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Red wedding

Red wedding


  • Unknown number of Stark soldiers
  • Unknown number of Tully soldiers
  • Unknown number of Manderly soldiers
  • Unknown number of Frey soldiers
  • Unknown number of Bolton soldiers
  • King of the North {Robb Stark}
  • Queen of the North {Talisa Maegyr}
  • Lady {Catelyn Stark}
  • Unborn child of Talisa and Robb
  • Ser {Wendel Manderly}
  • {Gray wind}
  • Almost all of Robb Stark's army (what was left of it)
  • {Sunshine Erenfurt}
  • some soldiers of the Freys and the Boltons


The Red wedding (in the original: Red wedding) is an event that occurs in the ninth and tenth episodes of the third season. It is a plot of Lord Walder Frey, Roose Bolton and Tywin Lannister against the Stark and Tully houses.

At the marriage between Edmure Tully and Roslin Frey, Lord Frey and Lord Bolton betrayed their liege lords and organized a massacre in which the King of the North Robb Stark, his wife Talisa Maegyr and his mother Catelyn Stark were killed.[1]


Robb Stark moves south with his troops to go to war against the Lannisters. To do this, however, he has to cross the Green Arm of the Trident. The only way to cross the river would be via the twins, a double castle owned by the Frey family with an attached bridge.

Lord Walder Frey, known for his stubborn old age and his cynicism, is aware of his position of power in this phase of the war and does not forget the derogatory treatment by the "higher" houses. Therefore, he negotiates several conditions with Catelyn Stark that the King of the North has to fulfill if he wants to cross the Green Arm. One of these conditions was Robb's marriage to one of Walder's daughters.

In the further course of the war Robb Stark breaks this marriage vows when he falls in love with the volante Talisa Maegyr and takes her as his wife.

Robb faces the problem of a shortage of troops after he beheaded Rickard Karstark for high treason and his troops turned away from him. The solution to the problem is to appease Lord Frey because of the defamation and to let Edmure Tully marry one of his daughters. In addition, Lord Frey should make his troops available to the Starks to march to Casterlystein. Lord Frey agrees to the wedding plans, but with the intention of taking revenge on Robb Stark.

The wedding

The hospitality

Hospitality is a sacred tradition in Westeros. This right of hospitality means that a visitor who dines from the host's table is under the host's protection for the duration of his stay. The right of hospitality is a fundamental and fundamental social norm in Westeros, the violation of which by the host is associated with shame and dishonor. Lord Frey abuses hospitality to plot a plot with the Lannisters and Boltons.

Arrival of the Starks

The arrival of the Starks is constantly being delayed due to weather conditions. Catelyn is aware that these delays would add further resentment between the North and House Frey.

Catelyn and Robb are greeted by Lord Frey in his hall. Robb protests how much he regrets the breach of the marriage vows. Walder then asks Talisa to introduce herself to him. Here he lets himself be carried away to an obscene remark in order to provoke Robb. This is held back by Catelyn so as not to interfere with the course of the wedding.

Meanwhile, Sandor Clegane and Arya Stark are in sight of the twins to deliver them to the Starks in the hope of a reward.

Course of the wedding

The wedding between Edmure Tully and Roslin Frey takes its regular course until late in the evening. Part of the plot is to pour the guests as much wine as possible in order to incapacitate them and to keep the losses in their own ranks low. Only Roose Bolton, who is part of the plot, is not poured any wine.

When Edmure Tully and his wife are brought to their room while they are in bed, a servant of the Freys locks the door in the room. The musicians on the balustrade along the hall play the "Rains of Castamaer" as a signal to the Frey and Bolton entourage that the time has come for the massacre to begin. The musicians and servants in the hall are actually Freys soldiers with crossbows and daggers. At the same time, the bloodhound and Arya reach the twins' gates, but are turned away at the entrance. The dog, however, cannot be dismissed and can get through with Arya into the camp of the Boltons and Starks.

The massacre

When the song was played to the end, Lord Frey gets up and announces a subsequent one Wedding present for King Robb and Talisa. Catelyn sees from Roose Bolton's gaze that the Starks have fallen into a trap. When she discovers the chain mail under Lord Bolton's coat, she jumps up and shouted to Robb to flee. However, several sons of Lord Frey and his soldiers storm the hall and attack the wedding guests with knives. First, Queen Talisa is murdered with stabs in the stomach. A hail of bolts follows from the soldiers on the upper balustrades. The event that will go down in history as the "Red Wedding" is taking its course. Meanwhile, Lord Frey sits on the raised platform and watches the bloodshed with amusement.

At the same time as the massacre in the castle hall, the Bolton and Frey soldiers begin attacking the Stark men and their vassals outside. Sandor Clegane is attacked by several soldiers in the turmoil, but he is able to strike them down. Arya discovers Robb's direwolf, who is locked in a woodshed and killed by Bolton men with crossbow bolts. In doing so, she realizes that her family has been betrayed.

In the hall, however, most of the wedding guests have already been killed. The last survivors of the massacre in the wedding hall are Robb Stark and his mother Catelyn, who takes a wife of Walder Freys, Sonnenschein Erenfurt, hostage by holding her knife by her throat. Catelyn offers Lord Frey to forget all shame and not seek revenge if he puts an end to the bloodshed and lets her son live. However, Walder no longer values ​​the Starks' oaths and sees no reason to let Robb go. The threat to cut his wife's throat does not impress Walder and he accepts her death.

Roose Bolton grabs Robb and rams him with the words "The Lannisters send their regards." a dagger in the heart. Catelyn then kills her hostage and has her throat cut without resistance. At the gates of the castle, the Bolton-Frey Alliance is still in the process of murdering all of the Stark soldiers. The entire camp is set on fire. Robb's corpse is beheaded and his direwolf's head is placed on his torso. Among the soldiers' cynical chants ("The King of the North!") and in front of his sister Arya his body is allowed to ride out of the castle on a horse. Arya and the dog can leave the battlefield unharmed.[2]

Motives of the conspirators

Walder Frey

Walder Frey has always had a tense relationship with the "higher" lords, especially the Starks. He had the impression that this "when something better happened " and accordingly treat him disparagingly and pass over to the marriage policy. This feeling of inferiority was reinforced by Robb Stark's oath, as if it were a word to the House of Frey worthless. In order to restore this insult to his honor, Lord Frey agreed to forge a plot against the king of the north. In return, Walder received a promise of protection from Tywin Lannister in the event of possible armed conflicts.

Roose Bolton

House Bolton and House Stark, despite their vassal status, had been strained for centuries. Over the millennia there have been several attempts by the Boltons to instigate a rebellion against the rule of the Starks, all of which were crushed. As a result of one of these defeats, the Boltons were banned from traditional execution by skinning their enemies.

During the War of the Five Kings, Roose Bolton saw his chance to get rid of the Starks and take power in the north. Although Robb Stark won all of his battles, he lost the support of his vassals due to wrong political decisions. The broken marriage vows for a woman from Essos caused resentment in his entourage, as did the transfer of Jaime Lannister to King's Landing and the execution of Rickard Karstark, which resulted in an important part of his army collapsing.

Tywin Lannister

Lord Tywin steered the plot from King's Landing in order to bring about a speedy end to the war, to ensure the protection of the royal family and the House of Lannisters without having to face a losing battle against the armies of the north. In addition, with the red wedding an example should be made for the lords of the north of what happens when they march south with their armies.


The Red Wedding fundamentally shook the power structure in Westeros.

With the death of Robb Stark and the recently held wedding between Tyrion Lannister and Sansa Stark, it was expected that the Starks bloodline would be extinct. Bran and Rickon Stark were believed to be dead, Arya and her uncle Benjen Stark were missing and were not expected to be alive.

The Tully house was permanently weakened by the massacre. Edmure Tully, rightful lord of Schnellwasser, was incarcerated. Brynden "Black Fish" Tully was the only one able to escape the massacre and fled. At this point in time, however, the latter is in fact unable to act, as the river lands were devastated by the war and, moreover, it has no more allies. Later he succeeds in recapturing Schnellwasser. The second siege of Schnellwasser follows. After the victory of the Lannister-Frey Alliance, Edmure is the last living Tully, but stripped of all titles and lands. The house is thus completely disempowered.

House Bolton rose to be the mightiest house in the north. Roose Bolton was given the title of Guardian of the North by the King, who had owned the Starks for 300 years. However, the House of Bolton is well aware that this power was on shaky feet, as there are still Stark loyalists among the vassals in the north who want to take revenge for the Red Wedding. In addition, these unstable conditions could be exacerbated by the fact that Theon Greyjoy is being held captive by Roose Bolton's bastard Ramsay and Asha Greyjoy sets out with an elite group of iron men to free her brother from captivity.

The Frey family also rose in the aristocratic hierarchy of Westeros. As a reward for his involvement in the wedding, Walder Frey received the Flusslande and Schnellwasser Castle as a fief. The honor of the House of Frey, however, suffered enormous damage through this particularly cruel violation of the hospitality law. After the Second Siege of Schnellwasser, Arya Stark takes revenge and murders Walder Strom and Lothar, which she serves Lord Frey in a pie on the twins before she kills him too.


George R. R. Martin described the red wedding as the event in his saga which he had to overcome the hardest to write it up. When David Benioff had read through the book series, it was the Red Wedding that prompted him to explore the possibilities of implementing The Song of Ice and Fire scout for television.

In the books

In the books, the events are largely the same with a few tweaks. Unlike Talisa, Jeyne Westerling is not present when the massacre begins, but in Schnellwasser and thus survives. In the series, the course of the wedding up to the massacre is largely cheerful and carefree. In the book, however, Catelyn had the impression from the beginning that something was wrong. The impression was reinforced by the crooked melodies described in the book by the musicians present, who were actually Freys soldiers.

Also, Sonnenschein Erenfurt is not killed by Catelyn. In the books, Catelyn Walder kills Frey's crazy son Bell. Furthermore, Grauwind can free himself differently than in the series and injure several men.

Jon Umber, part of Robb's Kingsguard, dies during the massacre.

In book number 8 "The Dark Queen" (P. 407) in a conversation between Jaime Lannister and Lady Sybell Westerling indicated that Walder Frey of the agreement knew nothing between her and Tywin Lannister, as well as her husband Lord Gawen and one of her twin sons Ser Raynald.

Historical role models

There are parallels to two historical events that took place in Britain during the Middle Ages.[A 1]

The Black Dinner (1440)

Clan Douglas in what is now Ireland has grown in political power in recent years. Around 1440, William, 6th Earl of Douglas traveled with his brother at the invitation to a feast at the royal court. During the meal, a black ox head was served - a symbol of death. Shortly thereafter, William, his brother and their entire entourage were sentenced to death in a mock trial and executed shortly afterwards.[A 2]

The Glencoe Massacre (1692)

The MacDonalds of Glencoe were a Highland clan loyal to James II, King of England and Scotland. After Jacob was driven into exile and by Wilhelm III. was replaced, the new king demanded the oath of allegiance of the Highlands clans. But the MacDonalds wanted to get the permission of their exiled ruler Jakob beforehand - and that lasted, so that they took the oath six days too late. And that was reason enough for Wilhelm to make an example. A bloody one.