Plot to free Jaime Lannister

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Plot to free Jaime Lannister
Marc Simonetti jaimeinchains.jpg
Ser Jaime Lannister in chains, by Marc Simonetti © Fantasy Flight Games
Conflict War of the Five Kings
Date 299 AC
Place Riverrun, riverlands

House Tully victory

  • Jaime Lannister returned to captivity
  • Peace negotiations between House Stark and House Lannister failed
House Baratheon of King's Landing.svg 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
Tyrion Lannister.svg Lord Tyrion Lannister
Captain Vylarr
House Tully.svg Ser Edmure Tully
Mummer, thief, murderer, poisoner[1]
<100 Lannister honor guard
Jaime Lannister
Riverrun garrison
Heavy Poul Pemford
Two guardsmen

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


After Ser Cleos Frey arrives at 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 them 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 move 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 are all subdued.[2]


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 and her escorts see the hanged plotters when they return to Riverrun from Storm's End.[2]


Hallis: They have hanged some Lannisters.

Wendel: A pretty sight.

Perwyn: Our friends have begun without us.[2]

This was the Imp's work, Catelyn suspected; it stank of the same sort of cunning he had displayed at the Eyrie. Once, she would have named Tyrion the least dangerous of the Lannisters. Now she was not so certain.[2]

—thoughts of Catelyn Stark