Game of Thrones Symbolism: House Tully
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Game of Thrones Symbolism: House Tully

“Show them how it feels
to lose what they love.” The House Tully sigil is a silver trout
over a red and blue background. The two wavy silver lines make the fish
appear to be leaping out of a river, evoking House Tully’s region,
the Riverlands. Like the Tyrell’s Reach,
the Riverlands are a fertile region but they have very few natural defenses,
which make them an easy target. “Unlike the North, we don’t have the neck
to keep invaders waist deep in muck. Unlike the Vale,
we don’t have mountains with narrow passes easily defended
by stable boys with slings.” Sandwiched between
the Northern Starks of Winterfell and the capital at King’s Landing, with the Lannisters’ home
Casterly Rock on their west, the Riverlands are
the unwilling battleground in pretty much every major
civil war in Westeros. “The Riverlands are
and always have been the middle child of Westeros, caught up in every fart
from one Lord at another.” And they bear the brunt
of the carnage. “They burned most everything
in the Riverlands – our fields, our granaries, our homes.” So this middle child of Westeros
has learned to survive through making strategic alliances,
usually via arranged marriages. “If you refuse, our alliance
with the Freys is dead.” Matriarch Catelyn Stark,
a Tully by birth, showcases her house’s personality
as she tries to broker partnerships and negotiate to help
her son Robb Stark’s army. “What does he want in return?” “You will be taking on his son, Oliver,
as your personal squire. He expects a knighthood
in good time.” Going into Season 8,
Catelyn, her sister Lysa, and her uncle Brynden,
the Blackfish, are dead. But there is still
one major Tully in play — Catelyn’s younger brother,
Edmure. “Edmure Tully,
son of Hoster Tully, and the rightful
Lord of Riverrun.” After he was married to Roslin Frey
at the Red Wedding, he was taken captive by the Freys. “Why do you think the people
who murdered his king at the Red Wedding would decide to
let him come home? Because it’s a trap,
you idiot.” Now that Arya has wiped out the Freys,
it’s unclear where Edmure is and he could factor
into the climax ahead. While their lot
is often tragedy the Tullys represent the underestimated
strengths of many a middle child: adaptability, worldliness, diplomacy,
family values, and sensitive emotion. “Killing Jaime Lannister would not
buy life for your children but returning him to King’s Landing
may buy life for mine.” So let’s take a look at how House Tully
and the much-beleaguered Riverlands offer a different perspective than the other Great Houses
on Game of Thrones. Instead of broadcasting
their fearsome power, they take pride in their ability
to go with the flow. And they remind us that when you’re facing down
enemies on all sides, it’s important to get
your priorities in order. Before we go on,
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about all our new videos. When young Bran says the words
of House Tully during his lessons, “Family, Duty, Honor.” he draws our attention to
the order of these three values – “Family, Duty, Honor? Is that the right order?” “You know it is.” “Family comes first.” for a Tully,
family always comes first. Here Bran is angry at
his mother for being gone after he’s recovering
from the attack that left him without
the use of his legs. “How can she protect the family
if she’s not WITH her family?” But his mother is away BECAUSE she’s trying to look out
for the safety of her family. And Catelyn is the character who best illustrates what
devotion to family truly means. “The love she had for her children,
I was a little awed by it.” This woman is a mother
to the core of her being. “My own mother died
on the birthing bed when I was very young. It’s a bloody business. What comes after is even harder.” We see her dispensing
motherly advice in vain, to the warring Baratheon brothers,
Stannis and Renly. “If you were sons of mine, I would knock your heads together
and lock you in a bedchamber until you remembered
that you were brothers.” Even her one shortcoming as a mother – not loving the boy she believes
to be her husband’s bastard son — “So I prayed to all Seven Gods,
let the boy live. Let him live and I’ll love him.” is something that pains her deeply. “All this horror that’s
come to my family, it’s all because I couldn’t
love a motherless child.” She does everything she can to help,
Protect, and pull together her family. “What are we fighting for
if not for them?” “It’s more complicated than that! You know it is!” Her noble actions are
all the more heart-wrenching given that they’re so futile, as she can’t save
her Stark children from being held prisoner
and hunted down. [Screams] She dies believing that
all of her sons are dead. “I wonder how many times
did Bran or Rickon stare across
the moors of Winterfell, waiting for me to return. I will never see them again.” Even if she can’t always
protect her children, where Catelyn has truly
succeeded as a mother is in how genuinely
her children love each other. “I’m your brother. I have to protect you.” “Right now,
I have to protect you.” Instead of battling for dominance,
the Stark siblings support each other, long for each other’s victories, “And what do they say
of Robb Stark in the North?” “They call him the Young Wolf.” and display a tenderness
when they’re together. The love Catelyn has instilled
in them is no small feat, as we can see here that
in most powerful families, it’s easy for siblings to put
their competitiveness and greed over any affection. “I never loved my brothers.” In Season 1, Catelyn
and her sister Lysa Arryn have a very interesting
conversation about family. “Does family mean nothing to you?” “Family means everything to me.” Here we can see Lysa
interprets ‘family’ very narrowly to mean only her bond with her son, which she prioritizes far above
any other family loyalty. “I will not risk Robin’s life to get caught up in another
of your husband’s wars.” In fact, we later learn
she’s killed her husband, and she’s happy to abandon
the rest of her family if they get in the way
of what she wants. “My father, my husband, my sister… they all stood between us,
and now they’re all dead! THAT’S what happens to people
who stand between Petyr and me!” In vain, Catelyn calls on her sister
to think of her extended family. “Ned rots in a dungeon
and you speak of patience? He is your brother by law!” This is an important aspect of
Building a strong support network – if parents think only
of their immediate offspring, that not only spoils
and stunts those children, [Shouts]
“I didn’t ruin it!” but it’s also
shortsighted as it teaches
one’s own children to only care about
THEIR immediate offspring and eventually cast off those very parents
who imparted the wrong values. “My mother’s always had
a penchant for drama. Facts become less and less important
to her as she grows older.” So we can see Lysa’s selfish,
limited interpretation of family is a perversion of the value – just as her continued
breastfeeding of her older son embodies a twisted excess
of a certain aspect of family love. “Isn’t he beautiful? And strong too.” While “Family” comes first, the Tully words also include
“Duty” and then “Honor”. These values support
a healthy family. Because Lysa cares nothing for these,
that explains her corruption. When Brienne of Tarth
swears fealty to Catelyn, Lady Stark makes the point that
she would never abuse this oath by asking Brienne to do
anything dishonorable: “I shall ask no service of you
that might bring you dishonor.” Still, duty and honor
comes second and third, after family in Catelyn’s eyes, as we see, for example, when she releases
the prisoner Jaime Lannister behind Robb’s back in hopes
of getting her daughters released. “Bran and Rickon
are captive in Winterfell. Sansa and Arya
are captives in King’s Landing. I have five children,
and only one of them is free. Others like Ned Stark or Jon Arryn might not put family above
everything else in this way. At the very start of the series we see Catelyn trying to convince
Ned to choose family over duty, and turn down Robert’s request
to become Hand of the King. “l have no choice.” “That’s what men always
Say when honor calls. That’s what you tell your families,
tell yourselves.” Ned knows this choice
is bad for his family but feels he must do
his duty all the same. We see that,
from the family perspective, Catelyn was right to
try to stop him from going. And Catelyn is right
a lot in this story. “Walder Frey is
a dangerous man to cross.” “I don’t think Bran
fell from that tower.” “I told you, never trust a Greyjoy!” But sadly this can’t
stop the snowballing of tragic events
that befall her family. Red is the color of blood and love, which is fitting for
this house that emphasizes the importance of blood relations. The fish is on top of
the blood of the sigil, above the blue water, which might bring to mind the maxim,
“Blood is thicker than water.” The red of their sigil
is reflected, too, in the family’s signature
red-brown or auburn hair, which Sansa Stark inherits
from her Tully mother. “Well, I-I’m half Tully.” The red also reminds us of
the bloodshed the Tullys have endured. The Riverlands are
the first to feel the pain when any Northern-Southern
conflict breaks out, as we’ve seen throughout the series. “Ser Gregor will
head out with 500 riders and set the Riverland on fire
from God’s Eye to the Red Fork.” The beginning of
the War of the Five Kings is basically Tywin Lannister
sending his son Jaime and the pathological Mountain,
Ser Gregor Clegane, to wreak havoc on the Riverlands as a prelude to
facing off with Robb Stark. While House Tully’s seat is at Riverrun, it’s also home to Westeros’
largest castle, Harrenhall, which Tywin captures and
uses as his base of operations, until he leaves with most of his army to defend King’s Landing
in the Battle of the Blackwater. The Starks recapture Harrenhall,
leaving the Boltons to defend it. Then after the Boltons and the Freys
betray the Starks at the Red Wedding, Roose Bolton leaves the castle
in the care of his man Locke, who later returns North. Later, Littlefinger becomes
Lord of Harrenhal. “I declare that you shall be
granted the castle of Harrenhal with all its attendant lands and incomes
to be held by your sons and grandsons from this day until the end of time.” “I shall have to acquire
some sons and grandsons.” But after he’s executed
at the end of Season 7, Harrenhal is apparently
without a lord or owner, for the time being. While its size makes it
a fearsome prize, the castle is in fact too big
to defend without a giant army and even the very productive
Riverlands region can’t feed an army of the size
that’s needed to hold it. We even get the sense that “Harrenhal is cursed.” The castle was built by
the Ironborn Harren the Black when his people ruled
over the Riverlands “Harren the Black thought
this castle would be his legacy. The greatest fortress ever built.” but as soon as Harren had
finished building his giant castle, Aegon Targaryen came with
his dragons to burn it down. “What kind of fire melts stone?” “Dragon fire.” Harrenhal’s appearance
as a giant ruin and the fact that most of
what we witness there is the Mountain torturing
and later killing prisoners adds to its foreboding feel. “What’s that smell?” “Dead people.” Almost everyone who’s held Harrenhall
in the show is now dead. So this terrible castle at the center
of this region serves as a monument to all the dark carnage the Tullys
and their Riverlands have suffered, for as long as can be remembered. “When they was done, they butchered them
as if they was animals. They covered our children
in pitch and lit them on fire.” As shocking as
the Red Wedding feels to us, Catelyn’s fate is in
keeping with the tragedy that has defined much
of her people’s history. Blue is the color of loyalty and fidelity. We might align the blue of their sigil with the Tully’s supporting values
of duty and honor. Even though the red blood is on top,
the blue occupies equal space, just as their words
mention all three values, so these priorities
must work in conjunction. As an echo of the Riverlands’ water,
the blue in the sigil also evokes emotion. The people of the Riverlands have
shed tears for their lost relations, and Catelyn compels us through
her strength of emotion in the story. “Do you want to see your girls again?” Silver reminds us of the moon,
and by extension the tides so the color has mysterious,
intuitive connotations. A feminine answer to
the more masculine gold. Silver is linked to fluidity,
feeling, and sensitivity. “You have courage. Not battle courage, perhaps,
but, I don’t know… a woman’s kind of courage.” We might also think
of being silver-tongued, and the Tullys are
skilled negotiators. “Lord Walder has granted your crossing.” Silver the metal is malleable, which makes us think
of the Tullys’ adaptability. Silver is a precious metal,
but it’s not the gold of crowns, and the Tullys have never been kings. When the Riverlords helped
Aegon Targaryen defeat Harren the Black, Aegon gave House Tully the titles, Lord of Riverrun and
Lord Paramount of the Trident. The House Tully animal is the trout. “Fish. The sigil of House Tully.” It’s a far cry from the intimidating beasts
of other sigils. “Other houses chose dragons,
krakens, and lions for their sigils. We Tullys took the trout
that most terrifying of fish.” In fact, most would look on a trout
as little more than a tasty meal. So their animal acknowledges that the Tullys look like easy meat
to the rest of Westeros. To behave like a fish is
not to roar and breathe fire, but to go with the flow. The Tullys’ sigil boasts
of their ability to adapt. It acknowledges
their vulnerability. “I haven’t had a proper
sword fight in years. I expect I’ll make a damn fool of myself.” It shows a knowingness that if one is a little endangered fish
in a tumultuous river, one survives by being smart, knowing how to navigate the water, and finding safety in numbers. Determined to stay alive and prosper
despite their lack of natural defenses, the Tullys have always maintained
their position through strategic marriages. “While other houses fight with swords,
House Tully fights with marriages.” During Robert’s Rebellion, Cateyn’s father Hoster Tully
married her to Ned Stark, and her sister Lysa to Jon Arryn, to solidify House Tully’s bonds
with Houses Stark and Arryn. “She confessed to me
she never loved Lord Arryn. She did as her father commanded,
as so many of us have.” In fact, before Catelyn married Ned, she was betrothed to
his older brother, Brandon. Littlefinger,
who was her father’s poor Ward, fell in love with Catelyn
and dueled Brandon for her, which got him cast out of the house. “Your Uncle Brandon. Your handsome, arrogant,
cruel Uncle Brandon. He almost killed Petyr in a duel. And your mother loved him anyway.” But Brandon Stark, along with
his and Ned’s father Rickard, were put to death by the Mad King,
Aerys Targaryen. So it was only then that Hoster Tully
promised Catelyn to Ned. It might be easy to forget
that the Stark Lord and Lady have an arranged marriage, as over the years their bond has grown
into one of steady and deep affection. “Love didn’t just happen to us. We built it slowly over the years,
stone by stone.” Catelyn falls back on her Tully assumption
that marriage is a crucial tool in war. But her children are wolves, not fish, “I love her.” “I know that seems important to you.” “It is important to me.” “Your father didn’t love me
when we married.” and these Tully tactics prove to be
quite a disaster for the Starks. When Robb falls in love with Talisa, “And you’re marrying her for a bridge?” “An important bridge.” his reneging on his mother’s
deal with the Freys (if it isn’t the full, real reason
for the Red Wedding) at least offers the pretense
and justification for the Freys and Boltons
to turn to the Lannisters’ side. “Things were different when
Hoster Tully ruled the Riverlands. We had good years and bad years,
same as anyone. But we were safe.” Hoster’s brother Brynden Tully also rejected the Tullys’ assumption
of arranged marriages. After he fought in
the War of the Ninepenny Kings, he came home to find his brother
had promised him to Bethany Redwyne. But Brynden refused and he became known as “the Blackfish”. he altered the Tully sigil, adopting a darker,
more “intimidating” trout (insofar as a trout
can be intimidating). “The Blackfish is a legend. His support would mean a great deal.” The Blackfish survives
the Red Wedding due to luck “I need to find a tree to piss on.” and he manages to take back
Riverrun from the Freys for a time. “You’ve lost it?” “Yes, Father.” “It’s a castle,
not a bloody sheep.” But the Blackfish is eventually killed
when Jaime Lannister takes over Riverrun. “I’ve run before from the Red Wedding. I’m not running again. This is my family home.” Since they do so often have to
marry other houses and leave home, the trout on the sigil is
a fish out of water, which is what we might say
of Catelyn in Winterfell. Even though she appears the image
of the poised yet fierce northern “Bind him with every chain
you can find!” “You’ve become she-wolf
in your later years… there’s not much fish left in you…” “And gag him!” on some level,
even after all these years, she still feels out of place. “All these years and I still feel
like an outsider when I come here.” The Tully’s trout seems to be
passing in and out of the water, and this house has
a transitional feeling about it – a sense of being in-between categories. Catelyn repeatedly reminds people
that she’s not from the North. “I remember how scared I was when Ned
brought me up here for the first time.” Yet she’s not as southern as someone from King’s Landing,
the Reach, or Dorne. Likewise, throughout the show we hear
the Free Folk north of the wall say the Starks and the Night’s Watch
aren’t really from the North. “All you lot from south of the Wall,
you’re Southerners. But now you’re in the North,
the real North.” so we see characters constantly defining themselves in relation
to the others around them, only to have those definitions
be questioned as their horizons broaden. The transitional Tullys
understand very well that we are always defined
in relation to others. “I was still Catelyn Tully,
the last time I stayed here.” While we might feel bad
for the tragic Tullys, we can admire the way they bring
alternative strengths into play, in a world that so often emphasizes
only might and brutality. “It often comforts me to think
that even in war’s darkest days, in most places in the world
absolutely nothing is happening.” We might learn from the fact that these little trouts have
managed to thrive for so long. Their underrated skills of adaptation,
negotiation, and feminine intuition are far more powerful
than first meets the eye. “It was Catelyn Tully. A woman worth fighting for,
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  • windsfiend

    For me the scene who shows the strength of the house Tully is when Tyron recognize catelyn and she rally several knight using only her Tully name and not even once the Stark one.

  • criselda csiradles

    It frustrates me that they didn't listen to the honorable LADY CATELYN STARK! this is infuriating! 😭😭😭 I miss the Starks from season 1.

  • zishan ahmad

    She found hair of Cersie in broken tower but come on the conclusion that the Imp attempt to kill Bran and the taken action on besis of this assumption, define this Tully cleverness too.

  • pindiwal

    I love Catelyn. I pledge my loyalty to her…shit she's dead. But I still have an amazing respect for her. She begged for her son's life like an mother would do. Respect.

  • LagiNaLangAko23

    Still thinking things would have been different had Stannis didn't pulled a demonicus ex pussicus out of Melissandre. Renly seems to be open to negotiations with the North.

  • Hydqjuliilq 27

    Please do House Frey next. They’re the only important house in the show that you haven’t analyzed. Walder Frey is such an interesting character and I’d like to see him explained.

  • masteroftheassassins

    In the book version of Game of Thrones, Catelyn actually suggests to Ned that he take Robert’s offer as Hand of the King while Ned is the one that wants to choose his family over his duty.

  • Levi Herendeen

    Ah yes, family. That one bloody thing that you can't annihilate without being labeled a ruthless bastard (legitimacy aside).

  • memicoot

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  • beautyisineverything

    The phrase "blood is thicker than water" originally meant "the blood of the battlefield is thicker than the water of the womb" but with the way the phrase is commonly used nowadays, "family is more important than friendship" it works for house Tully.
    P.S. I loved this video and learned/remembered more about the Tullys than I imagined I ever would :p

  • tunzlunz

    Lol how the heck do house Tully and house Arryn have like 20 minute videos and the rest have like 10 minute videos?

  • Lance

    Despite her treatment of Jon i strangely like Catelyn. She made many mistakes but she's loyal, fierce and protective of her kin. She's amazing but also flawed like every human.

  • Leni _S

    There is a reason in the the order of their words ‚Family Duty Honor‘ and Family always comes first same with „there must always be a stark in Winterfell“ how will you protect the family of you are not there? Catelyn is a different person in the books that’s why we never saw lady stoneheart in the show. They keep their family up even though action without honor.

    Catelyn tells Ned to go. She wants to improve her family and keep them and the power they have save

  • Chingiz Zhylkybayev

    The only house words which can be taken and used in our world. I have half a mind to put it on a t-shirt.

  • Brianna Johnson

    the full saying, "the blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb " kinda tears that whole point apart

  • rfgerdtg43dreffwae4rf23w

    I'm really sick of this phrase "blood is thicker than water" being interpreted wrongly to mean family over others. The original meaning is the exact opposite. "Blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb." It's a shame that the phrase has been bastardised over centuries of use.

  • Stephanie McDowell

    Thank you so much for these amazing breakdowns! Definitely thought provoking and even poetic! Awesome stuff!

  • cat ✨

    catelyn is so underrated! i have always been fond of her (and michelle fairley deserved more recognition for her performance).

  • cbaby gags

    I hate house Tully for giving us the most despisable person in Game Of Thrones… Lisa Arryn (Tully). I'd rather try my chances fist fighting the Mountain rather than talk to her for 5 minutes.

  • NeverNedDead

    she has been mentioned not often enough since she died. She was a mayor character and the only one that seems to be completely forgotten.

  • xaxa

    well technically all of catelyn's sons are dead.
    rob and rickon got killed and bran is dead too. what now exists is the three eyed raven

  • Meowy Potter

    In the books, Cat begged Bed to go kings landing and become Hand of the King. She focused on the ambitions and rise of the family and having Sansa as queen. NOT a very good mom at all.

  • Lucy Towey

    Sansa is strongly a Tully; a victmized child thrown to the storms of whims of different predators that had to cope through great lenghts of abuse, had to adapt and remain quiet to survive and protect others, became a great polititian, strategists, administrator and diplomat that could handle the types of Cersei, Tywin and Little Finger, even the Tyrells, as well as any less hypocritical sadist resembling Ramsey and Joffrey. If she had behaved like a Stark she would have been one of the first to die and whilst her immediate fondness for King's Landing and the Lannister could be considered not only innocence and lack of experience but detacthment from her home, it was the way generations of Tully's had behave to survive for the sake of their house, their protection and of the people under their care both Northerners south of the Wall and people of the Riverlands, as well as others including the people of the Realm in general once she started thinking of herself as a protector of the Realm.

    She couldn't have known the Lannisters were petty monsters only bothering for a few of their blood relatives. I think Sansa's ladylike interests, mindset and behaviours were part of her way of following duty, which was her kind of bravery at the beggining. Since after alll, Tully's are gonna have to adapt to live abroad for the rest of their lives anyway, specially women, hence they don't show particular traits from their childhood homes.

    Rob Stark was a good battle strategist but was very selfish and shortminded. Jon behaved like a second Ned Stark which got him killed. Arya didn't behave like a Stark, maybe a bit like her aunt Lyanna but only before the Lannisters started killing Starks and their guards.

    Arya has a Lanister mindset playing for the Starks team, she even has a Gregor Clagane kind of mindset. Their home is Winterfell but both Arya and Sansa not being like Northeners is what allowed them to survive.

    Lyanna Mormont was a true Northener she died with tremendous almost mythical bravery taking down a sadistic giant with her, but the reason she was there in the first place was obviously her stubborness, her pushing to be earnest and more ethical beyond obligation and even humanity, her selflessness and her blinding sense of duty, responsibility far beyond logic and solidarity, just like Ned's when he didn't wanna refuse Robert Baratheon's hand of the Kind offering and the marriage arrangement of Joffrey and Sansa.

    Tully's are the voice of reason no one listens to, that can be still around to pick up the pieces and rebuild once more obvious heroes are martyrs have died from sadism and often due to their own recklessness.

    Tully's can be martyrized for longer periods of time but since they are more flexible they tend to survive and learn from their suffering. Catelyn Stark was very stuborn and a bit shortminded, right before her death she was behaving like a Stark trusting that other people would be as honourable as them, which is insane and was what made Ned tell Cersei to take her children and run away, what got him, Robert Baratheon and many others killed. Lyssa Tully lost her mind and became paranoid maybe with geographic reasons as contributors too, being so isolated and seemingly protected, opposite to the openness and vulnerability of the Riverlands.

  • vee dee

    I would say Ned put his family above all else. His family, honor, and loyalty is what kept nephew safe from his best friend, brought animosity between his wife who he claimed was his son, and the odd relationship it brought upon the rest of the family. That is family, honor, and loyalty.

  • Caitlyn DeAmbra

    Love your analysis videos! Thank you for getting the correct heraldry colors in this video, I wish you would have done so in your other videos. You have said both white and silver for the white in the arms, but in heraldry the "white" would be called argent, which is actually silver. 🙂

  • C. D. Dailey

    The Tullys are so cool. I especially like Catlin. I wish they got more love and screentime. I link Tully with spiritual and freedom. The spiritual comes from the values of family, duty and honor. The Tullys are fairly removed from worldly realitys, al though not as much as the Arryns. The freedom comes from the flexibility of the Tullys. The spiritual and freedom go together to form flexible. Tullys are very flexible. They go with the flow. They are also a peaceful house. They are more of the victims of war rather than the perpetrators. They get ahead by marriage instead of by fighting. Maybe the saying "Make love not war" fits the Tully way. The enneagram type of spiritual freedon is 4. This fits pretty well. 4 is imaginative and romantic. It tends to retreat and have fantasies. Tullys don't have the artistic side. However they do have the romantic idealistic part in common with 4. The strength of 4 is thier ability to find inspiration and inspire others. The Tullys are like this in thier ability to use marriage to unite houses to thier cause. The weakness of 4 is developing melancholy and depression. This is like how the Tullys have suffered from the war on thier Riverlands. They mourn and cry over thier loss. The seventh and last chakra is the crown chakra. It is a place where one connects with spirituality and divine. The seventh and last step of alchemy is coagulation. This is where things come together and form a solid. The solid is the philosopher's stone. The associated planet is the sun. It is currently considered a star, but it used to be considered to be a planet. The associated metal is gold. Sun and gold is associated with the masculine and with divinity. The Tully has a way to connect houses together. This kind of union is like the coagulation to form the stone. It is also like finding the balence of enlightenment, so it fits the crown chakra. It is ironic that Tully has silver instead of gold. Yet I did think my way through it. Gold can be tricky to interpret because it has multiple meanings. In alchemy, it represents divinity. Alternatively gold can also mean wealth. Alchemy is mainly a spiritual practice. However it would be easy to mistakenly think it is just about getting gold and becoming rich. When I think about the sigils, all the individual houses have yellow or gold in their sigils. That reflects thier focus on wealth and worldy success. This is the Baratheon, Greyjoys, Martells and Lannisters. They Tyrells have gold as well, which reflects the fact that they are one of the richest houses. If these five, the Martells would be the most idealistic. So they go beyond gold and have a sun in thier sigil. All the communal houses, except Tyrells, have some kind of moon or silver in their sigil. The Tullys have silver. The Starks have grey. The Arryns have moon. This can reflect thier more idealistic nature. They are focused more on moral values as opposed to materialism. The Tully's are like the Arryns in that both are spiritual. Both of them have high ideals o honor. Both of them a removed from material interests, and so become peaceful houses. Arryns use isolation to find peace. Tullys use marriage to find peace. Lysa is the one character that belongs to both families. She really doesn't like to get involved in the war, because she is trying to protect her son. It is a very reasonable motive. However poor Lysa has the weakness of fearing that everyone will get her, and she has the weakness in being attracted to Littlefinger. It is very difficult to figure out which houses are spiritual, but the Arryns and the Tullys would be the closest. The Starks and Tyrells have good morals as well. However they differ in being more grounded. So they are the two ethical houses. Arryn and Tully differ in one thing. Arryn is order, which is in thier strict code of honor. Tully is freedom, which is in their flexibility to form alliences. The Tully, Arryn, Stark and Tyrell house are the communal half of the Westeros houses. They are the houses that value morality and honor. They do good for other houses. This is the side that I like better. This is the side that I can relate to better. The Starks and Tyrells are two of my favorite houses. I also like the Arryns and Tullys despite low screen time. The Tully and Baratheon houses are opposites. This shows a stark difference between war and peace. The Tully is spiritual freedom, which forms flexible. They are on the side of peace. They are the victims of war. They value family bonds. They are even willing to extend family bonds to other houses through marriage. The Barathon is physical order, which forms initial. They are on the side of war. They are the perpitrators of war. They are so eager to fight, that even brothers will fight eachother. There are two houses that fit the water element. One is the Greyjoy, which I assign metal. The other is Tully, which gets the water assignment. The Tullys have a watery environment in the Riverlands. They got thier rivers. Wtar is associated with ethical and emotion. The depths of water can represents the depth of mind and consciousnes. The wetness of water has flexibility. The Tullys fit this associations really well. The Tully is the closest to having a quintessence, This is due to having the middle position. The middle of the world has a special sacredness. When I look at the map , I find that the Tully kingdom borders six others. That is inpressive. The only exception are the Baratheon and Martell kingdoms. There are three earthy elements: earth, metal and wood. These are in the west. There are three airy elements: air, cosmic and electric. They are in the east. There is just three elements left. One is fire. I put that in the Crownlands, which is a former home of the Targarians. It is in south, more specifically southeast. Then there are two watery elements: ice and water. The ice is in the north, where the Starks rule. Then the is water of Tully. It is right in the middle. It is between the earthy and airy elements. It is also between fire and ice. I never though of water being a quintessence before, but it kind of makes sense. When fire and ice go together they melt into liquid water. Maybe the water fits the temperate climate of the Riverlands. The set up reminds me of the elements of the Chinese. There is fire in the south. There is water in the north, which is like ice. There is metal in the west, which is like earth. There is wood in the east, which is sort of like air. The earth element is in the middle. I can see how that can work as a quintessence. Earth is a good middle ground between metal and wood. It can work as something between fire and water. It is like the salt of earth is a mix of the sulfur of fire and the mercury of water. The animal of the Tully is the trout. I can expand it to fish in general. Some fish form tight knight schools. They band together for safety. Fish have a lateral line, which helps them sense the other school members. When some fish change direction, the rest of the school can change with them. That is very much like how Tully is strictly bound thier family as well as duty and honor. Fish use thier fins mainly for swimming. So they don't have access to certain weapons like claws and horns. Instead they soley rely on thier mouths to attack. There are some dramatic examples. Billfish, like swordfish and sailfish, attack with a swordlike beak. Piranas attack with sharp teeth. Sharks do that too. There is even a fmous scary movie about a shark, called Jaws. There is a nifty quote in the video. "While other houses fight with swords, House Tully fights with marriages". So in a way, the Tullys do use thier mouths to fight, just like fish. When a Tully marries, he or she kisses the prson of another house with thier mouth. It is part of the ceremony. The one kind of fish that is the closest to this is the kissing gourami. These fish engage in ritualize aggression by locking thier lips together, which resembles a kiss.

  • Adefrenne

    this symbolism about trout is absolutely wrongly handled: trouts don't actually go with the flow, but face the flow. they aren't migratory fish species. Here's how to make a video without really knowing what The Take is talking about. not first time – another video praises communism in relationship to the Brotherhood without Banners. tell me which country in the world succeeded while using communism, again??

  • Kitty Kat

    goddamnit the full saying is blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb which means that bonds formed by choice are stronger than those of relatives….WHICH IS COUNTER TO YOUR POINT

  • Lisa W.

    I wish you talked more about how Sansa has true Tally in her. Due to her hair, her interest in strategically marrying fast to Joffrey, her being captured and so being out of the water in in between places, and the arranged marriages she falls into

  • Denis

    Catlin forced Ned to go he didn't want to, the show changed that little fact, everyone was saying he should go and he didn't want to.

  • Lucy Clare

    Catelyn was the one who actually persuaded Ned to go to kingslanding in the books before later regretting it after brand fall 🙂

  • oluwole saadu

    It seems the love between the stark siblings decayed from season 6. They seemed to care less about each other with some even plotting against each other cough Sansa and Arya *cough*. For all her faults in being reckless and making irrational decisions based on emotions, I feel like Catelyn stark would have been disappointed with how little her children seemed to have each other’s backs. Especially Sansa who seemed to be plotting against the rest for her own interests.

  • Wackyy Cat

    Catlyn is the most underrated character by far. What a great character and powerful actress…her cry at the end of the red wedding is one of the most haunting performances in TV history

  • Aizen Sosuke

    If you think about it, it's Catelyn's biggest strength that's also her downfall. She loves and is so devoted to the concept of 'family', it also leaves her vulnerable to these same people. She thought Petyr to be as close as family to her, and hence believed him completely, never once doubting him. which is what caused all the ensuing bloodshed.

  • lolpopo 809

    Also, House Arryn has blue for their main color and they put honor above all else. Tulley puts the red over the blue, quite literally blood over honor.

  • bigbrad 682

    Catelyn Stark has more than one shortcoming. The whole story is basically her fault. Her bad choices in who to trust and spiteful nature led to everything.

  • Clare

    Normally I’m right with you guys but you sort of lost me on this one. Which is only harder because you hit some good points- like how the Riverlands are the battlegrounds of Westeros, and how the Stark children are so different from most of the other great houses. But you missed the (VERY) forced marriages and the firm hand and the opportunism and the intense wishy-washy nature most of them have. I mean I LOVE the Blackfish. And I do think they have certain strengths but I also think there’s more going on.

  • BaldingClamydia

    The scene where Cat tries to convince Ned to not go to King's Landing comes right after she convinced him to go! I'm pretty sure it was the same in the books, and while it shows her ability to be flexible when given new information, it still annoys me immensely! Lol

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