Wyman Manderly

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Wyman Manderly
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Lord Wyman Manderly by Borja Pindado © Fantasy Flight Games

  • Lord Lamprey[1]
  • Lord Too-Fat-to-Sit-a-Horse[2]
  • Lord Pig[3]
  • Lord Lard[4]
Allegiance House Manderly
Culture Northmen
Born In 239242 AC[5]White Harbor[6]
Spouse Deceased wife[1]

Played by Sean Blowers
TV series Game of Thrones: Season 6

Wyman Manderly is the Lord of White Harbor and the head of House Manderly. He also holds several honorary titles: Warden of the White Knife, Shield of the Faith, Defender of the Dispossessed, Lord Marshal of the Mander, and Knight of the Order of the Green Hand.[7] A widower for the past eight years, Wyman has two adult sons, Ser Wylis and Ser Wendel Manderly. In the television adaptation Game of Thrones, he is portrayed by Sean Blowers.

Appearance and Character

Wyman is nearly sixty years old, with a massive belly and fingers the size of sausages.[8] Lord Manderly has pale blue eyes[7] and a beard.[9] He appears to have four chins.[4] Wyman is so fat he can no longer ride a horse and must be carried in a litter, leading to the nickname Lord Too-Fat-to-Sit-a-Horse.[1][2]

Wyman is amiable and has a loud, booming laugh.[1] He is mocked by his own people as Lord Lamprey.[1] By his own admission, and because of his physical appearance, Wyman is seen by many as craven and foolish. This is a clever front, however, as Wyman is shrewd, calculating, and intelligent. Lord Manderly is also staunchly loyal to House Stark.[10]

Wyman wears rich clothing, including a velvet blue-green doublet embroidered with golden thread. A golden trident pins his mantle to his shoulder.[10] A prodigious eater, he enjoys boiled eggs,[4] capons,[1] eels,[8] lampreys,[11] pork pies,[9] porridge,[12] and sausages.[4] Lord Manderly has a large cushioned throne in the Merman's Court.[7]


Wyman loved to ride horses as a boy and he won some small acclaim in the lists when he was a young man. However, he has grown too big to ride.[10]

Wyman participated in the Battle of the Trident during Robert's Rebellion. He granted the Wolf's Den to Ser Bartimus after the latter saved Wyman's life in the battle.[10]

Lord Manderly has been a widower since about 291 AC.[1]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

While in King's Landing, Lord Eddard Stark asks his wife, Lady Catelyn Stark, to instruct Lord Wyman to strengthen the defenses of White Harbor and keep them well garrisoned.[13] Wyman meets Catelyn when she comes ashore at White Harbor after her return from the Eyrie. He stays to command the defense of the city when Robb Stark calls his banners. He sends his two sons, Ser Wylis and Ser Wendel, in his absence.[8]

A Clash of Kings

Wyman Manderly by The Mico

Wyman comes to Winterfell to partake in the harvest feast, bringing a retinue of knights, retainers, and entertainers,[1] as well as twenty casks of seafood.[11] To Bran Stark, Ser Rodrik Cassel, and Maester Luwin, Lord Manderly proposes to mint new coinage for Robb, the new King in the North, and a new war fleet for the north. He also offers himself or Wendel as a possible new husband for the widowed Lady Donella Hornwood.[1] Despite his size, Wyman dances gracefully with Beth Cassel during the feast.[11]

When Ramsay Snow, the Bastard of Bolton, kidnaps and forcibly marries Lady Hornwood, Wyman moves quickly to seize Hornwood and prevent House Bolton from having it.[14]

In response to Theon Greyjoy's capture of Winterfell, Wyman sends a dozen barges packed with knights, warhorses, and siege engines up the White Knife to join Rodrik's army.[15] However, these Stark loyalists are betrayed by Ramsay and the garrison of the Dreadfort in the battle at Winterfell.[16]

A Storm of Swords

While traveling in the wolfswood, the crippled Bran recalls that during the harvest feast Lord Wyman looked at him with less pity than other northern lords. However, Bran does not know if White Harbor is safe from the Boltons, and he decides instead to journey beyond the Wall to find the three-eyed crow.[17]

Wyman's heir, Ser Wylis, is captured by Ser Gregor Clegane in the fighting at the fords of the Trident.[18] His second son, Ser Wendel, is killed by crossbowmen at the Twins when King Robb is betrayed by House Frey in the Red Wedding.[19]

A Feast for Crows

King Tommen I Baratheon's small council learns that Wyman has imprisoned Lord Davos Seaworth, an envoy of Stannis Baratheon, and Queen Regent Cersei Lannister orders Lord Manderly to execute the Onion Lord.[20] It is later reported to Cersei that Wyman has had Davos executed. Members of House Frey testify that they have seen his head, confirming Wyman's claim.[21] In return, Cersei orders her brother, Ser Jaime Lannister, to release Wylis from captivity at Harrenhal.[22]

A Dance with Dragons

Stannis Baratheon sends a letter from Castle Black to White Harbor demanding fealty to him as king. Wyman responds with obfuscation, speaking of his age and infirmity. Jon Snow informs Stannis that Val would refuse to marry Wyman.[2]

Robett Glover comes to White Harbor to try raising men, but it is believed that Lord Manderly is refusing his pleas. Supported by the Iron Throne, Rhaegar, Symond, and Jared arrive in White Harbor on Lionstar as envoys and to return the bones of Ser Wendel Manderly.[23] In return for the freedom of his surviving son, Ser Wylis Manderly, for whom he has to pay a ransom of three thousand dragons, and peace with the Iron Throne, Wyman agrees to marry a daughter of Lord Walder Frey and to marry his granddaughters Wynafryd and Wylla to Rhaegar and Little Walder Frey, respectively. Wyman also agrees to relinquish his claim to Hornwood.[7]

Lord Davos Seaworth arrives to treat with Wyman on behalf of Stannis and is brought before the Merman's Court. A large audience is present, with the three Freys and Wylis's family in attendance. A pallid Wyman listens to Jared claim that Wendel sacrificed his life to save Lord Walder Frey from Robb Stark, who had turned into a wolf. When Rhaegar insults Robb, claiming he was a vile dog who died like one, and that Tommen I Baratheon is the rightful king, Wyman agrees with him. Wylla speaks in favor of Davos, saying they should join Stannis for vengeance and that she will not marry a Frey, but Lord Wyman threatens to send her to the silent sisters. After Wyman hears Davos's plea to join Stannis's cause, he orders his cousin, Ser Marlon Manderly, to have Davos executed.[7]

Instead of executing Davos, Wyman sends Davos to comfortable captivity in the Wolf's Den, a prison in White Harbor, and a criminal who resembles Davos is killed instead. The unnamed man's head and hands are removed and dipped in tar, and his fingers are shortened by Ser Bartimus so that the publicly-displayed remains look like Davos's. Once the Freys inform Cersei's small council that Lord Manderly ordered the execution of the Onion Lord, the Iron Throne returns Wylis from captivity at Maidenpool.[10]

During the celebration feast welcoming Wylis home to White Harbor, Wyman meets secretly in the New Castle with Davos and Robett. He apologizes for the way in which Davos has been treated, tells him he agrees with Wylla about the debt White Harbor owes the Starks, and explains he is acting cowardly to deceive the Lannisters and Freys. Wyman has been building warships at White Harbor and hiding them up the White Knife.[10] He claims there are spies around him, not trusting Maester Theomore, who was born a Lannister of Lannisport. Wyman learned from Wex Pyke, a survivor of the sack of Winterfell, that Ramsay Bolton was responsible for the massacre. Wyman promises Davos he will swear allegiance to Stannis if Rickon Stark is retrieved from Skagos.[10][24]

Wyman with his three pies, by Jake Murray © Fantasy Flight Games

Wyman leaves White Harbor to attend the wedding of Ramsay to "Arya Stark" with an armed escort. Before doing so, he gives his three Frey guests a palfrey each; guest gifts are given to guests when they leave their host's protection, meaning they are no longer under the protection of guest right.[3] The Frey envoys disappear while en route to Barrowton.[3] Wyman claims the Freys rode ahead of him, being that he cannot ride a horse and instead travels slowly by barge and litter. Wyman is distraught and the leaders of the Frey contingent, Ser Hosteen and Ser Aenys, sons of Lord Walder Frey, are distressed at their kinsmen's disappearance.[3] Big Walder Frey thinks the envoys were killed by Wyman.[3]

Lord Roose Bolton, the new Warden of the North, moves his son Ramsay's wedding from Barrowton to Winterfell.[3] Wyman brings a huge supply of food but no hostages, which unsettles Roose.[3] Wyman provides food and drink for the wedding feast, during which the jolly lord calls for Abel to sing "The Night That Ended" and about Danny Flint. He serves three huge pies himself, the first portions to Roose and Walda Bolton and the next to Hosteen and Aenys, and Lord Manderly eats two slice from each pie himself.[9] Roose does not eat or drink anything unless he sees Wyman taste it first. While being helped from the hall, a drunken Wyman tells Abel to sing of the Rat Cook.[9]

Among the snowmen that squires build along the battlements of Winterfell, one resembling Wyman is the fattest snowman Theon Greyjoy has ever seen. Lady Barbrey Dustin does not believe that Roose would allow Lord Manderly to survive the upcoming battle with Stannis.[12]

When tensions arise from the blizzard, Aenys and Hosteen accuse Lord Manderly of being responsible for the disappearance of their kin, but Wyman pleads ignorance.[25] Aenys suspects the Manderlys are to blame after several men-at-arms in the castle are murdered, but Barbrey and Ser Roger Ryswell are skeptical.[25] When Little Walder Frey is murdered, Hosteen accuses Wyman, who denies the charge yet at the same time insults House Frey, which causes an enraged Hosteen to attack Wyman. Lord Manderly's throat is nearly slit open but his knights intervene, and Wyman's wounds are treated by Maester Medrick. Roose orders Wyman to have his men march on Stannis from Winterfell's east gate.[4]

The Winds of Winter

This information has thus far been released in a sample chapter for The Winds of Winter, and might therefore not be in finalized form. Keep in mind that the content as described below is still subject to change.

Having escaped from Winterfell and been brought to the crofters' village, Theon Greyjoy tells Stannis Baratheon that Roose Bolton has sent the Freys and Manderlys to confront him. Stannis is angered at Wyman's support of the Boltons, but Theon does not believe Wyman would coordinate with the Freys against Stannis.[26]

Quotes by Wyman

If I had thought to see war again in my lifetime, I should have eaten a few less eels.[8]

—Wyman, to Catelyn Stark

Why, no prince is ever late. "Those who arrive before him have come early, that's all.[1]

—Wyman, to Bran Stark

King Robb has no more loyal servant than Wyman Manderly.[1]

—Wyman, to Rodrik Cassel

When treating with liars, even an honest man must lie.[10]

—Wyman, to Davos Seaworth

I am fat, and many think that makes me weak and foolish.[10]

—Wyman, to Davos Seaworth

My son Wendel came to the Twins a guest. He ate Lord Walder's bread and salt, and hung his sword upon the wall to feast with friends. And they murdered him. Murdered, I say, and may the Freys choke upon their fables. I drink with Jared, jape with Symond, promise Rhaegar the hand of my own beloved granddaughter ... but never think that means I have forgotten. The north remembers, Lord Davos. The north remembers, and the mummer's farce is almost done. My son is home.[10]

—Wyman, to Davos Seaworth

The wolf will prove the boy is who we say he is, should the Dreadfort attempt to deny him. That is my price, Lord Davos. Smuggle me back my liege lord, and I will take Stannis Baratheon as my king.[10]

—Wyman, to Davos Seaworth

The best pie you have ever tasted, my lords. Wash it down with Arbor gold and savor every bite. I know I shall.[9]

Hosteen: We know the man who did this. Killed this boy and all the rest. Not by his own hand, no. He is too fat and craven to do his own killing. But by his word. Do you deny it?
Wyman: I confess ... I confess that I know little of this poor boy. Lord Ramsay's squire, was he not? How old was the lad?
Hosteen: Nine, on his last nameday.
Wyman: So young. Though mayhaps this was a blessing. Had he lived he would have grown up to be a Frey.[4]

Hosteen Frey and Wyman

Quotes about Wyman

The great pig Manderly was too craven to leave White Harbor, or we would have brought him as well.[27]

Ramsay Snow after displaying the bodies of Rodrik Cassel, Leobald Tallhart, and Cley Cerwyn

If one head was enough to appease a prince of Dorne, a bag of them should be more than adequate for a fat northman wrapped in sealskins.[20]

Cersei Lannister's thoughts

Gods be good, thought Davos, when he saw Lord Wyman's face, this man looks half a corpse.[7]

Davos Seaworth's thoughts

The fat man would like to kill us all, I do not doubt, but he does not have the belly for it, for all his girth. Under that sweaty flesh beats a heart as craven and cringing as ... well ... yours.[9]

Aenys: We must look at Manderly. Lord Wyman loves us not.
Roger: He loves his steaks and chops and meat pies, though. Prowling the castle by dark would require him to leave the table. The only time he does that is when he seeks the privy for one of his hourlong squats.[25]

Stannis: Wyman Manderly. Lord Too-Fat-to-Sit-a-Horse. Too fat to come to me, yet he comes to Winterfell. Too fat to bend the knee and swear me his sword, yet now he wields that sword for Bolton. I sent my Onion Lord to treat with him, and Lord Too-Fat butchered him and mounted his head and hands on the walls of White Harbor for the Frey to gloat over. And the Freys ... has the Red Wedding been forgotten?
Theon: The north remembers. The Red Wedding, Lady Hornwood's fingers, the sack of Winterfell, Deepwood Motte and Torrhen's Square, they remember all of it.[26]



See also


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 16, Bran II.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 3, Jon I.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 32, Reek III.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 51, Theon I.
  5. See the Wyman Manderly calculation.
  6. George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Wyman Manderly.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 19, Davos III.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 55, Catelyn VIII.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 37, The Prince of Winterfell.
  10. 10.00 10.01 10.02 10.03 10.04 10.05 10.06 10.07 10.08 10.09 10.10 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 29, Davos IV.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 21, Bran III.
  12. 12.0 12.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 41, The Turncloak.
  13. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 20, Eddard IV.
  14. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 28, Bran IV.
  15. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 56, Theon V.
  16. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 66, Bran VII.
  17. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 9, Bran I.
  18. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 49, Catelyn VI.
  19. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 51, Catelyn VII.
  20. 20.0 20.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 17, Cersei IV.
  21. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 24, Cersei V.
  22. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 27, Jaime III.
  23. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 15, Davos II.
  24. George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Davos Seaworth.
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 46, A Ghost in Winterfell.
  26. 26.0 26.1 The Winds of Winter, Theon I
  27. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 66, Theon VI.
Last known title holder:
Torrhen Manderly
Lord of White Harbor
Warden of the White Knife
Shield of the Faith
Defender of the Dispossessed
Lord Marshal of the Mander
Heir apparent:
Wylis Manderly