A 'Game Of Thrones' Character Profile: Robb Stark
March 27th, 2013 3:00pm EDT
'A Game of Thrones' Season Three is little more than a couple days away now. We thought it was time to get re-acquainted with the people and places of Westeros and Essos, so you'll feel refreshed and up-to-date by the time of the premier. So, every couple days for the next month or so, we're bringing you people and places from the world of Game of Thrones, complete with informative tidbits from both the show and the books.
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Character Profile: Robb Stark ( The Young Wolf)
Titles: Lord of Winterfell, King in the North
Siblings: Jon Snow (Half-Brother), Sansa, Arya, Bran, Rickon
Spouse: Betrothed to a daughter of Walder Frey, Married to Talisa Maegyr
Status: Alive, Last Seen on campaign in the Westerlands
Portrayed by: Richard Madden
Robb Stark, born of Lord Eddard Stark and Catelyn Tully, is the firstborn male of the Stark family, inheritor to the titles of Winterfell and Warden of the North. Like his father, he was known even in childhood to be truthful, honorable, just and fair. When Eddard stark left to perform his duties as Hand of the King, Rob Stark became Steward of Winterfell in his stead. When Eddard Stark was beheaded in Kings Landing Robb Stark became Lord of Winterfell, and shortly after declared independence, becoming the de facto King in the North.
Robb called his 'bannermen' or sworn lords to his aid, and most replied quickly and with little complaint. There were some, however, who required a show of power and Robb was able to prove that he wasn't a pushover at his feast. With the lords of the north well under thumb and willing to follow his orders, Robb Stark marched south towards kings landing.
To continue south, however, Robert Stark had to arrange to cross the Trident river; the only way across being the bridge fortress known as 'The Twins' which was ruled over by Walder Frey, a bannerman of Catelyn's father, Hoster Tully. Walder, an old, spiteful and cynical man agreed to let the Northern forces cross on the event that when the war ended, Robb would marry one of his daughters. Catelyn Tully made the necessary arrangements, and Robb, despite never meeting or seeing any of Frey's daughters, agreed.
Robb crossed the Twins and proceeded south, coming into conflict with Lannister men, and winning several key battles. His most well known battle was at Oxcross, where he captured Jaime Lannister by using a clever diversionary tactic. The diversion sent a thousand northerners to their deaths, an event which Robb mourned, but won him a very useful bargaining chip in the war. During his time fighting, he met a young Volantene healer, Talisa, who he falls in love with, and secretly marries.
Robb intends to make peace with Renly Baratheon, one of the five kings of Westeros, in hopes that their combined arms might be able to take down the Lannisters, and Renly's brother Stannis. Unfortunately Renly is killed, and his forces are split between Tywin Lannister and Stannis Baratheon. The situatio nfor rescuing his sisters looked grim, and Robb's mother, rather than wait for a trade with the Lannisters snuck Jaime from the camp, under the watchful eye of Brienne of Tarth, to make the trade for Jaime in secret. When Robb discovers this, he has his mother thrown into prison. Robb's bannerman and trusted commander, Roose Bolton assures Robb that he has his best men hunting down the escaped Kingslayer.
At the end of season two, Robb Stark is on his way to confront Tywin Lannister at Harrenhall, where thousands of northern captives were being held.
♦ Robb's direwolf's name is Gray Wind.
♦ In the books, Robb doesn't marry a Volantene woman, but rather marries a Westerosi woman by the name of Jeyne Westerling.
♦ In the books, Robb is described as looking more Tully than Stark, with thick red hair and a stocky build.
♦ Theon Greyjoy, ward of the Stark family, grew up with Robb and considered him a close friend, if not a brother of sorts. Theon's betrayal of the Starks cuts Robb deeply, and Robb vows to execute Theon himself.
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