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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, and they continue to serve as the Lords of Winterfell.

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 the Bolton household takes up residence in the rebuilt castle.

Season 5

Stannis Baratheon offers to legitimize Jon Snow. He admitted that his goal was to declare the newly legitimized Jon Stark Lord of Winterfell, surmising that the north lords would rally to the call of a Stark regardless of which House the Lannisters installed in Winterfell. Snow ultimately declined the offer, leaving Winterfell's heir as Sansa Stark nominally.

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: Lord Roose Bolton Heir: Ramsay Bolton
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 · Sansa Stark
Deceased members:Domeric 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: Prince Rickon Stark
Seat: Winterfell (formerly) Lands: The North
Title(s): King in the North · Lord Paramount of the North · Lord of Winterfell
Ancestors:Brandon the Builder · Brandon the Breaker · Dorren Stark · Rodrik Stark · Karlon Stark · Osric Stark · Torrhen Stark · Cregan Stark
Current members:Sansa Stark · Arya Stark · Benjen Stark
Deceased members:Rickard Stark · Brandon Stark · Lyanna Stark · Eddard Stark · King Robb Stark · Talisa Stark · Catelyn Stark · Jon Snow
Household:{Ser Rodrik Cassel} · {Maester Luwin} · {Jory Cassel} · {Vayon Poole} · {Septa Mordane} · Jeyne Poole · Osha · Hodor · Farlen · {Old Nan} · Mikken · Varly · Heward · Wyl · Tomard · Tommy · Jacks

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