Edwyn Frey

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Edwyn Frey
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Allegiance House Frey
Born In or between 259 AC and 278 AC[1]
Spouse Janyce Hunter
Book(s) A Clash of Kings (mentioned)
A Storm of Swords (appears)
A Feast for Crows (appears)

Edwyn Frey is the eldest son of Ser Ryman Frey, grandson to Ser Stevron Frey and great-grandson of Lord Walder Frey. He stands to inherit the Twins, although the long lifespan of the members of his family and the pretensions of his dangerous brother Black Walder pose a threat to his birthright.

Appearance and Character

Edwyn is a pale, slender man, with a pinched nose and lank dark hair.[2] His attitude is usually cold.[3] According to Ser Daven Lannister, he is full of hate.[4] Merrett Frey considers him and his brother Black Walder as even worse than their father Ryman.[3]

Edwyn has always been at odds with his brother, Black Walder, and considers him a threat due to his position as next in the line of succession.[3][5] Edwyn is described as not being a man of the sword,[6] which could explain the lack of mentions of him in Robb's army during the campaign in the Westerlands. He is, however, part of the Frey army led by his father that besieges Riverrun.[4]

Recent Events

A Clash of Kings

When Ser Stevron Frey dies following the wounds he received in the Battle of Oxcross, his son Ryman becomes heir of Lord Walder Frey. Learning about the death of Ser Stevron by Maester Luwin in Winterfell, Big Walder Frey and Little Walder Frey discuss the line of succession in their house and note that Ryman's son Edwyn is now second in line to inherit the title of Lord of the Crossing.[7]

A Storm of Swords

When Robb Stark arrives at the Twins for the wedding of Lord Edmure Tully and Roslin Frey, Edwyn accompanies his father and his brothers to welcome the King in the North. Robb's direwolf Grey Wind receives the Freys with hostilty, causing anger among the Freys. Edwyn tries to ease the tension with careful courtesy by addressing Robb as "Your Grace" and inviting him, his mother and Edmure to take residence in the Water Tower of the Twins. He says that Robb's lords bannermen are also invited to shelter in the castle, but when Robb asks about his soldiers, he declares that the Twins are not large enough to feed or house such a large host. However, if the soldiers cross the Green Fork, he goes on, they'll find three large feast tents where they are protected from the rains. When Edmure asks when he will meet his betrothed, Edwyn says that Roslin waits for Edmure inside the castle. He cautions him that the bride is shy but has anticipated the arrival of Edmure most anxiously.[8]

Edwyn is present during the Red Wedding. Shortly before the Freys start murdering their guests, Dacey Mormont approaches him and asks for a dance, but she is brusquely refused, with Edwyn wrenching himself free of her grasp with unseemly violence. Dacey pales and turns away. Lady Catelyn, who has been apprehensive for some time, takes this as indication that something is very awry. She decides to confront Edwyn, but while she goes after him, the musicians in the gallery start playing The Rains of Castamere, the signal for the attack. Edwyn hurries to a door, but Lady Catelyn catches him before he reaches it. When she grabs his arm, she feels the armor beneath the silken gown, confirming her suspicions. Lady Catelyn slaps Edwyn so hard that she breaks his lip, but he shoves her aside. Robb tries to block him angrily, but is hit by a quarrel in the shoulder before he reaches him.[9]

While on his way to ransom Petyr Frey after he has been taken hostage by the Brotherhood Without Banners, Merrett Frey thinks about the line of succession in his house and what he and his wife and children would have to expect, if Lord Walder dies and Ryman or one of his sons becomes Lord of the Crossing. While he believes that Ryman wouldn't take care of kin the way Lord Walder does, his sons Edwyn and Black Walder would be even worse in Merrett's eyes. Merrett also takes small comfort from the fact that Edwyn and Black Walder hate each other more than their cousins and that Black Walder is known to sleep with Edwyn's wife. Thus Merrett has some hope that Petyr would become Lord of the Crossing eventually, as Edwyn has no sons and Black Walder only bastards, and that Petyr would prove grateful for Merrett delivering the ransom.[3]

A Feast for Crows

When Ser Jaime Lannister arrives at Riverrun to end the siege, his cousin Daven describes the poor behavior of Ryman Frey, who is leading the Frey host, and is sharing his misgivings about some other Freys, including Edwyn whom he describes as "not as thick as his father, but as full of hate as a boil’s full of pus". Edwyn has also told Daven that his brother Black Walder has bedded numerous female members of his own family.[4]

Edwyn attends the war council with Jaime and the Riverlords as the representative of his house, where he is met with hostily by the Riverlords and with some contempt by Jaime. Edwyn explains his father's absence as the result of indisposition. When Daven Lannister suggests this means that Ryman is drunk, Edwyn takes offense, but, when Jaime inquires about the truth of the allegation, he tries to defend his father's drinking as an attempt to fight his bad belly. While discussing strategy, Edwyn suggests that Riverrun will fall, if Ser Brynden Tully dies. Thus he proposes to stage an attack on the castle, then target the Blackfish with archers smeared with night soil when he leads the defense. The proposal is dismissed by Lord Karyl Vance and Ser Lyle Crakehall, who consider such an approach ignoble. Lord Clement Piper goes even further, calling Edwyn a "treacherous lying weasel" typical for House Frey and raises the fact that his son Marq has been held hostage by the Freys since the Red Wedding. Edwyn replies that Marq Piper shall remain at the Twins until Lord Clement has proven his loyalty to the Iron Throne. When Lord Clement inquires about the fate of the men who accompanied Marq, Edwyn confirms that some of them have died and threatens to kill Marq as well, if Lord Clement doesn't hold his "traitor's tongue". Lord Clement challenges Edwyn to a duel with swords over this comment, but Walder Rivers interferes, suggesting that he will fight on Edwyn's behalf whom he describes as "no man of the sword". Jaime cuts the exchange short before it turns even nastier. When Lord Clement leaves the council cursing, Edwyn suggests to send Ser Ilyn Payne after him. He declares that everyone who went to the Red Wedding was a traitor, but he is reminded by Jaime that House Frey started the war on Robb Stark's side, making the Freys twice the traitors the Pipers are.[6]

When Jaime apparently orders the execution of Lord Edmure Tully at the hands of Ser Ilyn Payne, Edwyn tries to stop him, receiving the advise by Jaime that he should address him as "my lord" rather than "Jaime" and better not tell him what to do. Jaime then dismisses Ryman Frey from his command and orders him to leave the camp at once. He puts Edwyn in charge of the Frey force and advises him to not behave as stupid as his father did, to which Edwyn replies that this shouldn't be too difficult.[6]

The death of Ryman Frey at the hands of the Brotherhood Without Banners on his trip back to the Twin makes Edwyn the first in line to become Lord of the Crossing when Lord Walder dies. However, it also makes him more wary of his brother Black Walder, who, he suspects, might have played a role in their father's death. Edwyn also accuses Jaime of sharing some of the guilt for sending Ryman away. Walder Rivers protests the suggestion that Black Walder had a part in the death of Ryman, pointing out that he is currently at Seagard. Edwyn insists that Black Walder has spies in his camp and might have found about their father leaving Riverrun that way. However, Jaime notices that Edwyn doesn't really mourn his father and suspects that Edwyn has own people spying on Black Walder as well. He then orders Edwyn to inform Lord Walder that all prisoners from the Red Wedding will have to be released, dimissing Edwyn's suggestion that this would imply recompensation. When Jaime inquires about the fate of Ser Raynald Westerling, Edwyn informs him that he has probably died in the Green Fork following wounds he received after trying to set Robb Stark's direwolf Grey Wind free.[5]


Not as thick as his father, but as full of hate as a boil's full of pus.[4]
Daven Lannister


Walder Frey
Perra Royce
Corenna Swann
Marsella Waynwood
Jeyne Lydden
Aegon "Jinglebell"
Dafyn Vance
Deana Hardyng
Janyce Hunter
"Black" Walder
Mylenda Caron
Marianne Vance
Walder Vance
Patrek Vance
"Fair" Walda

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