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House Tully

Catelyn Stark: '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.

     In General 
  • 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. 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: House Tully 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. Basically the Riverlands in general which they rule over are the Belgium of Westeros. Like the Low Countries in Medieval Europe, they're the borderlands between all of the major powers (England, France, Germany), so they're on the front line of almost every major war. Only the fact that they're one of the more fertile breadbasket regions of Westeros (along with the Reach) allows them to recover in the generations between major wars.
  • 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 
Played By: Christopher Newman

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.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Since he's more or less The Ghost, his coarser edges are Adapted Out. Especially his history with his daughter Lysa Tully. In the books, when Lysa had a child with Petyr Baelish after a One Night Stand of Questionable Consent, he tricked her into drinking a potion that caused an abortion. This is implied to have hurt her fertility and been a cause for Robin Arryn's health problems. At his deathbed, Hoster Tully expresses regret for this and sends several ravens to Lysa to come and see him but she refuses.
    • During the Rebellion, he rode through the villages of loyalist Houses, putting smallfok to the sword and burning as he went. In the show he's a protector of the smallfolk.
  • 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 Mom: 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

Brynden Tully: The gods love to reward a fool.
Catelyn Stark: Uncle!
Brynden Tully: What? He's my nephew. I love him. And he's a damned fool.

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.
  • Age Lift: Like his sisters. He is clearly not in his twenties in the show.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Is this to Catelyn, to a degree. She loves him, anyways. And compared to Lysa he is really not that bad.
  • 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). From the looks of it in Season 6, his time as a prisoner of the Freys has not done wonders for his health.
  • The Bus Came Back: After being kept prisoner by Walder Frey since "The Rains of Castamere", he finally reappears in Season 6's "Blood of my Blood".
  • 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.
  • Character Exaggeration: His General Failure and Glory Hound tendencies are played up compared to the books, 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.
  • The Chick: To Robb's The Hero and Brynden's The Lancer.
  • The Ditz: Not the brightest guy around. Claiming that "no man can compel another man to marry" in this universe alone makes one wonder if he'd been asleep his whole life.
  • 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.
    • In the novels it's more fully explained that Edmure isn't a complete incompetent, it's just that he's not "a wartime consigliere" (in Godfather terms). In peacetime he'd actually be praised as a great ruler who genuinely cares about his subjects. When the Riverlands are first invaded he lets hundreds of refugees inside Riverrun, even though having extra mouths to feed is a disastrous tactical decision during a siege - he felt honor bound not to abandon those who followed 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.
    • In the books, Catelyn notes that he is extremely distraught over their father's death, and the Blackfish points out that even Hoster missed once when lighting their father's pyre.
  • 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.
  • Lucky Bastard: Played with: he got handed a stunner of a wife in exchange of the massacre of his family. He also manages to survive the Red Wedding, albeit as a prisoner.
  • Perfectly Arranged Marriage: Edmure beams with joy when he finds out how pretty his wife is!
  • Put on a Bus: Does not appear in Seasons 4 and 5, as he has been taken prisoner by the Freys.
  • 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 in Command 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."
Played By: Clive Russell

Edmure Tully: The Laws of Gods and Men are very clear, no man can compel another man to marry!
Brynden Tully: The laws of my fist are about to compel your teeth!

Hoster's younger brother, a knight.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Almost entirely adapted out, compared to his book counterpart, though the fact remains that he curiously never married. One of the "Histories & Lore" animated featurettes he narrates also explains his backstory, that his brother Hoster wanted to put him in an arranged marriage - to the beautiful and wealthy sister of Olenna Redwyne. Ordinarily this would be seen as a great match, but Brynden was insulted about "being told when and whom to marry" (as he puts it), and refused. Even in book fandom there is massive speculation about why he never married, ranging from that he is secretly gay, to that he was actually in love with Minisa Whent but after she married his older brother he refused to ever love again.
  • 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 Beard: He has one.
  • Badass Grandpa: With his older brother 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.
  • The Bus Came Back: Returns in Season 6, having retaken Riverrun from the Freys.
  • 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.
  • Compressed Adaptation: He appears much earlier in A Song of Ice and Fire and has a lot more plot afterwards. In the books he has been informally exiled from the Riverlands for a time and he accompanied Lysa to the Eyrie when she married Jon Arryn. There, she was named Knight of the Gate, commander of the Bloody Gate. He meets Catelyn there when she is carrying Tyrion to the Eyrie. He resigns and returns to Riverrun upon hearing the news of Hoster's convalescence.
  • 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.
  • Four-Star Badass: He's an extremely competent archer, soldier, commander, strategist and knight. It's notable that the very intelligent Roose Bolton is concerned and unable to enjoy victory knowing that the Blackfish survived the Red Wedding, fearing he will keep the Tullys as a fighting force. He does more than that, outfighting the Freys for Riverrun.
  • Grumpy Old Man: A mild version. It seems he just has a very low tolerance threshold for incompetence.
  • Guy Liner: Look at those eyelids!
  • Hero of Another Story: In the years since the Red Wedding, he managed to rally the Tully loyalists and kick the Freys out of Riverrun.
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    • He chides Edmure for calling Robb "nephew" rather than "King" — while himself calling Edmure "nephew" rather than "Lord".
    • He staunchly refused to marry, driving a rift between him and Lord Hoster. He then proceeds to make Edmure marry a Frey. The biggest difference is that Edmure's marriage means an awful lot more.
  • 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.
    Brynden: He (Hoster) asked me to stop calling myself 'Blackfish.' Said it was an old joke, and it was never funny to begin with. I told him people have been calling me 'Blackfish' for so long, they don't remember my real name.
  • 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: In-universe, he's regarded as one of the best fighters of an entire continent, right up there with Barristan Selmy and Jaime Lannister. As explained in the Histories & Lore videos, along with the young Ser Barristan he was one of the heroes of the War of the Ninepenny Kings (the Fifth and last Blackfyre Rebellion). He also happens to be the highest-born knight in the Riverlands and the most valuable asset in Robb's command when he comes into the fold. Davos describes him as a "legend" in Season 6.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: He gathered the remaining Tully forces and retook Riverrun by Season 6. In 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 seasons four and five, 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.From the Books... 
  • 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.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: No word on his location or status is given for a very long time after The Red Wedding. Season 6 finally gives an answer. It turns out he was retaking Riverrun.

    Lady Catelyn Stark, née Tully 
Played By: Michelle Fairley

See House Stark.

    Lady Lysa Arryn, née Tully 
Played By: Kate Dickie

See House Arryn.

    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. Walder Frey hints in not so many words that she is what he had for Robb hidden in the Twins had he been patient. Robb himself jokingly admits that he lost a very delectable opportunity... until Frey made him swallow that joke back.
  • Beautiful All Along: Knowing of the reputation of the Frey girls' appearance, Edmure complains all the way to the Twins. That is, until he saw Roslin.
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: She's the most attractive Frey girl alongside being one of the nicer family members.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: Robb muses jokingly to Talisa that he completely missed out on Roslin. By the way Walder Frey looked at him, he had intended Roslin to marry Robb.
  • Hello, Nurse!: A gorgeous, gorgeous woman. Edmure done fell off his ass.
  • Honey Trap: Sort of. It is unlikely she was aware of her father's plans. From the books... 
    • She was married to Edmure to make him a hostage; still, Edmure hasn't been seen since the Red Wedding.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Her eyes are blue, and Roslin is easily the sweetest, most innocent Frey.
  • Nice Guy: 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: She's the daughter of Walder Frey, and the other Freys are nothing to boast about, but 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.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: In Season 2. From the books... 
  • Demoted to Extra: You'd be forgiven for having absolutely no idea who he is.
  • Kneel Before Frodo: During Robb's 'King of the North' rally.
  • Reason Before Honor: Sort of. He suggests declaring for Renly Baratheon, the most powerful of the claimants to the Iron Throne at the moment, even though Stannis has a better claim to it.