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Winterfell, the seat of the Lord of Winterfell.

The Lord of Winterfell is the ruler of the stronghold Winterfell, the capital of the North. Lords of Winterfell have traditionally also served as Lords Paramount of the North and as Wardens of the North. As Lord Paramount of the North, the Lord of Winterfell is the ruler of the entire region of the North while as Warden of the North, he is tasked with defending Westeros from attacks from north of the Wall.

In the past, the Lord of Winterfell was also given the title of the King in the North, during its time as an independent kingdom. A colloquial title also used for the Kings in the North was The Kings of Winter. House Stark ruled as Kings in the North for thousands of years until Roose Bolton's betrayal as part of the Red Wedding. House Stark reclaimed this title after the Second Battle for Winterfell, this title is now given to Lady Sansa Stark.

Recent events

Season 1

Rickard Stark held the title until he was murdered by the Mad King during Robert's Rebellion.[1] When the series begins, Rickard's second son Eddard Stark is the holder until his death when the title passed to his eldest son, Robb.[2] Following Eddard's execution under false acts of treason by King Joffrey Baratheon, Robb Stark goes to war and leaves his eldest brother Bran to be Lord of Winterfell in his absence. Robb stylizes himself King in the North like the Starks of old. Robb promises to avenge his father and separate the North from the rule of the Seven Kingdoms.[3]

Season 2

During the War of the Five Kings, Balon Greyjoy rises in rebellion against the Iron Throne and stylizes himself as King of the Iron Islands. King Balon sends his daughter Yara to seize Deepwood Motte, his brother Victarion to seize Moat Cailin and his son Theon to raid the Stony Shore.[4]

However, Theon decides to use an attack on Torrhen's Square as a distraction. With Winterfell undefended, Theon seized the chance and took Winterfell as his own, making him the new Lord of Winterfell.[5]

Season 3

In exchange for his part in the Red Wedding, Roose Bolton is named Warden of the North, becoming the new Lord of Winterfell, although he does not immediately move there.

Season 4

After the Fall of Moat Cailin, the Bolton army occupies the ruined fortress of Winterfell and begins restoring it as House Bolton settles in as the new rulers of the North.

Season 5

Stannis Baratheon offers to legitimize Jon Snow. He admits that his goal is to legitimize Jon as a full member of House Stark and install him as the Lord of Winterfell, surmising that the Northern lords will rally to Stannis's cause to take the Iron Throne if Stannis has the backing of a Stark lord. Jon ultimately declines the offer, leaving Winterfell's heir as Ramsay Bolton.

Season 6

Ramsay becomes the new Lord of Winterfell after he kills Roose Bolton, Walda Bolton and their newborn son.

After the Second Battle of Winterfell, after the defeat and death of Ramsay Bolton, Lady Sansa Stark is now Lady of Winterfell.

Lords of Winterfell

Historical Lords of Winterfell

  • Brandon the Builder, legendary figure who according to myth began construction of Winterfell eight thousand years ago.
  • Torrhen Stark, Lord of Winterfell during the Targaryen Conquest.
  • Cregan Stark, Lord of Winterfell during the Dance of the Dragons.


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Lord: None, extinct Heir: None, extinct House-Bolton-Main-Shield
Seat: Winterfell
The Dreadfort
Lands: The North
Title(s): Red King (former) · Lord of the Dreadfort
Ancestors:Rogar Bolton
Current members:None, extinct
Deceased members:Domeric Bolton · Ramsay Bolton · Roose Bolton · Walda Bolton
Household:{Locke} · Steelshanks · {Myranda} · {Tansy} · {Violet} · {Master Torturer} · Maester Wolkan
Overlord:House Baratheon of King's Landing
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Lord: Prince Bran Stark Heir: Sansa Stark
Seat: Winterfell Lands: The North
Title(s): King in the North · Lord Paramount of the North · Lord of Winterfell · Warden of the North
Ancestors:Brandon the Builder · Brandon the Breaker · Dorren Stark · Rodrik Stark · Karlon Stark · Osric Stark · Torrhen Stark · Cregan Stark
Current members:Arya Stark · Benjen Stark · Jon Snow
Deceased members:Rickard Stark · Brandon Stark · Lyanna Stark · Eddard Stark · King Robb Stark · Talisa Stark · Catelyn Stark · Rickon Stark
Household:{Ser Rodrik Cassel} · {Maester Luwin} · {Jory Cassel} · {Vayon Poole} · {Septa Mordane} · Brienne of Tarth · Jeyne Poole · {Osha} · Hodor · Farlen · {Old Nan} · Mikken

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