Alys Karstark, by Eluas
|Born||In 284 AC or 285 AC, at Karhold|
|Spouse(s)||Sigorn of the Thenns|
A Storm of Swords (mentioned)|
A Feast for Crows (appendix)
A Dance with Dragons (appears)
|Played by||Megan Parkinson|
|TV series||Season 7 | Season 8|
- See also: Images of Alys Karstark
Alys is a tall, skinny, coltish girl. She weaves her brown hair into a braid and has a small bosom. The pale girl has a long face, a pointy chin, blue-grey eyes, and small ears. Alys is almost as old as Jon Snow.
When she was six, Alys and her father, Lord Rickard, visited Winterfell. Despite Alys's young age, Rickard wanted her to charm Robb Stark in hopes of arranging a betrothal. She danced with Robb, whom she considered courteous, and with Jon Snow, who was sullen.
A Game of Thrones
A Storm of Swords
After the escape of Jaime from captivity at Riverrun, Lord Rickard Karstark promises Alys's hand to whoever brings him the Kingslayer. Vargo Hoat maims and captures Jaime with the hopes of gaining Alys in marriage, which would give him the chance to become Lord of Karhold. Robb Stark, King in the North, executes Alys's father Rickard for treason, for murdering the captive Willem Lannister and Tion Frey.
A Dance with Dragons
Melisandre prophesies to Jon Snow, Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, of a grey girl on a dying horse riding to the Wall to escape an arranged marriage. Melisandre believes it is Jon's half-sister, Arya Stark, who is supposed to marry Ramsay Bolton. Jon sends Mance Rayder with six spearwives south to aid the girl.
Alys Karstark has now flowered at Karhold. Arnolf Karstark, the castellan of Karhold and the uncle of Alys's late father, hopes to wed the girl to his son, Cregan Karstark. Arnolf also declares for Stannis Baratheon to goad the Iron Throne into executing the rightful heir of Karhold, Alys's brother Harrion. To avoid marrying Cregan, Alys flees her cousin and seeks aid from Jon at the Wall.
Ty and Dannel find a weakened Alys on a dying horse near Mole's Town and bring her to the chambers of Maester Aemon at Castle Black. Alys reveals to Jon that Arnolf plans to betray Stannis on behalf of Lord Roose Bolton, the new Warden of the North. When Cregan arrives at the Wall to claim Alys, he is thrown into an ice cell by Jon.
Ser Patrek of King's Mountain hopes to wed Alys, but Jon instead arranges for Alys to marry Sigorn, Magnar of Thenn, thus creating a new noble house that would claim Karhold should Harrion perish. Two of Cregan's men join Alys, who believes that Karhold will open its gates to her and Sigorn's two hundred Thenns.
During the wedding, which is performed at Castle Black by Melisandre, Alys wears lace in her hair and leaps across a flaming ditch with her new husband. Because of the arrival of winter, Jon advises Alys during the wedding feast to send Karhold's old men and spare boys to help at the Wall. Sigorn is reluctant to dance during the feast, but he enjoys dancing with Alys once he is inebriated.
Quotes by Alys
Before the war I was betrothed to Daryn Hornwood. We were only waiting till I flowered to be wed, but the Kingslayer killed Daryn in the Whispering Wood. My father wrote that he would find some southron lord to wed me, but he never did. Your brother Robb cut off his head for killing Lannisters. I thought the whole reason they marched south was to kill some Lannisters.—Alys to Jon Snow
—Alys to Jon Snow
—Jon Snow and Alys
—Melisandre and Alys
Quotes about Alys
I have seen your sister in my fires, fleeing from this marriage they have made for her. Coming here, to you. A girl in grey on a dying horse, I have seen it plain as day. It has not happened yet, but it will.
- See the Alys Karstark calculation.
- George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Alys Karstark.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 44, Jon IX.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 63, Catelyn X.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 20, Catelyn III.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 31, Jaime IV.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 28, Jon VI.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 31, Melisandre I.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 35, Jon VII.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 49, Jon X.