Janos Slynt was the former Commander of the the City Watch, also known as the Gold Cloaks. It has long been known that Slynt had been making money by taking a part of each gold cloaks' salary. Stannis Baratheon wanted him prosecuted, but witnesses were murdered. Littlefinger interceded with King Robert (apparently the crown was getting a cut of this as well.) Janos betrays Eddard Stark to the Lannisters and is rewarded by being given Harrenhal, a supposedly cursed castle in the Riverlands built by the Ironborn family House Hoare.
Appearance and CharacterEdit
Janos Slynt is a portly, stout and jowly man, remarked to be built like a keg.
Janos is a corrupt, narcissistic, pompous and extremely unpleasant man. He has a very consistent habit of referring to himself in the third person when addressing other people, as if he were a man of supreme importance. An unapologetic sycophant, Janos also claims to work in the best interests of people who are already in power, in spite of the fact that most such men despise him for this reason - he works often of his own accord, in defiance of decency or even his own orders. Janos has accepted bribes and misusing promotions and positions within the City Watch.
Glutted with power and too easily enjoying it, Janos is capable of being freely immoral and even cruel when it suits him. He also believes savagery committed by his hand or under his authority to be bravery, which he shows no complaint in stating when discussing the matter of a slaughter in Chataya's Brothel. When he is sent to Castle Black, his ineptitude only flares up, as he makes illogical and selfish decisions and claims throughout his tenure, and shows no respect or gratitude to men who truly deserve it. He is disrespectful of good and true men like Donal Noye, and especially Jon Snow, whom he labels corrupt and deceitful based simply on the fact that he's a bastard, ignoring that he was from far lower beginnings than the boy. Even after being stripped of his ranks and sent to the Wall, he flaunts the title of Lord of Harrenhal, despite it changing hands at least twice after he was dismissed.
Janos' arrogance has proven to be his downfall. Even after Jon Snow is elected Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, Slynt defies and disrespects him at every opportunity he gets. When Jon gives him an explicit command, Janos claims impunity to disobey orders that don't suit him. Only when he is at the point of a sword does he plead for forgiveness that he doesn't deserve.
In the booksEdit
A Game of Thrones Edit
Eddard Stark was named Lord Regent of the Seven Kingdoms by King Robert in a proclamation (until his heir comes of age). Lord Eddard tried to stop Cersei Lannister from seizing power at the death of Robert Baratheon. He believes that Petyr Baelish has arranged for the Gold cloaks to support him, allowing him to hold the throne for Stannis Baratheon (who he knows is the rightful heir). Littlefinger betrayed Eddard, the Gold Cloaks working with the Lannister men kill all of the Stark household, except steward's daughter, Jeyne Poole. As a reward he is given the high lordship of Harrenhal by Cersei Lannister.
A Clash of Kings Edit
Cersei orders Slynt to have the Gold cloaks kill all of Robert Baratheon's bastard children. Partly because people looking at them can perceive that her own children are not Robert's heirs, but also to get back at Robert. Janos Slynt sends a nasty gold cloak named Allar Deem to kill baby Barra. When Tyrion Lannister comes to King's landing as acting Hand of the King. He has Janos sent to the wall. He wants to break Cersei's power (Janos is beholden to her), but also Janos is corrupt (he was bought by Cersei through Littlefinger) and he is morally bankrupt (as he ordered the killing of a baby).
A Storm of Swords Edit
After the death of Jeor Mormont, Slynt is one of the candidates up for election to take leadership of the Night's Watch. He is building support and seems destined to win. Samwell Tarly is very anxious that this not occur, as Slynt expressed the wish to punish Jon Snow for desertion and murder. Sam first tries to get the other candidates to vote for each other, that failing he succeeds in getting them to compromise on another candidate, Jon Snow. Janos Slynt is enraged.
A Dance with Dragons Edit
Janos Slynt continues to question and flaunt Jon's authority. Finally going to the point of refusing to obey an order. Jon orders him to take a group of Night Watch men and wildlings to one of the abandoned castles at the Wall to restore and open it. Jon gives him the night to reconsider his refusal. The next day, he is going to have Slynt imprisoned, but realizes that Janos will always make trouble and must be an example. Jon Snow having ordered Slynt's execution, follows the example of his father Eddard and beheads Lord Janos himself using Longclaw.