Game of Thrones
Janos Slynt was the Lord Commander of the Gold Cloaks, the city guard of King’s Landing. Janos is described as having a frog-like face, jowls, and a bald head. As Lord Commander of the City Guard, Janos was known for his corruption, selling positions of favor in the Gold Cloaks to any man who had coin enough to satisfy his greedy lust.
During Lord Eddard Stark’s tenure as Hand of the King, he allowed Janos to bolster the City Guard’s numbers, in order to keep the peace during the Tourney of the Hand, and he also gave Janos some of his own house guard. Perhaps it was this reason that Eddard trusted Janos Slynt to support him, when he tried to depose Joffrey as King. However, because Janos was such a greedy and corrupt man, he betrayed Lord Eddard, and ordered his Gold Cloaks to kill the men of House Stark.
For his actions in supporting House Lannister, Joffrey grants Janos land and title, and awards him Harrenhal. This decision did not sit well with the noble houses, because Janos’ father was a butcher. In fact, Lord Tywin Lannister did not approve, and cited that reason for sending Tyrion to King’s Landing to act as Hand of the King.
When Tyrion arrived in King’s Landing, one of his first moves was to strip Janos of Harrenhal and his title, and he sent the man to the Wall, in order to take the black of the Night’s Watch. If the HBO series holds true to the books, we will see Janos Slynt again, as he joins Alliser Thorne as the two try and have Jon Snow executed for a traitor.
Do you think we will see Janos in season 4? What do you think of him? Let me know in the comments below, and while you’re there, tell me who you would like to see as the next countdown character of the day.
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