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"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, and he was killed.[1]

Biography

Background

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

Season 2

Robb'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 he is killed.[1]

Family tree


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Famtree-TytosLannister
Tytos
Lannister

Deceased
 
House-Marbrand-Square
Jeyne Lannister
née Marbrand
Deceased
 
House-Lannister-heraldry
Jason
Lannister
Deceased
 
House-Lannister-heraldry
Marla Lannister
née Prester
Deceased
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Famtree-KevanLannister
Kevan
Lannister

Deceased
 
Famtree-TywinLannister
Tywin
Lannister

Deceased
 
House-Lannister-heraldry
Joanna
Lannister

Deceased
 
House-Lannister-heraldry
Stafford
Lannister

Deceased
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Famtree-CerseiLannister
Cersei
Lannister

Deceased
 
Famtree-JaimeLannister
Jaime
Lannister

Deceased
 
Famtree-TyrionLannister
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. 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 and Brynden Tully consider him a poor commander as he didn't scout the area believing Robb was far away. Tyrion is also very critical of Stafford for his failure and getting himself killed, calling him "my mutton-headed uncle." Robb 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

References

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Lord: Tyrion Lannister Heir:
House-Lannister-Main-Shield
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 · Dorna Lannister · Cynda Lannister · Lyman Lannister · Reginald Lannister
Deceased members:Tytos Lannister · Joanna Lannister · Stafford Lannister · Alton Lannister · Martyn Lannister · Willem Lannister · Orson Lannister · Tywin Lannister · Lancel Lannister · Kevan Lannister · Jaime Lannister · Cersei Lannister
Household:{Gregor Clegane} · {Qyburn} · {Amory Lorch} · {Polliver} · {Rorge} · {Biter}

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