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Lord of Winterfell
Warden of the North
Lord Paramount of the North
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Burned alive by the Mad King
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Family
{Brandon Stark} - son
{Eddard Stark} - son
{Catelyn Stark} - daugher-in-law
{Lyanna Stark} - daughter
Benjen Stark - son
{Robb Stark} - grandson
Jon Snow - grandson
Sansa Stark - granddaughter
Arya Stark - granddaughter
Bran Stark - grandson
Rickon Stark - grandson
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"That's my grandfather, Lord Rickard. He was burned alive by the Mad King, Aerys."
Bran Stark in the Winterfell crypts[src]

Rickard Stark is an unseen character in Game of Thrones. He is deceased when the events of the series begin. He is not expected to appear in the series. Rickard Stark was the Lord of Winterfell and head of House Stark. He was killed by the Mad King, Aerys II Targaryen.

BiographyEdit

BackgroundEdit

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Rickard and Brandon are arrested by Targaryen guards.

Rickard Stark was the head of House Stark and Lord Paramount of the North. The North is one of the constituent regions of the Seven Kingdoms and House Stark is one of the Great Houses of the realm. House Stark rule the region from their seat of Winterfell and Rickard also held the title Lord of Winterfell. He was also the Warden of the North.[1]

He served under King Aerys II (known as the Mad King). He is the father of Brandon, Eddard, Lyanna and Benjen Stark. He arranged for the betrothal of his daughter Lyanna Stark to Robert Baratheon, the Lord Paramount of the Stormlands. He also betrothed his son and heir Brandon Stark to Catelyn Tully, the daughter of Hoster Tully, Lord Paramount of the Riverlands. Both engagements were broken when Prince Rhaegar Targaryen abducted Lyanna. Brandon protested Rhaegar's actions and King Aerys responded by summoning Rickard to court in King's Landing. Both Brandon and Rickard were killed by the Mad King. These events provoked the civil war known as Robert's Rebellion.[2]

Season 1Edit

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Rickard is burned alive in wildfire by the Mad King.

When Lyanna was kidnapped by Prince Rhaegar Targaryen, the son of the King, Rickard's eldest son and heir, Brandon, rode to King's Landing seeking justice. Aerys II imprisoned Brandon and ordered that Rickard ride south to answer for his son's impertinence. Against advice, Rickard agreed, assuming that the matter would be settled through a trial or a bargain of some kind. Instead, Aerys had Lord Rickard burned alive while Brandon watched, and then had Brandon strangled.[3]

The kidnap of Lyanna and the cold-blooded murder of Rickard and Brandon Stark in front of the entire Royal Court made the new Lord of Winterfell, Eddard Stark, declare war against the Targaryen family, supported by Lyanna's betrothed, Robert Baratheon, and the powerful lords Hoster Tully and Jon Arryn. This sparked the beginning of the war known as Robert's Rebellion, which led to the near-destruction of House Targaryen and its removal from the Iron Throne.[4]

Reaching King's Landing, Lord Eddard Stark is greeted by Ser Jaime Lannister in the throne room, who recalls listening to Eddard's father and brother scream as hundreds watched them die at the whim of the Mad King. He suggests his assassination of the Mad King was an act of justice, but Eddard dismisses that as a paltry self-justification for breaking his solemn Kingsguard vows.[5]

Family treeEdit

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lord Stark tree
Rickard Stark
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Lady Stark
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Brandon Stark
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Catelyn Tree
Catelyn Stark
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Eddard tree
Eddard Stark
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"Wylla"
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Lyanna tree
Lyanna Stark
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Benjen Tree
Benjen Stark
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Robb Stark
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Family tree Talisa
Talisa Stark
née Maegyr
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Sansa Stark
 
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Arya Stark
 
Bran fam tree
Bran Stark
 
Rickon fam tree
Rickon Stark
 
Jon Snow family tree image
Jon Snow
Night's Watch Night's-Watch-sigil
 
Ygritte tree
Ygritte
Deceased
 
 
 

QuotesEdit

Eddard Stark: "My father once told me you were the best he'd ever seen. I never the man to be wrong about matters of combat."
Barristan Selmy: "He was a fine man, your father. What the Mad King did to him was a terrible crime."
Barristan Selmy recalls Rickard's death.[src]

In the booksEdit

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, Rickard's role is unchanged.

In A Clash of Kings, Jaime Lannister explains to Catelyn Stark just how he died: Rickard demanded trial by combat to clear his son's name, assuming he would face a Kingsguard such as Jaime, but the Mad King had him locked in a cage with fire spewing beneath it, saying "Fire is the champion of House Targaryen" when Brandon tried to stop his father's death, he ended up strangling himself due to the device the Targaryen men had strapped him to. Jaime did not say how many knights were present, only that Gerold Hightower was there, and told him that they were sworn to defend the king, not to judge him.

Rickard's father was Lord Edwyle Stark. Edwyle's sister (Rickard's aunt) married a junior member of House Royce from the Vale, and through her the Royces are blood relatives of the Starks. The Royce whom Rickard's aunt married was a member of the cadet branch of the main line of that family known as House Royce of the Gates of the Moon (or perhaps, he was specifically the founder of that cadet branch). Thus Nestor Royce, the head of House Royce of the Gates of the Moon at the time of the War of the Five Kings, is Eddard Stark's second cousin. After hearing of the Sack of Winterfell and the alleged deaths of his brothers, Eddard's son Robb Stark felt the need to name a new heir (otherwise the Lannisters would press a claim to Winterfell through Sansa's forced marriage to Tyrion). Eddard's widow Catelyn Tully suggested naming one of the Royces due to this distant blood relationship - either way the point was rendered moot after the deaths of them both and the destruction of the Northern army at the Red Wedding.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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Lord: Prince Bran Stark Heir: Prince Rickon Stark
House-Stark-heraldry
Seat: Winterfell (formerly) Lands: The North
Title(s): King in the North · Lord Paramount of the North · Lord of Winterfell
Ancestors:Brandon the Builder · Rodrik Stark · Karlon Stark · Torrhen Stark · Cregan Stark
Current members:Sansa Stark · Arya Stark · Benjen Stark · Jon Snow
Deceased members:Rickard Stark · Brandon Stark · Lyanna Stark · Eddard Stark · King Robb Stark · Talisa Stark · Catelyn Stark
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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