Thursday, 11 January 2018

Game of Thrones Gossip #50 Robb Stark

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Now I'm looking at the main characters introduced in season three, what our season two characters were doing and looking at all the bests bits. Enjoy the season three posts! 


Robb Stark has proved that he has courage and leadership, winning several vistories over the more experienced Tywin Lannister. However he starts season three still feeling the betrayal of Catelyn for freeing Jaime Lannister, and there are rumblings around him over his tactics and the decision to marry Talisa instead of a Frey.


Robb now has Roose Bolton as his main advisor and they approach Harrenhal together, finding it deserted but with all the Northern prisoners slaughtered except for an injured former maester called Qyburn. An angry Robb then orders that his mother be imprisoned because of her folly in releasing Jaime. Events take a sinister turn for the Starks with bad news coming to them about the death of Robb's grandfather Hoster Tully after a long illness at Riverrun and news of the dead bodies of two children found at Winterfell. It is a shattering blow to Robb and his mother.


Tensions rise in the Tully household as Hoster's funeral takes place, an event that softens Robb towards Catelyn, but shows cracks between Robb's uncle Edmure and Edmure's uncle Brynden. Edmure is boasting that he managed to push The Mountains forces out of the Riverlands by taking on a hero mission of his own but is cowed when a furious Robb tells him that he was setting a trap to lure in The Mountain and Tywin's forces into the west and away from King's Landing to let the Baratheons deal with the capital for them. With the trap destroyed, Tywin was able to lead his forces back in time to defeat Stannis and enter an alliance with the rich Tyrells. Now Robb's forces are vastly outnumbered and lacking resources and Edmure has won them a mill and two young Lannister cousins instead. Robb did not surrender when his sisters were hostages, nor did Tywin negotiate when Jaime was captured, so Robb feels that the hostages are useless and he is losing the war. He has also lost the Freys backing with his decision to wed Talisa.


Rickard Karstark is still feeling cheated by the release of Jaime Lannister and decides to take his revenge by murdering the Lannister hostages Willem and Martyn, who are just children. Robb is furious and hangs the Karstark men who took part in it and decides to behead Rickard for treason. Ignoring the pleas of his whole family to keep him hostage to hold his troops loyal, he carries out the sentence and is dismayed when the Karstarks desert his army. Robb now needs an alliance with the Freys again if he is to challenge Tywin Lannister's forces-but the Freys have been slighted and demand that Edmure marries a Frey in the next few weeks to secure the deal. Edmure is unhappy but realises that it has to be done or the war is lost. The wedding is set and Robb's forces march for The Twins with Robb happy to discover that Talisa is pregnant.


After enduring a few insults from Walder Frey, Robb makes his apologies to his host and all the women he chose not to marry. It seems that his apology has satisfied Frey and the wedding begins. After Edmure is married and taken with the beautiful Roslin for the bedding ceremony, Walder Frey enacts his revenge on Robb and his family beginning with the brutal murder of Talisa and her unborn child. A stunned Robb watches in shock as she dies in front of him, along with all his men in the hall. Outside the rest of his men are murdered in a surprise attack by Frey and Bolton men, along with his beloved direwolf Greywind. Robb is in no condition to fight or escape as his mother screams at him to go, injured by crossbolts and broken hearted for his wife and his life is then ended by the traitor Roose Bolton who murders him with a comment about the Lannisters sending their regards. As a final insult to him, Robb's body is paraded wearing the head of Greywind sown onto it. It is a sad end to the King in the North.

Rickard Karstark once declared that Robb lost the war when he married Talisa and this is true. He broke a vow to marry a Frey and cheated a key ally to marry a foreign woman, which did not go down well with his men who expected a son of Ned Stark to have his honour. Losing the Freys and letting Jaime Lannister get away ruined his men's trust in him and the decision to behead Rickard Karstark was the end of things for him. The Starks lost the war, Winterfell is in ruins and the Boltons take over the north.

6 comments:

  1. My poor favorites. They always die horrible deaths. *Sobs*

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. I was really shocked by the Red Wedding the first time I watched it! It was like 'Nooooo you can't DO that to the Starks!!!'

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  2. awww the young wolf! I loved him so much!! but too good and innocent for that world. I knew he wouldn't last! :)

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    1. I liked his character! And the actor comes from just outside my home town!

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  3. Robb's arc was tough! Man... I liked it a little more in the books, but still. And yeah poor Edmure... he thought he was helping lolololo

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    1. Edmure had no clue had he! I feel bad at what they've forced him to do, ordering the surrender. But I want to know WHY we didn't see him during Arya's attack on the Freys!

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