Willas Tyrell by Even Mehl Amundsen © Fantasy Flight Games
|Born||In or between 270 AC and 276 AC|
A Game of Thrones (mentioned)|
A Clash of Kings (appendix)
A Storm of Swords (mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (mentioned)
Appearance and Character
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Willas is crippled with a bad leg. He is often noted as studious, educated, and kind, and is renowned for breeding the finest hawks, hounds, and horses in the Seven Kingdoms. He sometimes flies an eagle.
Willas was born the eldest son of Mace Tyrell, Lord of Highgarden, and Lady Alerie Hightower. During his first tourney, he competed against Prince Oberyn Martell of Dorne, who knocked Willas from his horse. Unfortunately, his foot caught in his stirrup as he fell, and Willas pulled his horse on top of him, crushing his leg and leaving him a cripple.
Though the incident fanned the flames of the considerable and historical enmity between Houses Tyrell and Martell, Willas bore Oberyn no personal ill will and the two long remained in correspondence, sharing a passion for horseflesh. Ever since his accident, Willas has occupied himself with scholarly studies. Willas's grandmother, Olenna Tyrell, despite having a low opinion of her son Mace, has a high opinion of her grandson.
A Storm of Swords
Lady Olenna Tyrell plots to have Sansa Stark married to Willas. Sansa readily accepts the offer, but it is foiled after she reveals the plot to Dontos Hollard in the godswood of the Red Keep. Lord Tywin Lannister learns of the plot from Lord Petyr Baelish and hastily marries Sansa to his son Tyrion. Tywin offers his daughter, Queen Regent Cersei Lannister, to be married to Willas, which would quieten rumors of her incest with her brother, Ser Jaime Lannister, but the Tyrells refuse the offer.
A Feast for Crows
After the taking of the Shields, Willas reportedly sends messengers to Lord Leyton Hightower ordering him to strengthen his defences in Oldtown. Willas also guesses correctly that the ironborn did not follow the coast when attacking the Shield Islands so the ambush would take the lords of the Shields off guard.
A Dance with Dragons
Quotes about Willas
Willas has a bad leg but a good heart.
Gentle, pious, good-hearted Willas Tyrell. Be grateful you were spared, he would have bored you spitless.
- See the Willas Tyrell calculation.
- A Game of Thrones, Appendix.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 16, Sansa II.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 19, Tyrion III.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 6, Sansa I.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 38, Tyrion V.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 28, Sansa III.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 32, Tyrion IV.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 32, Cersei VII.
- A Dance with Dragons, Epilogue.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 68, Sansa VI.