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Talisa Stark: "They're good, aren't they?"
Lothar Frey: "They'd want to be for what they cost us!"
— Talisa Stark and Lothar Frey[src]
drummer is an unnamed minor character in the third season. He is played by guest star Will Champion of the British band Coldplay and only appears in "The Rains of Castamere".



He is an assassin who poses as a musician. Along with a group of others, he is hired by Lothar Frey to participate in the Red Wedding.

Season 3


The drummer (center) with the other musicians/assassins

He is one of the musicians who performs at the wedding of Lord Edmure Tully and Roslin Frey. As they perform "The Bear and the Maiden Fair", Talisa Stark comments on their talent to Lothar Frey, who replies that they should want to be good due to their cost.

After the bedding, they begin playing "The Rains of Castamere", signalling the soldiers of House Frey and House Bolton to turn on the soldiers of House Stark and House Tully. After Lord Walder Frey makes a toast to Robb Stark, the musicians draw crossbows and fire upon the Young Wolf and his supporters.[1]


Season Three appearances
Valar Dohaeris Dark Wings, Dark Words Walk of Punishment And Now His Watch is Ended Kissed by Fire
The Climb The Bear and the Maiden Fair Second Sons The Rains of Castamere Mhysa

In the books

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, the musicians at the Red Wedding are noted to be terrible, however this is due to the fact that they are actually sellswords and crossbowmen in disguise.

Based on Lothar's comment to Talisa in the TV series, the musicians are a group of assassins who developed musical talent to avoid suspicion, hence it cost the Freys a lot of gold to hire them.


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