As we enter the month of March, HBO has begun to ramp up the marketing for Game of Thrones Season 6. On Monday, we got our very first look at a behind-the-scenes video for Season 6, and it looks like the siege at Riverrun is going to play a part this year. In that regard, we will take a look at the last time we saw Riverrun on Game of Thrones, and the last time we saw the other members of House Tully…but before we do so, don’t forget: we’ve previously looked back on House Lannister, House Stark, House Tyrell, and House Greyjoy, all to help you catch up ahead of April 24.
When last we saw the members of House Tully all together (sans Lysa) on Game of Thrones, it wasn’t in their ancestral home of Riverrun, but at House Frey’s seat of power, the Twins. There, at the infamous Red Wedding, several of them were murdered, kidnapped, and disappeared, and the once mighty Lords of the Riverlands were no more. To understand the demise of House Tully, one need only look at which great House they aligned themselves with.
Before the events of the current Game of Thrones timeline, Robert Baratheon called his banners and went to war against Aerys Targaryen in the War of the Usurper. His best friend—Eddard Stark—also called his banners and marched a Northern army down from the Neck to Riverrun, where he married Catelyn Tully, thus solidifying the alliance. Sadly, that marriage sealed House Tully’s fate, as years later, Ned and Catelyn would make a series of blunders (honor-bound or not) that would lead to not only their deaths, but the deaths of their children and friends and loyal bannermen.
In Game of Thrones Season 3, Robb Stark’s Northern army made a stop at his mother’s childhood home, Riverrun. There, we were introduced to the deceased Lord Hoster Tully, who had served as Lord Paramount of the Riverlands for many years.
We were also introduced to Brynden “The Blackfish” Tully, Lord Hoster’s grizzled younger brother and Catelyn’s uncle. Then we met the new Lord of Riverrun, the affable Edmure Tully, Catelyn’s younger brother.
Because Robb followed his heart and decided to break the marriage pact his mother had made for him with old Lord Walder Frey, he and the other members of House Tully were forced to travel to the Twins and offer to marry Edmure to one of Lord Frey’s daughters in Robb’s place. Little did they know that they were falling right into a Frey/Lannister/Bolton trap.
During the wedding festivities, Edmure and his new bride were carried off for the bedding ceremony. After he had gone, Catelyn and the Northerners were ambushed and murdered in the main hall, as Lords Frey and Bolton watched. By sheer luck, the Blackfish had excused himself not long before the massacre started to find a place where he could relieve himself…his full bladder saved his life. Brynden fled back to Riverrun and closed the gates, where the castle is now under siege by the combined forces of Frey and Lannister. Edmure remains a prisoner of the Freys.
Another important Tully not at the Red Wedding was Lysa Arryn, daughter of Hoster and sister to Catelyn and Edmure. Perhaps the most unpleasant of all the Tullys, Lysa was married to Jon Arryn during Robert’s Rebellion. This meant that the Houses of Stark, Tully, and Arryn were all united by marriage, which helped them present a unified front in the fight against the Targaryens…is it any wonder that Robert won his war?
Lysa did not want to marry Jon. There was another she was more interested in, and his name was Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish. However, Littlefinger was too lowborn for Lord Hoster’s daughter and he offered nothing of import to the alliance, and therefore was sent away…besides, Petyr Baelish had eyes for another. The last time we saw poor crazy Lysa, she was falling through the Moondoor of the Eyrie, pushed out by the man she loved.
Here’s where House Tully stands ahead of Game of Thrones Season 6:
- Brynden “The Blackfish” Tully holds Riverrun against a siege that would see a Frey take lordship of the castle and the entire Riverlands.
- Edmure Tully is a prisoner of the Freys, and if the show follows the books, he will be marched out to a gibbet and strung up in front of Riverrun, daily, in a futile attempt by the Freys to scare the Blackfish into giving up the castle.
- Hoster Tully, Lysa Arryn, and Catelyn Stark are dead…**wink wink**
The situation for House Tully is certainly dire, and I for one do not see it getting any better…but what do I know?
There is one minor character who we haven’t heard about since Season 1, but in the books is wandering about the Riverlands with a pack of followers around this time: Nymeria, Arya’s direwolf. We got reports that a pack of wolves was situated in the forests near the Riverrun set. Could Nymeria’s wolfpack make an appearance on Game of Thrones in Season 6? And if so, will it be wrecking some Freys and or Lannisters? Oh, that would be glorious.