Catelyn Stark

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Catelyn Stark
A Song of Ice and Fire character
Catelyn Stark S3.jpg
Michelle Fairley as Catelyn Stark
First appearance Novel:
A Game of Thrones (1996)
"Winter Is Coming" (2011)
Last appearance Television:
"The Rains of Castamere" (2013)
Created by George R. R. Martin
Portrayed by Michelle Fairley
Game of Thrones
Aliases Cat
Lady Stoneheart
The Silent Sister
Mother Merciless
The Hangwoman
Gender Female
Title Lady of Winterfell
Family House Stark
House Tully
Spouse(s) Ned Stark
Children Robb Stark
Sansa Stark
Arya Stark
Bran Stark
Rickon Stark
Relatives Hoster Tully (father)
Lysa Tully (sister)
Edmure Tully (brother)
Kingdom The North

Catelyn Stark (née Tully) is a fictional character in the A Song of Ice and Fire series of fantasy novels by American author George R. R. Martin, and its television adaptation Game of Thrones. She is a prominent point of view character in the novels.

Introduced in 1996's A Game of Thrones, Catelyn is the lady of Winterfell, an ancient fortress in the North of the fictional kingdom of Westeros. She was born into House Tully of Riverrun.

Catelyn is portrayed by Michelle Fairley on the HBO series Game of Thrones.[1] Jennifer Ehle was originally cast as Catelyn Stark and filmed her scenes in the unaired pilot until she eventually left for family reasons.[2][3] Fairley's portrayal as Catelyn has garnered critical acclaim, with many in particular praising her performance during the episode "The Rains of Castamere".[4] Because of this, many were left disappointed that Catelyn was omitted in the fourth season.[5][6]

Character description[edit]

She is described as beautiful, with auburn hair, blue eyes, and long fingers, and dressed simply in the grey of House Stark or the blue and red of her father’s household. Catelyn is proud, strong, kind, and generous, and has a strong grasp of politics; but is often governed by the desire to protect her sons. She is most-often in accord with her husband Eddard Stark, but resents his admission of his illegitimate son Jon Snow into their household.


A Game of Thrones[edit]

After the royal party arrives at Winterfell, Catelyn receives a letter from her sister Lysa stating that the Lannisters had killed her husband Jon Arryn, the king's 'Hand' (second-in-command); and persuades Eddard to take his place. When her son Bran is injured, she protects him until they are attacked by an assassin come to kill Bran. After recovering from the attack, Catelyn travels to King's Landing to let Eddard know what had happened. There, her childhood companion Petyr Baelish tells her that the dagger used in the attack belongs to Tyrion Lannister. On her way back to Winterfell, she takes Tyrion to her sister at the Eyrie for trial, where Tyrion escapes execution by demanding a champion in a trial by combat. After the news of Eddard's execution by order of King Joffrey reaches Catelyn, she argues for peace; but is overruled.

A Clash of Kings[edit]

Here, Catelyn advises against Robb's plan to send Eddard's ward, Theon Greyjoy, to forge an alliance with Balon Greyjoy. Catelyn has the idea to attempt to ally with Renly Baratheon and his massive Reach-Stormlands host, but, when Robb wants her to go as the envoy, she wishes to remain with her son. Catelyn eventually relented and went after accepting the fact that her son was becoming a man, and she traveled south to Bitterbridge where she found King Renly hosting a tourney. With Catelyn in tow, Renly then rode to Storm's End when he heard his brother Stannis was. She was present for the inconclusive parley between the two rival brothers, and she witnessed Renly's murder later that night by a shadow creature. Afterwards, Catelyn left with Brienne of Tarth, one of Renly's guard, and they made their way to Riverrun. Upon hearing of her younger sons' supposed murder at the hand Theon Greyjoy, she freed Robb's hostage Jaime Lannister in an attempt to exchange him for her daughters who are still captives at King's Landing. This, however, causes problems for Robb and costs him an ally who had held grudges against the Lannisters.

A Storm of Swords[edit]

Catelyn's brother Edmure Tully places Catelyn under house arrest at Riverrun, but Robb pardons her after he announces his wedding to Jeyne Westerling. She attends Edmure's wedding at the Twins with Robb and other northern lords, but the group is murdered by members of House Frey, an act of treachery that became known as the "Red Wedding". In an attempt to save her son's life, Catelyn took Aegon Frey hostage and killed him, but she still had her throat slashed by Raymund Frey. Three days later, Catelyn was resurrected by Lord Beric Dondarrion, under the name of "Lady Stoneheart". Catelyn then assumed command of Dondarrion's outlaw band, the Brotherhood Without Banners.

A Feast for Crows[edit]

Stoneheart and the Brotherhood come upon a small party led by Brienne. The knight informs Stoneheart that she is searching for Sansa at Jaime Lannister's request. Stoneheart says that Brienne is a traitor, because she carries Oathkeeper, a Lannister sword that was forged from the Stark Valyrian steel blade, Ice. Brienne swears that she is still faithful, but Stoneheart insists she must prove it by killing Jaime, whom she believes played a role in the Red Wedding, but Brienne refuses, even when threatened with a hanging. Just before Brienne is executed, she shouts out a word.

Family tree of House Stark[edit]


  1. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 19, 2010). "Fairley to replace Ehle in HBO's 'Thrones'". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on March 22, 2010. Retrieved May 24, 2012. 
  2. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (August 3, 2009). "Trio of actresses cast in TV projects". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 24, 2013. 
  3. ^ Sepinwall, Alan (March 19, 2010). "'Game of Thrones' recasting: Ehle out, Fairley in". HitFix. Retrieved February 24, 2013. 
  4. ^ Game of Thrones: Michelle Fairley is shunned by the Emmy Awards, but the show picks up 17 nominations (Yahoo TV UK)
  5. ^ Silman, Anna (June 16, 2014). "Book Fans Angered by Huge Game of Thrones Finale Omission". Retrieved June 17, 2014. 
  6. ^ Gupta, Prachi (June 16, 2014). ""Game of Thrones" director explains the Lady Stoneheart situation". Retrieved June 16, 2014.