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This article is about granddaughter of Walder Frey, for other uses see Walda Frey (disambiguation).
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Walda Bolton
4, 5
First seen
Last seen
Appeared in
Mentioned in
Lady of Winterfell
Lady of the Dreadfort
Also known as
Fat Walda Frey
Date of birth
House Bolton - by marriage
House Frey - by birth
Walder Frey - grandfather
Roose Bolton - husband
Ramsay Snow - stepson
Lothar Frey - uncle
Olyvar Frey - uncle
Waldron Frey - uncle
Ryger Rivers - bastard uncle
Black Walder Rivers - bastard uncle
Roslin Tully - aunt
Edmure Tully - uncle
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"Lord Walder let me choose any of his granddaughters and promised me the girl's weight in silver as a dowry, so I have a fat young bride."
―Roose Bolton[src]

Walda Bolton, née Frey, better known as Fat Walda, is a minor character in the fourth and fifth seasons. She is the new wife of Roose Bolton, the Lord of the Dreadfort. She is portrayed by Elizabeth Webster.



Walda is a member of House Frey and a granddaughter of Lord Walder Frey.

Season 3Edit

During the wedding feast of Edmure Tully and Roslin Frey, Lord Bolton recounts to Catelyn Stark and Ser Brynden "Blackfish" Tully how Lord Walder Frey proposed him to marry one of his granddaughters and offered her weight in silver as dowry. Lord Bolton then adds he chose the fattest bride available and she has made him very rich.[1]

Season 4Edit

"A pleasure, mother"
―Ramsay Snow to his new step-mother.[src]

Walda travels north with her new husband to the Bolton's ancestral castle: The Dreadfort. She is clearly intimidated by her new surroundings and greets her step-son Ramsay with a meek "hello", even though Ramsay greets her politely, calls her "mother" and kisses her on the cheek.[2]


Season Four appearances
Two Swords The Lion and the Rose Breaker of Chains Oathkeeper First of His Name
The Laws of Gods and Men Mockingbird The Mountain and the Viper The Watchers on the Wall The Children

Family treeEdit

Seven wives,
and numerous mistresses
Walder Frey
Joyeuse tree
Joyeuse Frey
née Erenford
Stevron tree
Stevron Frey
Lothar tree
"Lame Lothar" Frey
Roslin tree
Roslin Frey
Family tree Edmure
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Various sons and daughters
Black Walder Frey tree
"Black Walder" Rivers
Ryger Rivers
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"Fat Walda" Frey
Numerous grandsons and granddaughters

In the booksEdit

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, Fat Walda is the second of three daughters of Merrett Frey and Mariya Darry. Merret is himself the ninth son of Lord Walder. She is known for her gluttony, hence her nickname, which her father considers shameful (though less shameful than her older sister Amerei, known as "Gatehouse Ami" for her blatant promiscuity). 

Lord Walder taunted Merrett that Walda is "a sow in silk", and that was the only reason Roose married her; and that the Freys would have had the same alliance at half the price if "the little porkling" put down her spoon from time to time.

She is described as a round pink butterball of a girl, with watery eyes, a huge bosom and limp yellow hair. Her voice is thin and squeaky. She is fifteen years old when she marries Roose (though in the medieval culture of Westeros, the age of adulthood is sixteen, and girls are often married younger than this if they have already flowered). Walda has a giggling, fun-loving, even charming personality, and is known for cracking bawdy jokes. It is loosely implied, however, that this is simply an outward persona that she affects to fool others into thinking she is harmless, when she is actually very intelligent (some of her bawdy jokes can actually be quite witty).

When Roose stays in Harrenhal, Walda writes him letters almost every day, all the letters are the same: "I pray for you morn, noon, and night, my sweet lord, and count the days until you share my bed again. Return to me soon, and I will give you many trueborn sons to take the place of your dear Domeric and rule the Dreadfort after you." Arya Stark is present when Roose receives one such letter, but he may have never responded to any of them. Roose tells Arya to burn Walda's love letters, though this is not particularly significant, as Roose burns all of his personal correspondence to prevent his enemies from reading it.

Fat Walda attends the Red Wedding and sits next to Catelyn Stark. It is Fat Walda who tells Ser Wendel Manderly, while Catelyn overhears, about her grandfather's dowry offer to Lord Bolton. She is one of the many Frey girls that King Robb Stark politely dances with during the festivities.

Walda is fully aware that Roose chose to marry her instead of another Frey girl (Fair Walda, granddaughter of Stevron Frey) simply so he could get her weight in silver, but nonetheless she is very grateful to him, as marrying the head of a powerful House drastically elevated her social standing. Roose initially thought Walda would be an annoying distraction, but later says that despite himself he has become oddly fond of her. His first two wives were silent and still when he had sex with them, but Walda makes a lot of noise and openly enjoys it, which Roose finds somewhat endearing.

See alsoEdit


v  d  e
Lord: Lord Walder Frey Heir: Ser Stevron Frey
Seat: The Twins · Riverrun Lands: Riverlands
Title(s): Lord of the Crossing · Lord of Riverrun · Lord Paramount of the Trident
Current members:Arwaya Frey · Derwa Frey · Freya Frey · Janeya Frey · Lothar Frey · Marianne Frey · Merry Frey · Neyela Frey · Olyvar Frey · Roslin Frey · Sarra Frey · Serra Frey · Shirei Frey · Walda Frey · "Fat Walda" Frey · Waldra Frey · Waldron Frey · Ryger Rivers · Black Walder Rivers
Deceased members:Joyeuse Erenford
Household:Malcolm · Talbot
Overlord:House Baratheon of King's Landing
v  d  e
Lord: Lord Roose Bolton Heir: Ramsay Bolton
Bolton mini flag
Seat: Winterfell
The Dreadfort
Lands: The North
Title(s): Red King (former) · Lord of the Dreadfort · Warden of the North · Lord Paramount of the North · Lord of Winterfell
Ancestors:Rogar Bolton
Current members:Walda Bolton
Deceased members:Domeric Bolton
Household:{Locke} · Reek · Steelshanks · Myranda· {Tansy} · Violet · {Master Torturer}
Overlord:House Baratheon of King's Landing

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