Arryk Cargyll

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Arryk Cargyll
Title(s) Ser
Allegiance House Cargyll
Culture(s) Crownlands
Born In or before 89 AC[1]
Died In 129 AC[2]Dragonstone
Book(s) The World of Ice & Fire (mentioned)
Fire & Blood (mentioned)
The Rise of the Dragon (mentioned)
The Rogue Prince (mentioned)
The Princess and the Queen (mentioned)
A Game of Thrones (mentioned)
A Clash of Kings (mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (mentioned)

Played by Luke Tittensor
TV series House of the Dragon: Season 1

Ser Arryk Cargyll was a knight from House Cargyll. He and his twin brother, Ser Erryk Cargyll, were members of the Kingsguard during the reign of King Viserys I Targaryen.[3]

In the television adaptation House of the Dragon, Arryk is portrayed by Luke Tittensor.[4]


Arryk and his twin brother, Ser Erryk, were physically identical, even their fellow Kingsguards could not differentiate them.[5]


Ser Arryk and Ser Erryk Cargyll were both unhorsed by Ser Criston Cole at the tourney for King Viserys I's accession at Maidenpool in 105 AC.[6]

According to Septon Eustace, Arryk found Prince Daemon and Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen in bed together, a few months after the tourney to celebrate King Viserys's and Queen Alicent's fifth anniversary in 111 AC. Court fool Mushroom claims that Daemon was instructing Rhaenyra so she could better seduce Criston. This led to Viserys exiling Daemon from the Seven Kingdoms.[7]

After the death of Viserys, Arryk sided with King Aegon II Targaryen and the greens. After the coronation of Aegon in the Dragonpit, Arryk led the king into the throne room of the Red Keep. His twin Erryk, however, aligned himself with Queen Rhaenyra and the blacks. Arryk and Ser Gwayne Hightower were in the retinue of Grand Maester Orwyle when he traveled from King's Landing to Dragonstone in an unsuccessful attempt to reconcile the rival Targaryens.[3]

Arryk's Lord Commander, Ser Criston, ordered him to infiltrate Dragonstone as Erryk, although it is disputed whether his mission was to kill Rhaenyra or her children. The twins came upon each other in one of the hallways of the castle's citadel and fought to the death. According to songs, the brothers professed their love and died in one another's arms after fighting for an hour. Mushroom claims they called each other traitor and were both mortally wounded within moments.[8][2]

Behind the Scenes

Arryk and Erryk Cargyll are inspired by two brothers from Arthurian legend, Balin and Balan.[9]


  1. See the Arryk Cargyll calculation
  2. 2.0 2.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon II.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - The Blacks and the Greens.
  4. WarnerMedia Pressroom: House of the Dragon | Character Descriptions
  5. Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - The Red Dragon and the Gold.
  6. Fire & Blood, Heirs of the Dragon - A Question of Succession.
  7. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Viserys I.
  8. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 41, Tyrion IX.
  9. So Spake Martin: Ser Erryk and Ser Arryk, January 28, 1999