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House Umber

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"The Umbers are great warriors. Even I heard about them growing up."
Osha

Another vassal house sworn to the Starks. Their lands are to the far north of the Stark territories, just south of the Wall. Their stronghold is a castle called the Last Hearth.

    In General 
  • Adapted Out: The Giant on the Umber sigil is missing. Only the broken chains it wears remain.
  • The Big Guy: They're considered as the muscle of the North.
  • Blood Knight: They love fighting in the front lines.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: These people are really loud.
  • Chained by Fashion: Their sigil is chains, and they wear chains in their armor.
  • Everybody's Dead, Dave: With the death of Ned Umber at the hands of the White Walkers, House Umber is officially extinct. Any member of their household that wasn't cut to pieces for wall decoration was raised into a Wight.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Despite their reputation as a "famously loyal" house, the Umbers betray House Stark and change allegiances to House Bolton in Season 6.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Became close with the Starks thanks to fighting Wildlings together for centuries.
  • Frontline General: Their Lords personally lead their men in combat.
  • Rated M for Manly: House Umber is the "Camp Macho" of the northern houses.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: Sansa is so pissed off at them for surrendering Rickon to the Boltons that she wishes to hang them all after they're done with the Boltons.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Jon allowing the Wildlings to go South of the Wall pisses off their new Lord so much that he allied with the Boltons despite hating them. By the Season 7 premiere, he has them re-swear their vows, to avert this.
  • "X" Makes Anything Cool: Their sigil is four chains linked by a central ring on a dark red field.
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    Lord Jon "The Greatjon" Umber 

Lord Jon "The Greatjon" Umber

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"There sits the only King I mean to bend my knee to: The KING IN THE NORTH!"

Played By: Clive Mantle

"For thirty years I've been makin' corpses out of men, boy! I'm the man you want leadin' the vanguard."

Lord of Last Hearth and head of House Umber. A powerful lord in the North and one of Robb's chief vassals in the War of the Five Kings, though he spends most of it offscreen.


  • Badass Beard: He has a very thick beard.
  • Badass Boast: Propense to them.
  • The Big Guy: A 6'5 1/2" brutal warrior to Robb's Hero. note 
  • Blood Knight: He's extremely eager to lead the vanguard.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: He's a Large Ham and one of Robb's best fighters after all.
  • Bus Crash: Smalljon observes that he died at some unspecified time before Season 6.
  • Catchphrase: THE KING IN THE NORTH!, seems to be shaping up to be a battlecry of sorts for him and the Northern army.
  • Chewing the Scenery: Holy shit, is his presence always felt when he's speaking.
  • Cool Old Guy: He might be in his older years, but that just means he's got more kills than most. His reaction to his hand being bitten off by the Grey Wind, to laugh it off and declare Robb's meat is BLOODY TOUGH!
  • Death by Adaptation: He's a captive of the Freys after the Red Wedding in the books. Here, he's revealed to have suffered a Bus Crash in Season 6.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Losing two of his fingers and then humiliated by Robb's direwolf Grey Wind after attempting to defy him earned him the Greatjon's respect, admiration, and loyalty.
  • Fingore: Grey Wind bit off two of his fingers. He's more impressed than anything.
  • Handicapped Badass: Is still one of Robb's best soldiers despite losing two fingers.
  • I'll Pretend I Didn't Hear That: On the receiving end of one from Robb when his boisterousness led him to do something he'd regret. It instills quite a bit of respect in him towards Robb for it.
    Robb: My lord father taught me it was death to bare steel against your liege lord. Doubtless, the Greatjon only meant to cut my meat for me.
    Greatjon: Your MEAT... is BLOODY TOUGH! (round of laughter from all the lords as he holds his direwolf-chewed hand)
  • In-Series Nickname: "The Greatjon." We later learn that his son (also Jon) is called "The Smalljon."
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Loud and aggressive but also truly loyal to House Stark.
  • Killed Offscreen: Apparently died sometime after the Red Wedding.
  • Kneel Before Frodo: When he proclaims Robb "THE KING IN THE NORTH!"
  • Large and in Charge: A 6'5 1/2" Boisterous Bruiser who is the head of a noble house in the North.
  • Large Ham: "Your meat, is BLOODY TOUGH!".
  • Major Injury Underreaction: He reacts with good cheer after a direwolf eats two of his fingers.
  • Modest Royalty: A nice touch of it in Season 1. After Catelyn Stark reunites with the Northern army and the other nobles are dismissed to give her and Robb a few moments alone, he throws an arm around Ser Rodrik Cassel and leads him away with a "Rodrik, you old dog!", and Rodrik responds in kind. As was said, it's a nice touch to see one of the greatest lords in the North on a first name basis with a knight, making him come across as far less formal and more approachable than, say, Lord Eddard.
  • No Indoor Voice: Shouts most of his dialogue.
  • Noodle Incident: Lady Melessa Tarly remembers Greatjon once visited Horn Hill. That must have been a sight.
  • Put on a Bus: Doesn't appear in Season 2, neither does he appear in Season 3 onward, either. Justified via a Season 2 DVD extra: Robb sent him to liberate the Riverlands while he pushed into the Westerlands.
  • Spiteful Spit: His reaction to the proposals of supporting either Stannis' or Renly's claim to the Iron Throne.
  • Testosterone Poisoning: His masculinity is portrayed as over the top. Most notable is when he's Fingore'd by Grey Wind, where he immediately pledge support for Robb despite disagreeing with him earlier.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: In Season 2, we at least know he's waging war in the Riverlands, but there's been no word on his fate following the Red Wedding. By Season 6, it appears he died somehow. Clive Mantle apparently had serious difficulties meeting the show's schedule, until they finally just killed him offscreen.

    Lord Jon "The Smalljon" Umber 

Lord Jon "The Smalljon" Umber

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"Who owns the North?"

Played By: Dean S. Jagger

The new Lord of the Last Hearth and head of House Umber, and eldest son of the Greatjon. A powerful lord in the North and one of Roose Bolton's chief vassals.


  • Adaptational Badass: While in the books he was already a badass, due to Age Lift TV!Smalljon is shown to be much more experienced as a soldier, commanding an entire Bolton infantry during the Battle of the Bastards, killing several and nearly killing Tormund if it wasn't for a warhorn distracting him.
  • Adaptational Villainy: He dies in the Red Wedding in the books, trying to save Robb's life. In the show, he's an ally of Ramsay Bolton (although he doesn't like him as a person, but allies with him for pragmatic reasons), hated his late father, and hands Rickon Stark over to the Boltons, which ultimately leads to Rickon's death.
  • Age Lift: The books' Smalljon is young enough that he's still growing, to the point he could grow taller than the Greatjon. Dean S. Jagger, who plays Smalljon, is in his late thirties, and season 7 reveals he has a ten year old son.
  • Antagonistic Offspring: His father was a loyal bannerman to House Stark. Smalljon willingly works with the Boltons albeit for pragmatic reasons.
  • Anti-Villain: He doesn't seem particularly fond of the Boltons (on the contrary, it's evident he despises them). His primary motivation is protecting the North from Wildling invasions.
  • Asshole Victim: Killed by a man belonging to a group of people he hates who is friends with the person who belongs to the house he betrayed.
  • Badass Beard: Like father, like son. Since he sides with Ramsay, it also counts as Beard of Evil.
  • Badass in Charge: Leader of his house and Bolton's infantry. He takes on Tormund, one of the best fighters in the series, and would have killed him if the arrival of the Knights of the Vale hadn't distracted him at the crucial moment.
  • Battle Chant: Uses a pretty impressive one to rally the Bolton infantry before personally leading them into battle.
    Smalljon: Who owns the North?!
    Bolton soldiers: We do!
    Smalljon: WHO OWNS THE NORTH!?
    Bolton soldiers: WE DO!
    Smalljon: SHOW ME!
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Gives off this vibe as this huge warrior with Brutal Honesty.
  • Brutal Honesty: He inherited his father's mouth for sure. Calls Roose Bolton a cunt, repeatedly, to his son's face and openly admits that he knows Ramsay killed Roose.
  • The Brute: Described as "a massive bear of a man with a temper to match" and he serves as Ramsay's muscle in his forces.
  • Composite Character: Possibly a composite of several book characters — the Greatjon's son Smalljon in name, and his uncles Mors "Crowfood" and Hother "Whoresbane", the former for his hatred of Wildlings, and the latter for allying with the Boltons.
  • Country Matters: Smalljon's eloquent opinion of Roose Bolton.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Tormund rips out his throat with his teeth and then brutally rearranges his face with a dirk.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He is highly sardonic.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Holds nothing but contempt to the Boltons and continues to insult both Ramsay and the late Roose even while trying to barter an alliance with him.
  • Enemy Mine: Despite his open distaste for the Boltons (and their Karstark allies), Smalljon chooses to ally with Ramsay because of Jon Snow's decision to let the Wildlings through the Wall and he believes that this will result in them razing the Umber's land.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • To his departed father. Picture the Greatjon except morally ambiguous and you got the Smalljon.
    • He is also this to Tormund Giantsbane, as they are both large, thickly bearded, ferocious warriors with a hot temper and foul mouth, but Smalljon serves as The Brute to Ramsay while Tormund is The Big Guy to Jon. Its rather fitting that they face each other in the Battle of the Bastards.
  • Fantastic Racism: His hostile hatred for the Wildlings causes him to betray the house his house has been loyal to for centuries, and causes him to side with the monstrous Boltons. Jon Snow notes to the Wildlings that if the Boltons win the battle, Umber would go after women and children of the Wildlings, too.
  • Frontline General: Unlike Ramsay or Harrald, Smalljon dies in the thick of battle.
  • Generation Xerox: Inherits his father's boastful nature, the size, the massive beard, the temper, and the brutal honesty. He just seems a tad more villainous.
  • It's All About Me: He complains about Jon Snow letting the Wildlings south of the Wall and settling at the Gift, land that legally belongs to the Watch, yet they, and most Northern houses, did nothing to help the Watch when they truly needed help. He, and other Northern houses, didn't respond to Maester Aemon's call for aid against the White Walkers and Mance Rayder, nor did they respond once the previous season after Lord Commander Jon Snow sent many letters calling for men and supplies, and now have the nerve to complain about Jon Snow making the best of his understaffed and undersupplied situation.
  • Jerkass: Umbers aren't exactly known for being friendly, but Smalljon truly shows himself to be this when he betrays Rickon to Ramsay.
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • He comes to Ramsay because he basically has no other choice, as Ramsay is the Warden of the North and the Smalljon's liege lord; he flat-out points out that he's not happy to resort to Ramsay in the very least.
    • As the northernmost house in Westeros, the Umbers have fended off Wildlings for thousands of years, so there's no lost love between them; to his eyes, this time is no different.
  • Karmic Death: Smalljon hates Wildlings and joins the Boltons so they can help them kill the Wildlings, ends up being killed by Tormund, a Wildling. Even more karmic is that Tormund's nickname is Giantsbane, making fit that he would off a brute like Smalljon. Not to mention, Smalljon's House was loyal to the Starks before he betrayed them, which resulted in Rickon's death, and he ended up getting killed by someone who used to be Jon's enemy and became his friend.
  • Kick the Dog: Killing Shaggy, Rickon's Direwolf. Handing over Osha, when she serves little value as a hostage unlike Rickon, also falls under this category.
  • Like Father, Unlike Son: Smalljon is less noisy than his father.
  • Patricide: Discussed. Smalljon was seriously considering killing his father, but the Greatjon wound up dying on his own.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: He is correct that Jon allied with the Wildlings and allowed them past the wall. He is wrong in believing he's going to lead them against the North. Though his assumption that Jon is very likely to move against the Boltons is much more probable.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Quite the foul mouth.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Smalljon Umber was killed during the Red Wedding in the books. Here, he isn't even introduced until long after that event. He dies during the second battle at Winterfell.
  • Token Good Teammate: He is definitely not good or heroic, but he is the only Northern lord with totally understandable concerns for turning against the Starks aside from greed or vengeance.
  • Troll: He taunts Ramsay in his introduction and he's clearly loving every second of it.
  • Use Your Head: Headbutts Tormund several times during the Battle of the Bastards, since the two of them are clustered so close together in the piles of corpses that head butting is the only move available. He reduces Tormund to a beaten, bloody mess, but is distracted during a crucial moment allowing Tormund to regain the upper hand with a bite to the throat.
  • Villain Ball: He knows what an unknown warhorn blowing in the middle of battle means, but Tormund, being a Wildling, doesn't and bites his throat out while Smalljon is trying to see who is entering the fray.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He's mainly bartering an alliance with Ramsay, whom he openly condemns, just to protect the North from an army of Wildlings. Unfortunately, he's mistaken that the Wildlings are being led by Jon Snow to sack the North.

    Lord Ned Umber 

Lord Ned Umber

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Played By: Harry Grasby

The young son of Smalljon Umber.


  • A Child Shall Lead Them: By far the youngest head of a house seen in the series, about Bran's age at the start of the series. Considering his father and grandfather were prime examples of The Big Guy and The Brute, it comes across as striking and indicative of House Umber's fall.
  • And Then John Was a Zombie: Turned into a Wight after the White Walkers attack the Last Hearth. Thanks to Beric Dondarrion, it doesn't last.
  • Canon Foreigner: Ned has no book counterpart and was otherwise created for the show (although in the books it is mentioned that Greatjon has children other than Smalljon who aren't described, so it's possible Ned is taking the place of one of them).
  • Dead Guy on Display: His (subsequently re-animated) corpse is pinned to a wall by a spear with a swirl of human body parts around him.
  • Death of a Child: The White Walkers killed him and put him on display as a horrific prank to whoever would come back to the castle. They also turned him into a wight along the way.
  • Last of His Kind: While it's mentioned that Greatjon had several daughters, he is the last known male in the family line.
  • Kneel Before Frodo: After Jon offers to spare him from punishing for his family's crimes, he swears his allegiance to him.
  • One Steve Limit: A rare aversion for the series, especially as he is a Canon Foreigner. He is likely named in honor of Ned Stark, and might have even been a case of Dead Guy Junior.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: The poor kid was obviously forced prematurely into leading his house; all the same, he tries to do right by the title by riding to his ancestral home's defense rather than staying hunkered down at Winterfell. In reward for his troubles, he's the first character of note to perish in the show's final season, and he and the others at Last Hearth are the first known inland victims of the Army of the Dead after the Wall is breached.
  • Undead Child: After being killed and used as a Dead Guy on Display by the Night's King, his corpse reanimates before being killed by Beric Dondarrion shortly after.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Despite being forced into being in charge at such a young age, he shows promise of being a good leader to his people by wisely allying with Jon and doing all he can to evacuate and defend his house from the White Walkers. This makes it all the more tragic that he's killed before reaching adulthood.


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House Glover

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'"House Glover will stand behind House Stark as it has done for a thousand years!"
Robett Glover

Another Stark vassal house. Their lands are in the middle of the North's western coastline, including substantial parts of the Wolfswood, and their stronghold is Deepwood Motte. The Glovers have around 500 fighting men.

    In General 

  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us: The Ironborn took their castle during the events of Seasons 2-4.
  • Power Fist: Their sigil is an armored fist.
  • Undying Loyalty: Zigzagged. To House Stark until Lord Robett's reign. Following the restoration of House Stark after the Battle of the Bastards, Lord Robett reaffirms their loyalty. After Jon Snow surrenders his crown to Daenerys, the Glovers turn their backs on the Starks once again and quarter in Deepwood Motte to weather out the White Walker invasion.

    Lord Galbart Glover 

Lord Galbart Glover

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Played By: Mark Coney

"Renly is not right!"

Lord of Deepwood Motte and head of House Glover.


  • Alliterative Name: Galbart Glover.
  • Badass Beard: He is chosen to command Robb's vanguard over The Greatjon.
  • Bus Crash: He hasn't been seen since the end of the first season. His brother confirmed that he died during Robb's campaign.
  • Death by Adaptation: He is still presumably alive in the books. From the books... 

    Lord Robett Glover 

Lord Robett Glover

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Played By: Tim McInnerny

"House Glover will not abandon its ancestral home to fight alongside wildlings!"

The younger brother of Galbart Glover, and the new Lord of Deepwood Motte and head of House Glover.


  • Adaptational Jerkass: He helps Wyman Manderley take down House Bolton from the very start in the books, and- so far as we know- isn't bigoted against the Wildlings.
  • The Atoner: He is clearly regretful of not having supported House Stark before, so he seeks to make amends for it. Then subverted because he starts showing more support for Sansa instead of Jon after he left to meet Daenerys on a diplomatic mission.
    Robett: [addressing Jon] I did not fight beside you on the field of battle, and I will regret that to my dying day. A man can only admit when he was wrong, and ask for forgiveness.
  • Brutal Honesty: Doesn't hide his bitterness about Robb's mistakes.
  • Despair Event Horizon: The death of his family and men seems to have broken Robett. But he snaps out of it when Jon Snow retakes Winterfell.
  • Fair Weather Friend: Sides with the Bolton when they give him back his castle and only pledges allegiance to Jon when he wins the battle and refuses to punish him. Then he abandons Jon again favoring Sansa as a ruler since Jon left in a diplomatic mission.
  • Fantastic Racism: He refuses to aid Jon and Sansa's campaign to retake the North, partly because the majority of their fighting force is made up of Wildlings. He also refers to Queen Talisa as a "foreign whore".
  • Guttural Growler: Has a raspy and intimidating voice.
  • Heel–Face Turn: After Jon wins the Battle of the Bastards, Robett joins him.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Robett withdraws his forces again in the Season 8 premiere. In some fairness to Robett, there's been a massive realignment in between those events: Jon has renounced his title and sworn fealty to Daenerys, a move which has infuriated the North. Robett presumably reasoned that it's Jon who broke faith first.
  • I Owe You My Life: Another reason he did not join the Stark restoration army is because it was the Boltons that helped them liberate their lands from the Ironborn. After the battle, he asks for forgiveness knowing full well that Jon could punish him. When Jon simply responds "There is nothing to forgive.", the look of relief on his face is immediately followed by Glover's declaration that he will fight behind Jon Snow from that point on.
  • Jade-Colored Glasses: His faith on House Stark was severely crushed by Robb's failures and downfall.
    Robett: I served House Stark once...but House Stark is dead.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: He has already lost many men, his brother and his castle in service to Robb Stark, who made some terrible strategic mistakes in his war campaign. It's understandable why he refuses to lend more troops. He even brings up that it's the Boltons and not the Starks that gave him back his castle (and Ramsay would more than likely kill him in horrific fashion if he found out he'd met with Jon and Sansa).
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After Jon steps down as King in the North, Robett decides to hunker down in his castle and wait out the war.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: It's clear the loss of life during the war and the Red Wedding left Robett broken.
  • Speak Ill of the Dead: Bitterly reminisces about King Robb's shortcomings and calls Queen Talisa a "foreign whore".
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Subverted. After House Bolton's defeat, he states he regrets not helping Jon Snow and House Stark in their greatest hour of need. He asks for forgiveness, and Jon Snow tells him that there is nothing to forgive. Afterwards, he along with other Northerners declare Jon Snow the new King of the North. But he goes right back to being a Jerkass in Season 7 by supporting Sansa while Jon is away and eventually breaking his oath again in Season 8 just because Jon gave up his crown to get the allies that they need.
    Robett: There will be more fights to come, but House Glover will stand behind House Stark...and I will stand behind Jon Snow... *draw his sword* THE KING IN THE NORTH!
  • Undying Loyalty: Averted. Despite his house's famous loyalty to the Starks, he refuses to be dragged into a war he doesn't believe can be won. When the Boltons are ousted, he reaffirms his loyalty to House Stark and to Jon Snow. Come Season 8, he once again turns his back on the Starks in their time of need.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: After abandoning House Stark and returning to Deepwood Motte, Robett does not appear for all of Season 8. According to the wiki, he survived the Long Night and gets to see an independent North.

House Manderly

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One of the largest Northern houses, and in charge of the city of White Harbor, with a seat in the New Castle.

    In General 
  • Badass Beard: Their sigil is a battling merman with a beard.
  • Hufflepuff House: They're the wealthiest house in the North and have one of the largest armies, but are seldom seen and their lord puts in a single appearance.
  • Prongs of Poseidon: Their sigil is a merman wielding a trident.

    Lord Wyman Manderly 

Lord Wyman Manderly

Played By: Sean Blowers

The Lord of White Harbor and head of House Manderly.


  • Adaptational Attractiveness: His book counterpart is know for his extreme obessity, and is repeatedly said to be incapable of sitting a horse. He's still a stout fellow, but hardly much more so than Yohn Royce or Rodrick Cassel.
  • Adaptational Wimp: He's a Pay Evil unto Evil chessmaster in the books. On the show, he sits out the battle of Winterfell for fear of losing Manderly men for nothing.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: House Manderly is often mentioned as one of the big Houses in the North (Bolton, Karstark, Umber and Manderly), but they're suspiciously absent from the Battle of the Bastards. Wyman proceeds to show up and commit his men to Jon Snow's cause after it, also kickstarting his crowning.
  • Demoted to Extra: In the books, he's an architect of a vast conspiracy in the North to undermine the Boltons and Freys and restore the Starks to power. In the show, he sits out the Battle for Winterfell and only ever appears after Jon and Sansa have reclaimed Winterfell.
  • Neutral No Longer: Wyman stood out of the war in the North to avoid the loss of life by his men. By the end of the season, he is now firmly a follower of House Stark.
  • The Nicknamer: He names Jon Snow "the White Wolf".
  • Outliving One's Offspring: His son and heir was butchered at the Red Wedding.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He shows up for about one short scene at the end of the sixth season, but after Lady Mormont declared her endorsement of Jon Snow as King in The North, his agreement is what catalyzes the motion.

    Ser Wendel Manderly 

Ser Wendel Manderly

Played By: Oddie Braddell

A son of Lord Wyman Manderly, who accompanies Robb to the war.


  • Demoted to Extra: He only appears in one episode and has no lines. The only way the audience would know he was an important Northerner without knowing his backstory in the books would be because he's positioned very close to Robb Stark and Roose Bolton during Edmure's wedding, the camera kind of lingers on him whenever he's onscreen and that he's wearing a big House Manderly trident-armed merman sigil brooch.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Not for himself, of course, since he dies in the same episode in which he's introduced, but his appearance could count as this for House Manderly, who play a large role in one of the later books in the series and would be hard to adapt out.
  • Spear Carrier: Played by an established actor, but has no lines or discernible role other than introduce his House.

House Cerwyn

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A Northern house sworn to the Starks, with its seat at Castle Cerwyn, close to Winterfell.

     In General 
  • Adaptational Badass: In the books, Medger Cerwyn dies from a wound after a battle; here, he tells Ramsay Bolton to get stuffed to his face.
  • An Axe to Grind: Their sigil is a war-axe.
  • Badass Boast: According to supplementary material, their motto is "Honed and Ready".
  • Gender Flip: House Cerwyn was actually headed by a woman at this point in the novels, Jonelle Cerwyn, after the Boltons killed her father and brother. The TV version omitted Jonelle and kept her brother alive — actually part of a pattern of gender-swapping minor background vassals from female to male.
  • It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": It's pronounced Kerwyn, not Serwyn.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: When Ramsay proudly recounts how he flayed Lord Cerwyn alive in Season 5, Roose berates him for his stupidity, pointing out that while it ensured their submission for the moment, in the long term he just gained the Cerwyn's lasting enmity and they will jump at the next chance to rebel against the Boltons. Then when the actual uprising against Ramsay occurred in Season 6, the Cerwyns were nowhere to be seen — even when Jon Snow points out that Ramsay's men only follow Ramsay out of fear and will turn on him when he is weak.
  • Undying Loyalty: They stand behind the Starks when the Boltons take the North. Unfortunately, this causes the death of the entire House except one heir.

    Lord Cley Cerwyn 

Lord Cley Cerwyn

Played By: Tom Varrey

"The war is over. Winter has come. If the Maesters are correct, it will be the coldest in a thousand years. We should ride home and wait out the coming storms."

The young and inexperienced new Lord of Cerwyn and head of House Cerwyn.


  • Adaptational Wimp: In the book, Cley dies at the head of his troops. In the series his solution is to head back to his castle.
  • Age Lift: He is played back by a grown man. In the books he is a year or two younger than Robb.
  • Alliterative Name: Cley Cerwin.
  • An Offer You Can't Refuse: He swore fealty to House Bolton when Ramsay flayed his entire family and threatened to do the same to him.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Cley Cerwyn was mentioned in season 5 as the current Lord of the (Stark-loyal but forced to serve the Boltons under threat of flaying). In season 6 he shows up to support the Starks.
  • Sole Survivor: Of House Cerwyn. Ramsay flayed all the other members.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: In the books, he died trying to reclaim Winterfell with Rodrik. In the show, he's still around years after that.
  • Undying Loyalty: He only kneeled to the Boltons under direct threat. When that passes, he's a proud bannerman to House Stark again.
  • Young and in Charge: When we see him, he seems barely out of his teens, but leading House Cerwyn.

Other Stark Bannermen

    House Mazin 
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A Northern house that joins Jon and Sansa's cause with 143 men.


    House Hornwood 
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A Northern house that joins Jon and Sansa's cause with two hundred men.


  • Badass Boast: Master Luwin tells Bran back in Season 1 that their motto is "Righteous In Wrath", which is pretty foreboding.
  • Badass Creed: "Righteous In Wrath" turns out to be true. They're one of the two Houses in "righteous wrath" for the Stark's death who rises against the Boltons.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: In the books, the last legitimate Hornwoods die during Robb's initial campaign in the Riverlands and the widowed Lady Hornwood meets a gruesome end at Ramsay's hands. In the show, the house is still around.
  • Undying Loyalty: Small though they are, they still join the remnants of House Stark.

    House Forrester 

A Northern house directly subordinate to Glover. They are famous for their trademark Ironwood; lumber that is hard to burn, and burns blue when it does.

See Telltale Game of Thrones: House Forrester


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