Ser Davos Seaworth, also known as the Onion Knight, is a landed knight, and a former smuggler who was in the service of Stannis Baratheon, Lord of Dragon stone and claimant to the Iron Throne, whom he served as Hand of the King.
After Stannis’s defeat and death at Winterfell, Davos remains at Castle Black, where he is caught in the midst of a mutiny among the Night’s Watch that initially led to the death of Lord Commander Jon Snow. Siding with Jon’s followers, Davos becomes one of his lieutenants after persuading Melisandre to resurrect Jon. He later sides with House Stark and proclaims Jon Snow the King in the North after Jon retakes Winterfell from House Bolton. He served Jon as his principal advisor and right-hand man until his exile, after which he sits on the small council of Tyrion Lannister as Master of Ships.
Ser Davos Seaworth is a landed knight and a reformed smuggler. His ship used to ply the Narrow Sea, smuggling goods from the Free Cities into the Seven Kingdoms and back again.
Davos was born in Flea Bottom, the poorest slum in King’s Landing. His father was a poor crabber. He became a sailor while very young to escape the slums and has spent most of his life sailing the Narrow Sea. His black-sailed ship became infamous for sneaking into harbours in the dead of night while avoiding detection.
During Robert’s Rebellion, Davos aided Stannis Baratheon while he was besieged in Storm’s End, by delivering smuggled onions and other foodstuffs into the castle. The supplies helped Stannis’s forces survive until the end of the war. For this service, Stannis rewarded Davos by bestowing him with knighthood and lands.
However, Stannis also cut off the four fingertips at the knuckles from Davos’s right hand (as Davos is left-handed) as punishment for his past smuggling crimes. Thieves in Westeros are often sentenced to having fingers or the whole hand removed, but Stannis only took the fingertips of his non-dominant hand. Davos submitted to this punishment willingly, judging it a fair exchange in return for improving his family’s future prospects. He also mentions in a featurette that he submitted to the punishment for the sake of sheer justice, saying he “avoided punishment for too long” and that this was the first instance he had ever seen of true justice being served. He wears his severed finger bones in a pouch around his neck and believes they bring him good luck.
He chose the name “Seaworth” for his family’s new noble House, as a reference to his smuggling past. Highborn members of older noble Houses disparagingly called Davos “the Onion Knight” for his actions, but he has embraced this title and proudly took an onion on the sail of a black ship for a sigil and sewed the onion onto his ship’s sails.
Davos is one of Stannis’s most loyal and reliable vassals and arguably his best friend, but is treated with disdain by some of the other lords of Westeros for his low birth. Stannis himself points out that it was the low-born Davos, and not the high-born lords, who saved the lives of Stannis and his castle garrison. Davos is one of the only men who can (even grudgingly) influence Stannis’s decisions, because he values Davos’s honest advice above that of noble-born flatterers. Davos has several sons, including Matthos, who serves with him on his ship and is a scribe for Stannis. He is proud of his son’s education but remains illiterate. Stannis’s wife Selyse despises Ser Davos (although he saved her life through the food smuggled to Storm’s End), but their daughter Shireen is fond of him and considers him a friend, while Davos loves her like his own daughter.
King Stannis Baratheon converts to the religion of the Lord of Light and allows his priestess Melisandre to burn the statues of the Seven outside Dragon stone. Davos is agnostic but watches with interest beside his son Matthos Seaworth, a devoted convert. Maester Cressen attempts to interrupt the ceremony but is casually dismissed by Melisandre. She proclaims Stannis as a prophesied hero when he draws a flaming sword from one of the statues.
Stannis hosts a council and prepares a letter to be distributed throughout the Seven Kingdoms. He has learned from the late Eddard Stark that Joffrey Baratheon is a bastard born of incest between Cersei Lannister and her brother Jaime rather than being Robert Baratheon’s true heir. Stannis is therefore the rightful heir and plans to pursue his claims to the throne despite being outnumbered. His younger brother Renly Baratheon has also claimed the throne, to Stannis’s frustration. Davos urges Stannis to temporarily make peace with Renly or join forces with Robb Stark to fight against Joffrey but Stannis refuses, denouncing them both as thieves. Cressen attempts to poison Melisandre. Davos sees him put something in the wine cup, the strangler. Cressen then offers Melisandre that they put aside their disagreement through drinking a toast from the same cup. Davos realises what he is doing and unsuccessfully tries to stop him. Cressen drinks the poison first to make Melisandre feel safer. She also realises his plan but drains the rest of the liquid regardless. Cressen quickly bleeds to death while Melisandre stands over his corpse unharmed.
Davos recruits an old friend, the pirate admiral Salladhor Saan, to Stannis’s cause, bringing his 30 ships to Dragon stone. Davos and Matthos meet Salladhor on the coast. Davos tells him that there are no old pirates; the life will catch up to him eventually. Joining the forces of Stannis Baratheon would give him a safe, legitimate position in the world.
Davos accompanies Stannis to a parley with Renly on the coast of the Storm lands. They are unable to reach a compromise and Stannis gives Renly the night to reconsider, promising to name him as his heir until a son is born to him, thinking Melisandre is pregnant with a physical human boy. Stannis then tasks Davos with smuggling Melisandre into the caves beneath Renly’s camp, refusing to say why and ordering Davos not to discuss the mission in the future. Davos delivers Melisandre through the caves, while she asks him if he desires her. She also talks of the battle they face and how she fights for the forces of good. When they arrive at a gate of iron bars, Melisandre disrobes, revealing that she is impossibly, heavily pregnant. She births a horrific shadow as Davos cowers in fear.
The Shadow kills Renly, and Stannis assumes control of the majority of his forces, save for the Tyrells and their banner men. With the might of the Storm lords behind him, he plans to move on the capital of King’s Landing. Davos urges him to leave Melisandre out of the battle because of rumours that she is controlling him. Stannis is angry with Davos for breaking his orders but accepts his counsel. He names Davos as commander of his fleet for the assault on Blackwater Bay. Davos is concerned that Stannis’s banner men will not respect him because of his origins.
The fleet travels north along the coast. Davos predicts that they are just one day’s sail from their destination. Stannis admires Davos’s loyalty and honesty and the way he copes with the snobbery of the highborn. He recalls Davos’s timely intervention saving many lives in the siege of Storm’s End. Stannis’s wife nearly died of hunger and the castle was down to eating rats, before Davos managed to sneak through the blockade with his ship full of onions, potatoes, fish, and some beef. Getting to the point, Stannis tells Davos that he will serve as his Hand of the King when he takes the Iron Throne, to Davos’s surprise.
The fleet sweeps into Blackwater Bay and the mouth of the Blackwater Rush, and approaches the city at night. The original plan was to destroy the royal fleet and land troops under the city walls. However, the royal fleet proved to be absent, Tyrion Lannister having commanded it to leave the area rather than be sunk. Instead, Tyrion has a ship leaking wildfire directly into the bay. Davos realises it is a trap too late, and screams at his the ships to sail away from the wildfire.
At Tyrion’s signal, Commander Bronn of the King’s Landing City Watch ignites the wildfire with a flaming arrow. This results in a tremendous explosion that obliterates the vanguard of Stannis’s fleet, including Davos’s flagship, the Black Betha. The blast kills his son Matthos while Davos is hurled overboard by the shockwave before the blast can reach him.
Davos is rescued from an islet he had washed ashore to by Salladhor Saan. Reeling from the death of his son and horrified to learn that Melisandre has begun to burn alive as sacrifices all those who speak out against her, Davos convinces Salladhor to bring him to Dragon stone. He intends to assassinate the Red Woman.
Davos finds Stannis despondent and condemns Melisandre for the human sacrifices and for leading Stannis astray. She reminds that it was he who urged Stannis not to bring her to the battle, and implies that it was the defeat and the massive deaths, including that of Matthos, were his fault. Davos draws a knife on her in a fit of rage, but he is restrained by a pair of guards. Stannis orders him to be put in the dungeon. Davos is dragged out, protesting to Stannis that Melisandre will lead them all to ruin.
Davos is visited by Princess Shireen, who asks him if he’s a traitor, to which Davos answers that he is. Shireen, however, insists that he is still her friend, and that she will give him books to help him pass the time. After he reveals to her that he cannot read, she offers to teach him.
Over the next few weeks, Davos’s literacy improves dramatically. Stannis finally comes to speak with him and expresses his remorse for Matthos’s death and belief that Davos does not belong in a dungeon. After a long conversation, Stannis admits he came to free him, on the condition he never raise a hand to Melisandre again. Davos agrees to this, but warns that he cannot be expected to never speak against her again. Stannis then tells Davos about Gendry, his bastard nephew, and Melisandre’s intention to sacrifice him as part of a plan to bring about the deaths of Joffrey, Robb Stark and Balon Greyjoy. Davos correctly surmises that Stannis freed Davos before Gendry’s sacrifice to talk him out of it because he himself knew it was not entirely noble. Stannis insists on taking Davos to Melisandre to observe a ritual involving leeches gorged on Gendry’s blood, which would give him the power to destroy the remaining claimants of the Iron Throne.
Davos continues to test his new-found literacy on Stannis Baratheon’s correspondence, declining Shireen’s invitation to read more tales of Aegon I Targaryen. He expresses dissatisfaction about the odd spelling of the word “knight”, and discovers that the letter is from Maester Aemon of the Night’s Watch, before hearing the horns that signal Melisandre’s intents to sacrifice Gendry, especially since Robb Stark has recently been betrayed and killed at the Twins following the wedding of Edmure Tully and Roslin Frey. He argues with Stannis again about sacrificing the boy, but Stannis is convinced by Melisandre that using Gendry as part of her blood magic will give him the power to destroy his enemies and claim the Iron Throne. When he doesn’t get through to his liege, Davos takes matters into his own hands and frees the boy, giving him a rowboat and directions to King’s Landing.
A furious Stannis sentences Davos to die, but the Onion Knight produces Aemon’s letter and tells Stannis that Lord Commander Jeor Mormont is dead and Samwell Tarly has seen the growing army of White Walkers and wights firsthand, which will eventually come for all of Westeros. Davos insists that it is Stannis’s duty to assist the black brothers, and that he will need Davos’s assistance to rally troops and mercenaries. Melisandre burns the letter and acknowledges the truth: the War of the Five Kings is immaterial. The true war lies in the North, and evil and death are marching on the Wall. Though Stannis is still prepared to have Davos executed, Melisandre speaks for him, since Davos has an important role to play in the events to come. Stannis laughs at R’hllor’s sense of humour, noting that the god Davos likes to mock has chosen him for a higher purpose.
Davos witnesses the burning sacrifice of three people on the beach of Dragon stone, including his king’s brother-in-law Ser Axell Florent, for refusing to renounce the Seven. Davos protests the ritual reminding Stannis that Axell was merely worshiping the gods of both his and Stannis’s fathers before them. Stannis merely replies that he ordered Axell to tear down his idols but he disobeyed. Though his disgust with the ritual is still quite plain when Selyse Baratheon affirms that her brother and the others are “with our lord now”, Davos humours her by saying, “I’m sure they’re more than grateful, my queen.”
When news of Joffrey Baratheon’s death reaches Dragon stone, Stannis chastises Davos for releasing Gendry and not being able to build his army so that he could use such an opportunity. Davos proposes that they hire sell sword companies in the east to fight in the war, suggesting the Golden Company, who were famous for never breaking a contract. Despite Stannis’s reluctance, Davos reminds him that it is equivalent to using magic to win. However, they do not have money to pay them. Davos later joins Princess Shireen for another session of reading. When she asks him about the difference between a pirate and a smuggler, he tells her a story about when he was almost beheaded by the First Sword of Braavos. This gets his attention and he remembers that the Iron Throne have been having difficulty paying their debts back to the Iron Bank of Braavos. Realising that, should the bank switch its support to Stannis, they would have the money they need to hire men from the Free Cities. With Shireen’s help, he starts writing a letter to the Bank.
In Braavos, Davos and Stannis go before the Iron Bank’s Tycho Nestoris in order to plead their case. At first they reject Stannis’s claim, pointing out that Tommen Baratheon is presently king. Furthermore, Stannis has few remaining troops or ships, and lacks gold and resources. Davos, however, convinces the Iron Bank that Stannis is their best chance of getting back the money they have loaned to the Iron Throne. He argues that Tywin Lannister, the real power in Westeros, is nearly seventy, and when he dies, their family will be left with Tommen, who is still a child and widely believed to be a bastard born of incest with no claim to the throne, and Cersei and Jaime Lannister, who are unreliable and have soiled reputations. Stannis, however, is in his prime, an experienced leader and a man of his word, and to prove his point, Davos shows them his mutilated hand. The plea is successful and Davos goes to visit Salladhor Saan in a bath house. This time he pays his friend up front with money, saying he left the larger portion to Salladhor’s wife.
Davos is present alongside Stannis when his forces crush the wildling army led by Mance Rayder. He is the one who informs Mance that he stands before Stannis, the one true king of Westeros. Davos also meets Jon Snow, who was actually attempting to assassinate Mance before they arrived, notably ordering Jon to address Stannis as “Your Grace” instead of by his name. Later, Davos is present at the Watch’s funeral for those who fell during the Battle of Castle Black.
Davos is with Stannis atop the Wall when Jon Snow is called before the king. He questions Jon’s loyalty to the Night’s Watch because of his time with the wildling’s and he was seen taking the body of a girl north of the Wall. Later, Davos is present when Mance Rayder is executed in the courtyard of Castle Black.
Davos is aware that the Night’s Watch will choose a new Lord Commander and believes that Ser Alliser Thorne will win. He tries to convince Jon Snow to accept Stannis’s offer of legitimisation since Thorne will most likely punish Jon for showing Mance Rayder mercy during the execution.
After Jon is elected the new Lord Commander and refuses Stannis’s offer, Davos speaks alone with Jon, telling him that Stannis sees something in him, even though it may not be apparent. He asks Olly to recite a part of the Night’s Watch oath and stops him at “the shield that guards the realms of men”, telling Jon that it may not just mean protecting the Seven Kingdoms from Beyond the Wall, but possibly taking part in battles in order to prevent the Seven Kingdoms from suffering, such as the North while under Bolton rule.
Davos is present in the common room of Castle Black when Jon Snow informs them of his plan to rescue the wildling’s at Hard home. Later, Stannis informs Davos that it is time to march, but Davos objects and asks him if it is not better to wait for Jon Snow to return from his mission with the wildling’s, as they could have thousands more men in their army. Stannis states that they have to move now, before winter arrives in earnest. Selyse and Shireen will join them, as Stannis does not think they will be safe at Castle Black, surrounded by criminals. The following morning, Shireen tells Davos that she wants to see the crypt of Winterfell where all the old Kings in the North are buried, to which Davos replies that they must first take the castle from the Boltons. Shireen asks him if there is going to be a battle, and he affirms that she won’t be anywhere near it. Selyse approaches them and commands Davos to stop speaking of battles and scaring the child. Shireen claims that she is unafraid, and promises to protect him. Davos rides from Castle Black along with the Baratheon army.
Some weeks later, snowstorms have delayed their march to Winterfell, and Davos rides through the camp, observing the troops. Davos enters Stannis’s tent and informs him that forty of their horses died the previous night and more will die that night after sunset. The Storm crows, a group of sell swords they’d hired, have also fled in the night. Davos thinks that they should go back to Castle Black and wait out the weather since they do not have enough food as they cannot open the supply lines until the snow clears. Stannis is vehemently against this and stubbornly tells him that they will not retreat to Castle Black because he will not risk being known as “the King who Ran”, as he retreated from the Battle of the Blackwater. Winter will soon arrive and if they do retreat, they will be stuck at Castle Black, possibly for several years, waiting for the winter to end. Seeing no other way to convince Stannis otherwise, Davos leaves.
After a surprise attack by Ramsay Bolton and his men leaves Stannis’s men and supplies decimated, Stannis and Davos realise that they no longer have enough provisions to survive the winter, a journey to Winterfell or a retreat to Castle Black. Stannis subsequently sends Davos to Castle Black to plead with Jon to send some men and supplies, promising Jon enough men to man all nineteen castles of the Wall in return, on the basis that as Davos is Hand of the King, Jon will take more notice of him than a common messenger. He is reluctant, on the basis that as Stannis’s Hand he cannot abandon his King, but he is convinced to go when reminded he is following his king’s command.
Davos asks to take Selyse and Shireen with him, but Stannis refuses. Before leaving, Davos visits Shireen one last time and presents her with a wooden stag figure he carved himself (the symbol of her house), as thanks to Shireen for teaching him how to read and “turning him into a grown up”, mentioning that Matthos tried for years to persuade him to learn to read, but Davos wouldn’t listen. Davos bids farewell to Shireen and leaves for the Wall, while remaining unaware that Stannis actually sent him away so that he wouldn’t interfere with his plan to sacrifice Shireen like he did with Gendry.
Upon arriving at the Wall, Davos finds Jon unwilling and unable to provide men for Stannis. He instead implores the Lord Commander to ask the wildling’s to fight for Stannis, reasoning that they’d do as Jon asked since he saved their lives. Melisandre then rides into Castle Black, alone. Horrified, Jon and Davos rush to her, asking about the fates of Stannis and Shireen. Melisandre regards Davos with an empty stare, confirming his worst fears.
With Stannis dead, Davos remains at Castle Black. That night, alerted by Ghost’s howling, Davos runs into the courtyard and finds Jon’s body in a pool of blood, having just been murdered by his own men. Along with Eddison Tollett and several men loyal to Jon, Davos has Jon’s body taken inside the castle to his quarters, where he and the others immediately realise Thorne was behind the mutiny. Melisandre also observes Jon’s body and claims that she had seen a vision of Jon fighting at Winterfell.
Knowing of their coming deaths, Davos sends Edd to find Tormund and the wildling’s to help them against Thorne and his men, while he and Jon’s friends take refuge inside Jon’s office and lock the door. Later, Davos is approached by Thorne, who offers him and Melisandre safe passage to the South with food and a fresh horse. Davos feigns interest and promises Thorne an answer by nightfall, knowing that Thorne will kill them all anyway once they open the door. With Edd still having not returned, Davos muses to the skeptical brothers that Melisandre may be their only hope for survival.
At nightfall, when Edd does not return, Davos brandishes Jon’s sword, Long claw, and apologising to the others for a potentially poor showing of swordsmanship as he’s not much of a fighter, prepares to lead the loyalists as the mutineers start breaking their way through the door with a sledgehammer. Edd and Tormund arrive in time to end the struggle and place Thorne and the mutineers under arrest, saving Davos and the others. Davos later accosts Melisandre and speaks to her about her powers, which may or may not include that of resurrecting someone.
He witnesses Melisandre clean Jon’s body and perform a ritual meant to revive him, but when Jon fails to respond, his friends leave the room one by one to collect wood for his pyre. Davos remains behind, eyeing Jon’s body with remorse before leaving as well, mere seconds before Jon awakens.
Hearing Jon’s gasping breaths, Davos returns and assists the Lord Commander as he gets used to his body again. Melisandre soon joins them, pressing Jon for details about what he saw while dead. When Jon replies that he saw nothing, Davos ushers Melisandre out before she can declare a new prince that was promised, and advises Jon that while he did die, he is alive now and thus needs to accept it. Davos later assists the still-weary Jon in greeting the Black Brothers, and observes when he hangs the leaders of the mutiny.
Following Sansa Stark’s arrival at Castle Black with Brienne of Tarth and Podrick Payne, Davos accosts Melisandre and asks her where she will go next. She claims she will go where Jon commands her, as he is the Prince that was Promised, not Stannis as they all believed. Davos again asks Melisandre about what happened to Stannis, and then Shireen. Before Melisandre musters up the courage to admit to Davos that she burned Shireen alive, Brienne confronts the pair, and tells Davos that she personally executed Stannis after he admitted his role in Renly’s assassination with Melisandre’s blood magic, though she promises she will not take any further revenge.
Davos later attends a war council with Jon, Sansa, Brienne, Podrick, Edd and Tormund, pointing out their lack of men in comparison to the Boltons, who have the Umbers and Karstarks on their side. Though Sansa claims that the remaining Northern Houses will rally behind Jon, since both Jon and Ramsay are bastard-born, Davos remains skeptical, reminding Sansa that the Karstarks forswore their allegiance to the Starks because Robb Stark beheaded Rickard Karstark, and the other Northern Houses did not rise up against the Boltons for their role in the Red Wedding, concluding that while Northerners are more loyal than most, they will most likely not fight a losing battle for her or Jon. Sansa points out that her great-uncle, Brynden Tully, has rebuilt the Tully army and retaken Riverrun from the Freys, surprising Davos, who has heard of Brynden’s reputation and admits his help would be invaluable, concluding that with help from House Tully and the remaining minor Northern Houses, they may stand a chance against Ramsay after all. He later leaves Castle Black with Jon, Sansa and Melisandre and the rest of their diminutive army.
He accompanies Sansa and Jon to Bear Island, to ask for the help of House Mormont. They meet Lyanna Mormont, who Jon reminds of the letter she sent, that Bear Island serves the King in the North whose name is Stark. She dismisses Jon and Sansa, saying they are not Starks. Davos, however, warns her of the coming threat of White Walker; telling her “the dead are coming”. This convinces Lyanna to support Jon and Sansa. Later, Davos breaks up a brawl among wildling fighters at the Stark camp.
Davos accompanies Jon, Sansa, and Tormund when they ride to parley with Ramsay, Harald Karstark, and Smalljon Umber. Jon Snow rejects Ramsay’s peace terms and Ramsay in return rejects Jon’s demand for a one-on-one combat. Later, Davos and Tormund meet with Jon Snow at a war meeting and decide to attack early, despite lacking enough manpower. That night, Davos and Tormund talk about their experiences serving under Stannis and Mance with both men acknowledging that they had been serving the wrong King. Near dawn, Davos stumbles upon a charred pyre and discovers Shireen’s burnt stag figure. He quickly deduces how she died.
That morning, the massed Stark and Bolton armies meet for battle outside Winterfell. Ramsay manages to lure Jon and his army into a trap by releasing Jon’s half brother Rickon Stark and then killing him. While the rest of the Stark army clashes with the Bolton forces, Davos and several troops stay in reserve. When Ramsay deploys his infantry, Davos leads his men to join Jon Snow and the others. Ramsay then springs his final trap and the Bolton infantry forms a shield wall that pummels the Stark forces. Davos is caught in the trap and barely survives being crushed to death. Fortunately for the Starks, Sansa and Petyr Baelish arrive with the Knights of the Vale who smash through the Bolton lines. The Starks seize Winterfell and execute Ramsay. Following the battle, Davos glares at Melisandre, now aware of her role in the death of Shireen, who is watching from the ramparts as the Bolton banners are replaced with the direwolf sigil of House Stark.
After the capture of Winterfell, Davos strides into the castle’s main hall to confront Melisandre in the presence of Jon Snow. After Melisandre confesses to her role in murdering Shireen, Davos seeks leave to execute her as a murderer. Jon Snow instead chooses to banish her from the North on pain of death. Before she leaves, Davos warns her that he will personally execute her if she returns to the North. Later, Davos joins the other northern lords and Lord Yohn Royce in pledging their allegiance to Jon Snow, the new King in the North.
Davos is present at a meeting between Jon and the Northern Lords, and silently watches as Jon assigns Tormund and the wildling’s to man the castles on the Wall, and pardons House Umber and House Karstark for siding with the Boltons after Ned Umber and Alys Karstark swear fealty to House Stark once again.
He is also present when Jon receives a letter from Daenerys, asking him to bend the knee. Davos and Jon initially rely on Sansa’s judgement of Tyrion, but she still believes it may be a trap. However, Davos realises that Daenerys’ dragons may help with the destruction of the wights. He later attends a meeting, at which Jon announces that his letter from Samwell confirms the presence of dragon glass on the island of Dragon stone. Despite many disagreements from various Northmen and Valemen, Jon departs to Dragon stone, taking Davos with him and leaving Sansa in control of the North.
Jon and Davos arrive at Dragon stone, and are immediately greeted by Tyrion Lannister and Missandei. Jon also introduces Davos while Tyrion introduces Missandei, who requests that they surrender their weapons. Davos then hands over his weapons and boat to the Dothraki. He then makes himself known to Missandei, as she explains her Naathi origin, whilst he expresses his wonderment of the place (it’s butterflies and palm trees). However, he then converses with Jon over their safety with the foreign allies on Dragon stone.
On the way to the castle Jon and Davos are startled at the sight of Drogon and Viserion flying low over the causeway and dive to the ground, while an amused Missandei and Tyrion retain their composure. In the throne room, Missandei introduces Daenerys’s many titles while Davos introduces Jon Snow simply as King in the North. Daenerys thanks Jon for traveling so far but insists that he is a mere Lord. Davos begs to differ but Daenerys responds that there has been no King in the North ever since Torrhen Stark bent the knee to Aegon the Conqueror and adds that an oath lasts for perpetuity. She then reiterates her demand for Jon to bend the knee; he refuses.
Tyrion says they cannot split their forces. Davos then speaks up for his liege lord and tells Dany that Jon won the support of the wildling’s and fought the White Walkers. Davos also mentions that Jon Snow came back from the dead. Davos says that it doesn’t matter who bends the knee. Tyrion doesn’t see the point of Jon Snow’s refusal to submit. When Jon disputes Daenerys’ claims to queenship, Dany responds that he is in open rebellion since he has declared himself King in the North. Daenerys then receives a message from Varys. Dany orders Missandei to give Jon and his followers food and lodging. When Jon asks if he and Davos are prisoners, she says not yet.
Davos and Jon prepare to met Daenerys after she agrees to the mining of dragon glass, when they encounter Missandei as they wait for her queen to arrive, she politely inquires why Jon’s surname is “Snow” even though House Stark has ruled the North for centuries, and his father Ned and brother Robb both had the surname “Stark” but he doesn’t. Jon and Davos explain to her the special system regional surnames used in Westeros for bastard children of the nobility. Missandei doesn’t know what they mean, so they literally explain that Jon’s parents weren’t married. Davos asks if they have similar customs for bastards on Naath. Quizzically, Missandei explains that “Marriage” as such does not exist in Naath, so she finds the idea of a “bastard” to be quite an alien concept. Davos says that sounds liberating. Daenerys then arrives, and they head down to the beach. Davos then continues into the caves of dragon glass, behind Jon, Daenerys and Missandei.
As they exit the cave to the beach, they are joined by Varys and Tyrion with grave looks on their faces. They inform her that the Unsullied succeeded in capturing Casterly Rock only to then reveal the disaster which just occurred at High garden as Tyrion’s military strategy fell apart. Casterly Rock was only a feint and the Lannisters didn’t bother defending it, in order to make a surprise attack south which sacked high garden. Daenerys is furious and barely controls her anger, as now all three of her major allies in Westeros are gone and all she has gained is a castle with no supplies.
Later, Davos is present at the Chamber of the Painted Table, when Jon tells Daenerys about the news of his half-brother Bran and half-sister Arya Stark’s return to Winterfell. He warns Daenerys’ about Bran’s vision of the Army of the Dead marching towards Eastwatch-by-the-Sea. Tyrion is present and proposes capturing a Wight and bringing it south in order to prove that the Army of the Dead and the White Walkers are real. Varys opines that it is suicide trying to appeal to Queen Cersei Lannister but Tyrion argues that he can persuade his brother Jaime. Davos thinks such a mission is risky even for an experienced smuggler. Jorah volunteers for the mission while Jon volunteers to lead the expedition. Apparently on the verge of tears about the idea of Jon leaving, Daenerys responds that she did not give Jon permission to leave but Jon reminds her that he is the King in the North. He tells her she has the power of life and death over him but that he trusted her even though she was a stranger. He pleads with her to return the favour by trusting him. Later, Davos and Tyrion chat about smuggling before embarking on their mission to infiltrate King’s Landing. Davos plans to find Gendry while Tyrion wants to secretly meet with Jaime at the Red Keep to find a peaceful solution to the war. They land Davos’s boat on the shore of Blackwater Bay and go their separate ways.
Davos visits Flea Bottom and goes to the iron smith where Gendry works. Davos confides that he was surprised to find Gendry at the armoury he had previously worked with. Gendry responds that he chose the iron smith because it lies right under the Queen’s nose. Davos tells Gendry that he has come to get him and that he might want to bring a sword. Gendry agrees, but instead of a sword, he brings a war hammer with a stag carved into the head.
Later on the beach, Davos and Gendry prepare to leave on Davos’ boat but are spotted by a pair of Gold Cloaks. Davos pretends to be a smuggler and bribes the guards with coins. He strikes up a conversation with the guards and reassures them that he is transporting fermented crab, an aphrodisiac that is popular with the city’s brothels. The guards are satisfied with Davos’ explanation and bribe and prepare to depart, but Tyrion arrives at that exact moment. One of the guards recognises Tyrion by his scar and asks him to stop. They realise that he is indeed Tyrion Lannister, and immediately see through Davos’ deception. Before they can react, however, Gendry kills them both by smashing their skulls in with his hammer. Davos then introduces Gendry to Tyrion.
After landing at Eastwatch, they meet with the wildling Tormund who thinks that Jon’s plan will lead to their deaths. Tormund asks about having to convince two Queens. Davos volunteers to stay behind at Eastwatch because he regards himself as a liability. When Gendry returns to the Wall alone, Davos is the first to meet him. Davos later accompanies Jon to the parley in King’s Landing, and is present for the reveal of the captured wight to Cersei. He later arranges a naval passage to the North and travels with Jon and Daenerys’ combined forces, en route to White Harbour.
Davos returns to Winterfell along with Jon and Daenerys. He later approaches Tyrion and Varys as they witness the arrival of the Karstark people and warns them that Daenerys will have to earn both the Northmen’s and the Wildling’s loyalty if she seeks to rule them. In order to accomplish this, Davos suggests a marriage between Jon and Daenerys, which, according to him, would bring peace and tranquillity to the Seven Kingdoms.
Davos then helps the preparation of the upcoming siege of Winterfell, and serves food to the people gathered at the castle. One of them, Teela, reminds him of his beloved Shireen. As she is willing to fight despite her young age, Davos and Gilly persuade her to defend the crypt where all the non-fighting people will be gathered. Davos then attends a war council, where he is tasked with giving the signal to light the trench when the wights get close to the walls of the castle.
Later, Davos goes into the castle’s great hall to enjoy the warmth of the hearth, and joins a pre-battle vigil with Tyrion, Jaime Lannister, Brienne of Tarth, Tormund and Podrick Payne. He thus watches Brienne being knighted by Jaime, and later refuses Tyrion’s invitation to sing, claiming his singing to be terrible.
As the Battle of Winterfell is about to begin, while standing on the walls, Davos is shocked by the return of Melisandre, who he previously swore to execute if she returned in the North. However, he lets her through when she claims that he does not need to bother killing her as she will die before the dawn. During the battle, Davos gives the signal to light the trench, but remains unseen by Daenerys and her dragon. With the attempts by flaming arrows and torches being unsuccessful, the trench is finally lit by Melisandre.
Despite his own admittance of lack of combat skills, Davos survives the battle against the wights. Once the army of the dead is annihilated by Arya Stark’s killing of the Night King, Davos sees Melisandre quietly leaving the castle. He grabs his sword, ready to execute her, but then watches as she discards both her cloak and necklace and quickly turns into an elderly woman who collapses and dies in the snow, her remains blowing away in the wind.
Davos is seen later celebrating their victory over the Army of the Dead with the rest of the northerners during the feast in the Winterfell Great Hall. After Daenerys says that it is time to march on King’s Landing, Davos rides with Jon and the Army of the North via the Kings road. After arriving outside of the city, a plan is made to attack the following morning. After Daenerys breaches the city walls with Drogon, Davos follows Jon and the Stark infantry into the city to take it. He is later seen attempting to evacuate civilians after Daenerys burns it to the ground. Davos survives the battle and falls back outside the city after Jon calls for a retreat of his forces.
Jon, Davos and Tyrion walk amidst the ruins of the city after the battle. Jon and Davos try to stop the Unsullied from executing the captive Lannister soldiers, but are unsuccessful. Weeks after the assassination of Daenerys Targaryen, Davos takes part in the trial of Tyrion Lannister where he prevents a dispute between Yara Greyjoy and Arya Stark over Jon’s fate spiralling out. After Tyrion suggests the lords of Seven Kingdoms choose the new king and recommends Bran Stark’s name, Davos, while unsure he can even vote, assents anyway. He is later named the Master of Ships by the new king and tasked by Tyrion, once more the Hand, to repair ports and rebuild the Royal Fleet .
Davos Seaworth is very loyal to his king. He is considered to be the closest friend that Stannis Baratheon ever had, which is impressive enough because Stannis had few friends due to his pitiless and cold personality. Davos’s sense of personal loyalty has also, ironically enough, put him at odds with Stannis, especially when Melisandre was concerned – Davos openly mistrusted, and ultimately hated the Red Woman, but also feared that Melisandre would corrupt Stannis with her prophecies and promises of greatness. Davos is also a very dedicated man in his own right, originally opting to ensure that his son Matthos had a better life than he did, since Davos grew up in absolute poverty in King’s Landing until he met Stannis. This gave Davos an unusual amount of empathy and compassion, since he supported Gendry’s survival since his arrival on Dragon stone, using their aligning poverty inFlea Bottom as a way of gaining the young man’s trust. It is almost hopelessly ironic that Davos’s good nature and compassion is met with outrage or controversy by anybody else.
Davos has no prejudice towards followers of another religion (which he himself expresses to Melisandre) but he believes that the Lord of Light himself is evil on the basis that his favour requires followers to burn people alive at the stake. He is shown to be rather frightened of the powers that Melisandre possesses, as shown when he witnesses her create a shadow to kill Renly Baratheon. It is unfortunate that his warnings against Stannis utilising Melisandre and her powers to achieve his goals fell on deaf ears, since doing so would have meant avoiding an untold amount of destruction (which ironically is the reason that Melisandre used to persuade Stannis to keep her as an ally). Davos is a very practical man, understanding entirely that men and arms and territory win wars, not the hopeful prayers to some fire god. His suggestions to hire sell sword companies to Stannis’s cause may have been met with incredulity by Stannis himself, but it would have been a potentially effective move.
Davos had a very close relationship with Stannis’s daughter and only child, Princess Shireen Baratheon, and was not at all bothered or intimidated by her disfigurement, which is impressive among most men. Davos was close enough with Shireen that she was the person who taught him how to read, and she openly didn’t care that Davos was considered a traitor by Stannis and Melisandre because Davos was her friend. Davos even jokingly remarked that he saw similarities between father and daughter, demonstrating that he was almost as close with her as he was with Stannis. This friendship would become a tragic blow to Davos later on when he realised that Melisandre had Shireen burned at the stake to win favour with her precious Lord of Light – he exploded with rage against Melisandre upon hearing her confess and insists that Shireen’s sacrifice was completely futile, since it achieved absolutely nothing in the end. Even after Jon Snow decided to banish the Red Woman on pain of death, Davos coldly threatened to execute Melisandre himself if they ever saw each other again, which is a massive departure from Davos’s usual nature.
Davos is unfazed by the condescension he has received from other high lords in Westeros for his common nature, which Stannis commended, expressing more contempt for such lords than Davos himself ever did. Davos was, in a way, of better service to Stannis or whomever he served than any other lord, considering the fact that he was unfailingly loyal to both Stannis, and later Jon Snow. He was not bothered by bastardy or by a person’s disfigurements or social shortcomings, as evidenced by his relationship with Shireen and Jon. He is perfectly willing to stand astride the Free Folk after they come south of the Wall, even though he had been fighting against them not so long ago – he developed a good relationship with Tormund, as shown by their exchanging banter the night before facing Ramsay Bolton.
Although he claims not being a skilled fighter, Davos is a very brave man who does not hesitate to put his life in danger when serving his lord. He notably took part in four major battles (the Battle of the Blackwater, the Battle of the Bastards, the Battle of Winterfell and the Battle of King’s Landing), all of which he survived, and was also willing to fight against the Night’s Watch mutineers who had killed Jon Snow, as well as risking to return to King’s Landing while he was still officially considered a criminal. Davos’s skills reside much more in his speech than in his fighting abilities: among his achievements, he convinced Stannis to contact the Iron Bank of Braavos and managed to secure a loan from Tycho Nestoris ; he persuaded Melisandre to try and revive Jon Snow and he helped Jon Snow in getting House Mormont’s support from the young but harsh Lyanna Mormont. After Jon returned from death, Davos was the first man to greet him and firmly encouraged him to carry on fighting, since there were more important things to dwell on than the purpose of Jon’s return. This makes Davos a precious and valuable advisor to whoever he serves. Davos’s skills in diplomacy and statecraft were acknowledged by Tyrion, who encouraged King Bran Stark to name him as his Hand, although Davos was eventually appointed as the Master of Ships of the new Small council.
Davos also displays a forgiving nature, or at least does not harbour any kind of resentment towards people who could deserve it. He does not blame Stannis for cutting his fingers after he smuggled supplies during the Siege of Storm’s End, nor does he formally blame Tyrion Lannister who masterminded the wildfire explosion which killed his son Matthos during the Battle of the Blackwater (he casually relays this to Tyrion when smuggling him into King’s Landing but without a tone of reproach). The only exception known to Davos’ forgiving nature is Melisandre, who Davos swore to execute should their paths meet again. Thus, Melisandre is the only person in Westeros that Davos irreparably, truly hates. However, after he witnesses Melisandre’s choice of death in the aftermath of the Battle of Winterfell, he starts to question his hatred for her.