"Using some vile sorcery, your brother fell on Stafford Lannister with an army of wolves. Thousands of good men were butchered."
―Ser Lancel Lannister to Sansa Stark[src]

Ser Stafford Lannister commanded the new House Lannister army that was raised in the Westerlands to replace Jaime Lannister's army which was destroyed in the Battle of the Whispering Wood. Stafford's army was defeated during the Battle of Oxcross, in which Stafford himself was killed.[1]



Ser Stafford is the brother of Joanna Lannister, the late wife of Lord Tywin Lannister, which makes him the maternal uncle of Cersei, Jaime, and Tyrion Lannister. He is also a cousin of Lord Tywin and his brother Ser Kevan Lannister.

Season 2

Robb Stark's army sneaks through the mountains bordering the Westerlands, and ambushes Stafford's army at night in their own camp at Oxcross. Stafford's army of raw recruits is massacred, and Stafford himself is killed. After the Lannister defeat at the Battle of Oxcross, King Joffrey Baratheon torments Sansa Stark before the royal court; Ser Lancel Lannister reports that Robb Stark employed sorcery and wolves to massacre the Lannister army and that after the battle, the Northmen feasted on the flesh of the slain.[1]

Family tree

Tytos Lannister

Jeyne Lannister
née Marbrand
Jason Lannister
Marla Lannister
née Prester
Kevan fam tree
Kevan Lannister
Tywin fam tree
Tywin Lannister
Joanna Lannister
Stafford Lannister
Cersei family tree
Cersei Lannister
Jaime family tree
Jaime Lannister
Tyrion Lannister

In the books

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, Ser Stafford Lannister is the brother of Joanna Lannister. He and his sister were the children of Lord Tytos Lannister's younger brother. Thus, both Joanna and Stafford were first cousins of Tywin and the main branch of the family.

In his youth, Stafford and two more Lannisters were captured by Lady Tarbeck in retaliation for the imprisonment of her lord husband by Tytos Lannister. She threatened to kill the captives if her husband would be harmed. Tywin suggested his father to send Lord Tarbeck back to his wife in three pieces, but the soft-hearted Tytos complied and returned Tarbeck unharmed in exchange for the three Lannisters.

Stafford dies in the Battle of Oxcross, killed by Lord Rickard Karstark. Both Jaime Lannister and Brynden Tully consider him a poor commander as he didn't scout the area believing Robb Stark was far away. Robb Stark had been led by Grey Wind along a goat path and had thus bypasses fortified positions in order to attack undetected.

The Lannister survivors regrouped at Lannisport under Ser Daven Lannister, Stafford's son and widely considered to be a more intelligent commander than his father. Daven wants to avenge his father, but Robb robs him of his vengeance by executing Rickard Karstark.

Jaime reacts indifferently when Catelyn tells him about Stafford's death; he mentions that Cersei used to call him "Uncle Dolt".

See also


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Lord: Cersei Lannister Heir:
Seat: Casterly Rock / Red Keep Lands: The Westerlands / The Crownlands
Title(s): Lord Paramount of the Westerlands · Lord of Casterly Rock · Warden of the West · King of the Rock (pre-War of Conquest)
Ancestors:Lann the Clever · Gerold Lannister · Tommen II Lannister · Loren Lannister · Tyland Lannister · Damon Lannister
Current members:Tyrion Lannister · Jaime Lannister · Dorna Lannister · Cynda Lannister · Lyman Lannister
Deceased members:Tytos Lannister · Joanna Lannister · Stafford Lannister · Alton Lannister · Martyn Lannister · Willem Lannister · Orson Lannister · Tywin Lannister · Lancel Lannister · Kevan Lannister
Household:Bronn · Gregor Clegane · Qyburn · {Amory Lorch} · {Polliver} · {Rorge} · {Biter}