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Walder Frey - father
Stevron Frey - half-brother
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"I need lessons in courtesy from you, bastard? Your mother would still be a milkmaid if I hadn't squirted you into her belly!"
―Walder Frey to his bastard son[src]

Walder Rivers is a minor character in the first season. He is played by guest star Bryan McCaugherty and only appears in "Baelor." Ser Walder Rivers is a bastard son of Lord Walder Frey, the head of House Frey and Lord of the Crossing.

BiographyEdit

Season 1Edit

Ser Walder is present when Catelyn Stark visits Lord Walder Frey to negotiate passage for her son's army across the trident. Like his trueborn half-brother, Stevron Frey, Walder admonishes his father to remember his courtesies. Lord Frey dismisses his son and reminds him that he's a bastard born of a milkmaid.[1]

AppearanceEdit

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

Family treeEdit

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Seven wives
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Walder Frey
 
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Joyeuse Frey
née Erenford
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Unknown tree
Unnamed milkmaid
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Olyvar Frey
 
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Roslin Frey
 
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Waldron Frey
 
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In the booksEdit

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, Ser Walder Rivers is the eldest and most prominent of Lord Walder Frey's bastard offspring. He is a gruff, dour man with grey hair. Though not a trueborn Frey, he is often put in positions of responsibility for the house due to his strong reputation as a warrior. His personal coat of arms follows the tradition of heraldry for bastards by reversing the colors of his noble parent's House: a silver-grey castle on blue beneath a red bend sinister. The TV series changed the House Frey sigil: in the books, it is the two towers and bridge of the Twins colored blue, on a silver-grey background. The TV series made the towers white, and over the same grey field, but now above a blue escutcheon which is drawn to resemble the waves of the Green Fork of the Trident River. The color change may be because after the blue river was added as an escutcheon at the bottom, it would have been visually confusing to have the castle be the same color as the water. Unfortunately this makes the Frey sigil in the TV series resemble the reversed color-scheme used by bastards in the books. If the TV series were to follow the same scheme of reversing the established color-scheme of a sigil for bastards, Walder Rivers' sigil would be a blue castle on a silver-grey background.

However, the lines spoken in the Season 1 episode this character appears in fit part of the dialogue spoken in A Game of Thrones by another of Lord Frey's baseborn children, Ryger Rivers, who is described as being young and whose mother milked goats.

During the Red Wedding, Walder Rivers commanded the assault on the Stark soldiers' camps outside of the Twins.

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Lord: Lord Walder Frey Heir: Ser Stevron Frey
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Seat: The Twins · Riverrun Lands: Riverlands
Title(s): Lord of the Crossing · Lord of Riverrun
Ancestors:Frey (founder)
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 · "Fat Walda" Frey · "Black Walder" Frey · Waldra Frey · Waldron Frey · Ser Walder Rivers
Deceased members:Joyeuse Erenford
Overlord:House Baelish
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