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If the coming House of the Dragon looks like its predecessor Game of Thrones, it will be full of characters whose own sense of nobility gets in the way of their political ambitions. In Game of ThronesThis most clearly took the form of Robb Stark who, although an able commander and leader of men, simply could not shake off his father’s legacy.
During his time on the series, he gradually emerged as one of the most tragic characters, and there are some fantastic quotes that neatly sum up his whole personality.
“How can I call myself king if I can’t keep my own castle?”
Robb Stark tells Catelyn Stark about his worries in “The Old Gods and The New” (Season 2 Episode 6)
One of the things Robb struggles most with is his attempt to become a worthy king for the north. Given how seriously he takes his mission to become the kind of ruler his father wanted him to be, the fall of Winterfell is a devastating blow to Theon.
This quote clearly highlights the kind of responsibility that Robb always takes on. He is the type of man who feels that no one could respect him if he is unable to control his own kingdom. He also wouldn’t be able to have the other northern houses follow him if they feel he can’t protect him.
“I don’t want to marry the girl Frey.”
Robb Stark tells Talisa about wanting to follow his heart in “The Prince Of Winterfell” (Season 2, Episode 8)
Though often guided by his mother’s advice, Robb can’t quite shake off the idea that he wants to take his own life. It is for this reason that he rejects the marriage she arranges for him with Lord Frey’s daughter, one of the most drastic decisions in the entire series.
When it comes down to it, Robb is the type of person who is always guided by his heart and his own feelings, even if it leads to his own death at the hands of more ruthless people. While it’s pretty obvious to the modern audience that he wants to do the honorable thing and not lead Walder Frey’s daughter into a loveless marriage, unfortunately Walder doesn’t care about this semantics.
“Most kings grow up to be princes. I was raised to be the Lord of Winterfell.”
Robb Stark tells Talisa about his upbringing in “The Prince Of Winterfell” (Season 2, Episode 8)
Winterfell is of course one of the most important and beautiful locations in all Game of Thrones, as it is the seat of House Stark and the site of several great battles. Robb, as this quote reveals, sees it as his duty and destiny to be the one to carry on his family legacy.
There is something almost too heavy about his responsibility. Like so many of the other characters, the way he was raised becomes something that suffocates him as a person, making him unable to be any different from his father’s son.
“I’m not your boy, Lannister. I am the lord of Winterfell while my father is gone.’
Robb Stark teaches Jaime Lannister a thing or two about respect in “Cr***les, B*stars, and Broken Things” (Season 1, Episode 4)
Jaime Lannister is arguably one of the best characters on Game of Thrones, but he can also be quite abrasive in his interactions with others, especially Robb. To Robb’s credit, though, he’s not one to be so easily intimidated by anyone, even someone with as much strength and martial skills as Jaime.
When it comes down to it, Robb is quite capable of exercising his own heritage, especially when confronted by someone like Jaime, who has his own history of bad behavior to contend with. He resembles his father, he does not allow him to scorn him in his own house, and teaches him a thing or two about good manners.
“If I’m going to lead this army, I can’t have other men do my negotiations for me.”
Robb Stark tells Catelyn one of Ned’s most important lessons in “Baelor” (Season 1, Episode 9)
Like his father Ned, arguably one of the best of the Starks, Robb has a very strong sense of honor. As this quote shows, he is not the type of person who makes others do the work that he should be doing as his father’s heir and as one who has also claimed to rule the north as his own king.
To his credit, as a leader of men, he is willing to take on the dirty work of governing (a lesson others, like Joffrey, never really learn).
“Tell Lord Tywin that Winter is coming for him. Twenty thousand northerners are heading south to find out if he really shits gold.’
Robb Stark sends Tywin Lannister a terrifying threat in “The Pointy End” (Season 1, Episode 8)
Tywin Lannister is arguably one of the smartest characters in Game of Thrones, but for a while it looks like he may have just met his match with Robb. What he lacks in Tywin’s strategic genius, Robb more than makes up for with simple courage.
He is in fact one of the bravest members of House Stark, and he is more than willing to march to King’s Landing and take revenge on the family who saw his own father executed and his sisters imprisoned. It is precisely his courage that will become one of his most important personality traits.
“His Grace has called me to King’s Landing, I’m going to King’s Landing. But not alone. Call the Banners!”
Robb Stark proves he is an efficient and smart leader in “The Pointy End” (Season 1, Episode 8)
It would have been very easy for Robb to just bend the knee once it became clear that Joffrey would inherit the Iron Throne. In fact, it would have been the best thing to do politically, as it would have allowed him to hold onto his power.
However, as this quote shows, this is simply not who Robb is as a man or ruler. He will always do what he thinks is right, even if it means rebelling against the throne itself. It also shows his intelligence as he is well aware that like his father he can be lured into a trap showing the making of a very strong leader.
“I will kill them all. Every one of them. I will kill them all”
Robb vows to avenge his father after hearing of his death in “Fire & Blood” (Season 1, Episode 10)
Revenge is one of the main motivations in Game of Thrones. After all, this is a bloody and violent world, and it is one in which both men and women are willing to go to war to exact revenge on those who have wronged them.
This is true even of Robb, and this quote powerfully shows how deeply he took his father’s death. As a true man of the North, he won’t stop until he kills those who killed his father, and it’s a decision that will have disastrous consequences.
“You pay for my sins uncle, it’s not fair or right. I will remember it!”
Robb Stark shows his honor and loyalty in “The Climb” (Season 3, Episode 6)
Though he severs the alliance with the Freys because of his hasty marriage, Robb is still willing to make amends by letting the girl in question marry his uncle instead.
While it would have been easy for Robb to apologize to himself, he instead does his best to show Edmure how much he regrets what he’s done. It’s one of those moments when Robb reveals that, like his father, he’s someone who values honor, even if some of his actions don’t suggest much.
“I asked him, how can a man be brave when he is afraid? That’s the only time a man can be brave, he told me.”
Robb Stark fondly remembers his father in “The Prince Of Winterfell” (Season 2, Episode 8)
Eddard Stark is definitely one of Sean Bean’s best roles, and he is a character who has a lot of influence on the lives of his children, none more so than Robb. As this quote makes clear, it’s often his father’s words that keep Robb going when all else seems lost.
While he sometimes looks more like his father than is strictly a good thing – their sense of honor tends to get the better of him – it’s also true that it’s exactly his similarities with his father that make Robb such a good king to his people. .
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