Thom Merrilin (TV Series)

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Author: Ilverin Matriam

Pronunciation: TOM MER-rih-lihn

A close up of Alexandre Willaume playing Thom Merrilin in S1E3

Thom Merrilin is a character in the book and television series The Wheel of Time. In the TV show he is played by Danish actor Alexandre Willaume.

WARNING! The next sections contain spoilers for the Wheel of Time television series.


Thom Merrilin is a gleeman. However, he is well educated and knows to recognize accents and dress styles from around the world. Along with singing and playing musical instruments, Thom is good at throwing knives.

Rand and Mat meet Thom in Breen's Spring on their way to Tar Valon. In that small town, after hearing that one of its citizens is a Darkfriend, Thom kills her and escapes the town together with the boys.

Thom had a nephew, Owyn, who found out he can channel. The Red Ajah Sisters found him and gentled him. After a while, Owyn lost the will to live and took his own life. Because of that Thom tries to keep Rand and Mat away from Aes Sedai.


Thom looks of middle age, with grey striped hair and beard, and lightly colored eyes. He wears a 'gleeman's coat', which is a coat lined with colored pathes.

A close up of Thom Merrilin's patch lined coat in S1E3

Thom's Journey

Season 1

In Episode 3 Thom is in Breen's Spring and performs 'The man who can't forget' in the town's inn 'The Four Kings'. Later, during the night, him and Mat bury the dead Aielman that was shot by the town's citizens. At the end of the episode he kills Dana and helps Rand and Mat escape Breen's Spring.

In Episode 4 Thom and the boys take shelter in the Grinwells' barn for the night. During the night however, the farm is attacked by a Fade, killing the family and attacking Rand and Mat. Thom fights with the Fade, which leaves an opening for the boys to run away.


'Nothing is more dangerous than a man who knows the past.' - Thom in Episode 4