Wyman Manderly

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Wyman Manderly
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Depiction by cabepfir

Alias Lord Lamprey
Lord Too-Fat-to-Sit-a-Horse
Lord Pig
Lord Lard
Title Lord of White Harbor
Warden of the White Knife
Shield of the Faith
Defender of the Dispossessed
Lord Marshal of the Mander
Knight of the Order of the Green Hand
Allegiance House Manderly
Born In or between 239 AC and 242 AC[1], at White Harbor[2]
Book(s) A Game of Thrones (mentioned)
A Clash of Kings (appears)
A Storm of Swords (mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (appears)

Played by Sean Blowers
TV series Season 6

Wyman Manderly is the head of House Manderly. He has two sons, Wylis and Wendel, and has been a widower for eight years. His titles include Lord of White Harbor, Warden of the White Knife, Shield of the Faith, Defender of the Dispossessed, Lord Marshal of the Mander, and Knight of the Order of the Green Hand.[3] In the television adaptation Game of Thrones, he is portrayed by Sean Blowers.

Appearance and Character

See also: Images of Wyman Manderly

Wyman is so fat he can no longer ride a horse and must be carried in a litter, leading to the nickname Lord Too-Fat-to-Sit-a-Horse.[4][5] He is nearly sixty years old, with a massive belly and fingers the size of sausages.[6]

Wyman is amiable and has a loud, booming laugh. He is mocked by his own people as Lord Lamprey.[4] By his own admission, and because of his physical appearance, Wyman is seen by many as craven and foolish, however, this is a clever front; he is shrewd, calculating and intelligent. He is also staunchly loyal to House Stark.[7]


Wyman loved to ride horses as a boy and he won some small acclaim in the lists when he was a young man. However, he has grown too big to ride.[7] Wyman has been a widower since about 291 AC.[4]

Wyman participated in the Battle of the Trident during Robert's Rebellion. He granted the Wolf's Den to Ser Bartimus after the latter saved Wyman's life in the battle.[7]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

While in King's Landing, Lord Eddard Stark asks his wife, Lady Catelyn Stark, to instruct Lord Wyman to strengthen the defenses of White Harbor and keep them well garrisoned.[8] Wyman meets Catelyn when she comes ashore at White Harbor after her return from the Eyrie. He stays to command the defense of the city when Robb Stark calls his banners. He sends his two sons, Wylis and Wendel, in his absence.[6]

A Clash of Kings

Wyman Manderly by The Mico

Wyman comes to Winterfell to partake in the harvest feast, bringing a retinue of knights, retainers, and entertainers. To Bran Stark, Ser Rodrik Cassel, and Maester Luwin he proposes to mint new coinage for Robb, the new King in the North, and a new war fleet for the north. He also offers himself or his son Wendel as a possible new husband for the widowed Lady Donella Hornwood.[4] Despite his size, he dances gracefully with Beth Cassel during the harvest feast.[9]

When Ramsay Snow, the Bastard of Bolton, kidnaps and forcibly marries Lady Hornwood, Wyman moves quickly to seize Hornwood and prevent House Bolton from having it.[10]

In response to Theon Greyjoy's capture of Winterfell, Wyman sends a dozen barges packed with knights, warhorses, and siege engines up the White Knife to join Ser Rodrik Cassel's army.[11] However, these Stark loyalists are betrayed by Ramsay and House Bolton in the battle at Winterfell.[12]

A Storm of Swords

While traveling in the wolfswood, the crippled Bran Stark recalls that during the harvest feast Lord Wyman looked at him with less pity than other northern lords. However, Bran does not know if White Harbor is safe from the Boltons, and he decides instead to find the three-eyed crow beyond the Wall.[13]

Wyman's heir, Ser Wylis, is captured by Ser Gregor Clegane in the fighting at the fords of the Trident. His second son, Ser Wendel, dies along with King Robb at the Twins during the Red Wedding.[14]

A Feast for Crows

King Tommen I Baratheon's small council learns that Wyman has imprisoned Lord Davos Seaworth, an envoy of Stannis Baratheon, and Queen Regent Cersei Lannister orders Lord Manderly to execute the Onion Lord.[15] It is later reported to Cersei that Wyman has had Davos executed. Members of House Frey testify that they have seen his head, confirming Wyman's claim.[16] In return, Cersei orders her brother, Ser Jaime Lannister, to release Wylis from captivity at Harrenhal.[17]

A Dance with Dragons

Stannis Baratheon sends a letter from Castle Black to White Harbor demanding fealty to him as king. Wyman responds with obfuscation, speaking of his age and infirmity. Jon Snow informs Stannis that Val would refuse to marry Wyman.[5]

Robett Glover comes to White Harbor to try raising men, but it is believed that Lord Manderly is refusing his pleas. Lord Davos Seaworth arrives to treat with Wyman on behalf of Stannis and he is brought before him at the Merman's Court. A large audience is present, with three Freys attending (Rhaegar, Symond, and Jared), as well as the family of his surviving son, Wylis. In return for the freedom of Wylis, for whom he has to pay a ransom of three thousand dragons, and peace with the Iron Throne, Wyman agrees to marry a daughter of Lord Walder Frey and to marry his granddaughters Wynafryd and Wylla to Rhaegar and Little Walder Frey, respectively. Wyman also agrees to relinquish his claim to Hornwood.[3]

When Wylla speaks in favor of Davos, saying they should join Stannis for vengeance and that she will not marry a Frey, Lord Wyman threatens to send her to the silent sisters. When Rhaegar insults Robb, claiming he was a vile dog who died like one, and that Tommen I Baratheon is the rightful king, Wyman agrees with him. After Wyman hears Davos's plea to join Stannis's cause, he orders his cousin, Ser Marlon Manderly, to have Davos executed due to his loyalty to House Lannister, the Iron Throne, and his faith in the Freys' explanation of the Red Wedding being Robb's work.[3]

Instead of executing Davos, Wyman has executed another prisoner who resembles Davos in the Onion Lord's place and sends Davos to the Wolf's Den, a prison in White Harbor. The other prisoner's head and hands are removed, dipped in tar, and the unnamed prisoner's fingers are removed in order to make the remains which are displayed in public look truly like Davos's. Once the Freys inform Cersei's small council that Lord Manderly ordered the execution of the Onion Lord, the Iron Throne returns Wylis from captivity.[7]

During the celebration feast welcoming Wylis home to White Harbor, Wyman meets secretly in the New Castle with Davos and Robett. He apologizes for the way in which Davos has been treated, tells him he agrees with Wylla about the debt White Harbor owes the Starks, and explains he is acting cowardly to deceive the Lannisters and Freys. He claims there are spies around him, not trusting Maester Theomore, who was born a Lannister of Lannisport. Wyman learned from Wex Pyke, a survivor of the sack of Winterfell, that Ramsay Bolton was responsible for the massacre. Wyman promises Davos he will swear allegiance to Stannis if Rickon Stark is retrieved from Skagos.[7]

Lord Wyman Manderly with his three pies. - by Jake Murray. © Fantasy Flight Games.

Wyman leaves White Harbor to attend the wedding of Ramsay to "Arya Stark" with an armed escort. Before doing so, he gifts his three Frey guests a palfrey each; guest gifts are given to guests when they leave their host's protection, meaning they are no longer under the protection of guest right.[18] The Frey envoys disappear while en route to Barrowton.[18] Wyman claims the Freys rode ahead of him, being that he cannot ride a horse and instead travels slowly by barge and litter. The knights Hosteen and Aenys Frey suspect the distraught Wyman of foul play.[18]

Lord Roose Bolton, the new Warden of the North, moves his son Ramsay's wedding from Barrowton to Winterfell.[18] Wyman brings a huge supply of food but no hostages, which unsettles Roose.[18] At the wedding feast, the jolly Wyman calls out songs for Abel to sing. He serves three huge pies himself, the first portions to Roose and Walda Bolton and the next to the sons of Lord Frey, Hosteen and Aenys.[19] Wyman asks Abel to sing of the Rat Cook, probably to make violators of guest right uncomfortable. Roose does not eat or drink anything unless he sees Wyman taste it first.[19]

Among the snowmen that squires build along the battlements of Winterfell, one resembling Wyman is the fattest snowman Theon Greyjoy has ever seen.[20] When several men-at-arms in the castle are murdered, and once Theon is dismissed as a suspect, suspicion is cast upon Wyman ordering the deaths. When Little Walder Frey is murdered, Hosteen accuses Wyman, who denies the charge yet at the same time insults House Frey, which causes an enraged Hosteen to attack Wyman. Lord Manderly's throat is nearly slit open but his knights intervene, and Wyman's wounds are treated by Maester Medrick. Roose orders Wyman to have his men march on Stannis from Winterfell's east gate.[21]

Quotes by Wyman

If I had thought to see war again in my lifetime, I should have eaten a few less eels.[6]

– Wyman, to Catelyn Stark

King Robb has no more loyal servant than Wyman Manderly.[4]

– Wyman, to Rodrik Cassel

When treating with liars, even an honest man must lie.[7]

– Wyman, to Davos Seaworth

I am fat, and many think that makes me weak and foolish.[7]

– Wyman, to Davos Seaworth

My son Wendel came to the the Twins a guest. He ate Lord Walder's bread and salt, and hung his sword upon the wall to feast with friends. And they murdered him. Murdered, I say, and may the Freys choke upon their fables. I drink with Jared, jape with Symond, promise Rhaegar the hand of my own beloved granddaughter ... but never think that means I have forgotten. The north remembers, Lord Davos. The north remembers, and the mummer's farce is almost done. My son is home.[7]

– Wyman, to Davos Seaworth

The wolf will prove the boy is who we say he is, should the Dreadfort attempt to deny him. That is my price, Lord Davos. Smuggle me back my liege lord, and I will take Stannis Baratheon as my king.[7]

– Wyman, to Davos Seaworth

The best pie you have ever tasted, my lords. Wash it down with Arbor gold and savor every bite. I know I shall.[19]

– Wyman, to Roose Bolton, Hosteen Frey, and Aenys Frey

Though mayhaps this was a blessing. Had he lived he would have grown up to be a Frey.[21]

– Wyman, on Little Walder Frey


The great pig Manderly was too craven to leave White Harbor, or we would have brought him as well.[22]

Ramsay Snow after displaying the bodies of Rodrik Cassel, Leobald Tallhart, and Cley Cerwyn

If one head was enough to appease a prince of Dorne, a bag of them should be more than adequate for a fat northman wrapped in sealskins.[15]

Cersei Lannister's thoughts


Unknown Manderly
Wyman's father
Donella's father
Marlon's father
Halys Hornwood
Ramsay Snow
Leona Woolfield
Daryn Hornwood

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