House Westerling of the Crag is a vassal house that holds fealty to House Lannister of Casterly Rock. Their lands are north-east of Casterly Rock on the shores of the Sunset Sea.



Almost three hundred years prior to the War of the Five Kings, Jeyne Westerling's husband was killed by King Maegor Targaryen. Later, she was forcibly married to the king, sharing the wedding with two other brides.[1]

Season 2

House Westerling surrenders the Crag to Robb Stark when the Northern army invades the Westerlands during the War of the Five Kings.[2]

Behind the scenes

The Westerling family was originally intended to appear in Season 2, but during pre-production rewrites, Robb Stark's romantic interest began to get an increasingly different backstory than in the novels. Therefore it was decided to create the new character of Talisa Maegyr, a lady of noble birth from Volantis, to take the place of Jeyne Westerling as Robb's love interest. George R.R. Martin himself suggested the name away from Westerling to accommodate the changes from his source novels.[3]

In the books

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, House Westerling is an old house that traces its descent back to the First Men and at one time was very powerful, giving brides to the Kings of the Rock before the Targaryen conquest. House Westerling is said to have more pride than power, and more honor than sense. They have fallen on hard times, however: their mines failed years ago, their best lands have been sold off or lost, and the Crag is more a ruin than a stronghold.

Kevan Lannister blames their descent in fortunes on their ill-advised marriage with House Spicer, a young house co-founded by a spice merchant and his wife, a maegi of the east, from whom many residents of Lannisport used to buy cures and love potions. Lord Gawen proposed that his daughter marry one of Kevan's sons, but Kevan had to reject the match due to their mixing with a lesser house.

Robb was wounded during the capture of the Crag. While he was lying injured, he received news about the alleged death of Bran and Rickon. This left him emotionally broken. Jeyne, who was tending his injuries, comforted him in bed. Being honorable like his father, the next morning Robb married Jeyne. By doing so he broke the pact with the Freys, which prompted them to withdraw their men from his army and ultimately to betray him.

Unlike Robb and Talisa's marriage in the TV series, Robb's marriage to Jeyne takes place off-screen without Catelyn's knowledge. Only in "A Storm of Swords", when Robb returns to Riverrun with his bride, is Catelyn informed about his marriage. The Freys leave angrily when they are told. Catelyn welcomes Jeyne warmly, but when she and Robb are alone, she chides him for breaking the pact with the Freys and warns him of the consequences. Robb regretfully admits that he has committed a mistake, but the damage could not be undone: although Robb and Catelyn do their best to appease Lord Walder Frey, the Red Wedding is carried out.

Jeyne, unlike Talisa, is left at Riverrun with Brynden Tully. Catelyn insists that she must not come with them to the Twins, lest her presence will offend Lord Frey. Thus Jeyne's life is saved.

When the Lannisters discuss the apparent betrayal of the Westerlings, Tyrion notices that his father is strangely calm. This confuses Tyrion, for his father does not suffer disloyalty in his vassals (as the Reynes and Tarbecks found out). He wonders aloud "Could the Westerlings and Spicers be such great fools as to believe the wolf can defeat the lion?". Tywin answers enigmatically "The greatest fools are ofttimes more clever than the men who laugh at them" - implying that the Westerlings are, in fact, loyal to the Lannisters, and the marriage of Robb and Jeyne is part of a master plan to destroy the Starks.

The books reveal that Lord Gawen's wife, Sybell Spicer, collaborates with Tywin to make Robb marry her daughter and to make sure that she doesn't get pregnant. Under the pretense of giving her fertility herbs, Sybell actually gives her contraceptives. In the meantime, Sybell's brother Rolph also acts as a spy for House Lannister. The Spicers' duplicity is sensed by Grey Wind, but Robb dismisses it as Grey Wind having grown hostile and violent due to the war. Nevertheless, at the behest of his mother, Robb sends Rolph to act as an envoy to ensure an exchange of prisoners with the Iron Throne.

It is unclear whether Jeyne also collaborated with the Lannisters, or was forced by her mother, or unaware that her marriage to Robb was meant to break the pact with the Freys and thus provide them with a "legitimate" excuse to perform the Red Wedding. She seems to mourn Robb genuinely, but this can be a pretense.

Jeyne's physical description in the first time she is introduced at "A Storm of Swords" is slightly different than her description at "A Feast for Crows", most notably the shape of her hips. This led to a fan theory that Jeyne was replaced by an impostor, the real Jeyne has escaped with Brynden Tully, and perhaps she is pregnant with Robb's child.[4] Martin himself has repeatedly denied this and said that it was simply a continuity error[5] (much like how Renly's eye color shifted between blue and green in different books).

Jeyne's brother Raynald, who was not in league with the Lannisters and had no idea about the scheme his mother and uncle were involved in, presumably dies at the Red Wedding. He tries to save Grey Wind, and releases him, but is shot by two arrows. He jumps into the Trident and his body is never found, but it is unlikely he survived.

The Westerlings are pardoned following the Red Wedding (only formally, for they never actually switched sides), while Rolph Spicer is made Lord of Castamere. In addition, Tywin promises worthy marriages for Jeyne and Elenya, either lords or heirs, though Jeyne was ordered to avoid marriage for at least two years, as any children she might have in that time could be mistaken for Robb's; Rollam would wed Joy Hill, the bastard daughter of Gerion Lannister, when she is old enough.

The Westerling sigil is six white shells on a sand-colored background. According to semi-canon sources, their motto is "Honor, Not Honors".


  • Lord Gawen Westerling, the Lord of the Crag, head of the family and house.
    • Lady Sybell, his wife of House Spicer.
      • Ser {Raynald Westerling}, their first son and heir. Allegedly slain in the Red Wedding (his body is not found).
      • Jeyne Westerling, their first daughter, Robb Stark's widow. The character is analogous in the TV series to Talisa Maegyr.
      • Elenya Westerling, their younger daughter.
      • Rollam Westerling, their younger son.

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