Rickard Stark

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Rickard Stark
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Title Lord of Winterfell
Warden of the North
Allegiance House Stark
Culture Northmen
Born In or between 230 AC and 249 AC[1], at Winterfell
Died In 282 AC, at the Red Keep, King's Landing
Spouse Lady Lyarra Stark
Book(s) The World of Ice and Fire (mentioned)
A Game of Thrones (mentioned)
A Clash of Kings (mentioned)
A Storm of Swords (mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (mentioned)

Played by Wayne Foskett
TV series Season 6
For other articles sharing the same title, please see this disambiguation page.

Rickard Stark was Lord of Winterfell, Warden of the North, and head of House Stark during the reign of Aerys II Targaryen. He was the only child of Lord Edwyle Stark and Lady Marna Locke.[2] Rickard was the father of the current Lord of Winterfell, Eddard Stark. In the television adaptation Game of Thrones he is portrayed by Wayne Foskett in a Season 6 flashback.

Appearance

See also: Images of Rickard Stark

In the crypts of Winterfell there is a statue of Rickard at his tomb, which is flanked by those of his eldest son, Brandon, and his daughter, Lyanna. Rickard's engraving is said to match his appearance in life with a long, stern face and quiet dignity.[3] There is a stone direwolf at the statue's feet.[4]

History

The son of Edwyle Stark and Marna Locke, Rickard married his cousin once removed, Lyarra Stark, and had four children: Brandon, Eddard, Lyanna, and Benjen. Lord Rickard visited King's Landing in 264 AC, leading King Aerys II Targaryen to consider building another Wall and claiming more land in the far north.[5] Lady Olenna Redwyne was loosely acquainted with Rickard.[6]

Rickard negotiated the betrothals of Brandon and Lyanna to Catelyn Tully of Riverrun and Robert Baratheon of Storm's End, respectively.[3] According to Barbrey Dustin the southron marriages were the idea of Rickard's maester at the time, Walys.[7]

Before any of the marriages could take place, however, Lyanna disappeared near Harrenhal in early 282 AC.[8] Brandon held responsible Prince Rhaegar Targaryen, Aerys's eldest son and the heir to the Iron Throne, and went with a small company of young nobles to King's Landing to challenge Rhaegar. Aerys had them all imprisoned on charges of conspiring to kill the crown prince and summoned their fathers to answer for the crimes of their sons. The nobles and their sons were executed by Aerys, with the exception of Ethan Glover.[9]

As was his right, Lord Rickard demanded a trial by combat, expecting to fight a Kingsguard. Aerys granted Rickard's request but to the Mad King, House Targaryen's champion was fire. Protected by Ser Gerold Hightower and Ser Jaime Lannister of the Kingsguard, Aerys had Rickard suspended in the throne room of the Red Keep. Rossart and another pyromancer lit a fire beneath Rickard while he was dressed in his steel armor. Brandon, with a Tyroshi noose around his neck and a sword just out of his reach, was made to watch his father roast. Trying to reach the sword to save his dying father, Brandon strangled himself.[9]

Rickard was succeeded by his second son, Eddard. Together with Lords Jon Arryn, Hoster Tully, and Robert Baratheon, Lord Eddard was a leader of Robert's Rebellion, the revolt against the Targaryens that overthrew their dynasty. Some have blamed Rickard's alliances for the near fall of House Stark.[10]

Recent Events

A Clash of Kings

Rickard appears in Theon Greyjoy's nightmare of King Robert I Baratheon's feast of the dead at Winterfell.[11]

Meera Reed takes the heavy sword from Rickard's tomb when Bran Stark and his companions leave the crypt of Winterfell.[12]

Quotes

They tend to us when we are sick and injured, or distraught over the illness of a parent or a child. Whenever we are weakest and most vulnerable, there they are. Sometimes they heal us, and we are duly grateful. When they fail, they console us in our grief, and we are grateful for that as well. Out of gratitude we give them a place beneath our roof and make them privy to all our shames and secrets, a part of every council. And before too long, the ruler has become the ruled. That was how it was with Lord Rickard Stark. Maester Walys was his grey rat's name.[7]
- Barbrey Dustin to Theon Greyjoy


The day I learned that Brandon was to marry Catelyn Tully, though ... there was nothing sweet about that pain. He never wanted her, I promise you that. He told me so, on our last night together ... but Rickard Stark had great ambitions too. Southron ambitions that would not be served by having his heir marry the daughter of one of his own vassals.[13]
- Barbrey Dustin to Theon Greyjoy

Family

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Beron
 
Lorra Royce
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Donnor
 
Lyanne Glover
 
Willam
 
Melantha Blackwood
 
Artos
 
Lysara Karstark
 
Berena
 
Alysanne
 
Errold
 
Rodrik
 
Arya Flint
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Brandon
 
 
Edwyle
 
Marna Locke
 
Jocelyn
 
Benedict Royce
 
Brandon
 
Benjen
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
House Royce
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rickard
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lyarra
 
Branda
 
Harrold Rogers
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Brandon
 
Unknown
 
Eddard
"Ned"
 
Catelyn
Tully
 
Lyanna
 
Benjen
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jon Snow
 
Robb
 
Jeyne
Westerling
 
Sansa
 
Tyrion
Lannister
 
Arya
 
Brandon
"Bran"
 
Rickon
 
 
 
 


Rickard was probably an only child.[14] According to Old Nan, he might have had a baby brother Brandon, who died just three years old of summer fever.[15]

References and Notes

  1. See the Rickard Stark calculation.
  2. The World of Ice and Fire, Appendix: Stark Lineage.
  3. 3.0 3.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 4, Eddard I.
  4. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 66, Bran VII.
  5. The World of Ice and Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aerys II.
  6. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 6, Sansa I.
  7. 7.0 7.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 37, The Prince of Winterfell.
  8. The World of Ice and Fire, The Fall of the Dragons: The Year of the False Spring.
  9. 9.0 9.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 55, Catelyn VII.
  10. The World of Ice and Fire, The North: The Lords of Winterfell.
  11. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 50, Theon IV.
  12. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 69, Bran VII.
  13. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 41, The Turncloak.
  14. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 45, Catelyn V.
  15. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 24, Bran IV.

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