Asha Greyjoy

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Asha Greyjoy
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Illustration by Amok©

Alias Esgred
The Kraken's Daughter
Title Captain of the Black Wind
Conqueror of Deepwood Motte
Allegiance House Greyjoy
House Ironmaker (forced marriage)
Culture Ironborn
Born In 275AC or 276AC[1], at Pyke
Spouse Erik Ironmaker
Book(s) A Game of Thrones (Mentioned)
A Clash of Kings (Appears)
A Feast for Crows (POV)
A Dance with Dragons (POV)
The Winds of Winter (Appears)

Played by Gemma Whelan
TV series Season 2 | Season 3 | Season 4

Asha Greyjoy is a member of House Greyjoy and is the daughter of Lord Balon Greyjoy by his wife, Alannys Harlaw. She is fierce and proud, and defies traditional ironborn gender roles by commanding her own ship, the Black Wind, and leading men into battle. Asha becomes a POV character in A Feast For Crows. In the television adaptation Game of Thrones she is named Yara Greyjoy to avoid confusion with the wildling Osha and is played by Gemma Whelan.


Appearance and Character

Asha Greyjoy - by Ammotu ©
See also: Images of Asha Greyjoy

Asha is lean and long-legged, with short black hair and a sharp nose in a thin face.[2]


Asha was fairly unattractive in her youth. After Theon Greyjoy's departure for Winterfell to be Eddard Stark's hostage and ward, Asha became Lord Balon Greyjoy's only remaining child in Pyke. Asha grew into an attractive and bold young woman, and Balon effectively raised her as his heir. However, Asha preferred Ten Towers, the seat of her uncle Rodrik Harlaw, to Pyke. She lost her virtue at age 16 to a sailor from Lys.[3]

Recent Events

The Kraken's Daughter – by Finer ©

A Clash of Kings

Upon Theon's return, Asha is reported to be on Great Wyk taking messages for her father.[4] Asha passes herself off as Esgred, a shipwright's wife, and flirts with Theon to learn his nature. Theon's naive arrogance amuses her, but Theon grows angry at Asha's deception and her position. At a feast that night, Asha takes the place of honor beside Balon, making Theon feel cheated. When he confronts her again about her deception, she claims that she did in fact have a husband, hefting an axe, as well as a suckling babe, retrieving a dagger from between her breasts.[2]

For her part in Balon's invasion of the North, Asha commands thirty longships and conquers Deepwood Motte.[2] She visits Theon after he takes Winterfell, but refuses to stay and help him defend the castle.[5]

A Feast for Crows

Asha returns to the isles after Balon's death to claim the Seastone Chair, bringing with her the captive Lady Sybelle Glover and her children, Gawen and infant Erena Glover. At Ten Towers, Asha informs her uncle, Lord Rodrik Harlaw, that she searched for Theon at Winterfell after it was sacked but was unable to identify him amongst the bodies.[3][6] Most of her support comes from House Harlaw, the house of her mother, Lady Alannys Harlaw, but Asha is also supported by Tristifer Botley (whose marriage proposal she denies), Lord Baelor Blacktyde, Lord Meldred Merlyn, and Harmund Sharp.[7] Rodrik offers to name Asha his heir to Ten Towers, though not to become head of his house. She refuses, desiring instead the throne of her father.[3]

On Old Wyk before the kingsmoot, Asha realizes that she does not have as much support as she had hoped, and offers to back her uncle Victarion Greyjoy if he will make her his Hand of the King. Victarion refuses, as no King of the Isles had ever had one, much less a woman, and he disagrees with her plans to end the war.[8] At the kingsmoot, she challenges the ancient and obese Erik Ironmaker to rise from his chair, his support crumbling when he cannot. When she makes her own claim, her champions are Tris Botley, Ser Harras Harlaw, and Qarl the Maid. With the proposal to make peace and alliance with the north in exchange for Sea Dragon Point and the Stony Shore, Asha achieves a surprising amount of support. The crowd, however, ultimately favors her uncle, Euron Greyjoy. She departs again shortly thereafter, her plans unclear.[9]

A Dance with Dragons

While at Ten Towers following the kingsmoot, Asha learns her uncle Euron married her to Erik Ironmaker after she fled Old Wyk, using a seal to represent her at the wedding. Asha curses this but admires Euron's cunning: this move prevents Asha from offering a marriage to another lord and winning his support. She returns to Deepwood Motte with Lady Glover, while her captive's children remain at Ten Towers.[10]

The ironborn at Deepwood Motte dwindle and begin to starve before being overtaken by King Stannis Baratheon's army in an attempt to flee back to their ships.[10] Asha is taken captive and continues with Stannis's host toward Winterfell. A snow storm sets in during their march, however, and the army slows to a halt at a crofters' village approximately three days ride from Winterfell, with few provisions left.[11] Many of Stannis’s men call for Asha to be sacrificed to R'hllor in an attempt to thwart the snows. It is there, freezing and starving, that they are met by Tycho Nestoris of the Iron Bank of Braavos and Theon, escaped from Winterfell. With this meeting, the siblings' roles are reversed, with Theon recognizing Asha and Asha not recognizing Theon.[12]

The Winds of Winter

Asha is distressed when she sees what Ramsay Bolton did to her brother. She is later brought before Stannis while Theon is chained nearby in the room. She tries to offer a ransom for him but Stannis refuses, stating Theon must die for what he did to Eddard Stark's sons or Stannis's northern allies would abandon him. Asha, seeing Stannis will not relent, urges him then to kill Theon by beheading him personally as Eddard Stark would have done before a heart tree.

Asha probably makes this suggestion to at least spare her brother the pain of being burned alive as beheading is cleaner and quicker.[13]


Lady of House Stonetree
Lady of House Piper
Lady of House Sunderly
Alannys Harlaw
Euron "Crow's Eye"
Aeron "Damphair"

References and Notes

  1. See the Asha Greyjoy calculation.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 24, Theon.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 11, The Kraken's Daughter.
  4. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 11, Theon.
  5. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 56, Theon.
  6. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 18, The Iron Captain.
  7. A Feast for Crows, Appendix.
  8. Bad reference param1.
  9. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 19, The Drowned Man.
  10. 10.0 10.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 26, The Wayward Bride (Asha I).
  11. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 42, The King's Prize (Asha II).
  12. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 62, The Sacrifice (Asha III).
  13. The Winds of Winter, Theon's sample chapter, made available on GRRM's website as of Dec 28th, 2011

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