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"'Family, Duty, Honor.' Every Tully child learns our words. But I was a woman before I understood them."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.
— Catelyn Stark
- 100% Adoration Rating: 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.
- 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.
- Big Fancy Castle: Riverrun is huge. Littlefinger mentions in the History and Lore videos that he was mesmerized when he first saw it.
- Blessed with Suck: In the Blu-ray lore, Blackfish considers Aegon the Conqueror making the Tullys the ruling house of the Riverlands as this since they've had to arbitrate and negotiate among the quarrelsome river lords ever since.
- 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.
- Conflicting Loyalty: The family, duty, honor motto ends up causing this during the siege of Riverrun, Edmure has to choose about upholding his duty as a family man or as a lord and choose the former.
- Everybody's Dead, Dave: With the sole exception of Edmure and his infant son, who remain captives of the Freys, even after Walder Frey's death, House Tully is virtually extinct. While some form of Tully blood lives on in Sansa, Bran, Arya, and Robin, they are considered Starks and Arryns more than Tullys, officially.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Lancer: To House Stark in Season 3. Even deciding to break off from the Iron Throne themselves and accept Robb as their king.
Lord Hoster Tully
Played By: Christopher Newman
"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.
— Catelyn Stark
- 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.
- Creator Cameo: He is played by one of the series' producers.
- 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
Played By: Tobias Menzies
Brynden Tully: The gods love to reward a 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.
Catelyn Stark: Uncle!
Brynden Tully: What? He's my nephew. I love him. And he's a damned fool.
Catelyn Stark: Uncle!
Brynden Tully: What? He's my nephew. I love him. And he's a damned fool.
- Adaptation Distillation: His military blunder is a relatively minor battle with The Mountain. From the Books...
- Adaptational Villainy: When handing Riverrun over to the Lannisters, he orders for his uncle Brynden Tully to be captured and put into their custody. In the books, he only surrenders the castle after he "accidentally" lets the Blackfish escape.
- Many fans desperately hope that this was the writers hedging their bets on Brynden's return, and that in the TV version Edmure more wisely faked his uncle's death rather than announcing to the Lannisters that he escaped.
- 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".
- Big Little Brother: Despite being the youngest of the siblings, he is the tallest at 6'1 (Catelyn and Lysa are 5'5 and 5'6 1/2, respectively).
- Born Lucky: 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.
- 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.
- It gets even worse when Jaime has to use Edmure to take Riverrun back from the Blackfish. How does he do this? By threatening the life of his wife and child. It's pretty clear that this threat is what completely breaks Edmure and convinces him to reluctantly turn on his uncle.
- 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. Later in the season he is forced into an arranged marriage because of Robb's mistakes, and just after finding out that his wife is surprisingly beautiful he is taken prisoner by the Freys and remains in captivity for several seasons.
- 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.
- Distressed Dude: He's been imprisoned by the Freys since late Season 3. He's finally freed in Season 6.
- 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.
- Face Death with Dignity: When it looks as though the Freys are about to kill him he keeps his composure despite clearly being terrified. Luckily, they don't go through with it as he's their only bargaining chip.
- Face–Heel Turn: Jaime convinces him to turn on the Blackfish by threatening his son and promising to release him from captivity. Though in Edmure's defense, the Blackfish made it clear that he thought Riverrun was more important than Edmure's life when the Freys were trying to make him co-operate.
- 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.
- Iconic Sequel Character: Does not appear in the series until Season 3.
- Papa Wolf: He very much wants to get back to his wife and son and Jaime exploits this to seize Riverrun. Given how the son was born and the wife being a Honey Trap that's dedication.
- Perfectly Arranged Marriage: Edmure beams with joy when he finds out how pretty his wife is! Too bad he's imprisoned before he can even spend a full night with her.
- Put on a Bus: Does not appear in Seasons 4 and 5, as he has been taken prisoner by the Freys.
- Shaggy Dog Story: Jamie convinces him to betray his uncle and return command of Riverrun to the Freys, all based off the promise that he'll be with his wife and son again. He ends up getting thrown back in a cell immediately after fulfilling this action.
- 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.
- Took a Level in Badass: It seems that years of imprisonment have hardened Edmure by the time he returns in Season 6. He's brave enough to keep his composure when the Freys threaten to hang him and then slit his throat. When Jaime confronts him he even is able to fire back with some pretty good insults, though unfortunately it doesn't take long for him to be broken again.
- 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
Played By: Clive Russell
Edmure Tully: The Laws of Gods and Men are very clear, no man can compel another man to marry!Hoster's younger brother, a knight. Acknowledged far and wide as one of the best knights and tacticians in Westeros, and a grade-A badass.
Brynden Tully: The laws of my fist are about to compel your teeth!
Brynden Tully: The laws of my fist are about to compel your teeth!
- 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 Boast: His retort to Jaime arguing that Brynden is nothing but The Remnant of a past war.Brynden: As long as I'm standing, the war is not over.
- 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). He even faces off against Jaime Lannister without any fear.
- 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. Even his last onscreen words are snark.
- Death by Adaptation: Brynden survives and escapes Riverrun in the novels. Here, he refuses to leave with Brienne and dies fighting Frey soldiers.
- 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.
- Guttural Growler: His voice is rather raspy.
- 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.
- Honor Before Reason: He refuses to yield Riverrun even though the inevitable outcome of that refusal is the deaths of himself and all of his men. When Edmure uses his authority as Lord of Riverrun to order the Tully garrison to surrender, the Blackfish decides to make a last stand against the Lannisters by himself, even though he could easily escape with Brienne and Pod. This naturally leads to his death.
- 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.
- Iconic Sequel Character: Does not appear in the series until Season 3.
- 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.
- Informed Ability: His underwhelming, offscreen demise gives grounds to Walder Frey to underscore this.Walder Frey: So the famous Blackfish killed by foot soldiers, eh? Legendary warrior, everyone said.
- 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...
- Killed By The Adaptation: Subverted in regards to the Red Wedding, which he attends in the show though he didn't in the book, but manages to escape. Played straight in the aftermath of the Siege of Riverrun, where he goes down swinging while he escaped in the books.
- Killed Offscreen: We last see him running off to fight Frey soldiers, and his death is later reported to Jaime.
- 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.
- No Sell: None of Jaime's attempts to get him to give up Riverrun work. Edmure can't be used as a bargaining chip, as Brynden has accepted that his nephew is likely going to die no matter what happens. Being the badass that he is, the threat of a siege doesn't intimidate him. And the Freys can't starve him out because he and his men have enough provisions to last two years.
- 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.
- Pragmatic Hero: He evidently still loves Edmure, but won't give up Riverrun even when his nephew's life is threatened. He knows that Edmure likely will die no matter what he does.
- Put on a Bus: After the Red Wedding, he is absent from seasons four and five. The Bus Came Back in season six, with a final stop that happens to be inside Riverrun.
- Rebel Leader: He's been this for the past three seasons.
- Red Baron: Again, Blackfish. Mentioned in-universe.
- Redemption Equals Death: From his point of view, at least. He refuses to escape the castle with Brienne and Pod because he is guilty about escaping from the Red Wedding and doesn't want to run again.
- 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...
- Survivor's Guilt: His last words to Brienne indicate that he has some measure of guilt for surviving the Red Wedding when everyone else either died or was imprisoned. This is why he chooses to stay at the castle and perform a Dying Moment of Awesome.
- 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.
- You Shall Not Pass: He refuses to leave with Brienne and Pod, instead staying at Riverrun to die fighting.
Lady Catelyn Stark, née Tully
Lady Lysa Arryn, née Tully
Lady Roslin Tully, née Frey
Played By: Alexandra DowlingA 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...
- 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.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Has dark brown hair, fair skin, and is undeniably beautiful (despite her family's reputation).
- 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'BrienAnother 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.