Walder Frey (son of Ryman)
by Amok ©
|Born||In or between 260 AC and 280 AC|
|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|
- For other characters with the same and similar names, see Walder Frey (disambiguation).
Walder Frey, called Black Walder to differentiate him from others with the same name, is a member of House Frey. He is the second son of Ser Ryman Frey, grandson to Ser Stevron Frey, and great-grandson of Lord Walder Frey.
Appearance and Character
- See also: Images of Black Walder Frey
Black Walder is a wiry man with a black beard. He earned his nickname due to his irascible temper and stern attitude, inspiring terror in those around him.
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 rumored 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 niece Fair Walda, and his half-cousin Amerei, among others.
Black Walder is also rumored 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 Stark, 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 Stark, that he is surprised that Black Walder behaved like a lamb during the wedding. This changes when the Red Wedding begins; during the slaughter, Catelyn sees Black Walder hamstring a Vance who had been fighting Ser Harys Haigh.
A Feast for Crows
After resolving the siege of Seagard by threatening to kill the captive Patrek Mallister, Black Walder leads the search for the outlaws that hanged Petyr and Merrett at Oldstones. He manages to learn 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 Ser Jaime Lannister that he suspects Black Walder had a hand in their father's death, and he 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.||”|
|“||My brother had a hand in this, I'll wager. He allowed the outlaws to escape after they murdered Merrett and Petyr, and this is why. With our father dead, there’s only me left between Black Walder and the Twins.||”|
|“||From what Edwyn tells me, though, I'd best pick one who hasn't flowered yet, or I'm like to find that Black Walder has been there first.||”|
References and Notes
- ↑ See the Walder Frey (Black Walder calculation.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 49, Catelyn VI.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 44, Jaime VII.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 A Storm of Swords, Epilogue.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 35, Bran V.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 39, Catelyn V.
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 14, Catelyn II.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 51, Catelyn VII.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 60, Tyrion VIII.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 38, Jaime VI.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 30, Jaime IV.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 44, Sansa III.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 33, Jaime V.