Gilly & The Gillyflower


Poor sweet Gilly is one of Craster’s wives, the disgusting polygamous quarrelsome man north of the wall who marries his daughters. Samwell Tarly befriends Gilly and rescues her after she delivers a would-have-been-sacrificed baby boy.

Gilly mentions the origin of her name in passing: “Gilly” stems (no pun intended) from the gillyflower, which is the old-fashioned name Chaucer, Shakespeare, and others use for carnations.


Gilly © HBO via Wikia.

Jamie Adair is the editor of History Behind Game of Thrones, a website about the history behind George RR Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" novels and the hit TV show, "Game of Thrones."


  • Reply February 18, 2014


    Elizabeth Woodville used a gillyflower sometimes didn’t she?

  • Reply February 19, 2014

    Jaime Adair

    Yes, that’s right! Elizabeth Woodville did use a gillyflower sometimes. I think it is a quite lovely and feminine device.

  • Reply June 18, 2016

    Apocalyptic Queen

    Apparently, the British historian, David Starkey, recently uncovered a portrait and believes it depicts Lady Jane Grey. The lady in the portrait wears a gilly flower and is said to have been associated with the house of the Dudleys. Not sure what bearing this would have for Gilly though…

  • Reply October 30, 2016

    Joy Blorg

    Yet another Gilly Flower:

    Hmmmm … Fawlty Towers + Game of Thrones

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