what is castamere

anonymous asked:

Do you think that Lady Barbery is going to get her way and feed Ned's bones to her dogs? It seems like a possibility to me since we have Catelyn's body was dumped in the river, Robb's and Grey Winds's bodies were mutilated, and Ice was destroyed by the Lannisters. The Starks don't seem to get any respect in that way, so wouldn't it be fitting for Ned's bones to also be destroyed in the continued mocking of the Starks?

I’m certain that Barbrey is not succeeding in her endeavor. Her success simply goes against the point GRRM is trying to make wrt Ned and the entire Northern plot in ADWD.

See, the mocking of the Starks isn’t a goal that the story aims to achieve; on the contrary, the story is actively going to bat for their ideals that were derived from Ned and his model of ruling. Yes, Robb and Catelyn’s bodies were desecrated in a clear attempt to humiliate and mock them even posthumously but this still happened in line with the narrative and to serve plot purposes, be them to set up Catelyn’s resurrection and return as Lady Stoneheart or to frame the breaking of the social structure of the Riverlands in reaction to the Red Wedding and how that affects the region as we transition into the next act of the story. The desecration of Robb’s body in particular is a pointed message about the obliteration of the Stark regime and a clear attempt from the Freys to destroy Robb’s memory and image and a continuing effort to defame him. When Robb’s name is mentioned, they don’t want people to remember the victorious Young Wolf that outmaneuvered Tywin Lannister, they want them to remember his bloody fate and his desecrated corpse so it can stand as a reminder to what happens when one crosses the Lannisters in a way similar to what the ruins of Castamere and Tarbeck Hall proclaim of the consequences of crossing the lions.

But when it comes to Ned’s bones, there is really no narrative or thematic sense for Barbrey to feed his bones to her dogs. What purpose does that serve? What does it mean within the story? We’re currently at a point where Stannis and the Stark loyalists are cracking down on the Boltons, where the narrative is making a point about how Ned’s legacy and memory are revered that so many people are fighting in his name and for his children. The wolves are coming again…. and I’m supposed to buy that Barbrey manages to satisfy her grudge by denying Ned respect when the book where we first hear of her plot is the same one that is going to bat for Ned Stark’s ruling ideology? No way.

ADWD is the book that explicitly rejects that claptrap Cersei Lannister said back in AGoT about how “when you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground”. It is designed to prove Cersei - and with her, the entire Lannister ruling ideology- wrong. GRRM is rejecting that notion and rejecting all the claptrap expressed by several characters about the futility of honor and ideals. It’s where the narrative makes a clear statement about how Ned Stark won. His political theory and his ruling ideology won. Look back at the arc of the FeastDance and how it hammers the contrast between Tywin Lannister and Ned Stark. It’s not just that the two characters are foils to each other, even their legacy is. Tywin may have “won” the War of the Five Kings but he ultimately lost. Tywin’s legacy is his family imploding and his children turning on each other while the realm crumbles around them. Conversely, Ned may have lost his life early enough but he left behind a legacy that has the North rising and ready to fight and die for his children and their rights. Tywin’s legacy is decadent and decaying and stinking up the place just as much as his corpse did. Ned’s legacy is his honorable rule that earned him his bannermen’s deep and lasting loyalty. Tywin’s body stunk so bad it made his grandson retch, and everyone was mocking his corpse and the circumstances of his death. Ned’s bones will return home in honor to rest beside his family for his children to reunite and mourn him properly. There is no way Barbrey Dustin gets to deny Ned the respect he deserves by feeding his bones to her dogs, anon; the story will not let her.

texastabletop  asked:

How exactly does Sybell serve as Tywin's agent during their "wolffish" days? What actions does she take to remain loyal to Lannisters?

It’s laid out in Jaime VII AFFC: 

Jaime turned to the daughter. “I am sorry for your loss. The boy had courage, I’ll give him that. There is a question I must ask you. Are you carrying his child, my lady?”

Jeyne burst from her chair and would have fled the room if the guard at the door had not seized her by the arm. “She is not,” said Lady Sybell, as her daughter struggled to escape. “I made certain of that, as your lord father bid me.”

Jaime nodded. Tywin Lannister was not a man to overlook such details. “Unhand the girl,” he said, “I’m done with her for now.” As Jeyne fled sobbing down the stairs, he considered her mother. “House Westerling has its pardon, and your brother Rolph has been made Lord of Castamere. What else would you have of us?”

“Your lord father promised me worthy marriages for Jeyne and her younger sister. Lords or heirs, he swore to me, not younger sons nor household knights.”

Lords or heirs. To be sure. The Westerlings were an old House, and proud, but Lady Sybell herself had been born a Spicer, from a line of upjumped merchants. Her grandmother had been some sort of half-mad witch woman from the east, he seemed to recall. And the Westerlings were impoverished. Younger sons would have been the best that Sybell Spicer’s daughters could have hoped for in the ordinary course of events, but a nice fat pot of Lannister gold would make even a dead rebel’s widow look attractive to some lord. “You’ll have your marriages,” said Jaime, “but Jeyne must wait two full years before she weds again.” If the girl took another husband too soon and had a child by him, inevitably there would come whispers that the Young Wolf was the father.

“I have two sons as well,” Lady Westerling reminded him. “Rollam is with me, but Raynald was a knight and went with the rebels to the Twins. If I had known what was to happen there, I would never have allowed that.” There was a hint of reproach in her voice. “Raynald knew nought of any…of the understanding with your lord father. He may be a captive at the Twins.”

Or he may be dead. Walder Frey would not have known of the understanding either.

Sybell and Tywin had to have come to this “understanding” while the former was still at the Crag, because from there, she went to Riverrun, where she has no influence over the maester. The planning for the Red Wedding was already on–Roose gives the treacherous orders RE Duskendale before a bird arrives from the Twins bearing news of Robb’s marriage to Jeyne–so as soon as Sybell let Tywin know that the Young Wolf was in their castle, he knew how to proceed, and so he made an offer: prevent a pregnancy, and your family will be well rewarded.

Rains of Castamere: Northern Style

((Anon asked: Could you write a Ramsay x Reader where the reader is the eldest Stark sister and is forcefully engaged to him (instead of Sansa) after the red wedding. While at first Ramsay only saw her as an asset, he actually falls in love with her (in his own way; the reader does not however). When the actual wedding occurs, they’re about to have the bedding ceremony when the rains of Castamere plays.))

((With having a bit of writers block I’d say this turned out pretty great haha))

((Word Count: 2,058))

((Warnings: Uhhhh violence?))

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anonymous asked:

One of the weirdest aspects of Tywin's death for me has always been what he was doing right before going to the bathroom. Why would he take Shae for himself? Wouldnt he be revolted by having sex with his son's sexual partner? Was he a sex freak? I remember Martin in an interview saying he left that question opened to be explored in later books. What are your thoughts on this?

Well, I honestly have no idea what “sex freak” means. But Tywin’s violent, rapacious, ego-buttressing sexuality is absolutely central to his character. It’s no accident that all the major atrocities of his life were linked to it. His treatment of Tyrion and Tysha. Gregor’s heinous attack on Elia and her children as Tywin’s men raped the women of King’s Landing. The chevauchée in the Riverlands, repeatedly defined by the horrific rapes. Parading his father’s mistress naked through Lannisport. Indeed, what Tywin did at Castamere took place in the shadow of that last one; for Tywin, Tytos’ weak leadership was intimately intertwined with his sexuality, given how he’d allowed his mistress to increasingly run the show. 

So Tywin brought his son’s lover into his bed because that’s precisely the kind of person he is. While I’ve seen people refer to Gregor as Tywin’s “arm” or “fist” or “sword,” the truth is much squickier and more horrifying: Gregor is Tywin’s dick. (Although to be fair, he’d probably call it the Rock before the Mountain.) 


For anyone wondering what version of ‘Rains of Castamere’ that was, it’s the newly released Sigur Rós version :)