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Roose Bolton: "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."
Catelyn Stark: "I hope she makes you very happy."
Roose Bolton: "Well, she's made me very rich."
Roose Bolton to Catelyn Stark[src]

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

BiographyEdit

BackgroundEdit

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 that he marry one of his granddaughters and offered her weight in silver as a dowry. Lord Bolton then adds he chose the fattest bride available. Catelyn tactfully responded that she hoped that this has made him happy, to which he replies, "She's made me very rich."[1]

Season 4Edit

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

Season 5Edit

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Walda waits with her husband Roose for Sansa.

Walda travels to Winterfell with Roose, Ramsay, and others from the Bolton household. She is there to greet Ramsay's betrothed, Sansa Stark.[3]

At a "family" dinner, Ramsay remains polite toward Walda, filling her cup with wine, to which Walda thanks him with suspicion. Walda tries to sympathize with Sansa, saying it must be difficult being in a strange place, which is something that Walda is experiencing herself. Sansa reminds her that Winterfell is her home, and states that she it is the people who are strange. This prompts Ramsay to bring Reek into the room to serve more wine for everybody, including Walda, who is visibly repulsed by him.

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Walda at the family dinner.

When Roose senses that Ramsay is getting too smug for his own good, he prompts Walda to announce that she is pregnant. Roose adds that from the way she is carrying Maester Wolkan says it looks like a boy, which clearly distresses Ramsay but delights Sansa.

Ramsay later confronts Roose about the news, expressing his concern of his inheritance to The North, in the event that the child is a boy. Ramsay also takes several jabs at Walda's weight, and ponders how Roose was able to consummate his marriage. However, Roose assures that Ramsay is and will remain his son and heir, and is to succeed him – although he maintains his implied threat that Ramsay had better behave himself if that is to remain the plan.[4]

Walda is later present at Ramsay and Sansa's wedding ceremony in the Winterfell godswood.[5]

Season 6 Edit

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Walda allows Ramsay to hold his baby brother, just before they are mauled to death by his dogs.

Walda eventually gives birth to a baby boy and shortly thereafter, is summoned along with the baby to Winterfell's courtyard by Ramsay who leads her into the kennels. Quickly realizing that Roose is dead and what is about to happen, she begs Ramsay to let her go, saying that she will go back to the Riverlands and never set foot in Winterfell again. She also reminds Ramsay that her son is his half-brother. Her pleas fall on deaf ears, however, and Ramsay unleashes his hounds who proceed to kill both her and her newborn son. [6]

Walda and her son are later avenged along with many others when Ramsay is devoured by his own hounds after his defeat in the Battle of the Bastards.[7]

AppearancesEdit

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
Season Five appearances
The Wars to Come The House of Black and White High Sparrow Sons of the Harpy Kill the Boy
Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken The Gift Hardhome The Dance of Dragons Mother’s Mercy
Season Six appearances
The Red Woman Home Oathbreaker Book of the Stranger The Door
Blood of My Blood The Broken Man No One Battle of the Bastards The Winds of Winter

Image GalleryEdit

Family treeEdit

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
House-Frey-heraldry
Seven wives,
and numerous mistresses
Deceased
 
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Walder Frey
Deceased
 
Joyeuse tree
Joyeuse Frey
née Erenford
Deceased
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stevron tree
Stevron Frey
Possibly Deceased
 
Lothar tree
"Lame Lothar" Frey
Deceased
 
Roslin tree
Roslin Frey
 
Family tree Edmure
Edmure Tully House-Tully-Main-Shield
 
House-Frey-heraldry
Various sons and daughters
 
Black Walder Frey tree
"Black Walder" Rivers
Deceased
 
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Ryger Rivers
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Roose-Bolton-family-tree
Roose Bolton House-Bolton-Main-Shield
Deceased
 
Fat-Walda-Frey-family-tree
"Fat Walda" Frey
Deceased
 
House-Frey-heraldry
Numerous grandsons and granddaughters
 

Quotes Edit

Walda: "Where is Lord Bolton?"
Ramsay: "I am Lord Bolton."
Walda: "Ramsay...Ramsay please. I'll leave Winterfell. I'll go back to the Riverlands. Please...Ramsay. He's your brother."
Ramsay: "I prefer being an only child."
— Walda begs for her life and child before being mauled by Ramsay's dogs.[src]

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. Merrett 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", her weight being the only reason Roose married her. He remarks 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. 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 secretly very intelligent - some of her bawdy jokes can actually be quite witty.

When Roose stays in Harrenhal, Walda writes him letters almost every day, and 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 or rivals 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 - such as 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.

On one occasion Ramsay, while talking to his father, refers to Walda as "your fat pig wife" - making it clear he does not care much for his stepmother.

Roose never announces that Walda is pregnant. The only reference to her pregnancy is in the last of Theon's chapters in the fifth book, when Theon sees Roose Bolton entering the Great Hall at Winterfell accompanied by his plump and pregnant wife. Roose also remarked to Reek earlier that he feared that if he had new children with Walda, Ramsay would try to kill them to remove any rival heirs to House Bolton.

By the point the books reached, Walda is still alive, and has not given birth yet.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

v  d  e
Lord: Uncertain Heir: Uncertain
House-Frey-Main-Shield
Seat: The Twins · Riverrun Lands: Riverlands
Title(s): Lord of the Crossing · Lord of Riverrun · Lord Paramount of the Trident
Ancestors:Frey
Current members:Arwaya Frey · Derwa Frey · Freya Frey · Janeya 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
Deceased members:Joyeuse Erenford · Lothar Frey · Walda Frey · Walder Frey· Walder Rivers
Household:Malcolm · Talbot
Overlord:House Lannister
v  d  e
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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