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"You see that? Fifteen, she is. A little flower... and the honey's all mine."
Walder Frey to Catelyn Stark[src]

Joyeuse Frey, née Erenford, was a background character in the first season and reappears in the third. She was played by Kelly Long and debuts, uncredited, in the episode "Baelor." Joyeuse Erenford was the eighth wife of Lord Walder Frey, the Lord of the Crossing.



Joyeuse Erenford was 15 years old and the eighth wife of Lord Walder Frey.[1]

Season 1

Catelyn Stark talks to a knight of House Frey at the Crossroads Inn. He tells her that Lord Walder is about to celebrate his 90th nameday and has taken another wife in celebration of the event. Tyrion Lannister finds this notion amusing, at least until the Frey knight agrees to help Catelyn take Tyrion prisoner for the attempted murder of her son Bran.[2]

Walder and Joyeuse 1x09

Walder and his new wife.

Arriving at the Twins, Catelyn greets Lord Walder Frey and his young, 15-year-old wife, Lady Joyeuse, whom Lord Walder gropes even as he speaks. Walder dismisses his family, including Joyeuse, whilst he and Catelyn haggle on what price the Starks will pay to be allowed to cross the river.[3]

Season 3

Catelyn kills Joyeuse

Lady Frey is killed by Catelyn Stark

Lady Joyeuse is present at the main hall of the Twins when Robb Stark presents himself to pay his respects to Lord Walder and beg his forgiveness for the breaking of their marriage pact. She remains with her husband during the wedding ceremony of Edmure Tully and Roslin Frey and sits besides him during the feast, but doesn't take part in the bedding. When the massacre of the Stark household and bannermen begins, Joyeuse hides under a table while the carnage takes place. Injured, Catelyn Stark takes her hostage in exchange for the life of Robb. Lord Walder refuses, boasting he can get a new wife. After Robb is killed by Roose Bolton, Catelyn slits Joyeuse's throat.


Season One appearances
Winter is Coming The Kingsroad Lord Snow Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things The Wolf and the Lion
A Golden Crown You Win or You Die The Pointy End Baelor Fire and Blood
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

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Behind the scenes

Kelly Long has been a stand-in for Emilia Clarke, Michelle Fairley, Lena Headey, and Sophie Turner. In Season 2, Long began also working full-time for Game of Thrones' art department.[4]

In the books

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, Lady Joyeuse is slightly older than in the TV show, aged sixteen. House Erenford is a minor vassal house of the Riverlands, sworn to House Frey. In the books, Catelyn does not kill her during the Red Wedding, but Aegon (aka Jinglebell), Lord Frey's mentally disabled grandson. Lady Joyeuse is later mentioned to be pregnant.

See also


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 · Waldra Frey · Waldron Frey · Ryger Rivers · Black Walder Rivers
Deceased members:Joyeuse Erenford · "Fat Walda" Frey ·
Household:Malcolm · Talbot
Overlord:House Baratheon of King's Landing

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