|Born||In 257–276 AC, Casterly Rock|
|Died||In 299 AC, near Maidenpool|
Frey and Lannister, quartered|
(Quarterly 1st and 4th Cendrée, a bridge azure, at either end a tower of the same; 2nd and 3rd Gules a lion or)
Cleos Frey is a knight of House Frey and the eldest son of Emmon Frey and Genna Lannister. He is married to Jeyne Darry and has two young sons, Tywin and Willem. His personal coat-of-arms is the twin towers of House Frey and the golden lion of House Lannister, quartered.
Appearance and Character
- See also: Images of Cleos Frey
A Game of Thrones
Due to his Lannister blood, Cleos fights for the Lannisters when fighting breaks out in the Seven Kingdoms, although House Frey joins House Stark. Cleos is captured along with Ser Jaime Lannister at the battle in the Whispering Wood.
A Clash of Kings
Robb Stark, King in the North, sends Cleos from Riverrun to King's Landing with his peace offer. The captive knight is alarmed by Grey Wind, Robb's direwolf. Cleos promises to resume his captivity at Riverrun after completing his mission.
Despite carrying a peace banner, Cleos's party is attacked twice by broken men, suffering three dead and six wounded. Tyrion Lannister, the acting Hand of the King, and his sister, Queen Cersei Lannister, reject Robb's offer at the capital. Tyrion sends Cleos back to Riverrun with the Lannister counter offer, along with an escort of a hundred red cloaks led by Vylarr.
Cleos brings the bones of Lord Eddard Stark to Riverrun. Despite arriving under Cleos's peace banner, four false envoys attempt to free Jaime from his Riverrun captivity in a scheme devised by Tyrion. After the plot fails, Jaime is moved to Riverrun's dungeon and an unknowing Cleos is imprisoned in the tower cell previously occupied by Jaime. Catelyn Stark has a flagon of wine sent to Cleos so that he is inebriated before she questions him.
A Storm of Swords
Catelyn releases Jaime from the dungeon, tasking Brienne of Tarth with escorting him to King's Landing in exchange for her daughters, Sansa and Arya Stark. Cleos is released as well, with Catelyn giving him new terms to bring to Cersei. Cleos promises to send a raven after Tyrion releases the girls. Jaime has his head shaved by Cleos, his cousin. Cleos is present for the river chase by Ser Robin Ryger, and he complains when Brienne insists they cannot remain at the Inn of the Kneeling Man. Cleos rides a palfrey as they depart from the Red Fork.
On the road between Maidenpool and Duskendale, the trio is ambushed by outlaw archers. Cleos is hit by arrows, and his horse spooks and drags him across the ground, killing him. Jaime uses Cleos's sword to fight Brienne before the two are captured by the Brave Companions, who then divvy up Cleos's possessions.
A Feast for Crows
During the siege of Riverrun, Jaime speaks of Cleos's death with his parents, Genna Lannister and Ser Emmon Frey. Jaime lies by claiming that Cleos was buried by a stream after scattering outlaws.
Quotes by Cleos
Cleos: My lady, I knew naught of any escape. The Imp said a Lannister must needs have a Lannister escort, on my oath as a knight—
Catelyn: Arise, ser. I know no grandson of Walder Frey would be an oathbreaker.—Cleos and Catelyn Stark
Cleos: I know nothing of any—
Catelyn: You know nothing.—Cleos and Catelyn Stark
Quotes about Cleos
—Catelyn Stark's thoughts
Your grandfather Lord Walder pledged me his support and that of House Frey. Many of your cousins and uncles rode with us in the Whispering Wood, but you chose to fight beneath the lion banner. That makes you a Lannister, not a Frey.
Ser Cleos looked like a weasel, fought like a goose, and had the courage of an especially brave ewe.—Jaime Lannister's thoughts
What do we have here, an honest muttonhead or a lickspittle?—Jaime Lannister's thoughts
Jaime: We were set upon by outlaws. Ser Cleos scattered them, but it cost his life.
Emmon: The boy had courage, I always said so. It was in his blood.Jaime: When this war is done, I will find the place and send him home.
Genna: His bones should be interred beneath the Rock, in the Hall of Heroes.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 21, Jaime III.
- See the Cleos Frey calculation.
- George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Cleos Frey.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 1, Jaime I.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 7, Catelyn I.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 20, Tyrion V.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 25, Tyrion VI.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 59, Catelyn IX.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 39, Arya VII.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 39, Catelyn V.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 45, Catelyn VI.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 35, Catelyn IV.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 11, Jaime II.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 9, Brienne II.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 62, Jaime VII.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 33, Jaime V.
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