Characters: Game Of Thrones House Tully
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: "'Family, Duty, Honor.' Every Tully child learns our words. But I was a woman before I understood them."
If Westeros isn't careful, pretty soon our people will grow some sense and abandon it for a safer place, like the Dothraki Sea. I joke, of course. The Riverlands are our home and gods help us, we love it. Still as they say "the king eats and the hand takes the shit". The same is true of the Riverlands: the Seven Kingdoms piss and the Riverlands change clothes.
— Ser Brynden Tully, History and Lore : The Riverlands.
Great House of the Riverlands, the only constituent part of the Seven Kingdoms that was not a kingdom before Aegon's conquest. Their central, flat location ensures that the Tullys will be drawn into the fight whenever there is a war between the other houses, whether they like it or not.
House Tully's ancestral seat, Riverrun, is built where the Tumblestone meets the Red Fork, one of the three constituents of the Trident. It is naturally protected on two sides by those rivers, and a man-made moat between them can cut it off on the third. It is, for most intents and purposes, unassailable.
- Adapted Out: In Seasons 1 and 2. This is particularly noteworthy because, as mentioned above, the Riverlands are central to the Seven Kingdoms and almost all of the war seen in the first season actually took place there.
- Animal Motifs: The Tully sigil is the Trout and its members are often compared to fish. Brynden and Edmure even use fish-like scale leather armor.
- Butt Monkey: Nothing goes well for them during the course of the war. Of all the regions in Westeros, theirs is the one that's hit most hard by the War of the Five Kings, and Edmure's greatest accomplishment ends up hindering his campaign's war efforts. Their marriage alliance with House Frey even ends up killing their king, their queen, and Lady Catelyn.
- Everything Trying to Kill You: How Brynden "Blackfish" Tully describes the Riverlands, they have no geographic defenses and are bordered by the Westerlands, the Vale of Arryn, the Reach and the North. It almost always ends up being a major battlefield in most Westerosi conflicts and House Tully have to ensure peace with their rivals through marriage alliances.
- The Lancer: To House Stark in Season 3. Even deciding to break off from the Iron Throne themselves and accept Robb as their king.
- Guilt By Association / Revenge by Proxy: Invaded by the Lannisters in response to Catelyn arresting Tyrion, despite the fact that Catelyn has not been in the Riverlands for years and her husband, Ned Stark, claimed responsibility for it.
- Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Of Normandy, Brittany, and northern France in general.
- They are a region with no natural defenses, surrounded on all sides by antagonistic regions and will always be drawn to the fight when there is political turmoil in the land. Several countries could be described that way, but Poland and Belgium come first to mind.
- The fact that the Riverlands used to be ruled by the Ironborn prior to the Targaryen conquest and their location within Westeros also likens them to the English Danelaw, and/or post-Viking Russia. Though, unlike both of those regions, the Riverlands don't seem to have held on to much, if any, Ironborn culture beyond (possibly) the Viking Funeral.
- House Tully also has quite a bit of similarities with the Habsburg dynasty, given their penchant for forging alliances and marrying off members of their family to secure even greater power.
- Scenery Gorn: Especially after the Red Wedding when the Freys take over the Riverlands. Arya and Sandor Clegane trudge through the countryside on their way to the Vale and the landscape is a desiccated wasteland.
- Undying Loyalty: Even after everything that happened to them, their people still love them. When Arya and Sandor meet a farmer in the Riverlands, the farmer offers them a hot meal and a place to sleep purely because Arya passes the Hound off as an ex-Tully soldier.
Lord Hoster Tully
Catelyn Stark: "Every time he would leave for the capital or fight in a campaign I'd see him off. 'Wait for me, little Cat', he'd say. 'Wait for me and I'll come back to you'."
The late Lord of Riverrun and father of Catelyn, Lysa, and Edmure.
- Big Good: A farmer who Arya and Sandor Clegane meet discusses Hoster Tully's lordship of the Riverlands as a time where the smallfolk felt safe and peaceful. His death and the defeat of the Tullys at the hands of the Freys made everything worse.
- The Ghost: Referred to several times in Season 1, but never appears, as Riverrun was cut from those episodes.
- The Patriarch: Of the Tully family.
- Posthumous Character: He dies off-screen in early Season 3.
- Stage Dad: According to his second daughter Lysa, Hoster Tully was very concerned over young Catelyn's eating habits and had septas watch over her to make sure she did not grow fat and dilute her marriage possibilities.
- Viking Funeral: A tradition among the Tullys.
Lord Edmure Tully
"Well. I didn't know that."
Played By: Tobias Menzies
Son of Hoster and the new Lord of Riverrun and Lord Paramount of the Riverlands. A competent man in the politics of peacetime, in time of war not so much.
- Adaptation Distillation: His military blunder is a relatively minor battle with The Mountain. From the Books...
- Adaptational Wimp: A minor example, but in the books, the reason he misses his father's funeral pyre is because of grief. In the show, he just misses.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: In the books, Edmure has auburn hair like most of his family. On the show, he is dark-haired.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Is this to Catelyn, to a degree. She loves him, anyways.
- Arranged Marriage: To Roslin Frey, as of "The Climb".
- Break the Haughty: Takes himself just a little too seriously, sometimes (okay, most of the time). Unfortunately for him, the Blackfish is always on hand to tell him to shut his mouth or threaten him with bodily harm (usually both).
- Butt Monkey: Is the recipient of not one, but TWO "The Reason You Suck" Speeches within his first five minutes of screentime, courtesy of the Blackfish and Robb Stark.
- The Chick: To Robb's The Hero and Brynden's The Lancer
- Classical Anti-Hero: He's a good, tremendously earnest man, but as hard as he tries, he keeps screwing up.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: He gets treated like crap by his family and bannermen, despite being the rightful Lord Paramount of the Riverlands.
- Dumbass Has a Point: While a poor strategist, Edmure proves more talented as a politician — he is correct in saying it would be better if Robb covered up the death of Martyn and Willem Lannister until after the war, as the news would only damage his war effort, and held Lord Karstark hostage against his troops' loyalty. Talisa and Catelyn agree with him.
- Establishing Character Moment: Trying to light his father's funeral pyre boat with a burning arrow and failing repeatedly. Edmure tries his best, but he just keeps making mistakes.
- Flanderization: His General Failure and Glory Hound tendencies are played up, and few of his positive traits are even touched upon. This is at least partially due to being The Ghost in Seasons 1 and 2, while he appeared in the corresponding books.
- General Failure: Impulsively attacked Ser Gregor Clegane's position contrary to orders from Robb Stark, who was maneuvering his armies to encircle the Mountain, losing 208 of his men and allowing Gregor to slip away (though he still soundly defeated Clegane's forces). In return, he got two teenage Lannister hostages... and a mill. In military parlance, this would be a tactical victory but a strategic defeat. He's got a decent eye for individual battles, but he doesn't really grasp the larger picture of the entire campaign, nor his part in it.
- Glory Hound: He has shades of this, although Robb harshly corrects him.
Edmure: "There's glory enough to go around!"
- Guttural Growler: A true bizarre example, as he's not a Badass, but he has a pretty gravelly voice, fitting for a politician.
- Hot-Blooded: His impatience damages Robb's war effort.
- Perfectly Arranged Marriage: Edmure beams with joy when he finds out how pretty his wife is!
- Sixth Ranger: To Robb's inner council.
- Spanner in the Works: To the Stark war effort.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Is on the wrong end of two biting ones from the Blackfish and Robb Stark over blowing a strategic maneuver to make a dramatic statement in the war against the Lannisters.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: He's very excited to learn that his new bride is the most beautiful daughter in Walder Frey's brood.
- Yank the Dog's Chain: "Mhysa" reveals he spent his wedding night inside the dungeons, not with his bride.
- You Are Lord Tully Now: The de facto Lord of Riverrun due to his father's sickness, it becomes official when Hoster passes away in early Season 3.
Ser Brynden Tully, the Blackfish
"People have been calling me Blackfish for so long, they don't remember my real name."
Edmure: "The Laws of Gods and Men are very clear, no man can compel another man to marry!"
Blackfish: "The laws of my fist are about to compel your teeth!"
Hoster's younger brother, a knight.
- Appropriated Appellation: "Blackfish" started as an insult because he was seen as the Black Sheep of the Tully family. Rather than being offended, Brynden made the appellation his own and even adopted a black fish as his personal sigil.
- The Archer: Just part of his all-around badassery.
- Badass: He's an extremely competent archer, soldier, commander, strategist and knight. It's notable that the very intelligent Roose Bolton seems concerned and unable to enjoy victory knowing that the Blackfish survived the Red Wedding.
- Badass Beard: He has one.
- Badass Grandpa: With Lord Hoster dead, Brynden is oldest living Tully.
- The Big Guy: Taken over from Rickard Karstark and the Greatjon as Robb's skullcracker-in-chief.
- Black Sheep: When he was younger. He still carries the stain on his reputation, but he's appropriated it.
- Bruiser with a Soft Center: Is one of the most badass and hardassed individuals in Westeros, but he's actually a really good guy. And despite his threats, he'd never actually hurt Edmure.
- Brutal Honesty: To Edmure.
- Cool Old Guy: To Catelyn, Robb, and even Edmure (who he's only trying to snap out of his pomposity).
- Cool Uncle: To Catelyn especially.
Catelyn: I have missed you, uncle.
- Composite Character: With the Greatjon, who was Put on a Bus, in both temperament and actions.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Dresses in all-black armour and mail, and is a rather grumpy old soul, but he's unmistakably one of the heroes of the Northern rebellion.
- Deadpan Snarker: As part of his Brutal Honesty, he has some of the best lines especially when putting Edmure in his place.
- The Dreaded: Due to his Memetic Badass status, Roose Bolton is actually worried that he survived the Red Wedding and escaped.
- Establishing Character Moment: Lighting Hoster's funeral pyre boat with ease after Edmure fails repeatedly. Brynden has to clean up after his nephew's mistakes.
- Grumpy Old Man: A mild version. It seems he just has a very low tolerance threshold for incompetence.
- Guy Liner: Look at those eyelids!
- Hypocritical Humor: He chides Edmure for calling Robb "nephew" rather than "King" — while himself calling Edmure "nephew" rather than "Lord".
- Improbable Aiming Skills: After Edmure screws up the Viking Funeral, he disdainfully lights the pyre with a flaming arrow on the first try, while the boat was very far away. He also takes a moment to look at the direction of the wind and compensate for it, showing more care and foresight than his nephew. After shooting, he immediately starts walking away without bothering to wait and see if the arrow will hit. He knows it will, because he's just that good.
- In-Series Nickname: "The Blackfish". Promotional material also seems to name him "Blackfish Tully" whenever possible.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: After Lord Karstark kills the Lannister boys and goads Robb by invoking Ned's name, Brynden smashes him so hard in the face he knocks the man to his knees, spitting blood. Were it almost anyone else, it would be much more difficult to side with someone so viciously beating an unarmed prisoner, but given the circumstances...
- Knight in Shining Armor: One of the straightest examples in the series, along with Davos Seaworth and Barristan Selmy.
- The Lancer: To Robb, once he's at Riverrun.
- Memetic Badass: From the Books...
- Only Known by Their Nickname: As he jokingly says himself.
- Old Soldier: He's the eldest living Tully.
- Parental Substitute: He's Catelyn's main source of support after her father dies.
- Put on a Bus: He is absent from season four, presumably in hiding after the Red Wedding.
- Red Baron: Again, Blackfish. Mentioned in-universe.
- Sole Survivor: The only named character in attendence to not get either killed or captured in the Red Wedding, thanks to a luckily-timed loo break.
- Unflinching Walk: Shoots a flaming arrow at his brother's funeral barge and walks away before it lands, knowing that it will hit it.
- Talk to the Fist: Invoked when Edmure complains about being forced into an Arranged Marriage with Walder Frey's daughter.
Edmure: The Laws of Gods and Men are very clear, no man can compel another man to marry!
Blackfish: The Laws of my fist are about to compel your teeth!
- Team Dad: To the Starks and Tullys, after the deaths of Ned and Hoster.
Lady Catelyn Stark, née Tully
Lady Lysa Arryn, née Tully
Lady Roslin Tully, née Frey
"Lord Edmure... I hope I'm not a disappointment to you."
Played By: Alexandra Dowling
A daughter of Walder Frey who wed Edmure Tully. She is 19-years-old.
- Arranged Marriage: To Edmure Tully, as of "The Climb". The Freys refuse to let him see her before the wedding, and given the family's reputation for unconventional looks, he's a bit worried.
- Honey Trap: Sort of. It is unlikely she was aware of her father's plans. From the books...
- Innocent Blue Eyes: Her eyes are blue, and Roslin is easily the sweetest, most innocent Frey.
- Nice Girl: Incredibly sweet, unlike her Jerkass father, brothers, and nephews.
- Perfectly Arranged Marriage: Much to both of their surprise.
- Token Good Teammate: While the rest of the Freys consist of entitled, deceitful and bitter people, Roslin is shy and kind.
- The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: When Edmure finally sees her, he is immediately struck by her beauty.
Tully Bannermen, Retainers and Household
Lord Jonos Bracken
Played By: Gerry O'Brien
Another Riverlord. Jonos Bracken is the Lord of Stone Hedge.
Brienne of Tarth
"All my life men like you've sneered at me, and all my life I've been knocking men like you into the dust."
"I don't serve the Starks. I serve Lady Catelyn."
A tall, masculine-looking woman who feels more comfortable wearing a suit of armor than a dress, the only daughter of Lord Selwyn Tarth, known as the Evenstar. Originally introduced as a warrior sworn to King Renly Baratheon, she's sworn herself Catelyn Stark (but not House Stark). Since Catelyn's death, Brienne has made it her mission to fulfill her oath to retrieve Sansa and Arya and take them somewhere safe, probably the Wall.