Plot to free Jaime Lannister

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Plot to free Jaime Lannister
Conflict War of the Five Kings
Date 299 ᴀᴄ
Place Riverrun, riverlands
Result

House Tully victory

  • Jaime Lannister returned to captivity
  • Peace negotiations between House Stark and House Lannister failed
Combatants
Joffrey sigil coat.png Iron Throne/ House Baratheon of King's Landing:
House Lannister.svg Westerlands, led by House Lannister
House Stark.svg Kingdom of the North and the Trident/ House Stark:
House Tully.svg Riverlands, led by House Tully
Commanders
Tyrion Lannister
Vylarr
Ser Edmure Tully
Strength
Mummer, thief, murderer, poisoner[1]
<100 Lannister honor guard
Jaime Lannister
Riverrun garrison
Casualties
Heavy Poul Pernford

The plot to free Jaime Lannister is a scheme devised by Tyrion Lannister to release his brother Jaime from captivity in Riverrun.[1][2]

Prelude

After Ser Cleos Frey arrives to King's Landing to deliver Robb Stark's terms for peace, Tyrion Lannister has his agent, Bronn, search for a mummer, a poisoner, a murderer, and a thief in the low places of the capital. Tyrion has them disguised as red cloaks and places along Cleos's honor guard, which comes from Queen Cersei Lannister's guard and are led by Vylarr. Tyrion has Varys convince the queen of going along with Tyrion's plan—which leaves her without men under her direct command—by telling her that the four infiltrators will be unnoticed among the hundred men.[1]

Escape attempt

Once in Riverrun, Cleos's escort pledge peace to Ser Edmure Tully and surrender their weapons, Given freedom of the castle, for three nights they are treated as guests. On the fourth night, while Edmure is away across the Tumblestone, the murderer kills two men guarding the Kingslayer with his bare hands, catching them by the throats and smashing their skulls one against the other. The thief, a young and skinny man, opens Jaime's cell with a bit of wire. Afterward, the mummer, imitating Edmure's voice, orders the River Gate to be opened. Enger, Delp, and Long Lew are fooled and raise the portcullis.[2]

An hour before dawn, Edmure returns and Long Lew realizes the deception. The House Tully guards moves to retake the Kingslayer but a confrontation ensues. Jaime gets hold of a sword, slays both Poul Pemford and Desmond Grell's squire Myles, and leaves Delp grievously wounded. Some of the House Lannister red cloaks rush to join the Kingslayer at the sound of fighting but all are subdued.[2]

Aftermath

Edmure has Tyrion's recruits and the red cloaks that aided Jaime hanged from the walls of Riverrun. The rest of the honor guard are thrown in the dungeons. Jaime is also imprisoned in a dark cell, chained hand and foot and bolted to a dungeon wall. Cleos Frey, who was ignorant of the plot, is imprisoned in Jaime's old tower cell.[2] Catelyn Stark sees the hanged plotters when she returns to Riverrun from Storm's End.[2]

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