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Tytuł Wielki Maester
Przynależność Maestrzy of the Cytadela
Ród Lannisterów
Urodzony 215AC
Zmarły 300AC,  the Czerwona Twierdza, Królewska Przystań
Ksiązki Gra o Tron (Appears)
Starcie Królów (Appears)
Nawałnica Mieczy (Appears)
Uczta dla Wron (Appears)
Taniec ze Smokami (Appears)

Played by Julian Glover
TV series Season 1 | Season 2 | Season 3

Pycelle is a Wielki Maester of the Cytadela. He served in Królewska Przystań and on the Mała Rada for over forty years. In the TV series, he is played by Julian Glover.

Appearance and Character

Pycelle has only sparse hair that runs around his bald, spotted head.[1][2] His maester's chain is two dozen heavy chains wound together that stretches from neck to breast.[1] He has a long, snowy beard that runs down to his chest.[2]

Pycelle bends the vows of his order to suit his needs, indulging the needs of the flesh and dabbling in poisons and politics with a skill few maesters dare approach.


Pycelle forged his maester's chain during the reign of King Maekar I.[3] He has been the Grand Maester of the Siedem Królestw for forty years. Aegon V was the first King Pycelle served.

Despite his oath to serve the realm, Pycelle has more loyalty to Ród Lannisterów.[3] He convinced King Aerys II to open his gates to his former Hand, Lord Tywin, in the waning days of Rebelia Roberta, in the hope that Tywin would take the throne. This led to the Zdobycie Królewskiej Przystani. He later allowed Lord Arryn to die under his care, sending his maester away and withholding care, to keep the secret of Queen Cersei's incest, and generally promoted the interests of Ród Lannisterów on the Mała Rada for years.[4]

Recent Events

Gra o Tron

Julian Glover as Pycelle (TV series)

Lysa Arryn reports to her sister Catelyn Stark that Pycelle was helpless in saving the life of Lord Jon Arryn.[5] Pycelle attends Lord Eddard Stark in the first meeting of the Mała Rada upon his arrival from Winterfell to take up the role of the King's Hand. When Eddard makes enquires about the death of Jon Arryn, Pycelle states that, from his experience, Jon's illness seemed suspicious. When confronted with Lady Lysa's accusations that poison was the culprit, he points the finger of suspicion on Varys.[3]

After Eddard Stark is injured in a street fight with Ser Jaime Lannister, Pycelle tasks himself with maintaining Eddard's healing.[6] When it was discovered Gregor Clegane had led raids into the Dorzecze, burning several villages, Pycelle tries to delay any action taken against Tywin Lannister. Eddard becomes more and more convinced that Pycelle is the Queen's creature.[7]

Pycelle tends to Robert's wounds after his "accident" and reports to Eddard upon his death.[8] He is present when Eddard presents Robert's will and is arrested.[9] Under Cersei Lannister's direction, he visits the grief-stricken Sansa Stark after her father's death and examines her intrusively before giving her a potion to calm her.

Starcie Królów

Wielki Maester Pycelle – by Brittmartin ©

Tyrion Lannister, serving as Hand, isn't sure whom he can trust, so he tells three secrets: one to Varys, one to Littlefinger, and one to Pycelle. To Pycelle, he goes to send letters to Prince Doran Martell.[10] Pycelle does send the letters, but reads them first. He shares the information with Cersei, who proceeds to confront Tyrion, inadvertently letting Tyrion realise he can trust Varys and Littlefinger. In the time it takes Pycelle to read the letter, Tyrion has time to help himself to a mild poison from the maester's cabinet, which he uses later on Cersei. Pycelle is present when Tyrion gives his terms for peace with the Północ.

At midnight, Tyrion takes Shagga and Timett and confronts Pycelle in his chambers, where he is found naked in bed with a servant girl. With help from Shagga, Tyrion intimidates Pycelle, who wets the bed in fear of the clansmen. While Shagga shaves off Pycelle's signature white beard using a very sharp axe blade, Tyrion learns that Pycelle has betrayed the realm over and over in service to Ród Lannisterów. He allowed Jon Arryn to die when he could have easily saved him, convinced Aerys II Targaryen to open the gates to Tywin's forces during Rebelia Roberta and would have finished Robert I off himself if the wounds from the boar had not been so fatal.

Pycelle justifies Jon Arryn's death, since he was getting close to the truth about Cersei's incest and Joffrey's parentage—admitting that Maester Colemon was treating Arryn properly but the Queen needed him dead. He justifies Robert's death, since Renly had been plotting with the Tyrells to kill Cersei and wed Margaery to Robert. Tyrion has him thrown in one of the black cells.[4]

Nawałnica Mieczy

Pycelle is restored to his position by Tywin Lannister after Tywin learns that the Cytadela was planning on naming a member of Ród Tyrellów as his replacement [11]. Tyrion Lannister when learning of this from Varys stated...

"Pycelle is a toad. But better a Lannister toad then a Tyrell toad, no? " [11]

Pycelle, with his beard shaved off and weakened from his time in the black cells, appears to be a broken man. He falls asleep during the wedding of Joffrey Baratheon and Margaery Tyrell and is unable to take any action to prevent Joffrey's death at the banquet from poison, something that sours Queen Cersei's opinion of him. During the trial of Tyrion Lannister for Joffrey's murder, he is called as a witness for the prosecution to discuss poisons and how Tyrion might have killed the King. [12]

He continues his service to the newly crowned King Tommen. He is ordered by Tywin Lannister to heal Gregor Clegane who was poisoned by Oberyn Martell in the trial by combat. Tywin planned on having Ser Gregor executed to appease Ród Martellów but needed it to be seen to be the King's Justice who did the deed not poison. Pycelle was unsuccessful though and Tywin refused his suggestion of confining the other Dornishmen till they revealed what poison Oberyn used as Tywin could not risk further offending Dorne (Tywin feared they might join Stannis Baratheon which would prolong the war for years). [13]

Uczta dla Wron

Following Joffrey's death, the relationship between Pycelle and Queen Regent Cersei becomes more strained. He opposes the naming of Qyburn, a disgraced maester, to the Mała Rada. Cersei blames him for the deplorable state of Lord Tywin Lannister's corpse.[14] Taena z Myr casts suspicion on Pycelle when she reports to Queen Cersei that he is found often in the company of Queen Margaery Tyrell.[15] Pycelle objects to many of Cersei's edicts, such as her refusing to honour the debts the crown owes the Żelazny Bank z Braavos and her decision to allow the Wiara w Siedmiu to re-institute the Wiara Wojująca. After pressure from Cersei, Pycelle admits publicly to giving Margaery moon tea, a contraceptive.

This discovery is crucial in Cersei's efforts to frame Margaery for adultery and treason, delivering her to the captivity of the Wielki Septon.[16]

Cersei considers having him replaced, and Pycelle's future at court looks uncertain; however, when Cersei is arrested by the Faith, Pycelle successfully seizes control of the council. He removes Osfryd Kettleblack as commander of the Gold Cloaks (so Osfyrd will not be able to use the Watch to try and free Cersei and his brother Osney, both of whom were prisoners of the Faith) and raises the commander of the Smokgate to command the Watch. At the end of A Feast of Crows, Qyburn states to Cersei that the realm is effectively being ruled by Pycelle and Harys Swyft. Pycelle dispatches a message to Ser Kevan Lannister offering him the regency.

Taniec ze Smokami

Pycelle continues his duty as Grand Maester but is wary of Mace Tyrell, who is wroth with Pycelle at revealing Maergary's requests for moon tea. He even requests guards from Ser Kevan out of fear for his personal safety. Pycelle's fears prove justified, as he is killed in his chambers, not by Tyrell men but by Lord Varys, who removes both him and Kevan Lannister to ensure they cannot repair the damage Cersei had done to the kingdom and the Lannister-Tyrell alliance.

Pycelle found his death just by the end of autumn. He served a total of six kings during his time as Wielki Maester: Aegon V, Jaehaerys I Targaryen, Aerys II, Robert I, Joffrey I and Tommen I.

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