Roy Connington

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Roy Connington
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Alias(es) Red Roy Connington[1]
Title(s) Lord of Griffin's Roost[1]
Allegiance House Connington
Culture(s) Stormlander
Born In 67 AC[2]
Died In 93 AC or 94 AC[2], at Essos
Book(s) Fire & Blood (mentioned)

Roy Connington, known as Red Roy Connington, was the Lord of Griffin's Roost and the head of House Connington during the reign of King Jaehaerys I Targaryen.[1]

Appearance and Character

Presumably, he was known as Red Roy due to the characteristic red hair of House Connington, as Gyldayn notes red hair as an important quality in a possible child of his.[1]


Roy Connington, Jonah Mooton, and Braxton Beesbury became the three male favorites of Princess Saera Targaryen in 82 AC. Roy, Jonah, Braxton, Saera, Alys Turnberry, and Perianne Moore became inseparable at every feast and ball, hunted and hawked together, and once sailed across Blackwater Bay to Dragonstone.[1]

In 84 AC, Roy, Jonah, and Braxton were found drunk at the Blue Pearl, a brothel in King's Landing, laughing as the king's fool, Tom Turnip, was surrounded by whores. When asked by men of the City Watch, Roy admitted they thought it would be funny to see the fool do the deed.[1]

When Perianne and Alys were questioned about the incident, it was revealed that Alys was pregnant outside of wedlock, and that Saera had coerced them into sexual acts with her male favorites. Roy, Jonah, and Braxton were then imprisoned in the dungeons.[1]

When questioned by King Jaehaerys and Queen Alysanne, Saera defended herself by saying Roy Connington would marry her. She confessed that she had given her maidenhead to all three of her male favorites, with each of them thinking he was the first. She proposed a solution of redemption by marrying all three of her favorites, like King Maegor and his six wives, of which the king grew furious at.[1]

A hasty marriage was proposed between Lord Roy and the pregnant Alys Turnberry, but he refused, claiming the child was Braxton Beesbury's bastard who he would not make heir to Griffin's Roost. The child born to Alys Turnberry was a girl with red hair, signifying she was likely fathered by Lord Roy.[1]

King Jaehaerys gave Roy the choice of his punishment: joining the Night’s Watch or ten years of exile, Roy chose exile. He went to Pentos, then Myr but never returned to Westeros as he was stabbed to death by a whore only half a year before the end of his exile.[1]

Behind the Scenes

Roy is a mix between the two primary Conningtons during the main series: Lord Jon and Ser Ronnet Connington. Like Jon, Roy had a friendship with a Targaryen princeling that led to him getting exiled to Essos by the king. He had the same nickname as Ronnet and they both refused to marry when a match was made for them (Alys Turnberry for Roy and Brienne of Tarth for Ronnet).


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Fire & Blood, The Long Reign - Jaehaerys and Alysanne: Policy, Progeny, and Pain.
  2. 2.0 2.1 See the Roy Connington calculation.