Posted 26 June 2012 - 02:39 PM
This is an awesome thread!
Okay... Walder Frey.
In Westeros it isn't very easy to be one of those Houses that rivals a Great House. There is constant tension between you and your overlords and at the end of the day you must always do what your overlord says, no matter what. But Walder Frey had turned House Frey into a great and powerful House by himself. He put the Twins on the map and made them a significant force. As a man he was ruthless and never forgot. He never forgot what House Frey was when he became its lord. He never forgot what other lords said about him, even before he showed his duplicity. He never forgot that his own overlord branded him with a humiliating nickname because he was reluctant to rebel against his rightful king. He never forgot that despite all his best efforts, House Frey was treated with disgust and scorn by everyone - Stark, Tully, Lannister, everyone looked down at the Freys.
But Lord Walder was a survivor. He was a cautious man because he didn't want to unmake all he had managed with hard work. In all the great conflicts of the realm, Walder Frey stayed absent if he could avoid it, out of fear for what might happen to his House.
So incomes Robb Stark, promising to wed a Frey girl if Walder lets him cross the Twins and helps him in the war. Once again, Lord Walder is asked to rebel against his rightful king. He is very reluctant - and who can blame him? He is asked to war against the terrifying Tywin Lannister - and even in the Neck they know the fate of Castamere and Tarbeck Hall. But this time Walder resolves not to be the cowardly man. He makes an accord with Robb Stark and calls his banners for the wolf! The Freys join the Starks in the war against the Lannister tyrants. Lord Walder risks everything - he risks his head, the heads of his heirs, the obliteration of his House - by trusting in Robb Stark. And Robb betrays his trust - the honorable Lord Stark, very much his father in mind, goes back on his word despite all the Freys that have died under a Stark banner, and brings shame and humiliation upon House Frey. And the Freys risk facing destruction for fighting for a king who can't even keep his word... a king who is swiftly losing the war.
On cue arrives a letter from Tywin Lannister. Tywin offers to pardon Lord Walder if he helps him take the man who shamed his House out of the picture. Walder hears Tywin's idea, hears about the Red Wedding. But he knows he has no choice. What is he to do? Turn Tywin down? Keep fighting for a king who betrayed them, a king that is losing the war? Bring doom itself upon his own House for some hollow ideal of honor, when his own overlord could not honor a simple pact? So he agrees to do the Red Wedding. He rationalizes that he's doing it for the better of his House, that he's saving the Freys from extinction, that their actions would right the wrong that was done against them, that it is the only way. And so when Robb Stark comes to the Red Wedding, Walder, ever the faithful vassal, does Tywin's bidden and forever brings shame upon the name of his House - a cursed accord, but the only thing that would save the Freys from the fate of the Reynes and Tarbecks...
Robb Stark spoke of honor even as he lay with some other girl, then married her, and to hell with the Freys. And why not? Why should the mighty Starks care about what the Freys think? When has any of the Great Houses given a fig about the Twins?