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Meera Reed by Elia Fernandez©
|Born||In 283 AL|
|Book(s)|| A Clash of Kings (Appears)|
A Storm of Swords (Appears)
A Dance with Dragons (Appears)
|Played by||Ellie Kendrick|
|TV series||Season 3|
Character and Appearance
As is typical of crannogmen, Meera is short and slim. She has long brown hair and green eyes. Although she is flat chested and is never remarked as being particularly beautiful, Theon Greyjoy seems to have considered her attractive, while Bran Stark's initial crush on her grows to the point of believing himself to "love" her by A Dance with Dragons.
Meera has been taught to fight with a net and a three prong frog spear by her father. She is a fine huntress, able to easily spear fish with her spear. She was able to defeat Summer in mock combat with her weapons by entangling the direwolf, in her net.
Meera is described as having a cheerful disposition, in stark contrast to her sullen brother. She is intensely loyal and protective of her "prince" as well as her own brother, and will not back down from a fight if need be. Bran says that the only thing that ever makes her angry or upset is her brother Jojen .
A Clash of Kings
In the middle of a Harvest Feast, Meera and her brother Jojen Reed arrive to pledge Reeds' support to Winterfell and Robb after Eddard Stark's death. Maester Luwin tells Bran that he should greet these two warmly because Howland Reed was a great friend of his father and these are his children. Meera is with Jojen when Jojen asks about the Direwolves, wanting to see them, and is told they are in the Godswood.
Later, Meera manages to defeat the direwolf Summer using a net and frog spear. Bran claims that Summer won, but then Jojen points out that Summer is tangled up in the net and cannot escape. After Bran does a mock fight with Summer, he asks her if she was taught to fight by their Master at Arms, and she tells him that Greywater Watch has no knights, master at arms, maester, or ravens. She says neither ravens nor the Reeds’ enemies can find Greywater Watch because it moves, although many have tried.
Bran asks her if he can visit Greywater after the conflict, and she tells him that he can come whenever he wants.
Jojen tells Bran that everyone in the castle hears him scream when he sleeps, and asks about what frightens him. As Jojen questions Bran and pushes him to admit he has the wolf dreams, Bran gets agitated, which causes Summer to get agitated, and start to act aggressively towards Jojen. Meera tells her brother to climb the tree, but he initially refuses, telling her it is not yet his time to die. Shaggydog joins Summer and they both start to attack. Jojen finally climbs the tree, Meera following him. They climb down only after Hodor arrives to chase the direwolves away at Bran’s instruction.
Later, Meera is behind Jojen when they enter Bran’s room after he is left there by Osha who had told Bran that she has seen many of the mythical beasts of the North, but not a three-eyed crow. Bran finally tells Meera and Jojen about his wolf dreams. Then Jojen reveals one of his own dreams: he saw that sea would come to Winterfell.
When Bran tells them that Maester Luwin thinks that it should be possible to change the dreams, Meera agrees. She gets angry with her brother when he tells them that what he sees always comes true. Jojen reveals that he has seen the bodies of Bran and Rickon at the feet of the man they call Reek (not revealed as actually the Bastard of Bolton yet) and he is skinning off their faces with a knife. Meera states that she could go down to the dungeons and kill Reek now, but Jojen tells her she will not succeed; the jailers would stop her, he says, and would not believe her if she tried to explain.
Later, Bran, Meera, Jojen, Rickon, Osha and Hodor fake an escape from Winterfell, returning to hide in the crypts until after the castle is sacked by Ramsay Snow. Debris traps them in the crypts until Hodor forces the door open with his massive strength. Outside they find the castle destroyed. Many of the bodies they find are of the people Jojen saw dead in his dream. Meera takes the sword of Rickard Stark from the crypts to use as a weapon.
In the godswood, they find Maester Luwin alive but unconscious. They wake him and he warns them of all the enemies Bran and Rickon have in each direction. Luwin advises Osha to split the Stark children up to make them harder to find. Osha decides to take Rickon with her and Jojen says that he and Meera will take Bran. After they separate, Jojen tells the others that their road is north.
A Storm of Swords
Meera has been hunting for the group as they move north and is their main food provider, mainly catching fish and frogs.
They camp in a place they call Tumbledown Tower, but Jojen tells them that they need to move on. Meera questions him on why they should leave since Tumbledown Tower is a safe place and there is plenty of food, but Jojen tells her that though Bran could wait out the in anonymity there, it was not the place they needed to be. He says they must keep going to find Bran's teacher in the north. Meera eventually agrees with Jojen, but gives the choice to Bran, saying he is their prince and they will do what he tells them to do. Bran finally decides to go north.
As they move north, they are fed with the fish Meera spears and the squirrels and hares Summer finds. Bran often watches as Meera spears fish, admiring her speed and precision. As they travel on, food becomes harder to find, even for Summer. Jojen insists that they keep away from roads because there will encounter travelers who will spread tales about a giant, a cripple boy and a wolf.
When the weather turns bad, Summer finds them a cave where they find a mountain man (Bran thinks he is a Liddle) who shares his food with them. When they ask if they should take the King’s road, the mountain man tells them that it's dangerous for travelers. Now there are flayed men and dead men. He tells them that the Bear disappeared north of the wall with most of his men and that his ravens had returned with no messages. He says things were different when there was a Stark in Winterfell. Jojen tells him that the wolves will return. In the morning the man is gone, but he left some food for them.
When Jojen tells Bran that Hodor likes it when somebody says his name, Bran tells them that that his real name is Walder and he is Old Nan’s distant progeny. He asks if they think the Ironmen killed Nan. Meera states that it was not Theon Greyjoy who did the killing because too many of the dead were Ironborn. Meera tells him to remember Old Nan’s stories so part of Nan would be alive in him.
As they move on, Bran tells the Reeds that both he and Hodor like stories about knights. Meera then proceeds to tell a story about the Knight of the Laughing Tree in the Year of the False Spring. It starts out when a young Crannogmen who knew many magics of his people (likely Howland Reed, Meera's father) traveled to visit the Isle of Faces and stayed there for a winter. In the year of the false spring, he leaves and comes upon a great castle where a large tourney is taking place. He runs into three squires who start a fight with him. A two-legged she-wolf rescued the Crannogman, attacking the squires and running them off with a tourney sword. She then takes him back to her lair. She insists the lad attend the tourney feast as he has a rightful place at the table.
At the feast, he sees the squires with their knights. He is offered the chance to take the squires on in the joust, but the little Crannogman declines, since Crannogmen are not trained for jousting and he would most likely lose. Late on the second day, however, a short mystery knight in ill-fitting armor appears and defeats the squires served - the porcupine knight, the pitchfork knight, and the knight of the two towers. To ransom their horses and armor, the mystery knight, in a booming voice, only requires the knights to teach their squires honor. The knight then disappeared from the lists, leading the king to send his own son, the dragon prince, to search for the Knight of the Laughing Tree. The next day, all that was found of the mystery knight was the knight's shield painted with a heart tree with a laughing red face. Meera concludes the story by saying the dragon prince went on to win the tourney.
Bran complains about the story, saying the Knight of the Laughing Tree should have won the whole tourney and the wolf maid should have been crowned as the Queen of Love and Beauty. Meera says she was, but that that was a sadder story.  Throughout the telling, Jojen repeatedly asks Bran if he's sure he hasn't heard this story before from his father.
They arrive at a village in disrepair: the most substantial building, the inn, only has a few walls still standing. Bran tells the Reeds that this is part of the New Gift given to the Night's Watch courtesy of Queen Alysanne. The area had been abandoned because of raiding by the Wildings. With the Watch not being as strong, the villages could not be protected, and the smallfolk moved south.
Jojen tells them they have to find shelter since a storm is coming. There is a holdfast, Queenscrown in the middle of the lake, but Meera notes that they have no boat. Bran tells them that Old Nana said there's a stone causeway hidden under the water, and Meera easily finds the beginning of it once she knows it's there.
Meera leads them across the zigging and zagging causeway. The water comes only up to Hodor’s waist and the Reed’s chests, and is slippery, making the journey treacherous. The door to the holdfast cannot be completely closed, but Meera is able to open it all the way. Stairs lead up and down, but are closed off by rusted iron grates which can not be forced. Bran is able from Hodor’s back to reach up and pull out a rusted grate above them covering a murder hole. They climb up through the murder hole to the safety of a group of small cells on the second level.
Bran asks Jojen how they will get past the wall, but Jojen is not sure, only that one of the castles along the wall may give them a way through. He tells them they cannot go to the occupied castles - the Night's Watch may not let them pass. Bran says that his uncle said that the gates through the wall were sealed when they were abandoned. Meera says they could open them, but Bran worries about letting bad things back through.
It is then that Jojen sees a man on a horse in the village as a storm arrives. The thunder scares Hodor who starts screaming his name in fear. Bran is able to quiet him so they don't give away their position. Immediately after this, Jojen spies many more men in the village, one of whom turns out to be Jon Snow, traveling with wildlings. Hodor starts screaming again in agony, but nobody can control him. Bran reaches for Hodor as he had for Summer for just a second and Hodor sags to the floor, almost comatose. Bran posses Summer and attacks the wildlings going after Jon. Summer kills three of them, but takes an arrow to the shoulder.
The group waited until the next day to leave after the wildlings were gone. Summer, who had slunk off to nurse his wounds, finally returns, and Meera removes the arrow and treats the wound.
They arrive at the Nightfort, the castle in Jojen’s green dream, but they cannot figure out how to get across the wall. Bran tells Jojen that they should have gone to Castle Black, but Jojen tells him they dare not.
Meera climbs to the top of the Wall to get a look at the other side while the boys search the buildings. They decide to sleep that night in the kitchen because it would provide some protection. The kitchen has a central well with steps inside leading down. Jojen states that maybe he would have a green dream to show them the way.
Bran, who cannot get to sleep, hears sounds coming from the well that are getting louder, like footsteps. Bran wiggles over to Meera and wakes her. She hears the sound at once, arms herself, then goes to the well. Bran cannot let Meera handle the threat alone, so forces his way into Hodor. As Hodor, Bran grabs a sword. When the thing finally comes over the edge of the well, Bran, in fear, loses connection with Hodor, who starts screaming. Meera traps the thing in her net and sticks him with her frog spear.
Gilly asks if Jojen is the one that Coldhands was looking for. Coldhands had told Gilly and Sam that there would be people in the castle. When Jojen asks how Sam and his group got through the wall, and Sam told him that they came through the Black Gate, a passage as old as the wall. Sam will have to take them back because only a man sworn to the Nights Watch can open the gate.
Sam tells them that Coldhands was dressed in the black of the Nights Watch, but pale. He rides an elk and has ravens. Coldhands did not come because he cannot pass beyond the wall as there are spells woven into it. When Sam sees that Bran is crippled, he recognizes him as Jon’s brother. When Summer licks Sam’s hand, Bran decides they will go with him. Meera, Jojen, Hodor and Bran go through the Black Gate, which is a white Weirwood with a withered face. The door opened its eyes and asked, “Who are you?” Sam answers with the Night's Watch oath and the door allows them to pass beyond the wall.
A Dance with Dragons
While traveling with Coldhands north of the Wall, Meera, Bran, Jojen and Hodor are forced to take shelter in an abandoned wildling village while Coldhands deals with a threat. The group discusses the nature of Coldhands, deciding that he is not alive. Meera does not trust him.
They reach the cave of the three-eyed crow, but are ambushed by wights just outside the cave’s entrance. Because Jojen is too weak to continue, Meera carries him on her back up to the entrance. Inside the cave, the group meet the remaining Children of the Forest and the three-eyed crow. Jojen falls into a resigned depression, and Meera struggles to keep both their spirits up.
References and Notes
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 9, Bran
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 21, Bran
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 50, Theon.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 13, Bran.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 9, Bran.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 21, Bran.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 28, Bran.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 35, Bran.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 46, Bran.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 69, Bran.
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 11.2 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 24, Bran.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 40, Bran.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 56, Bran.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Bran I
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Bran II
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Bran III
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