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"I'm going to pick the fastest ship in our fleet. I'm going to choose the fifty best killers on the Iron Islands. I'm going to sail up the narrow sea, all the way to the Weeping Water. I'm going to march on the Dreadfort. I'm going to find my little brother. And I'm going to bring him home."
―Yara Greyjoy[src]

The Assault on the Dreadfort is an attempted rescue mission during the War of the Five Kings.



"Leave the North now, or more boxes will follow... with more Theon."
―Ramsay Snow in his letter to Balon Greyjoy[src]
It's a dick in a box

Ramsay sends Theon's severed penis to Balon Greyjoy.

Following the Sack of Winterfell, Theon Greyjoy is taken prisoner by Ramsay Snow, the bastard son of Lord Roose Bolton, and held hostage at The Dreadfort.[1]

When Yara learns of her brother's imprisonment and torture by the Boltons she resolves to rescue him, recruiting fifty of the Iron Islands most seasoned raiders, and sets sail for the Dreadfort. Yara and her crew sail around the west coast of Westeros, up the Narrow Sea to the Weeping Water.[2]

The Assault

Assault on the Dreadfort

Yara Greyjoy and her crew sailing up the Weeping Water to the Dreadfort.

"This is turning into a lovely evening."
Ramsay Snow to the invading ironmen[src]

Yara and some members of her crew sail up the Weeping Water on a small boat and scale a wall of the Dreadfort to infiltrate the castle. Yara kills a Bolton guard and takes another hostage, demanding to know where Theon is. The guard reveals Theon is in the kennels and is promptly killed.

As the castle garrison becomes aware of the invaders and the alarm is sounded, Yara finds Theon inside a kennel cage. He refuses to leave with his sister, fearing its another of Ramsay's mind games and insisting that he's "Reek". Soon, a group of Bolton men led by Ramsay arrives at the kennels. As the Northmen and ironborn fight and kill each other, Yara tries to drag the resisting Theon with her. Theon bites her hand and returns to his cage. Ramsay then releases his hounds on Yara and the few surviving ironborn.

Yara and the surviving ironborn flee the Dreadfort and return to their boat. She now considers Theon to be dead.


"My brother is dead."
―Yara Greyjoy[src]

As a reward for his demonstration of loyalty and "love", Ramsay rewards Reek with a bath, cleaning his pet himself. Ramsay then offers Reek a new service: to pretend to be Theon Greyjoy.

In the books

The Assault on the Dreadfort does not occur in the A Song of Ice and Fire novels. Instead, Asha (Yara's book counterpart) remains garrisoned at Deepwood Motte, as per her father's orders, and is ignorant of Theon's survival.


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