Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Game of Thrones Gossip #68 The Tullys

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Now I'm looking at the main characters introduced in season three, what our season two characters were doing and looking at all the bests bits. Enjoy the season three posts! Today I look at Edmure and Brynden Tully.

Edmure is the youngest of the Tully children, behind Catelyn and Lysa and was responsible for naming Petyr Baelish 'Littlefinger' when he lived with the Tully's as a child. On the death of his father Hoster, he became the Lord of Riverrun and was living there with his uncle Brynden and the Tully bannermen when Robb brought his forces to them for the family to attend the funeral. Edmure's duty was to send the flaming arrow out across the water to set fire to the funeral boat of Hoster but after a few failed attempts, Brynden impatiently takes over, feeling that his nephew is messing everything up. Brynden tries to bring comfort to Catelyn and she is pleased to hear that he and Hoster made peace with each other before his death.

Brynden and Edmure clash afterwards over the decision of Edmure to use his troops to attack a mill owned by the Lannisters, instead of following Robb's instructions. Edmure defends himself by saying that his decision sent Gregor Clegane fleeing from the Riverlands, that wars can't be one with only one person winning battles and that there was plenty war glory to go around for all of them. Robb furiously tells him that he had set out a plan to lure Clegane deeper into the Riverlands so he could be surrounded and killed and that Edmure's actions allowed him to escape. The Stark-Tully army lost more men than the Lannisters in the battle, something that Robb can ill afford after upsetting the Freys with his wedding. Edmure says sorry but notes that he would have acted differently had he been in on the plan. The attack on the mill does secure two Lannister hostages, Martyn and Willem, Kevan Lannister's younger sons, who are then murdered by Rickard Karstark and his men. Brynden and his men capture Karstark  and take the killers to Robb.

Edmure tells Robb that Tywin will seek revenge if he finds out their fate and suggests a quiet burial that is not mentioned to anyone but Robb refuses to ignore the situation. He is determined to give the boys justice. When Catelyn says that Karstark should be kept alive as a hostage, Edmure reminds Robb that he has value as a prisoner and his men should be told that no harm will come to him if his men remain loyal to their King, which will stop them from abandoning the cause. Brynden and Talisa also agree with this plan which Robb decides to ignore. Robb soon regrets his decision to execute Karstark when his family are proven right and the Karstark army desert overnight.

An alliance with the Freys could save the situation but the terms are that Edmure must marry Roslin Frey. He is unhappy about having to marry a woman he has never seen and his uncle tries to threaten him into doing it. Edmure wants the right to pick his own wife and thinks stalling might gain him that right from Walder Frey, which Catelyn is critical of, suggesting he is willing to risk losing a war to get a prettier wife. In the end, he reluctantly agrees to do this service to Robb and grumbles about it all the way to The Twins. His mood soon changes at the wedding when he sees how beautiful Roslin is. He is in jovial mood when the women manhandle him out of the hall to the bedding ceremony, thus he and his bride are not present when the carnage begins.

Brynden is at the wedding, sitting with Catelyn and Roose Bolton. He is amused by the recent wedding of Roose to Fat Walda Frey when Roose admits he was offered his bride's weight in coin to marry one of them so he chose the fattest. Catelyn is less than impressed by the story. Brynden is somewhat worried by the way several Frey women are eyeing him up as husband potential! Brynden has drunk too much during the feast and has to go on a toilet visit just before the bedding ceremony begins. He is outside when the hall doors are locked and is thus spared by the carnage of the Red Wedding. The day after, Roose confides his worries about Brynden escaping the massacre and is concerned that he may make it back to Riverrun before he can be caught, though Walder Frey is less concerned about it with Edmure as his hostage in the dungeons.


  1. I’m going to be starting the third book next weekend! It’s a holiday weekend, so we’ll see how much I can get through in 3 days.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. I still have that last book staring at me but it'll be later this summer before I get to it I think! Hope you enjoy it! I love book three...

  2. Yup that wedding was funny! he was surprised LOL

    1. This was the first episode that really shocked me as I wasn't expecting it. Be nice to know what has happened to Edmure in season 8.