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In Game of Thrones episode 7 of season 1, Petyr Baelish (Littlefinger) describes Catelyn Stark (originally of House Tully) as having "impeccable bloodlines".

In addition to this it is constantly reiterated in season 3 that Walder Frey has wanted to marry one of his daughters to Edmure Tully ever since Edmure was twelve.

So what is so great about House Tully?

  • I've changed "onto of this" because I'm not familiar with that phrase... if my replacement is not what you meant, please feel free to replace it. Also, Edmure Tully is not Blackfish, Brynden Tully is... if you meant Brynden, you can change that, too. – Catija Mar 22 '15 at 23:54
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In Game of Thrones, there is a complex hierarchy of Great and Lesser Houses, the most important of which are rulers over the various territories of Westeros (the Seven Kingdoms). At the time that Petyr Baelish makes this comment, House Tully is a Great House in control of the Riverlands.

At the time Frey's are a more minor noble house, indeed a vassal to House Tully - definitely a tier lower in importance. The Freys have pledged to serve the Lord of the Riverlands. As well as this hierarchy, Walder Frey is also noted by many people to be rather lacking in courage and loyalty - only joining in the battle that led to Robert Baratheon's rise to power at the last minute when it was clear he was going to win. This led to him having the nickname "the Late Walder Frey"

So Petyr is just observing what many people would consider a truth, that a marriage between a Frey and a Tully would be advantageous to the Frey's.

If you've not watched S1E09 "Baelor" yet, you shouldn't read the following spoiler:

This is also why the promise of Rob Stark to marry a Frey was the price that Walder Frey asked when the Stark army needed to cross the river. Rob as heir to the Ed Stark and future Lord of Winterfell was definitely a match worth making.

  • Wasn't it already OK because the question made it clear that Season 3 was already 'included'? – David Mulder Mar 23 '15 at 14:36
  • @DavidMulder - good point, since the question is mostly about House Tully and not the spoiler minefield that is the subject of Rob's promise to Walder Frey it might be best left in spoiler markup for others. – iandotkelly Mar 23 '15 at 18:42

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