"One suicidal lord even wanted to ambush Aegon's camp in the dark and kill the dragons as they slept, or at the very least their riders. Hard to tell what would have been his fate. Burning? Beheading? Dismemberment? Perhaps all three."
Viserys Targaryen[src]

Brandon Snow was the bastard half-brother of Torrhen Stark, the King of Winter.


Torrhen Stark's army reached the Trident and saw that Aegon I Targaryen's force was larger than theirs by half and had three dragons. Torrhen called a conference of his lords and advisors that night and Brandon suggested ambushing Aegon's camp and killing his dragons, Balerion, Vhagar, and Meraxes, or at least killing Aegon and his sisters Rhaenys and Visenya. However, Torrhen dismissed this idea and instead bent the knee to Aegon, forever becoming known as "the King Who Knelt".[1]

In the books

In the The World of Ice & Fire, Brandon Snow's story is the same. Once Torrhen had dismissed his planned assassination attempt in the Targaryen camp, he sent Brandon and three maesters to negotiate with Aegon, before swearing fealty to Aegon the following day.

In A Dance with Dragons, Bran has a vision through Winterfell's heart tree, in which he sees a pale, fierce, dark-eyed young man slicing three branches off the weirwood and shaping them into arrows. There is a fan speculation that man is Brandon Snow, creating arrows with which to kill Aegon's dragons.

See also


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Lord: Queen Sansa Stark Heir: Princess Arya Stark
Seat: Winterfell Lands: The North
Title(s): King in the North · Lord of Winterfell

Under the Iron Throne: Lord Paramount of the North · Warden of the North

Ancestors: Brandon the Builder · Brandon the Breaker · Dorren Stark · Jon Stark · Rickard Stark · Rodrik Stark · Karlon Stark · Theon Stark · Osric Stark · Torrhen Stark · Cregan Stark · Brandon Snow
Current members: Bran I, the Broken · Jon Snow
Deceased members: Rickard Stark · Brandon Stark · Lyanna Stark · Eddard Stark · Robb Stark · Talisa Stark · Catelyn Stark · Rickon Stark · Benjen Stark
Household: {Maester Luwin} · {Ser Rodrik Cassel} · {Jory Cassel} · {Vayon Poole} · Jeyne Poole · {Septa Mordane} · {Old Nan} · {Hodor} · {Farlen} · {Mikken} · {Osha} · {Jojen Reed} · Maester Wolkan
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