Walder Frey

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Walder Frey
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Alias The Late Lord Frey
Old Frey
Title Lord of the Crossing
Allegiance House Frey
Culture Rivermen
Born In 208 AC[1]
Spouse 1st: Perra Royce
2nd: Cyrenna Swann
3rd: Amarei Crakehall
4th: Alyssa Blackwood
5th: Sarya Whent
6th: Bethany Rosby
7th: Annara Farring
8th: Joyeuse Erenford
Book(s) The Mystery Knight (appears)
A Game of Thrones (appears)
A Clash of Kings (mentioned)
A Storm of Swords (appears)
A Feast for Crows (mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (mentioned)

Played by David Bradley[2]
TV series Season 1 | Season 3 | Season 6
For other articles sharing the same title, please see this disambiguation page.

Walder Frey is the Lord of the Crossing and head of House Frey. Though almost ninety years old and infirm, he still maintains an active hand in the running of his house.[3] In the television adaptation Game of Thrones, he is played by David Bradley.[2]

Walder has become famous for siring many children and surviving many wives. He is to marry his eighth wife and has over a hundred descendants, base and trueborn. He has had twenty-two trueborn sons and seven trueborn daughters from his marriages, with an unknown number of bastard sons and daughters. He places a great emphasis on family loyalty, though his descendants jockey ruthlessly for his favor. Many Freys name their sons Walder and daughters Walda in hopes of honoring him.[4]

Appearance and Character

See also: Images of Walder Frey

Walder is brittle, suffers from gout and is confined to a chair, although he brags that he still can produce progeny.[5] Age has made him bald and toothless and his skin hangs loose. Walder has passed his weasely appearance and weak chin down to many of his descendants. He is a vain, prickly, ambitious, and untrustworthy man.[5]


As a toddler Walder was present at the marriage of his elder sister to Lord Ambrose Butterwell at Whitewalls.[6] It is said he caused the marriage when he discovered his sister having intimate relations with a servant. Dunk thought that he was an extremely annoying child, and was sorely tempted to throw him down a well.[7]

During Robert's Rebellion, Walder and his levies arrived at the Battle of the Trident after the rebels had already won. Hoster Tully, the Lord Paramount of the Trident, has since called his bannerman "the Late Lord Frey."[8][9][10]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Walder Frey at the Twins - by Amok ©

At the crossroads inn, a Frey captain tells Catelyn Stark that Lord Walder is to remarry on his ninetieth name day.[3] Catelyn's father, Lord Hoster Tully, politely declines to attend Walder's wedding to Joyeuse Erenford, however.[4]

At the start of the War of the Five Kings, Walder is slow in answering House Tully's summons when Ser Edmure calls the banners. Aside from skirmishing with Ser Addam Marbrand's Lannister outriders, the Freys mass their strength within the Twins. Edmure is defeated by Ser Jaime Lannister at Riverrun while Walder gathers his forces.[4]

Because the use of the Twins becomes a strategic necessity for the host of Catelyn's son, Robb Stark, Walder negotiate marriage contracts with Catelyn. Robb is to marry one of Walder's daughters once there is peace and his sister Arya is betrothed to Walder's youngest son, Elmar. In addition, two of Lord Frey's grandsons, Little Walder and Big Walder, are sent to Winterfell as wards and one of his sons, Olyvar, is made squire to Robb.[11]

A Clash of Kings

Walder's son and heir, Ser Stevron Frey, dies after the Battle of Oxcross, having fought bravely for Robb Stark, the new King in the North and King of the Trident. Lord Roose Bolton marries one of Walder's granddaughters, Walda Frey.[12] Walder had promised Roose to pay his daughter's weight in silver for her dowry, so Roose chose the fattest one.[13]

A Storm of Swords

David Bradley as Lord Walder Frey (Game of Thrones)

Word eventually reaches the Twins of Robb Stark's marriage to Jeyne Westerling instead of a Frey as promised. Ser Ryman Frey, Lord Walder's new heir, withdraws House Frey's support from the king in outrage.[14]

Walder sends his son Lothar to Riverrun to negotiate a rapprochement. Robb and many of his key bannermen return to the Twins under guest right to make amends and marry Lord Edmure Tully to Walder's daughter, Roslin. During the wedding feast, however, Frey and Bolton men ambush Robb and his entire host, slaughtering King Robb, Catelyn Stark, many of their bannermen, and a significant portion of the northern army.[15]

Walder had secretly colluded with Lords Tywin Lannister and Roose Bolton to betray the Starks and Tullys in what becomes known as the Red Wedding.[16][17] Walder swears loyalty to King Joffrey I Baratheon, with Walder's second son Emmon receiving Riverrun and its lands as reward.[18]

According to one of his sons, Merrett, Lord Walder is not long for the world and when he dies it will be every other Frey for himself. Walder, though a tyrant, believes in taking care of his own, even the ones who disappoint him. When Stevron was heir it was different, as he was raised by Walder to believe that blood was blood, but his sons and grandsons, now the new heirs, do not feel the same way. Merrett and Petyr Frey are hanged by outlaws, the brotherhood without banners, in the riverlands.[19]

A Feast for Crows

Daven Lannister is promised to a Frey according to an agreement negotiated by Lord Tywin before his death.[20] Lancel Lannister is betrothed to Walder's granddaughter, Amerei.[21]

Walder sends a raven to King's Landing putting forth several claims to land. Because the Red Wedding is reviled by sparrows, the small council of Queen Regent Cersei Lannister suggests that Walder's eventual successor could name the culprits and thereby rid himself of rivals.[22]

The Elder Brother at the Quiet Isle says that Lord Frey is hunting outlaws from the Twins.[23]

While returning to the Twins from the siege of Riverrun, Walder's new heir, Ryman, is hanged, presumably by the brotherhood without banners. Ser Jaime Lannister tasks Walder Rivers with informing Lord Walder that King Tommen I Baratheon requires all captives taken by the Freys during the Red Wedding.[24]

A Dance with Dragons

Walder agrees to a marriage pact with Lord Wyman Manderly, betrothing two of Walder's grandsons, Rhaegar and Little Walder, to Wyman's granddaughters, Wynafryd and Wylla.[25][26]

Walder sends at least 1,400 Frey soldiers under the command of two sons, Ser Aenys and Ser Hosteen, with Lord Bolton when the new Warden of the North returns to the north.[27] Rhaegar and two of Walder's sons, Jared and Symond, vanish after leaving White Harbor. Little Walder, is found slain in Winterfell.[28]

The Winds of Winter

Aenys dies outside Winterfell by riding into a trap set by Mors Umber.[29]

Quotes by Walder

Now my bastards presume to teach me courtesy. I'll speak any way I like, damn you. I've had three kings to guest in my life, and queens as well, do you think I require lessons from the likes of you, Ryger? Your mother was milking goats the first time I gave her my seed.[4]

- Walder to Ryger Rivers

Catelyn: Where I might have expected to find you, my lord. You are still my father's bannerman, are you not?

Walder: Heh, I called my swords, yes I did, here they are, you saw them on the walls. It was my intent to march as soon as all my strength was assembled. Well, to send my sons. I am well past marching myself, Lady Catelyn. Tell her, Jared. Tell her that was my intent.
Jared: It was, my lady, on my honor.
Walder: Is it my fault that your fool brother lost his battle before we could march? I am told the Kingslayer went through him like an axe through ripe cheese. Why should my boys hurry south to die? All those who did go south are running north again.[4]

- Catelyn Stark, Walder, and Jared Frey

Catelyn: If you were strong enough to climb your own battlements, Lord Frey, you would see that my son has twenty thousand men outside your walls.

Walder: They'll be twenty thousand fresh corpses when Lord Tywin gets here, don't you try and frighten me, my lady. Your husband's in some traitor's cell under the Red Keep, your father's sick, might be dying, and Jaime Lannister's got your brother in chains. What do you have that I should fear? That son of yours? I'll match you son for son, and I'll still have eighteen when yours are all dead.[4]

- Catelyn Stark and Walder

Do you think I can't tell Lord Stannis from Lord Tywin? They're both bungholes who think they're too noble to shit, but never mind about that, I know the difference.[4]

- Walder to Catelyn Stark

Walder: You will forgive me if I do not kneel, I know. My legs no longer work as they did, though that which hangs between 'em serves well enough, heh. Some would say it's a poor king who crowns himself with bronze, Your Grace.

Robb Stark: Bronze and iron are stronger than gold and silver. The old Kings of Winter wore such a sword-crown.
Walder: Small good it did them when the dragons came. Heh. [5]

- Walder and Robb Stark

Heh, the King in the North arises. Seems we killed some of your men, Your Grace. Oh, but I'll make you an apology, that will mend them all again, heh.[15]

- Walder to Robb Stark

Quotes about Walder

Her father had once said of Walder Frey that he was the only lord in the Seven Kingdoms who could field an army out of his breeches.[4]
- thoughts of Catelyn Stark

A few barbed words and some unseemly gloating. From him that's courtesy. I expected the old weasel to piss in our wine and make us praise the vintage.[5]
- Edmure Tully to Catelyn Stark

Tyrion: So much for guest right.

Tywin: The blood is on Walder Frey's hands, not mine.
Tyrion: Walder Frey is a peevish old man who lives to fondle his young wife and brood over all the slights he's suffered. I have no doubt he hatched this ugly chicken, but he would never have dared such a thing without a promise of protection.[16]

- Tyrion Lannister and Tywin Lannister

Lord Walder must soon face the Father's judgment. He is very old. Let the sparrows spit upon his memory. It has nought to do with us.[22]
- Cersei Lannister to the small council


Lord Frey
Unknown wife
Franklyn Frey
Ambrose Butterwell
At least
2 unknown
Addam Frey


Walder has outlived seven wives, and is currently married to his eighth wife. He has over a hundred descendants, both trueborn and baseborn. He has had twenty-two trueborn sons and seven trueborn daughters from his marriages, with an unknown number of bastard sons and daughters.

With Perra Royce

Descendants of his first son Stevron Frey:

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

Descendants of his second son Emmon Frey:

Perra Royce
Genna Lannister
Jeyne Darry
Melesa Crakehall
"Red" Walder

Descendants of her third son Aenys Frey and her daughter Perriane Frey:

Perra Royce
Tyana Wylde
Leslyn Haigh
Aegon "Bloodborn"
Jeyne Beesbury
Harys Haigh
Donnel Haigh
Alyn Haigh
"White" Walda
Walder Haigh

With Cyrenna Swann

Cyrenna Swann
Alys Frey
Zhoe Blanetree
Garse Goodbrook
Walder Goodbrook
Jeyne Goodbrook

With Amarei Crakehall

Amarei Crakehall
Bellena Hawick
Lucias Vypren
Betharios of Braavos
Wynafrei Whent
Ryella Royce
Damon Vypren
Elyana Vypren
Jon Wylde
Rickard Wylde

Mariya Darry
Carolei Waynwood
Pate of the Blue Fork
Lancel Lannister
"Fat" Walda
Roose Bolton
"Little" Walder

Beony Beesbury

With Alyssa Blackwood

Alyssa Blackwood
Leonella Lefford
Sallei Paege
Sylwa Paege
Flement Brax
"Big" WalderDickonMathis
Robert BraxWalder BraxJon Brax

With Bethany Rosby

Bethany Rosby
Jyanna Frey
Edmure Tully

With Annara Farring

Annara Farring


Walder Frey
Walder Rivers
Charlton bride
Walda Rivers
Aemon Rivers
Walda Rivers

References and Notes

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