Black Walder Frey
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|Book(s)|| A Game of Thrones (Appears)|
A Clash of Kings (Mentioned)
A Storm of Swords (Appears)
A Feast for Crows (Mentioned)
|Played by||Tim Plester|
|TV series||Season 3|
Character and Appearance
Black Walder earned his nickname due to his irascible temper and stern attitude, inspiring terror in those around him. He is a wiry, stout man with a black beard.
Black Walder is known to be resolute and easy to anger, being feared by many among his own family. Enmity runs deep between Black Walder and Edwyn Frey. He is rumoured to have maintained numerous affairs with several women, including cousins and the wives of his close relations. There is talk that he bedded the wives of his brothers Edwyn and Petyr, his first cousin Fair Walda and his half-cousin Amerei Frey, among others.
He is also rumoured to have maintained a relationship with Lord Walder's seventh wife Annara Farring. All of those relations may cast doubt over the paternity of many of the newborn Freys, including the young heiress Walda Frey and her cousin Perra, or Lord Walder's six children with Annara. He refuses to marry according to Merrett Frey.
A Clash of Kings
When explaining the abundance of Walders in the Frey family to Bran, Big Walder mentions Black Walder, referring to him as the fourth in the line of succession. After receiving the news of Ser Stevron Frey's death at Oxcross, Big Walder updates the line of succession, placing Black Walder third. He fights in the Westerlands with Robb Stark.
A Storm of Swords
Black Walder is one of the Freys that receive the guests at the Twins for the wedding of Edmure Tully and Roslin Frey, where Grey Wind greets them with anger. Robb comments to his mother, Catelyn Tully, that he is surprised that Black Walder behaved like a lamb during the wedding. This changes when the massacre begins; during the slaughter, Catelyn sees Black Walder hamstringing a Vance who had been fighting Ser Harys Haigh. Afterwards, news arrives at King's Landing that Seagard surrendered to Black Walder. Merrett Frey thinks on the ill repute of Black Walder when riding to Oldstones.
A Feast for Crows
After having secured the surrender of Seagard by threatening to kill the captive Patrek Mallister, Black Walder leads the search for the outlaws that hanged Petyr and Merrett. He manages to find out from peasants in Hag's Mire that the slayer is Lady Stoneheart, but he is unable to find her. After Ser Ryman Frey's death, Edwyn confesses to Jaime Lannister that he suspects Black Walder had a hand in their father's death, and is afraid that he will be the next.
Quote about Black Walder
|“||With Ser Stevron, I might have been able to make amends, but Ser Ryman is dull-witted as a stone, and Black Walder ... that one was not named for the colour of his beard, I promise you. He went so far as to say that his sisters would not be loath to wed a widower. I would have killed him for that if Jeyne had not begged me to be merciful. ||”|
|“||Black Walder was a man who took what he wanted, even his brother’s wife. He’d had Edwyn’s wife too, that was common knowledge, Fair Walda had been known to slip into his bed from time to time, and some even said he’d known the seventh Lady Frey a deal better than he should have. Small wonder he refused to marry. Why buy a cow when there were udders all around begging to be milked?” ||”|
|“||From what Edwyn tells me, though, I'd best pick on who hasn't flowered yet, or I'm like to find that Black Walder has been there first.||”|
References and Notes
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 49, Catelyn.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 44, Jaime.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 A Storm of Swords, Epilogue.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 35, Bran.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 39, Catelyn.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 51, Catelyn.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 60, Tyrion.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 38, Jaime.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 30, Jaime.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 14, Catelyn.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 33, Jaime.