Player of Thrones: Jojen and Meera Reed The Crannogmen
By Thoros on in Editorial, General.

Welcome once again to the Player of Thrones.

Player of Thrones posts will be utilized to highlight new characters from HBO’s Game of Thrones, and also return to some familiar faces.

I encourage you to discuss what role you think this character plays in the Game of Thrones. If you do choose to talk about the character with spoilers, please remember to use our spoiler veil of magic.

With that being said our third feature is double. This week we will be featuring a dangerous brother sister combo we met last year, Jojen and Meera Reed.

Meera and Jojen Reed: The Huntress and The Greenseer

Meera and Jojen Reed: The Huntress and The Greenseer

Close your eyes. Free your mind. Let your body go. The world is dark. No contrast, no color, no life. Your mind is shrouded by the darkness that engulfs it. Silence with only one sound the slowing beat of your heart. Continue to listen to the rhythm of millions and millions of your cells are pushed and pulled through your body. Bump….Bump Bump….Bump Bump…

A small speck appears. It is a faint light pure white in color. Bump…bump bump….It bounces in a pattern from left to right left to right…Bump Bump…Bump Bump…The blood in your veins still pushing and pulling through your body. Left right…left right…Bump Bump…

Then you notice a sudden change in the pattern of the white speck left left…right…left left right…bump bump…the speck starts to grow in size…bump bump bump…..you feel your blood start to push harder and pull faster. Bump bump bump….bump bump bump….as the white dot get’s bigger two more dots appear the bigger black dot….bump bump bump…right right right…left right….then a familiar scent fills your mind…it’s life…bump bump…it’s the smell of red hot sweat….its the stink of mud and grime….it’s the fresh intake of the rain falling all around you…bump bump bump…bump bump…as the the specks grow two more above the bigger of the three appears as well…left right right left right left….hard right….straight….bump bump BUMP….

You’re now close enough to the light to picture some detail…more colors appear….on the two bottom dots are pink…on the big one in the middle are three specks of red that continue to produce more and more red spots behind it…BUMP bump BUMP….You can now taste what you have been smelling…you taste death…fear…hate…blood…not your own but the blood of the white spot ahead of you. Left…hard left…down a hill….under a large root….right around the trunk…BUMP BUMP BUMP BUMP…

You let out a grunt…no it was a growl…you can taste it…you know that this is the difference between you living and you dying. You must eat… You can see the rabbit tiring missing steps…slipping…you dig your claws into the ground increasing your speed….BUMP BUMP BUMP BUMP BUMP……You leap forward in a last chance effort to catch your life…..BIGHT! Kill…the taste of warm red fills your mouth…you breathe in heavy and breathe out lighter. The rabbit struggles…you bight harder it struggles more….just the blood itself gives your more energy….your ears fill with the surrounding noises of night…BUMP BUMP Bump…bump bump bump. The struggle begins to fade. As the rabbit’s life begins to fade your life grows….you will live…bump bump bump….bump bump…no more shall this this rabbit struggle. You have now the chance to lower your catch to the ground. No movement…only the red pouring from the wounds you have inflicted to this rabbit. No remorse…no guilt….you are alive…and you have food that is all that matters…as you dive in the food is welcome…after you finish your meal you look down and lick your claws. You finish cleaning the blood off of your fur in time to be interrupted by a black winged menace. An ugly crow with three eyes. He warned you about this vision. He warned you to pay attention. bump bump…Bump BUMP BUMP….BUMP BUMP BUMP BUMP BUMP BUMP BUMP…

Everything starts to melt…as you wake…you were hunting again…but not as your human self but rather in the skin of your Direwolf…

You awake confused. What does the dream mean? What does the three eye’d raven represent? If only you had someone who could help you interpret your dreams…luckily enough we already met them…

 

Back in season three after our Young Stark pups had escaped a burning Winterfell, we were introduced to two new characters, Jojen and Meera Reed, the son and older daughter of Howland Reed. The Reeds are from Greywater Watch, the southernmost castle of the North. It is impossible to send a raven to this hold because it is constantly moving. The Reeds have a long history with the Starks and their loyalty has never been in question.

Riverlands_map

Greywater Watch is located along the region of Westeros called The Neck, or the swampland and river lands that separate the North from the rest of the continent. The people of Greywater Watch are known as Crannogmen, or swamp people. These people are very talented hunters and warriors. Their culture is different. They are fishermen and froggers. They utilize Guerrilla tactics as opposed to more honorable fighting styles.

The Crannogmen began the long alliance with the Starks thousands of years ago when The King of the North defeated The Marsh King and took his daughter for a wife. Now they are ruled by the House of Reed from Greywater Watch.

House Reed’s words are unknown at this point but their House Sigil is Vert, a black lizzard-lion on a field of grey green. See below!

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jojen GreenDream

Jojen Greendreaming

Jojen, son of Howland, was always a special boy. He was born with the power of greensight, which allows him to dream visions of forthcoming events. When Jojen was younger he almost died of an intense fever but pulled through. It was said through this sickness he almost died and somehow, still to be revealed, was given the power of greensight. He is a weak boy due to the sickness and toll the green dreams take upon him however he has a great ally in his sister Meera, a highly dangerous huntress.

 

 

 

The Fierce Huntress

The Fierce Huntress

Meera is the older sister of Jojen. She is gifted with the power of entangling her prey with a net and ending them with a three pronged spear. She can fish and hunt…and now knows how to properly skin a rabbit…Thank you Osha! Meera protects her brother and is his physical strength.

Together they have come to support Bran with his Journey North of the Wall.

 

 

The advantages they bring to Bran:

-Jojen seems to know what he is talking about with Bran’s Warging and Skinchanging powers. He is great advisor for Bran who is not sure how to handle these powers and also can help him interpret any visions or dreams Bran may have.
-Jojen has visions himself that help play into guiding Bran.
-Meera is a skilled hunter. This makes her good at helping to defend the two weak boys with Hodor, but also she is great for finding, trapping, and killing food.
-Meera knows how to handle Jojen and his visions. If they get out of hand she can calm him down and keep Jojen from hurting himself.
-They are from a House we know is loyal to House Stark. Hopefully no betrayal here.

What role do you believe Jojen and Meera play into the Game of Thrones? Do you feel Howland is looking to get his hands on or close to the Iron Throne to have it for himself? Or does he just happen to have the best intentions for the Starks and help them on an epic adventure of Redemption. Discuss below!

Fellow writer Bex had a great suggestion to include IMDB Profiles for the Actors who play the characters featured. I don’t argue with her:

 

Jojen is Played by Thomas Brodie-Sangster

Jojen is Played by Thomas Brodie-Sangster

 

Thomas Brodie-Sangster’s IMDB Profile

Meera is Played by Ellie Kendrick

Meera is Played by Ellie Kendrick

Ellie Kendrick’s IMDB Profile
(i have a crush…shhhhh)

Done in the light of the Lord…


44 Comments

  1. Harry
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 8:05 am | Permalink

    Gwyneth Yronwood!

    Lets just ignore the subject and talk about rape or character assassination!

    Who’s in? :o)
    As Lord Tywin would say: Madness… madness and stupidity

  2. Turncloak
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 8:23 am | Permalink

    Too bad that Bran has probably eating Jojen in ADWD ;-p

  3. Azzy Mahmood
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 8:43 am | Permalink

    Who cares about the plot, let’s just get Meera all of the remaining Season 4 screen time. And hope Sansa ends up with her.

  4. BranSnow
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 8:51 am | Permalink

    Jojen > Stannis

  5. Jeff O'Connor
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 9:03 am | Permalink

    SWEET YGRITTE ALMIGHTY, the site is finally working properly for me again. Only had to endure a few episodes with half the screen unavailable to me. Thank the Maker.

  6. GreatJon of Slumber
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 9:13 am | Permalink

    I loved the first Reed appearance in the books, but also thought the show did a great job working in Jojen and Meera as well. His greensight means that it’s entirely plausible that he’d randomly find Bran in the woods in the North, and so I thought that worked brilliantly: here’s this random dude, the wolf is totally awesome with him, oh, and my sister’s better with the weapons (cue a knife at Osha’s throat).

    …I do so miss Natalia Tena. She’ll come back at some point, I think, but I miss her.

  7. Turncloak
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    jentario,

    I think the theory is possible considering that Isaac Hempstead Wright has hinted at how awesome it would be if Bran turned evil. The physiological impact to Bran from tht might push him over the edge. Also I believe the CotF have their own agenda which is to reclaim westeros from the world of man. Wouldn’t surprise me if they helped coin the phrase valse morghulis and then when that strategy failed they switched their mythology to valar dohaeris. Haing men serve as greenseeres to further their agenda, bring the long knight to westeros, and take back what is theirs

  8. jentario
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 9:24 am | Permalink

    Jeff O’Connor,

    Still not showing spoilers on mobile, though.

  9. jentario
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 9:33 am | Permalink

    Turncloak:
    jentario,

    I think the theory is possible considering that Isaac Hempstead Wright has hinted at how awesome it would be if Bran turned evil. The physiological impact to Bran from tht might push him over the edge. Also I believe the CotF have their own agenda which is to reclaim westeros from the world of man. Wouldn’t surprise me if they helped coin the phrase valse morghulis and then when that strategy failed they switched their mythology to valar dohaeris. Haing men serve as greenseeres to further their agenda, bring the long knight to westeros, and take back what is theirs

    he still didn’t eat Jojen, though.

  10. Skipjack
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    Looking at that map there’s something which has always bothered me. Why would anyone need to cross the bridge at the Twins? It seems the Kingsroad bypasses it completely.

    I can understand putting a keep of some kind there to be some kind of predator to tax or rob people who have no choice but to come close by your castle, but I don’t see why you or your army would cross the Trident at the Twins. Especially since there are other forks to ford as well, but nothing of interest between them, why not go around them to the east.

  11. Skipjack
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    I always wanted to like Jojen but he’s still a bit suspicious to me. He seems to be unmotivatedly helpful and free of personal ambition. This is particularly curious since he keeps hinting that he is dying, and this trip might kill him. I am still in the dark as to what he thinks he’s getting out of all this, and I think Meera is clearly about helping Jojen fulfill his destiny, and by extension Bran. I am not saying I agree with anyone that Jojen is secretly evil, but I also think GRRM is setting up a turn or twist. I think it would be interesting if because Jojen’s about to die of his illness he delivers Bran to Bloodraven and the children in order to become a vampire, I mean a tree, and live forever.

  12. Michael of his Name
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    Jojen Reeds Father is probably the only one left who knows if Lyanna Stark is Jon Snows Mother ?!

    Right ?

  13. jentario
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    Michael of his Name,

    Wylla the wet nurse almost certainly knows. She actually goes around telling people she is the mother, and Ned mentions her to Robert. Wylla is supposedly at Starfall with the Daynes.

  14. jentario
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 10:28 am | Permalink

    Hey, the episode 404 preview shows Oathkeeper… With ripples! So apparently Valyrian steel looks like it should.

  15. The Dragon Demands
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 10:33 am | Permalink

    That is not the official House Reed heraldry in the TV continuity. That is a fanart production of it.

    Game of Thrones Wiki’s article on House Reed has screenshots of their heraldry from the animated featurettes: http://gameofthrones.wikia.com/wiki/House_Reed

  16. Abyss
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 10:41 am | Permalink

    Skipjack,

    Robb didn’t cross the river over the twins because he absolutely had to. He did it, because it’s the quickest way to the south and he had to act as fast as possible.

  17. jentario
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 10:42 am | Permalink

    Abyss,

    And because he had to get to Riverrun.

  18. Abyss
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 10:49 am | Permalink

    jentario,

    True, but that wasn’t addressed in the show, so we don’t actually know if he went to Riverrun.

  19. SHMF
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 11:02 am | Permalink

    THE REEDS ARE COTF! DONT DENY IT!

  20. Deathdreams
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 11:09 am | Permalink

    SHMF,

    Faceless cotf? Old gods preserve us!

  21. Hodor's Bastard
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    SHMF,

    Howland has many secrets and recipes to share, hopefully soon.

  22. Zack
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 11:23 am | Permalink

    I also have a crush. Meera is super cute. One of my top 5 ladies of GoT.

    I really enjoyed this piece, and I’m gonna go back and read the others in the series. I’ve been skipping them. Sorry!

    I was never enthused about Bran’s story in the books, which extended to Reed-apathy. But I have to say I’m really glad they were not cut from the show. They both bring a great deal of intrigue to the story. I will forever love Meera for that quote, “Some people will always need helping. That doesn’t mean they aren’t worth helping.” It’s such a beautiful outlook on life.

  23. Jeff O'Connor
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    Looks like we’ve got episode blurbs on the May trio.

    http://io9.com/just-how-many-major-characters-will-die-in-walking-dead-1566333619

    Episode #35: “First of His Name”

    Debut: SUNDAY, MAY 4 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT)

    Other HBO playdates: May 4 (11:30 p.m., 2:00 a.m.), 5 (11:15 p.m.), 6 (9:00 p.m., midnight), 7 (12:30 a.m.), 8 (10:00 p.m.), 9 (9:00 p.m.), 10 (10:35 p.m.) and 16 (8:00 p.m.)

    HBO2 playdates: May 5 (9:00 p.m.), 9 (1:25 a.m.), 11 (3:10 p.m., 8:00 p.m.) and 26 (8:00 p.m.)

    Cersei (Lena Headey) and Tywin (Charles Dance) plot the Crown’s next move. Dany (Emilia Clarke) discusses future plans. Jon (Kit Harington) embarks on a new mission.

    Written by David Benioff & D. B. Weiss; directed by Michelle MacLaren.

    Episode #36: “The Laws of Gods and Men”

    Debut: SUNDAY, MAY 11 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)

    Other HBO playdates: May 11 (11:30 p.m., 2:00 a.m.), 12 (10:30 p.m.), 13 (9:00 p.m., midnight), 14 (1:05 a.m.), 15 (10:00 p.m.), 16 (9:00 p.m.), 17 (12:45 a.m.) and 23 (8:00 p.m.)

    HBO2 playdates: May 12 (9:00 p.m.), 16 (2:00 a.m.), 18 (12:45 a.m., 8:00 p.m.) and 26 (9:00 p.m.)

    Stannis (Stephen Dillane) and Davos (Liam Cunningham) set sail with a new strategy. Dany meets with supplicants. Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) faces down his father in the throne room.

    Written by Bryan Cogman; directed by Alik Sakharov.

    Episode #37: “Mockingbird”

    Debut: SUNDAY, MAY 18 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)

    Other HBO playdates: May 18 (11:30 p.m., 2:00 a.m.), 19 (11:00 p.m.), 20 (8:00 p.m., midnight), 21 (12:45 a.m.), 22 (10:00 p.m.), 23 (9:00 p.m.) and 24 (1:45 a.m.)

    HBO2 playdates: May 19 (9:00 p.m.), 23 (3:50 a.m.), 25 (2:15 p.m., 8:00 p.m.) and 26 (10:00 p.m.)

    Tyrion enlists an unlikely ally. Daario (Michiel Huisman) entreats Dany to allow him to do what he does best. Jon’s warnings about the Wall’s vulnerability fall on deaf ears. Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) follows a new lead on the road with Pod (Daniel Portman).

    Written by David Benioff & D. B. Weiss; directed by Alik Sakharov.

  24. Deathdreams
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 11:30 am | Permalink

    The site is working a lot better now. Though there are 2 things I still have a problem with. 1. lack of an edit button for the mobile version of the site
    2. I find it annoying to have to go back and hit the “show spoilers” button every time i refresh

  25. Arya's Nose
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    What a great opportunity for some shameless self-promotion! http://holyelliekendrick.tumblr.com/

  26. Jeff O'Connor
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 11:32 am | Permalink

    Deathdreams:
    The site is working a lot better now. Though there are 2 things I still have a problem with. 1. lack of an edit button for the mobile version of the site
    2. I find it annoying to have to go back and hit the “show spoilers” button every time i refresh

    Next to the completely disastrous problems I’d been facing for the past few weeks on my mobile (which is almost always how I browse the internet) they can unload all the problems everyone else has been complaining over and I’ll endure it. I literally couldn’t read half the articles.

  27. jentario
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 11:41 am | Permalink

    So, am I the only one who really really doesn’t want Jon to meet Bran? And are we absolutely positive that Jon’s attack on Craster’s is next week? The previews show a Jon scene in Castle Black and the synopsis of episode 5 says “Jon goes on a new mission”. Either way, episode 4 is probably the last chance for Coldhands. We see a White Walker in the trailer, so something is coming…

  28. Nicolai Hansen
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 11:44 am | Permalink

    Jojen and Meera are Brans advisors and protecters. They see Bran as the savior.

  29. Deathdreams
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

    Jeff O’Connor,

    Yes, I was having the same problem. Forget Jaime and Cersei. I’m still trying to get over the raping of winter is coming by Fansided.
    Joking of course…sort of

  30. Thoros
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    Zack: I also have a crush. Meera is super cute. One of my top 5 ladies of GoT

    Trial by combat for her? :D

  31. Mimsy
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    The Reeds and the Crannogmen are amazing. I’m really enjoying their story and background in the books and tv. I think they are a solid Stark ally and will NEVER betray them.

    Meera and Jojen’s relationship reminds me a lot of Bran and Arya. If Bran/Arya had stayed together, she would have been his protector and provider as well. This sibling love and respect is definitely something to be proud of. Love the Reeds!

  32. Shock Me
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

    jentario,

    Don’t be silly Bran will warg into both Hodor and Jojen an they will double team Meera while Bran broadcasts it to the Children of the Forest via Ravencast.

    Seriously though. How does Bran not use up all his storyline from AFFC and ADWD by the end of the season?

  33. Shock Me
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    Mimsy,

    I would love to see Osha and Rickon reappear in season 5 or 6 in the vanguard of 40,000 Cranog screamers filtering north and south and killing Freys, Ironborn, and Boltons and be sitting smoking pipeweed when Sansa leads her armies from the Vale.

  34. Tyrion Pimpslap
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    jentario,

    There was a scene with Rast holding a baby and being terrified in one of the trailers. The NW mutineers probably give one of Craster’s babies to the White Walker that was in the preview.

  35. mariamb
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

    Zack:
    I also have a crush. Meera is super cute. One of my top 5 ladies of GoT…

    I was never enthused about Bran’s story in the books, which extended to Reed-apathy. But I have to say I’m really glad they were not cut from the show. They both bring a great deal of intrigue to the story. I will forever love Meera for that quote, “Some people will always need helping. That doesn’t mean they aren’t worth helping.” It’s such a beautiful outlook on life.

    Agree completely. Show Jojen and Show Meera are an improvement over their book versions. TBS brings a degree of self-assurance and intelligence to Jojen that I found lacking in the books. EK is exactly as I imagined Meera – tough, smart and capable. That statement of hers quoted above is beautiful and its why I adore this duo.

    FWIW, Bran did not eat Jojen. And, IMO, Meera will be one of the characters that survives to the end of the books. She is the future of House Reed.

  36. chamush
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    I love the Reeds kids for being pro-Stark but besides that, they are the least interesting, most boring elements of the show…

  37. KG
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

    Suddenly, a heraldry nerd appears!

    The “vert” at the start of a heraldic description IS the “on a field of green-gray.” There’s no need to include it.

    The actual blazon would read (for this illustration)
    – Vert, a lizard-lion *in orle* Sable. —-

    *In real-world heraldry, only the Ouroboros is depicted in that manner; therefore, I took a stab at how that pose might be described if it were applied to another creature.

    Also, since the beast is never explicity described as using that positioning in the book, the lizard-lion could actually be depicted in any of the standard attitudes.

  38. Gatehouse Ami
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

    Intriguing choice this week, Thoros. I’ll keep a more mindful eye out for this series.

  39. Scott
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    UP, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, Start

  40. The Dragon Demands
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

    KG:
    Suddenly, a heraldry nerd appears!

    The “vert” at the start of a heraldic description IS the “on a field of green-gray.”There’s no need to include it.

    The actual blazon would read (for this illustration)
    – Vert, a lizard-lion *in orle* Sable. —-

    *In real-world heraldry, only the Ouroboros is depicted in that manner; therefore, I took a stab at how that pose might be described if it were applied to another creature.

    Also, since the beast is never explicity described as using that positioning in the book, the lizard-lion could actually be depicted in any of the standard attitudes.

    Damn right.

  41. Zack
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 7:04 pm | Permalink

    mariamb: Agree completely. Show Jojen and Show Meera are an improvement over their book versions. TBS brings a degree of self-assurance and intelligence to Jojen that I found lacking in the books. EK is exactly as I imagined Meera – tough, smart and capable. That statement of hers quoted above is beautiful and its why I adore this duo.

    FWIW, Bran did not eat Jojen. And, IMO, Meera will be one of the characters that survives to the end of the books. She is the future of House Reed.

    I love this. I hope you’re right.

    And you’ve nailed my ambivalence to the book versions I think. I don’t remember Jojen in particular being as interesting as his show counterpart. My complaints about the show portrayal mostly boil down to wanting more scenes with them–but that’s not likely given that they’re already nearing the end of published Bran material. It would be marvelous if Martin had given the showrunners more to work with there. But they’ll probably be extremely important and prominent in the next book, at least.

  42. Lex
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 7:42 pm | Permalink

    Why does the map say GreyTOWER Watch? :(

  43. rfresa
    Posted April 24, 2014 at 12:55 am | Permalink

    Lex,

    I think that’s a bad map. It doesn’t match any of the standard maps.

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