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Roman Godfrey
Biographical informations
Born N/A
Home Hemlock Grove, Pennsylvania, United States of America
Relatives Olivia Godfrey (mother) †
JR Godfrey (father) †
Shelley Godfrey (sister)
Juliet Godfrey (sister) †
Unnamed Daughter
Letha Godfrey (cousin) †
Norman Godfrey (uncle)
Unnamed Grand-Father †
Unnamed Aunt †
Magdalena (maternal half-sister) †
Marie Godfrey (aunt)
Species Upyr (1/2 Human, 1/4 Witch, 1/4 Demon)
Abilities Healing
Occupation Student
Status Alive
Cause of Death N/A
Died N/A
Killed By N/A
Portrayed by Bill Skarsgård
Seasons 1
First Appearance Jellyfish in the Sky
Last appearance Birth

He is the half human, half upyr eldest surviving child of Olivia and JR Godfrey. He is from and resides in the supernatural-esque town of Hemlock Grove, Pennsylvania in the Godfrey estate with his mother Olivia with whom he has a volatile relashionship and younger sister Shelley Godfrey over whom he is very protective. Roman is best friends with Peter Rumancek, whom he firsts meets in the first episode; they have a close relationship . He is also very close with his cousin Letha Godfrey. At one point, they have an incestuous relationship resulting in the birth of their unnamed daughter in the episode Birth .

Early HistoryEdit

Roman is the eldest living child and only son of Olivia and JR Godfrey. His parentage however has come into question since Olivia was having an ongoing affair with JR's brother Norman Godfrey. It is unknown who his biological father is. He was born with a caul (a skin membrane covering the head and face), in which Olivia took pride.

"He was born with a caul. He will always be mine."

-Olivia to JR.

In Roman mythology the caul indicates that the child would be destined for greatness, which Olivia strongly believed. It is easily seen how much his mother believes in this; after removing the caul Olivia later eats it. When Roman was just a child he found his father dead on the living room floor, only to learn later that his father had shot himself.

"It's alright Roman. You'll be stronger than he was"

-Olivia to Roman.

Throughout the SeriesEdit


Roman personifies the stereotypical "rich boy" who shrouds his insecurities with his wealth and with drugs. Roman is sensitive, as seen in how he cares for Shelley, and lonesome in nature, as seen in how he adheres to his first friend Peter. Roman seems to display a power-struggle where he tries to act superior to others, yet is easily dismayed at times by his mother, Peter, and others.

Physical AppearanceEdit

Roman is tall and always dresses "fancy" for a teenager, embodying his wealthy persona 


Son of Olivia and JR Godfrey. He has two siblings, Shelley and Juliet Godfrey.

Peter RumancekEdit

Peter is Roman's first real friend. Their relationship is strained given their different social backgrounds, but they often find themselves laughing together. Roman clings to Peter, he needs Peter so that Roman himself can believe there is something good in him. He reaches out to Peter to bring out this side in him that is apparently hidden. There is a possibility that Peter and Roman are distantly related. They also share the same dreams, and have affections for the same girl.

Shelley GodfreyEdit

Perhaps Roman's one redeeming quality. He is incredibly protective of Shelley, at the cost of confronting even his mother, whom he generally fears. He tends to her affectionately, but considers her to be powerfully insightful. In the labyrinth of his mind Shelley appears as his angelic guide. 

Juliet GodfreyEdit

Roman's late older sister; killed by their mother Olivia when Juliet was born. Juliet was killed by Olivia because Juliet did not have the blood caul that Olivia wanted her children to have, the caul that Roman ended up with.

Olivia GodfreyEdit

Roman's mother adores him more than she does any of her other children. She expects great things from him, as a result of him being born with the caul, upon which she privately feasted. She later proclaimed to Roman's father, JR, that, "He will always be mine." She is incredibly controlling of Roman's actions, but seemingly desires his rebellion. She often taunts Roman into action; manipulating him and several other characters throughout the story. The relationship between the two is often hinted to be slightly sexual. At the least they are generally pretty open with one another. She is incredibly permissive of Roman's excess, and has plans for him that only become clear at the end of the first season.

JR GodfreyEdit

Roman's father whom he remembers little of, but confronts in his coma. When he was very young, he found his father dead in the living room after he'd shot himself. Roman also learns that he may not in fact be his real father.

Letha GodfreyEdit

Roman's cousin/half-sister and the mother of his child with whom he shares an incestuously close relationship. Before the arrival of Peter in town Letha was Roman's only friend.  At the end of season one, it is found out that Letha's father, Norman Godfrey, might in fact also be the father of Roman.

Dr. Norman GodfreyEdit

Letha Godfrey's father and Roman's uncle, who may also be Roman's father. Norman seems to carry a suspicious attitude with regard to Roman and Letha's relationship, but as the season progresses it is reassured that Roman cares deeply for Letha. In Roman's coma he appears as Roman's therapist.

Powers and AbilitiesEdit

Half-Upyr Edit

As a half-Upyr, or young Upyr, Roman's abilities are not yet fully developed. He has injured himself and healed at what appears to be a normal pace. He has also exhibited a normal tolerance to drugs and alcohol.


Even as a half-Upyr Roman seems capable of compelling up to two people at a time. He has proven capable of inducing amnesia, implanting false memories, and compelling self-harm. This ability however can be avoided, as shown by Dr. Chasseur, by merely not looking Roman in his eyes. He also discovers towards the end of season 1 that he is able to compel himself. Through this he has been able to "harden his heart," and act without fear; as well as a newly compelling himself to extend his senses in an attempt to find his sister. Though he has had little success with this new ability, he has confirmed that she is alive. However he does so at the cost of nose bleeds, which he admits are extremely painful.

Full UpyrEdit


As a full Upyr, Roman has developed incredible healing abilities. He has recovered from mortal wounds in seconds. In seeing the healing of other full Upyr's like Roman's mother we can assume that he is fully capable of withstanding gunshot wounds.


Dr. Johann Pryce, a human with adrenal enhanced, or hysterical strength, was openly fearful of Roman's mother, so we can assume that the strength of full Upyr is comparable. Additionally Roman's mother was able to subdue Dr. Clementine Chasseur, a trained hunter and marine, with little difficulty.


While it's debatable as to whether we have observed a full Upyr engaging in direct mezmerization, Olivia Godfrey was seen in the last episode looking into Dr. Norman Godfrey's eyes and ordering him to go upstairs - he seemed meserised, though it is not know whether his whole affair with Olivia was done in this way it can be hinted as such. Notably, Norman keeps referring to thier sexual encounters as being the last time, but that doesn't happen. Olivia Godfrey is also generally feared, and listened to; her aura seemed to invite this behavior. This goes hand in hand with the commonly known phrase regarding the Godfreys: "A Godfrey always gets what they want."


  • Roman is a masculine Roman Empire name of Latin and Slavic origin. Derived from the Latin name "Romanus" meaning "of, or from Rome". Other variations of the name include "Remus," who was a legendary founder of Rome.  The name "Remus" means "fast moving."
  • Roman was born with a caul (sign that child was born for greatness, in Roman mythology) which may be significant in Olivia's decision to name him thus, given her apparent belief in the Roman myth.
  • Olivia's apparent Romanian origin may have some significance in Roman's naming also.
  • Godfrey, Roman's surname is of Anglo-Saxon or Irish origin. It derives from the baptismal name for the son of Godfrey.


  • Roman drives a jaguar xk150.
  • He was born with a caul


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