The Starks have come a long way since their humble beginnings as a happy, albeit terrible, family in Winterfell. Literally.
Out of all the major families of Westeros in Game of Thrones and A Song of Ice and Fire, the Starks have easily covered the most ground. Ned traveled to the Tower of Joy in Dorne to rescue his sister Lyanna after Roberts Rebellion, Catelyn lived in Riverrun before marrying Ned, and Jons origins are still a very popular mystery. And thats all before Game of Thrones begins.
Over the course of five seasons and five books, the Starks have ended up in Kings Landing, at and beyond the Wall, Riverrun, the Eyrie, across the Narrow Sea to Braavosand just about everywhere in-between. Theyve seen a lot of shit along the way, and some of them have even lost their heads. But what kind of mileage are we talking about?
If it were up to George R.R. Martin, thats a question hes tried not to answer. The accuracy of how long it would take the Starks to get to Kings Landing or for Petyr Baelish (AKA Littlefinger) to scheme with the different ruling families isnt something thats particularly doted on; for example, the Baratheons, Lannisters, and Starks were in Kings Landing by the third episode.
Plus, this is the realm where winter and summer can last yearsup to a whole generation. When time is so disoriented, its near impossible to figure out how long everything takes. Days? Weeks? The true answer may be as much as is needed. Besides, if fans had that kind of information, they might go and tell Martin that his narrative is inaccurate.
Its also why the maps of Westeros and Essoswhich are part of the books, seen in the show, and sold onlineare so vague with scaling and distance.
I have deliberately tried to be vague about such things, so I don’t have obsessive fans with rulers measuring distances on the map and telling me Ned couldn’t get from X to Y in the time I say he did.
However, if you really must know, you can figure out the distances for yourself. The Wall is a hundred leagues long. A league is three miles. Go from there.
But if you turn up any mistakes in travel times by using that measure, let it be your secret.
He did leave fans with one clue: the Wall, which marks the border between the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros and the wilderness beyond the Wall, measures 100 leagues, or 300 miles, across. So we ran with it.
Like Martin, were not as concerned with the time it took to get the Starksclearly the fan favorites aside from Tyrion Lannister or Daenerys Targaryen, whose journey was mapped out by Tech Insider last yearfrom each place. Times a funny thing in Westeros, even when youre not time-traveling by weirwood tree. With help from Martins books and using Quartermaesters fanmade map as a rough guide, we figured out how far each Stark has traveled, and its more than enough miles to make our feet hurt.
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The data is based strictly on book journeys and charted by chapter, so events like Sansas journey from the Eyrie to Winterfell in order to take up Jeyne Pooles book plot and Jons rescue mission at Hardhome arent included. Rickon, who essentially follows Brans trajectory until he, Osha, and Shaggydog split off for three booksto Skagos, perhaps?is also excluded. And as far as that book reveal fans are still waiting for? We left that off too since that characters almost like a completely different person from the one we knew.
Their travels may easily eclipse ours, but as we look back at how far everyones come, were pretty sure we wouldnt want to actually walk in their shoes, even if they do surpass their daily step goals.
Bran goes farther north of any of the Starks (Jon included) with his direwolf Summer, Hodor, and the Reed siblings Meera and Jojen, which takes him nearly 1,500 miles. He spends most of the first two books at home in Winterfell, acting as its Lord once Robb declares himself King of the North. He, Rickon, their direwolves, the Reeds, Hodor, and Osha escape after Theon Greyjoy takes Winterfell, and its around here that Bran and Rickon split off from each other.
Then, its a semi-straight journey north to find the Three-Eyed Crow (known as the Three-Eyed Raven in the show) with help from Samwell Tarly and Coldhands, a dead wight-like being that helps him in his journey north. Now that hes met the Three-Eyed Crow and has started to train with him, Bran doesnt look like hes going anywhere anytime soon. But considering his promise that Bran will fly, he may end up going further beyond what any of the other Starks will achieve.
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