Mary Mertyns

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Mary Mertyns
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Title Dowager Lady of Mistwood
Allegiance House Mertyns
Culture stormlands
Book(s) A Dance with Dragons (mentioned)
The Winds of Winter (appears)

Mary Mertyns is the head of House Mertyns and is the Lady of Mistwood in the stormlands.[1]

Character and Appearance

The dowager Lady Mary is elderly, with sons and grandsons that left to fight in the War of the Five Kings. She is spry and cheerful even in wartime.[2]

Recent Events

The Winds of Winter

Lady Mary is held under gentle imprisonment after Mistwood falls during the landing of the Golden Company. She joins their captains, Young John Mudd and Chains, at dinner when Arianne Martell passes through Mistwood on her way north to meet Lord Jon Connington. Mary is annoyed at the situation but unafraid, scolding the captains at the table while wagging a leg of duck at them. She explains her sons and grandsons rode off to join Renly Baratheon when the war started. A grandson was wounded at the Battle of the Blackwater, but he has since recovered. Mary expects her kin to return and hang the sellswords. She says she knew Jon's mother, and that she would be disappointed in him.[2]

Behind the Scenes

Mary is named after Mary Mertyns, a friend of George R. R. Martin. At Archon in 1977, Mary wore a shirt inspired by The Storms of Windhaven, a novella by Martin and Lisa Tuttle.[3]


If you two are knights, I’m still a maiden. And I’ll speak as I please. What will you do, kill me? I have lived too long already.[2]
Lady Mary, to Chains and Young John Mudd

References and Notes

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