Alys Karstark

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Alys Karstark, by eluas

Culture Northmen
Born 284 AC or 285 AC[1]
Father Rickard Karstark
Spouse Sigorn of the Thenns

Played by Megan Parkinson
TV series Game of Thrones:
Season 7 | 8

Alys Karstark is a noblewoman of House Karstark and is the only daughter of Rickard Karstark, Lord of Karhold. In the television adaptation Game of Thrones she is portrayed by Megan Parkinson.


See also: Images of Alys Karstark

Alys is a tall, skinny, coltish girl. She weaves her brown hair into a braid and has a small bosom. The pale girl has a long face, a pointy chin, blue-grey eyes, and small ears.[3] Alys is almost as old as Jon Snow.[3]


When she was six, Alys and her father, Lord Rickard, visited Winterfell. Despite Alys's young age, Rickard wanted her to charm Robb Stark in hopes of arranging a betrothal. She danced with Robb, whom she considered courteous, and with Jon Snow, who was sullen.[3]

Alys is now betrothed to Daryn Hornwood, heir to the Hornwood; they are waiting for her to flower before they marry.[3]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Alys' betrothed, Daryn Hornwood, as well two of her brothers, Eddard and Torrhen, are killed at the battle in the Whispering Wood by Ser Jaime Lannister.[4]

A Storm of Swords

After the escape of Jaime from captivity at Riverrun, Lord Rickard Karstark promises Alys's hand to whoever brings him the Kingslayer.[5] Vargo Hoat maims and captures Jaime with the hopes of gaining Alys in marriage, which would give him the chance to become Lord of Karhold.[6] Robb Stark, King in the North, executes Alys's father Rickard for treason, for murdering the captive Willem Lannister and Tion Frey.[5]

A Dance with Dragons

Melisandre prophesies to Jon Snow, Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, of a grey girl on a dying horse riding to the Wall to escape an arranged marriage. Melisandre believes it is Jon's half-sister, Arya Stark, who is supposed to marry Ramsay Bolton.[7] Jon sends Mance Rayder with six spearwives south to aid the girl.[8][9]

Alys Karstark has now flowered at Karhold. Arnolf Karstark, the castellan of Karhold and the uncle of Alys's late father, hopes to wed the girl to his son, Cregan Karstark. Arnolf also declares for Stannis Baratheon to goad the Iron Throne into executing the rightful heir of Karhold, Alys's brother Harrion. To avoid marrying Cregan, Alys flees her cousin and seeks aid from Jon at the Wall.[3]

Ty and Dannel find a weakened Alys on a dying horse near Mole's Town and bring her to the chambers of Maester Aemon at Castle Black. Alys reveals to Jon that Arnolf plans to betray Stannis on behalf of Lord Roose Bolton, the new Warden of the North.[3] When Cregan arrives at the Wall to claim Alys, he is thrown into an ice cell by Jon.[10]

Ser Patrek of King's Mountain hopes to wed Alys, but Jon instead arranges for Alys to marry Sigorn, Magnar of Thenn, thus creating a new noble house that would claim Karhold should Harrion perish. Two of Cregan's men join Alys, who believes that Karhold will open its gates to her and Sigorn's two hundred Thenns.

During the wedding, which is performed at Castle Black by Melisandre, Alys wears lace in her hair and leaps across a flaming ditch with her new husband.[10] Because of the arrival of winter, Jon advises Alys during the wedding feast to send Karhold's old men and spare boys to help at the Wall. Sigorn is reluctant to dance during the feast, but he enjoys dancing with Alys once he is inebriated.[10]

Quotes by Alys

Before the war I was betrothed to Daryn Hornwood. We were only waiting till I flowered to be wed, but the Kingslayer killed Daryn in the Whispering Wood. My father wrote that he would find some southron lord to wed me, but he never did. Your brother Robb cut off his head for killing Lannisters. I thought the whole reason they marched south was to kill some Lannisters.[3]

—Alys to Jon Snow

You are my only hope, Lord Snow. In your father's name, I beg you. Protect me.[3]

—Alys to Jon Snow

Jon: You're not scared?

Alys: Let him be scared of me.

Jon: Winter's lady.[10]

Jon Snow and Alys

Melisandre: Alys, do you swear to share your fire with Sigorn, and warm him when the night is dark and full of terrors?
Alys: Till his blood is boiling.[10]

Melisandre and Alys

Quotes about Alys

I have seen your sister in my fires, fleeing from this marriage they have made for her. Coming here, to you. A girl in grey on a dying horse, I have seen it plain as day. It has not happened yet, but it will.[7]

Jon: You were not right. Alys is not Arya.
Melisandre: The vision was a true one. It was my reading that was false. I am as mortal as you, Jon Snow. All mortals err.[10]

A northern maid and a wildling warrior, bound together by the Lord of Light.[10]


first wife
second wife
Six grandsons
[Note 1]
  1. It is not known whether these are the sons of Cregan, Arthor or one of their sisters.