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Greatjon Umber: "Expect nothing of Walder Frey and you'll never be surprised."
Catelyn Stark: "'More Pride than Honor'; those should be the words of House Frey."
Catelyn Stark: "The Late Lord Frey" my father calls him. At the Trident, he didn't appear until the battle was done. Some men take their oaths more seriously than others."A noble house of the Riverlands, and probably the Tullys most important vassal, though they are less than scrupulous in discharging their feudal obligations to their nominal overlord, and often ignore their duties in service of their own interests. Their castle(s) is known as the Twins, a very strategic bridge-fortress across the Green Fork river. In the aftermath of the Red Wedding and House Tully's downfall, House Frey has taken all of House Tully's former titles, including the Lordship of Riverrun. However, the Lordship Paramount of the Riverlands is in dispute between House Frey and Petyr Baelish, who was given Harrenhal and (formally) the Lordship Paramount, but is too disinterested to actually rule either, making Walder Frey de facto Lord Paramount.
- Adapted Out/Pragmatic Adaptation: While it's known that Lord Walder has a number of great-grandchildren (to his elder children, at least), the characters who were identified (in the books) as such have been either unmentioned, or changed in terms of their relation to him (eg: Black Walder changed from a great-grandson to a bastard son; great-granddaughter Marianne Vance becoming granddaughter Marianne Frey).
- This is likely done to conserve detail and to not confuse viewers - since the generations have been condensed in the show (for similar reasons of detail preservation), the expectation is that even elderly Lord Walder (90+) will not have any great-grandchildren who have reached adulthood. It's also so that the categorisation is simplified among named character, so Black Walder becomes just another bastard son (instead of a great-grandchild), and Marianne a grandchild with the Frey surname (to avoid naming countless minor houses).
- Bad Job, Worse Uniform: As if being a descendant of Walder Frey isn't bad enough, the signature clothing item of House Frey is apparently that really stupid leather aviator's cap-like hat, sported by Black Walder and several other Frey bannermen.
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- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: They are an infamously untrustworthy bunch, though only in a passive, greedy, self-interested way. Until it goes batshit active in "The Rains of Castamere", when they side with the Lannisters to massacre the Tullys and the Starks.
- According to the History of Lore videos for House Frey, Catelyn Tully noted that Lord Hoster Tully called Walder Frey "the late Lord Frey" partly because he suspected him to be hedging his bets and preserving his forces so that if the Targaryens defeated Robert on the Trident, Frey would then open their gates in exchange for being Lord of Riverrun.
- Due to the Dead: The bad guy facet of the trope: they decapitate Robb, attach Grey Wind's head on the stump and parade it around chanting "The King In the North" as mockery. And people say the Wildlings are the savages...
- Early in Season 4, Sansa mentions to Tyrion that they also stripped Lady Catelyn of all her clothes and threw her into the Trident - again a mockery of funerary rites, in this case House Tully's Viking Funeral tradition (where a boat is sent downstream with an burning arrow fired upon it). Yup, what charming people the Freys seem to be.
- Et Tu, Brute?: Fully shown in the Red Wedding. Up until then, the Freys only acted selfishly and spitefully but were technically a vassal of the Tullys, and a nominal ally. When the massacre begins, the Freys in the hall start stabbing everyone around them like savages. The final episode also shows them maiming the Stark soldiers viciously, for apparently no other reason than they can.
- Evil Is Petty: Good grief... While not all the Freys appear to be reprehensible human beings (made a lot clearer in the books), the ones who are tend to overshadow them: in numbers, in presence, and in sheer spite.
- Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Of the medieval German noble houses who made a killing by garrisoning the Rhine River with castles and taxing every soul who came near note . Not giving a shit about their theoretical feudal overlords, marrying into other great houses and even taking arms against them, is reminiscent of noble houses in the Holy Roman Empire in general, as well.
- Gang of Hats: Literally — many of the Freys wear medieval-type loose hats and green clothes embroidered with their sigil. Expect many mentions of "Freys in weird hats" in reviews of The Climb.
- Planet of Steves: Many younger Freys are also named after ol' Walder. From the Books...
- Massive Numbered Siblings: The GOT Wiki has listed roughly twenty named descendants who have been name-dropped or identified within the show at this point. This is barely even scratching the surface of the family from the books - and on top of that, there seem to be a few Canon Foreigner descendants added to the show, as listed below. The TV show did mercifully condense this down to about six major recurring characters: Walder Frey, his young wife Joyeuse, his sons Lame Lothar Frey and Black Walder Rivers, his daughter Roslin Tully, and his granddaughter Fat Walda Bolton.
- Promoted to Scapegoat: Tyrion recognises that the blame for the Red Wedding, despite being Tywin's plan, will fall squarely on the Freys. Thus earning them the animosity and outright hatred of Westeros. Violating the guest right is a crime so unthinkable, that it's on equal footing with (if not worse, than) Kinslaying. This is perfectly shown in "Breaker of Chains", where a Riverlands family are pissed off squarely at the Freys, not the Boltons or Lannisters.
- Troll Bridge: The Twins, at least under the rule of the current lord, Walder Frey. But, unlike most trolls, the Freys live above and at either end of the bridge, not under it. The Twins, and the bridge they guard, are the only means of crossing the Green Fork for hundreds of miles. Unless your army's made up of really awesome swimmers, expect to grovel at Walder Frey's feet and accept whatever terms he puts on the table (especially when the water level's really high).
- Tyrant Takes the Helm: The Freys are terrible lords. A farmer who meets Arya and the Hound mentions that since they took over, the Riverlands has been prey to brigands, widespread Rape, Pillage, and Burn, and an overall decline in standards of living.
- Won the War, Lost the Peace: The Freys walk out of the Red Wedding as the de facto rulers of the Riverlands, but they have to deal with the scores of brigands and other criminals roaming the countryside in addition to trying to rebuild from the devastation that the war had brought to the region, and as explained in Tyrant Takes the Helm above, they do a terrible job at that.
Lord Walder Frey
Played By: David Bradley
"Stark, Tully, Lannister, Baratheon... Give me one good reason why I should waste a single thought on any of you."Lord of the Twins and head of House Frey. A powerful bannerman to House Tully, though not a particularly loyal one.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: David Bradley may not be an example of Grampa What Massive Hotness You Have, but in the books, Walder Frey is described as half-blind, bald, toothless, loose-skinned, and gouty to the point he can't walk. Bradley, per contrast, looks like he does in most all of his roles: like the average Grumpy Old Man.
- The Bluebeard: While he doesn't seem to be murdering wives, he's obviously going through them pretty quickly. The head of House Tully is reported to have not attended the last several weddings. It's not unrealistic to assume that his past wives died in childbirth, given how many children he has. From the books...
- Nevertheless, the fate of his teen wife Joyeuse shows he doesn't give a damn about the lives of his wives. He can always get a new one.
- The Cavalry Arrives Late: During Robert's Rebellion, he waited out the battle and only joined the winning side at the end. He has a reputation as a coward in the present day because of it.
- Dirty Coward: His defining trait, he only acts when he's completely sure it'll work out in his favor. He earned his title "The Late Lord Frey" because he didn't send his army to aid Robert's Rebellion until he was sure Robert would win, and pulls the same stunt with Robb's rebellion. In Season 3, Tyrion points out quite correctly that he never would have murdered the Starks without having Tywin Lannister supporting him.
- Dirty Old Man: He utters filthy sexual innuendo, more or less every time he opens his mouth.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Robb breaks a marriage vow, so Lord Walder has him, his mother, his wife, his unborn child and all of his bannermen (that he can get his hands on, at least) massacred.
- Doublespeak:"I haven't showed you the hospitality you deserve. My King has married and I owe my new Queen a wedding gift."
- Embarrassing Nickname: In-universe, known as "the Late Lord Frey" due to his army not arriving at the key battle of Robert's Rebellion until it was already over. It's also appropriate in light of his old age and refusal to die. Robb seems to be of the opinion that if allied with, he can count on Lord Frey's army to show up to do battle...eventually. He also notes that, by not showing up with the other vassals when summoned, his nickname once again rings true.
- Evil Gloating / Talking to the Dead: Has this nasty pinch of salt for the wounds of Stark fans post-Red Wedding."The 'Late Walder Frey,' old Tully called me, because I didn't get my men to the Trident in time for the battle. He thought he was witty. Look at us now, Tully! You're dead. Your daughter's dead. Your grandson's dead. Your son spent his wedding night in a dungeon... And I'm lord of Riverrun. Heh heh heh."
- Evil Is Petty: Walder commits war-ending, line-crossing massacres, at a wedding — over a broken vow.
- Evil Old Folks: He's the second-oldest character seen in the show (after Aemon Targaryen - though possibly excepting Old Nan, while she was still alive), and certainly one of the most evil.
- Foil: To Tywin. Like Tywin, he's a controlling patriarch who wants to strengthen his family and is brutal to anyone who sleights him. The difference is Tywin has political cunning and ambition, and a sense personal dignity, while Walder is an Orcus on His Throne and a Dirty Old Man.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Over the course of The Rains of Castamere, old Walder goes from harmless if annoying old man to perpetrator of Regicide all without even leaving his chair.
- Genre Blind: In spite of his dark moments of Genre Savvy, he fails to realise just how many people have him in their crosshairs now, since he's been Promoted to Scapegoat.
- Genre Savvy: The entire reason the Red Wedding works is that he fully trusts the Starks won't even think for a second he might break the laws of hospitality. He kills them with their honor.
- Hope Spot: When Robb and his bannermen arrive at the Twins for Edmure's wedding, Frey is clearly on his best behavior, seeming almost friendly for the first time in the series and appears to accept Robb's apology for breaking the marriage contract. Indeed, even when he's criticizing and mocking Robb at the beginning of the episode, it's more in the tone of friendly ribbing than anything else. And then he has everyone slaughtered.
- Hypocrite. On many levels:
- Claims to value family above all else, but can't even remember the names of many of his literally dozens of direct descendants. Also considers his wives expendable and keeps getting young nubile ones.From the Books...
- Moral Myopia: Robb Stark did break his promise of a marriage-alliance to the Freys, and part of that is on Robb. On the other hand, it was Walder Frey who broke his word in the first place, by extorting a marriage-alliance out of the Starks and Tullys, even when other Riverlands Houses such as the Mallisters and Blackwoods joined the war against the Lannisters simply because their Tully overlords asked them to. Walder at least points out in his defense that he's also sworn oaths to the Iron Throne, above the Tullys, and he can't keep both.
- Selective Obliviousness: Oh gods. Walder is deeply annoyed that everyone calls him a Dirty Coward, specifically resenting how Hoster Tully nicknamed him "the late Walder Frey" for only showing up to the Battle of the Trident after the battle ended. Lord Walder knows damn well that he intentionally arrived late, but still hypocritically thinks that he is the injured party for being on the receiving end of Hoster's entirely accurate criticism. Walder Frey thinks that Starks and Tullys deserved what he did to them, as some sort of righteous payback. Contrast with Roose Bolton, who at least fully accepts that what he did was a betrayal, but sees it as an example of I Did What I Hadto Do, because Robb was losing the war and the Boltons would have been wiped out by the Lannisters alongside them if they had stayed loyal.
- It's All About Me: Everything he does is just to further his own family, but even then he seems more interesting in getting them married off for the sake of marrying them off than he does their actual happiness or willingness. He only honors his deals when it suits him, makes outrageous demands of the other parties in those dealings, and demands more respect than he deserves for either his standing or character.
- Jerkass: From the instant we meet him, Walder Frey is contemptuous of everyone who has the nerve to share his air.
- Jerkass Has a Point: He completely nails how stupid Robb was to marry Talisa, breaking his oath for nothing more than a pretty face. And then he calls Robb out for claiming to not want to rub the marriage in his face, seeing as he brought his wife into the room.
- Before then, Catelyn Stark brings up he swore an oath to his lord to follow them into battle (against King Joffrey). Lord Frey points out he also swore an oath to the King.
- Jerkass Has a Point: He completely nails how stupid Robb was to marry Talisa, breaking his oath for nothing more than a pretty face. And then he calls Robb out for claiming to not want to rub the marriage in his face, seeing as he brought his wife into the room.
- Laughably Evil: David Bradley turns in a fun, hammy performance and Walder's lecherously vile lines are actually very funny in their audacious lewdness.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: While known to be cowardly and untrustworthy at the start of the story, he is never taken very seriously as an opponent. Then he swiftly massacres two Houses more powerful than his (albeit through backstabbing), all but ending the Northern rebellion in the process and becoming head of the leading House in Riverrun.
- The Oathbreaker: Betrays and murders Robb, his family and his bannermen, by violating Sacred Hospitality. He claims he is justified because Robb broke his marriage vow.
- Old Man Marrying A Child: His new wife is a fifteen year-old girl.
- Opportunistic Bastard: He isn't a manipulator or a planner, he's just a leech who will change alliances to whomever will give him the most power.
- Orcus on His Throne: Upon being appointed Lord of the Riverlands, he's content to let the land go completely to hell, doing nothing about the roving bands of brigands in the wake of the war. Justified as he's too old to get physically active himself.
- The Patriarch: One gets the impression that he overcompensates for the lack of respect he receives from the rest of Westeros by demanding it in spades of his very large and very cowed family.
- The Peter Principle: As the head of a small(er) house, Walder does an okay job. Upon being appointed Lord of the Riverlands, he's useless.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: He's very sexist in a lazy way, although it's possibly averted: he treats women like he treats everyone, as disposable objects to use and discard.
- Really Gets Around: To the point where one could suspect he has more Rivers running on top of The Twins than under it! From the books...
- The Resenter: He's not very happy about having to pledge fealty, doesn't try to hide his contempt for his role in the vassal system and has trouble forgiving past affronts.
- Screw Politeness Im A Senior: It's unclear if he was ever polite, but these days he's a vulgar old lech.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Shows up in three episodes during the first three seasons and is completely absent in the second one. He manages to shakedown the political landscape of Westeros in just two appearances and win the War of the Five Kings decisively for the Lannisters.
- Smug Snake: Very pleased with himself about the Red Wedding, despite never having the courage to do it without Tywin Lannister backing him up.
- Villainous Friendship: Walder has one with Roose Bolton, his co-conspirator.
- We Have Reserves: A rather disturbing version. He has no problem with Catelyn using his wife as a hostage because he can always find another one.
- While Rome Burns: During the Red Wedding, he continues to drink from his goblet whilst watching in ecstasy the slaughter before him. Even when Robb is killed and Catelyn screams in anguish, Walder Frey's reaction is grinning and slurping wine.
- Who's Laughing Now?: In the season finale Mhysa, he describes the Red Wedding as a payback for all the times the Starks and Tullys have looked down upon him or insulted him.
Lady Joyeuse Frey, née Erenford
Played By: Kelly Long
Lord Walder Frey: "You see that? Fifteen, she is. A little flower... and the honey's all mine."Lord Walder Frey's eighth and current wife.
- Composite Character: Takes the place of Aegon Frey, a.k.a. "Jinglebell", Lord Walder's retarded grandson and fool.
- Character Death: When Walder makes it clear he doesn't give a damn about whether she lives or dies, Robb is killed and Catelyn dispassionately cuts Joyeuse's throat.
- Death by Adaptation: In "The Rains of Castamere", Catelyn uses her as a hostage in place of the Adapted Out jester Aegon Frey, aka Jinglebell, Walder Frey's lackwit grandson, whom Catelyn mistakes for a son. When Robb gets killed, Joyeuse gets a slit throat, just like Jinglebell.
- Ironic Name: "Joyeuse", for a character who's obviously apathetic and miserable.
- Old Man Marrying A Child: She's fifteen and Walder's ninety.
- The Quiet One: Stays silent even when Walder gropes her in front of everybody. Likewise she remains silent during the Red Wedding. This becomes results in quite Fridge Horror in the scene where Joyeuse quietly accepts her death, with no attempts to resist. One wonders how Walder Frey must have treated her during their marriage.
- Slashed Throat: At Catelyn's hand.
- We Have Reserves: The reason for her death, when Walder admits he won't care if Catelyn kills her, since he'll simply find wife nine. Which is exactly what he starts planning to do in "Mhysa", while the maids are still scrubbing her blood from the floor.
Played By: Colin CarnegieThe first trueborn son and heir of Walder Frey. A man of sixty odd years.
- All There In The Book: His name.
- Calling the Old Man Out: He reminds Lord Walder that he shouldn't be rude to Lady Catelyn.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: He doesn't appear in the second and third seasons. From the books...
- Cool Old Guy: The only male Frey that genuinely doesn't seem to be an arsehole (Ryger Rivers, as a bastard, technically does not count).
- Demoted to Extra: After his first appearance. He's even more demoted from his role in the books. While not a substantial character there, Book!Catelyn still thinks that Stevron could have salvaged the Stark-Frey alliance if he had lived. Which is doubly ironic since Show!Stevron is still alive, and the Red Wedding went down without a hitch.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Unlike his father, Stevron's a decent person.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Possibly. In the books, Stevron commanded the Frey levies that went south with Robb Stark, but he dies of wounds suffered at the Battle of Oxcross. On the show, there is no indication that he left the Twins.
- Token Good Teammate: Of all the Freys, he doesn't seem to be as bad as his kin - at least, from those in the Red Wedding, and we haven't seen enough of the females besides Roslin to tell what they are like.From the books...
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Did he die offscreen without mention? Was he at the Twins during the Red Wedding but simply not seen or present (thus possibly negating his Token Good Teammate status)? Was he just sent away before the event? The show never tells us, so it might be best to assume he suffered the same (or similar) fate as in the books until further notice.
- Wizard Beard: He has a rather long beard to indicate his age.
Played By: Bryan McCaughertyThe bastard son of Walder Frey, probably his oldest baseborn child due to his apparent age.
- All There In The Book: His name - he was originally believed to be Walder Rivers, but is likely Ryger Rivers instead - hinted by the combining of said character with Black Walder Frey from the books, along with his more pleasant demeanour, line of dialogue, and backstory as a milkmaid's son (both of which belong to Ryger in the books).
- Calling the Old Man Out: Also reminds Lord Walder that he shouldn't be rude to Lady Catelyn. And then is promptly shut down by his asshole dad.Walder Frey: I need lessons in courtesy from you, bastard? Your mother would still be a milkmaid if I hadn't squirted you into her belly!
- Composite Character: Given the age of the actor, he appears to have taken from Walder Rivers the position as Lord Walder's oldest bastard son (Walder Rivers himself was combined with the younger Black Walder Frey, becoming "Black Walder Rivers"); Ryger's exact age in the books is unstated, but he is confirmed to be younger than Stevron (who is 65) and implied to be among the older bastards anyway.
- Heroic Bastard: One of the only decent members of House Frey that we've seen.
- One-Shot Character: So far he's only appeared in "Baelor" (as a bastard son of Lord Walder, he's not especially significant).
"Lame" Lothar Frey
Played By: Tom BrookeA son of Walder Frey, and the steward of the Twins.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: In the books, Lothar is described as plump, which Tom Brooke certainly isn't.
- Beard of Evil: He has one.
- Co-Dragons: To old Lord Walder, along with Black Walder.
- Evil Cripple: The whole reason he's called 'Lame Lothar' is due to his limp. Lothar also earns his evil credentials by murdering Talisa.
- Faux Affably Evil: One second he's joking with Talisa, the next he's stabbing a steak knife into her pregnant belly until she bleeds to death.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: To Old Man Walder. From the books...
- Icy Blue Eyes: They become much more icy retroactively due to his actions during the Red Wedding.
- In Universe Nickname: Called "Lame Lothar" due to his limp.
- Would Stab a Pregnant Girl: To kick off the Red Wedding, Lothar lurches over to Talisa and stabs her multiple times in the stomach.
- Would Hurt An Unborn Child: It's unclear if he was aware that Talisa was pregnant, but he nonetheless murders her through her child.
Walder "Black Walder" Rivers
Played By: Tim PlesterOne of Lord Walder's many bastard sons.
- All There in the Manual: Although he seemed to be the books' Black Walder Frey (a great-grandson of Lord Walder, whose father is the eldest son or Ser Stevron in the books), the HBO Viewer's Guide for Season 4 describes him instead as a bastard son of Lord Frey.
- Bastard Bastard: Though in this family, being a good or bad person apparently isn't determined by the legitimacy of your birth.
- Beard of Evil: He has one, and his general Jerkass demeanour establishes him as a very unsympathetic character.
- Co-Dragons: To old Lord Walder, along with Lame Lothar.
- Composite Character: There is no Black Walder Rivers in the books - he's a combination of two characters, with elements of a third:
- Black Walder Frey, a great-grandson of Lord Walder Frey's: he is the 2nd of three sons to Ryman Frey, himself the firstborn son of Ser Stevron (Lord Walder's own firstborn legitimate son). Called "Black Walder" for his vicious temper coupled with an impressive fighting ability, making him one of the more prominent members of the family in terms of involvement.
- Walder Rivers, the eldest bastard son of Lord Walder, who accompanies Lothar to meet Robb at Riverrun in the books. Also a skilled warrior, in the books he was involved in the slaughtering of the Northern troops outside the castle, commanding the Frey forces there (instead of being inside, as the books' Black Walder was).
- As of "The Rains of Castamere", he replaces minor character Raymund Frey as the one who kills Catelyn Stark (Raymund has no further significance besides this and being a trueborn son or Lord Walder, in any case).
- In Universe Nickname: Called "Black Walder" for his dark beard and nasty temper in the books.
- Jerkass: Unlike Lothar, who is polite and soft-spoken enough, Black Walder is very abrasive and rude to Robb during their negotiations. Also he, y'know, kills Catelyn by slashing her throat.
Lady Roslin Tully, née Frey
Played By: Alexandra DowlingSee House Tully.
Lady Walda Bolton, née Frey
Played By: Elizabeth WebsterSee House Bolton.
Minor Members of House Frey
Various members of House Frey confirmed to exist within the show's universe. Portrayed by unidentified extras unless otherwise stated.
Olyvar FreyOne of Lord Walder's sons. As part of the agreement made with Robb's forces by Catelyn, he became Robb's squire.
- All There in the Manual: The books detail his circumstances: he's the eighteenth son of Lord Walder; the fourth born from his sixth marriage to Bethany Rosby, older than Roslin, and one of five children in this union who survived past infancy. It's also noted that while many members of House Rosby have a weak constitution and poor health (to the point it's what their best known for), his mother did manage to give Walder one child for every year of their marriage (which lasted roughly ten years), and those who survived have proven to be able-bodied
- Demoted To The Ghost: Only mentioned in "Baelor". Despite being Robb's squire, he's never onscreen in Season 2 in any of Robb's scenes (despite the series giving Robb more to do onscreen than the books did).
- One Steve Limit: Subverted in Season 3 with the introduction of Littlefinger's employee, also named Olyvar. Though casual viewers will likely forget that this Olyvar even existed anyway.
- The Squire: To Robb.
Waldron FreyThe youngest of Lord Walder's known sons.
- All There in the Manual: In the books, he's explicitly stated to be the twenty-second and youngest of Lord Walder's legitimate sons, born from his seventh marriage to Anna Farring, and is nine the year Arya turns ten.From the books...
- Adaptation Name Change: His counterpart in the books is named Elmar Frey.
- Arranged Marriage: He was bethrothed to Arya Stark as part of the agreement to let Robb Stark's army cross through the Twins. As of the Red Wedding, this engagement is null and void.
- Demoted To The Ghost: He appears several times in the second book, meeting Arya Stark at Harrenhal while it's occupied by Roose Bolton; not knowing she is his betrothed, he boasts about the princess he is to marry to the point that Arya, annoyed by him, hopes said princess dies before marrying him (not knowing it is her). Since Roose only occupies Harrenhal after Arya escapes in the series, we never see him onscreen.
Shirei FreyThe youngest of Lord Walder's legitimate daughters, and his youngest child yet identified. Presented to Robb as one of the Frey girls he could have married, she is nine years old in Season 3 and as such, yet unflowered.
- Age Lift: She's six in the books when we first see her.
- All There in the Manual: In the books, she is Lord Walder's seventh legitimate daughter and his youngest trueborn child (though Joyeuse is currently pregnant so that may yet change), born of his seventh marriage to Anna Farring.From the books...
- One-Shot Character: So far only seen in "The Rains of Castamere".
Arwaya FreyA trueborn daughter of Lord Walder's, first seen when Catelyn negotiated with her father in Season 1, and later seen again at Edmure's wedding where her father presents her to Robb.
- Adaptation Name Change/Canon Foreigner: Uncertainty regarding which - her name is similar to "Arwyn Frey", the sixth of Lord Walder's trueborn daughters in the books (between Roslin and Shirei); it's possible her name was changed in the show, possibly to add to the Theme Naming the show has given them (Frey women's names ending on "-a" or "-ya" sounds). On the other hand, the three daughters below (who added to the number he has in the books) suggest she might be an original character rather than the same one - unlike her brother Elmar (the books' equivalent of Waldron, Arya's once-betrothed), Arwyn has no distinguishing traits that highlight her presence, so it's hard to tell if she's meant to be the same character.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Blink and miss, but she appears in "Baelor" before returning in "The Rains of Castamere" (yes, it's the same extra), creating a nice bit of (possibly unintended) continuity.
Derwa, Waldra and Walda FreyThree of Lord Walder's trueborn daughters, presented to Robb at Edmure's wedding to Roslin.
- Adaptation Name Change/Canon Foreigner: A combination of both these tropes is at play here. In the books, Lord Walder has no trueborn daughters with these names - there are Waldas among his bastard daughters, as well as his granddaughters and great-granddaughters, and Waldra is a similarly derivative name, but nobody named Derwa appears in the books or even indices. Of seven trueborn daughters in the books, the eldest three are married and the fourth is a maid of nearly thirty. Based on their relative age, these three appear to have replaced the books' Arwyn Frey - the sixth legitimate daughter of Walder and first child with Anna Farring, Anwyn is a year younger than Roslin and nearly ten years older than her trueborn sister Shirei. Derwa, Waldra and Walda are in the right age range to be between Roslin and Shirei, regardless of whether their mother is intended to be Walder's 6th wife (Bethany Rosby) or his 7th (Anna Farring).
- One-Shot Character: So far, they've only been seen in "The Rains of Castamere".
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: See above.
Janeya & Neyela FreyTwo girls who Lord Walder identifies as his eldest granddaughters. Presented to Robb at the Twins.
- Ambiguous Situation: They aren't identified as twins, just as the eldest granddaughters, despite being introduced together.
- Canon Foreigner: In the books, there are no known Frey females bearing either name.
- One-Shot Character: Both of them.
Sarra and Serra FreyTwin granddaughters of Lord Walder, presented to Robb at the Twins.In the books...
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Both are described in the books as pimply, which they aren't here.
- Always Identical Twins
- One-Shot Character: Both only appear in "The Rains of Castamere".
- Twin Threesome Fantasy: Invoked when Lord Walder claims he'd have not minded if Robb - had he kept his vow - chose both of them as opposed to picking between themto be his bride. Should be taken with a grain of salt given his duplicity.
Played By: Katie CreavenAnother granddaughter presented to Robb at his uncle's wedding at the Twins.
- Adaptation Distillation/Pragmatic Adaptation: She's based on Marianne Vance from the books, who was Lord Walder's great-granddaughter - her mother, Maegelle Frey, was married to Ser Dafyn Vance and was the daughter of Stevron Frey and his second wife. Her backstory seems to have been simplified, either by the writers for the audience, or otherwise by Lord Walder to avoid him explaining it in great detail. Her book counterpart was also presented to Robb despite being born a Vance, not a Frey.
- One-Shot Character: Rinse and repeat...
Freya FreyA granddaughter of Lord Walder, seen at the Twins by Robb and his retinue.
- Canon Foreigner: Unless Adaptation Name Change is at play here.
- One-Shot Character: And again...
- Punny Name
Played By: Grace HendyOne of the Frey girls presented to Robb at his uncle's wedding.In the books...
- Accidental Misnaming: Her grandfather, knowing of the Theme Naming prevalent amoungst his kin, can't quite remember her name.Lord Walder: "My granddaughter... Wertha? Walra? Waldina?"Merry Frey: "I'm Merry."Lord Walder: "Fine."
- Age Lift: She's eleven in the books when introduced; here, she's approximately in her mid-teens.
- One-Shot Character: For "The Rains of Castamere", again.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: She is likely intended to be Merianne Frey from the books, who is similarly called just "Merry".
- Pet the Dog: Receives a subtle one from her grandfather, who lets her sit at the main table next to his wife during the wedding - she's the only descendant of his besides Roslin that gets this honour.
- Shrinking Violet: She only barely gets two words out before Lord Walder dismisses her.
WaldaA grandniece of Lord Walder.
- Canon Foreigner: As revealed in the The Tales Of Dunk And Egg prequel novellas, Lord Walder has only one sibling with any detailed backstory - a sister, roughly a dozen years older than him and the second wife of Lord Ambrose of House Butterwell (a house which is disgraced during the events of the novella series, and thsus may or may not exist in the present). Besides her, their father had at least two other daughters; any other relations outside of Walder's own line of ancestry have yet to be mentioned.
- The Ghost: We only know she exists because Theon, while shooting ravens leaving the Twins (as a precaution, to ensure the untrustworthy Lord Frey doesn't warn the Lannisters of the Northern army's progress) found that one of the messages being sent was a birthday missive.
- Only One Name: Subverted, but we don't know if her surname is Frey or something else - besides the aforementioned sisters of Lord Walder the prequel novels mentioned, the TV show is already an Alternate Continuity in its own right.
Willem FreyA male of unspecified relations to the main Frey line, mentioned several times throughout Seasons 2 and 3. He is confirmed to have gotten married at some point before the main story began.
- Age Lift/Canon Foreigner: One or the other applies depending on what his ancestry is, because the only known Willem Frey in the books is a boy of ten years old. In the books, Willem is the second son of Cleos Frey, himself the eldest son of Emmon Frey - Lord Walder's second-born child and son, who is married to Genna Lannister, Tywin's younger sister. This might be him, aged up to correspond with the setting: in the books, Genna Lannister starts off at 52, her brother Tywin at about 55 or 56. With Tywin's age in Season 4 being stated as 67 (presumably 64 in the first season), it stands to reason that Genna herself would be in her early 60s at least when the story begins and thus old enough to have adult grandchildren.
- The Ghost: Yet to make an onscreen debut.
- Mythology Gag: Given the above tropes about him, there's the fact that he's mentioned by Alton Lannister, who was created as a Canon Foreigner substitute for the role that Cleos Frey - father of the books' Willem Frey - had in the books.