Thursday, 4 May 2017

Game of Thrones Gossip #14 Winterfell

Welcome to my Game of Thrones Gossip, where all of us fanatics get the chance to discuss everything we love about this amazing TV series. I did a few spoiler free posts about the series last year but I found that there were other bloggers out there who were also itching to talk more freely about favourite characters and events without spoiling things for those visiting the blog. So I decided to do a whole series of these discussion posts that let us say everything we want and enjoy every second of it! The topics may talk about a death, an event, a character or be season reviews and so on. Please feel free to comment fully and without restriction!

I have to warn you that it is important that you have seen all six seasons before reading any of these posts because these posts and blogger comments will be oozing and exploding spoilers all over the place. If you haven't watched the series and plan to, be warned that it's a bad idea to be here right now! I take no responsibility if you read on and things are spoiled for you nor do I take responsibility for any mistakes on the pages I link you to.

This week, I'm looking at the main players based at Winterfell and loyal to House Stark. 

 "Hush now child, I'm off to see your father."-Ser Rodrik Cassel to Bran Stark

Ser Rodrik Cassel is a knight and Master-at-Arms at Winterfell, completely loyal to the Starks. He fought with the rebels in Robert's Rebellion and is always at Ned Stark's side as one of his most trusted men. It is he who accompanies Catelyn Stark on her journey to King's Landing after the attempted murder of her son Bran, and is with her when she joins Robb's army and pledges his support to Robb as King in the North after his father's death. There is no doubting the honour and loyalty of this man.

He is sent back to Winterfell by Robb to protect Bran and the castle while he is at war, which again tells you of the high regard Robb has for him. He is furious when Winterfell is taken by Theon Greyjoy. Theon plans to lock the irate man in the dungeon but Ser Rodrik is determined to mock and bait him until Theon's own troops demand that he is put to death. With control of the situation slipping away, Theon has little choice but to kill the man who once taught him to fight. Even to the moment of his death, Ser Rodrik is brave and scathing of the morals of Theon. I often wonder if Ser Rodrik wanted Theon to kill him as penance for failing to hold Winterfell. I liked his character and was sad to see him killed in season two by Theon.

Maester Luwin is well loved at Winterfell, loyal to House Stark and devoted to the care of the Stark children all of whom he delivered. He is the voice of reason and wisdom to Ned and then Robb. He shows patience with Bran after his 'accident' and offers him much training and advice when Bran takes over duties as Lord of Winterfell while Robb is at war. He also has to be the one to tell the Stark children that their father has been murdered at King's Landing. He is even able to offer words of comfort to Theon Greyjoy in the latter stages of the siege at Winterfell, despite all the bad things he has done, advising him to run. Perhaps Theon should have listened to that advice.

Maester Luwin manages to get a message out to Robb telling him of Theon's betrayal. He is quick to work out that Theon has tricked everyone into thinking that the burned bodies of children are the Stark boys when they are not, and Osha takes him into her confidence when she smuggles the boys back into Winterfell. As the Boltons are ready to attack, Maester Luwin is murdered tring to help Theon when his men turn on him. It was a shocking end to such a wonderful character. 

Jory Cassel is Captain of the Household Guards at Winterfell, nephew of Ser Rodrik Cassel and totally loyal to Ned Stark. He travels with him to King's Landing and is by his side throughout his investigation into Jon Arryn's death. Jaime Lannister, furious at his brother being taken prisoner, confronts Need and his men and a fight breaks out. Jaime murders Jory as Jory defends Ned Stark.  

Old Nan is a retired servant from Winterfell who has stayed on to live there, no doubt as reward for her service. We don't see much of her but we hear a lot about the stories she has told through the whole six seasons so far. She looks after Bran in his coma when Catelyn has to go south to King's Landing. Hodor is her great-grandson. She dies naturally sometime after season one. 

Septa Mordane is a holy woman and tutor to Sansa and Arya Stark. She has to put up with Arya's indifference and Sansa's downright rudeness throughout her time with the girls at King's Landing. When Ned is arrested, Septa tries to save Sansa from Joffrey's men but she is murdered, her head displayed as a traitor.

Vayon Poole is the Steward of Winterfell and travels south when Ned Stark goes to King's Landing. He is murdered by Joffrey's men after the arrest of Ned Stark.

Osha is a wildling who fled from the north to get away from the threat of the White Walkers. She is captured after her small group attack Bran, taken by Robb and Theon to serve at Winterfell. Osha becomes attached to Bran and Rickon, and risks her life to help them escape Winterfell with Hodor when it is taken by Theon Greyjoy's men, seducing Theon to do so. Realising that the boys are unlikely to survive in the wilds, she smuggles them back into Winterfell to hide. They make their escape again when the Boltons come to take over the castle. 

On their way north, they meet Jojen and Meera Reed who offer to help Bran in his quest to find the three eyed raven. Jojen suffers from terrible visions which cause seizures and he thinks they need to go further north as Jon Snow is no longer at The Wall. Unwilling to go beyond The Wall, Osha takes Rickon back south to seek refuge with those loyal to the Starks while the others go north. When we next see Osha and Rickon, they have been betrayed by House Usher and are prisoners of Ramsay Bolton. Osha tries to seduce Ramsay in the hope of repeating the escape trick but having been told about Osha by Theon, Ramsay knows what she is trying to do and murders her. Loved this character and it gave me another reason to hate Ramsay...


  1. Man, your post really makes me miss Ned even more. I know his death set the way for SOOOO much to happen but I still can't help but wish he was still around. I think that's another reason I'm always rooting for Jon (among other reasons :) I too loved Osha. She was always so endearing to Hodor, Bran and Rickton. (sniffles - Hodor). There are soooooooo many reasons to hate Ramsay but like you said, her death is one of the major ones. I like Winterfell the best of all the kingdoms especially since Ramsay is now gone.

    1. Hodor will be honoured with his own post that's for sure! I miss Ned too...he was too honourable a character for King's Landing and I'll always blame Robert for his death. Winterfell is my favourite place as well and I love that tree beside the water! I'd sit there and read! I'm hoping to get another GoT post up today concerning all the gossip about season seven so far...

  2. I love Winterfell. :) Jory Cassel dies differently in the books (thanks goodness, I HATE that scene in the show) and Old Nan may still be alive (it's unclear). If you like Osha you may be happy to know she's still alive in the books too (as far as we know). And there's another one, Hal Mollen, who Catelyn sent back to Winterfell with Ned's bones, to be buried in the crypts, but Mollen as far as we know hasn't made it back. My theory is he's with Howland reed being kept safe, as some are watching for him trying to waylay and vandalize Ned's bones.

    1. Yeah I like Osha. Sometimes I think the writers of the series are just out to kill as many good characters as possible to shock the viewers and I'm not sure I like that plan! It looks that way when so many of them are still alive in the books.