Characters: Game Of Thrones House Tully
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Tywin Lannister: "I'm giving you half of our forces: 30,000 men. You will bring them to Catelyn Stark's girlhood home, and remind them that Lannisters pay their debts."
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.
- The Lancer: To House Stark in Season 3.
- 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 in 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 Central Europe come first to mind.
Lord Hoster Tully
The late Lord of Riverrun and father of Catelyn, Lysa and Edmure.
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...
- 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 anyway.
- 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.
- 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.
- That parlance actually encompasses Edmure's shortcomings quite well. 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. And Robb, for good or ill, doesn't tell him those things. Here, Robb gets the benefit of the doubt by virtue of having his uncle not exist for two years; but over in the book fandom, where Edmure has been present since the first book, there's still a fairly brisk debate as to who of them is more at fault for the "victory."
- Guttural Growler: A true bizarre example, as he's not a Badass, but he has a pretty gravelly voice.
- Fridge Brilliance: As mentioned above he's a politician, not a general. Of course he has a nice voice.
- Sixth Ranger
- 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: Until "Mysha" reveals he spent his wedding night inside the dungeons, not with his bride.
- You Are Lord Tully Now: He already was the de facto Lord of Riverrun due to his father's sickness. But it's official now that Hoster has passed 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.
- Black Sheep: When he was younger.
- 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).
- 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
- 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.
- Also note that he shoots his bow and immediately starts walking away without bothering to wait and see if the arrow will hit. Because 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...
- The Lancer: To Robb, once he's at Riverrun.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: As he jokingly says himself.
- Old Soldier
- Parental Substitute: He's now Catelyn's main source of support.
- 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
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. She is 19 years old.
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
"I fought for my king. Soon I'll fight for him in the battlefield. Die for him if I must. And, if it pleases you, Brienne's enough. I'm no Lady."
"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. Originally introduced as a warrior sworn to King Renly Baratheon, she's now serves Catelyn Stark (but not House Stark, as she insists).