Things I Like: Robb Stark (Game of Thrones)

Robb Stark Game of Thrones HBO Richard Madden

One of the big favorites for many fans, the first true-born son of Eddard Stark remained fairly low-key for the majority of season one. He kept Winterfell in shape while Ned was Hand of the King. However that escalates as he calls of the Northern houses to march to King’s Landing to save his father from death.

Robb Stark finds out his father died Game of Thrones HBO

Which soon goes from rescue mission to utter revenge. With many odds against him, Robb was a great military commander. It’s a shame Robb and Tywin never met in a direct battle against each other.

King in the north Robb Stark kills Lord Karstark Game of Thrones HBO

Like Ned, Robb was a poor politician. Killing Rickard Karstark lost Robb a good majority of his army even though all he had to do was keep him locked up in a dungeon to keep the Karstarks loyal to him.

Robb Stark and Talisa Red wedding Game of Thrones HBO

Also breaking his vow to Walder Frey in order to marry Talisa Maegyr was a not a smart move. In the books Robb marries a girl named Jeyne Westerling, and marries her to preserve her honor as they had an affair. Makes more sense for him to do it that way, but he might of been too honorable like his father to keep a mistress anyway.

Robb Stark murdered by Roose Bolton Game of Thrones HBO

But all these bad political choices lets Walder Frey trap him and his own ally Roose Bolton personally hits him the heart with a knife. Both Frey and Bolton are rewarded by Tywin Lannister with the largest roles in the North and Riverlands for their part in betraying Robb. The Red Wedding was sad and awesome at the same time, but it did leave a lot of the later seasons feel rather depressing as you don’t see much good ahead for the remains of House Stark.

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