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"She the fat one?"
―Jaime Lannister to Alton Lannister[src]

Cynda Lannister is an unseen character mentioned in the second season. Cynda is the mother of Ser Alton Lannister.

BiographyEdit

BackgroundEdit

Cynda Lannister is a member of a lesser branch of House Lannister and the mother of Ser Alton Lannister.

Season 2Edit

While in the Stark's stockade, Ser Alton says to Jaime, that his mother is Cynda Lannister. Jaime can't remember her, and asks if she's the fat one. Ser Alton admits she's got a little rounder with the years, and Jaime says that there is only one fat Lannister and he would know it, if she was. Jaime uses the reminiscences to draw Alton closer to him. He then murders Alton to facilitate an escape attempt.[1]

In the booksEdit

In the A Song of Ice and Fire books, there is no character named "Alton Lannister", nor that he has a mother named "Cynda Lannister". The character Cleos Frey has the role of being a captive of House Stark and delivering terms to House Lannister. Cleos Frey is the son of Ser Emmon Frey, Walder Frey's second son, and Genna Lannister, the only sister of Tywin Lannister. His name appears to have been changed so that TV viewers would not be confused that he is on the Lannisters' side, despite House Frey officially declaring for Robb Stark.

While Alton does serve in the same role as Cleos Frey in the books, it is later made clear that he is not the son of Genna Lannister as he mentions his mother is Cynda Lannister, whom Jaime has difficulty remembering. Thus "Alton Lannister" isn't as important a familial relation as Cleos Frey is; he is not Lord Tywin's nephew and Jaime's first cousin the way Cleos is in the books. Similarly, "Cynda Lannister" does not correspond to Genna Lannister.

ReferencesEdit

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Lord: Lord Tywin Lannister Heir: Tyrion Lannister (disputed)
House-Lannister-heraldry
Seat: Casterly Rock Lands: The Westerlands
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 · Loren Lannister
Current members:Kevan Lannister · Cersei Lannister · Jaime Lannister · Dorna Lannister · Lancel Lannister · Cynda Lannister · Sansa Stark
Deceased members:Tytos Lannister · Joanna Lannister · Stafford Lannister · Alton Lannister · Martyn Lannister · Willem Lannister
Household:Podrick Payne · Bronn · Gregor Clegane · Amory Lorch · Polliver · Rorge · Biter
Overlord:House Baratheon of King's Landing

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