current members:Elsera Snow · Josera Snow · Talia Forrester · Ryon Forrester · Mira Forrester (player-determined)
Deceased members:Gregor Forrester · Elissa Forrester · Rodrik Forrester (player-determined) · Asher Forrester (player-determined) · Mira Forrester (player-determined) · Ethan Forrester
Household:Royland Degore · {Ortengryn} · Gared Tuttle · Duncan Tuttle · Malcolm Branfield · Beskha · {Norren} · Bowen · Erik · {Thermund} · {Gared's father} · {Gared's sister}
Overlord:House Glover
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Lord: None Heir: None
Seat: Dragonstone Lands: Dragonstone
Title(s): Queen of Meereen · Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea · Queen of the Andals, the Rhoynar, and the First Men (claimant) · Lady Regnant of the Seven Kingdoms (claimant) · Protector of the Realm (claimant)
Ancestors:Aenar · Daenys · Aegon I, the Conqueror · Visenya · Rhaenys · Aenys I · Maegor I, the Cruel · Rhaena · Aegon · Jaehaerys I, the Concilliator · Alysanne Targaryen · Viserys I · Rhaenys · Daemon · Aemma Arryn · Rhaenyra · Alicent Hightower · Aegon II, the Usurper · Helaena Targaryen · Aemond · Aegon III · Viserys II Targaryen · Jaehaera · Jaehaerys · Maelor · Daeron I, the Young Dragon · Baelor I, the Blessed · Aegon IV, the Unworthy · Naerys · Aemon the Dragonknight · Daena the Defiant · Rhaena · Elaena · Daeron II, the Good · Daenerys of Sunspear · Myriah Martell · Daemon Blackfyre · Brynden Rivers · Aegor Rivers · Shiera Seastar · Baelor Breakspear · Aerys I · Aelinor · Rhaegel · Maekar I · Dyanna Dayne · Aerion Brightflame · Aegon V, the Unlikely · Duncan the Small · Daeron
Deceased members:Aerys II, the Mad · Rhaella Targaryen · Rhaegar Targaryen · Elia Martell · Rhaenys Targaryen · Aegon Targaryen · Lyanna Stark · Viserys Targaryen · Drogo · Rhaego · Aemon Targaryen · Daenerys Targaryen
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