Thursday, 17 May 2018

Game of Thrones Gossip #67 Catelyn Stark

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Catelyn is still in her son Robb's bad books for doing a deal to release Jaime Lannister in the vain hope that he will arrange to have Arya and Sansa sent back to her. Robb has put her under guard at Harrenhal as punishment. She now has to cope with the bad news that her father Hoster Tully has died at Riverrun without her being able to see him in his final days. Worse news comes from the Boltons that Winterfell has been sacked, with the castle burned down and everybody killed, and her younger sons are presumed dead at the hands of the missing Theon Greyjoy. She is in the party that leaves the castle with Robb's army headed towards Riverrun.

On the journey, Talisa sees Catelyn making something and offers to help. Catelyn follows up her sharp refusal by explaining that a mother makes them to pray for the welfare of her children, something that those devored to the Seven do. She tells Talisa how she hated Jon Snow as a child and wished for him to die. When he became dangerously ill, Catelyn felt guilty for condemning a child to die, making one for Jon to beg for his life and promising to love him if he survived and make him legitimate. She is somewhat ashamed that she was never able to live up to that promise, continuing to hate Jon. Now she feels that the war and the loss of Ned and her children is her punishment. The confession brings her closer to Talisa.

At Riverrun, Catelyn is reunited with her brother Edmure and their uncle Brynden. Robb bases his operations at Riverrun and plans his next moves with recent events reuniting him with Catelyn. Matters reach a head when Rickard Karstark, already annoyed by the side trip to the funeral, gets tired of waiting for the justice that Catelyn stole from him and along with a few of his men, decides to murder the young hostages. Robb is furious and ready to kill them. Catelyn tries to persuade him to spare Karstark and hold him as a hostage with Edmure agreeing that his men be told that no harm will come to their Lord as long as they remain loyal to Robb. Catelyn and Talisa are convinced that the Karstark army will desert the cause but their pleas fall on deaf ears and Robb executes Karstark. He has to admit that they were right and his army is falling apart, meaning they must make peace again with the Freys.

After a deal is reached with the Freys to marry Edmure to Roslin, the army march back to The Twins for the event to happen. Catelyn is nervous, knowing that Walder Frey would have been furious about not having one of his brood marry the King in the North, and concerned over the reception they will get. Walder is prickly but seems happy with Robb's apology to his daughters and granddaughters. Catelyn is relieved that they are offered hospitality, believing that will be protection for them all. She is able to relax and enjoy the wedding, sitting with Roose Bolton and her uncle. It is after the toasts and the removal of the bride and groom for the bedding ceremony that the atmosphere changes.

Catelyn watches the doors to the hall being locked behind the couple and is somewhat alarmed to hear that the band are playing 'The Rains of Castamere', a song celebrating the Lannisters destroying a rival House. As the band ceases, Walder calls Robb forward to the front of the room while Catelyn returns to her seat beside Roose. As Walder talks, she notices that Roose is wearing chain mail and she hits him and yells a warning to her son. It is too late for Robb to do anything but watch as his wife and unborn baby are murdered in front of him. Catelyn can only watch as her first born son is hit by bolts and crawls over to his dying wife. Catelyn is the only one within the carnage who is coming up with any kind of plan, begging Walder to let Robb go and there will be no retribution from her family. When it doesn't work, she takes Walder's wife hostage and threatens to kill her if her son does not go free. Walder cares little and at this point Roose approaches Robb and kills him. With all hope gone, Catelyn screams her pain and kills Joyeuse, and is in turn murdered by Black Walder.

Catelyn's primary focus was always for her family, and right to the end she was fighting to find a way to save Robb, even when he had already given up. I think Ned Stark would have been very proud of his wife.


  1. I have mixed feelings about her. I love her because she loves her children, but she’s so mean to Jon Snow. It wasn’t his fault that he was born.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. Imagine a scene where Ned tells her the truth and she goes to cry and tell Jon how sorry she is...*sniffles*

  2. That scene of the Red Wedding ripped my heart out. Specially when Catelyn's eyes just go dark after Robb dies. It's all chilling.

    Elle @ Keep on Reading

    1. I loved her strength and that she was the last one fighting at the wedding until all was lost. She was a great character.