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House Redwyne
Kingsguard

"Ser Ryam was a strong Lord Commander of the Kingsguard. But he was ill for some time. He passed in peace, I hope."
―Viserys I Targaryen[src]

Ser Ryam Redwyne was the Lord Commander of the Kingsguard under Kings Jaehaerys I Targaryen and Viserys I Targaryen.

Biography[]

Background[]

Ryam is a knight of legendary reputation. Originally of House Redwyne, he serves Viserys I Targaryen as Lord Commander of the Kingsguard, as he served Jaehaerys I before him.[3]

House of the Dragon: Season 1[]

Ryam is present at the Great Council at Harrenhal, guarding King Jaehaerys.[3]

Nine years into the reign of King Viserys I Targaryen, Ryam stands guard at a Small Council meeting at the Red Keep, during which the Triarchy and the Heir's Tournament are discussed.[3]

Ryam stands guard at the Small Council meeting that discusses Prince Daemon Targaryen's actions with the City Watch and the criminals of King's Landing.[3]

Ryam watches over the king in the royal box during the Heir's Tournament.[3]

Ryam is present with his Kingsguard brothers at the funeral of Queen Aemma and Prince Baelon as they are cremated by the dragon Syrax's flames.[3]

Ryam escorts Viserys into a Small Council meeting and places his stone ball down for him on the table. He follows a furious Viserys out of the council chamber after the line of succession is debated.[3]

Ryam announces Alicent Hightower to King Viserys in his chambers, when she pays the king a visit to offer her condolences for his wife and son.[3]

Ryam guards the king at a Small Council meeting, during which Daemon is reported to have held a celebratory party at a pleasure house on the Street of Silk and is claimed to have dubbed Baelon the "Heir for a Day." He protects Viserys in the throne room when he confronts his brother Daemon about these claims. Ryam draws his sword and moves to block Daemon's path when he tries to step toward the king seated on the Iron Throne.[3]

Ryam escorts Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen to see her father at the shrine to Balerion. He is present with his Kingsguard brothers at the ceremony naming Rhaenyra as Princess of Dragonstone and heir to the Iron Throne.[3]

Five months later, Ryam dies in his sleep from a long illness. He is succeeded as Lord Commander by Ser Harrold Westerling, while his place in the Kingsguard is granted to Ser Criston Cole.[1]

In the books[]

In the A Song of Ice and Fire, Ser Ryam Redwyne served as Lord Commander of the Kingsguard during the reigns of Kings Jaehaerys I Targaryen and Viserys I Targaryen. He also served as Hand of the King for a year during Jaehaerys's reign. He was was considered the greatest knight of his day, being skilled with both sword and lance. He was admired by Ser Duncan the Tall, who recalled him defeating terrible foes.

He dueled Ser Clement Crabb in 98 AC at a tourney to celebrate King Jaehaerys's fiftieth year on the throne. They broke thirty lances against each other before the king declared them co-champions, which is often called the finest display of jousting in the history of Westeros.

He was named Hand of the King following the death of the previous Hand, Septon Barth, in 99 AC. He is considered to be one of the worst Hands in the history of the Seven Kingdoms and was replaced by the king's son and heir, Prince Baelon, after less than a year. Ryam died in 105 AC and was replaced as Lord Commander by Ser Harrold Westerling.

Jon Snow would pretend to be Ser Ryam when he and Robb Stark would play together as children, with Robb pretending to be King Daeron I Targaryen. Bran Stark dreams of becoming a knight of the Kingsguard like Ryam, and Sansa Stark hopes to be saved by Ser Ryam, Florian the Fool, and Prince Aemon the Dragonknight during a nightmare following the riots in King's Landing.

Ser Davos Seaworth is reminded by Maester Pylos that Ryam served poorly as Hand despite his high birth and knighthood, and Petyr Baelish sings Ryam's praises to convince Ser Loras Tyrell to join the Kingsguard. Jaime Lannister considers himself unworthy to hold a position once held by Ryam.

Appearances[]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 House of the Dragon: Season 1, Episode 2: "The Rogue Prince" (2022).
  2. 2.0 2.1 Ryam Redwyne. HBO. Retrieved March 15, 2023.
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 House of the Dragon: Season 1, Episode 1: "The Heirs of the Dragon" (2022).

Notes[]

  1. Ryam Redwyne is stated to be in his 70s in the script for "The Heirs of the Dragon;" therefore, he was born between 33 and 42 AC.
  2. "The Rogue Prince" picks up six months after "The Heirs of the Dragon," which takes place in 112 AC.

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Preceded by
Unknown
Lord Commander of the Kingsguard
? - 112 AC
Succeeded by


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