Elissa Forrester
Actor Lara Pulver
Gender Female
Hair Blonde
Age 40s-50s
Occupation Lady of House Forrester
Family Lord Branfield - Father (Deceased)
Talia Branfield - Mother (Deceased)
Malcolm Branfield - Brother
Gregor Forrester - Husband (Deceased)
Rodrik Forrester - Son
Asher Forrester - Son
Mira Forrester - Daughter
Ethan Forrester - Son (Deceased)
Talia Forrester - Daughter
Ryon Forrester - Son
First Appearance "Iron From Ice"
Last Appearance "The Ice Dragon"
Death Episode "The Ice Dragon"
Cause of Death Poisoned or stabbed by Harys.
Status Dead
Series lifespan "Iron From Ice" to "The Ice Dragon"
Ethnicity Southron
TID Elissa Stabbed
TID Elissa Dying From Poison
Elissa stabbed by Harys and dies before Asher/Rodrik or drinks poison in order to convince Ludd it is not poison.
We do not stand alone. There are those who will fight for us. Those who hold House Forrester above all other loyalties. Those who will not stop until Ethan is avenged. Until Ryon is home again. Our House will not fall. We will be ready.
— Lady Forrester in the preview for The Lost Lords

Elissa Forrester (born as Elissa Branfield) is a main character and the lady of House Forrester in Game Of Thrones. She is married to Lord Gregor Forrester and she has six children; Rodrik, Asher, Mira, Talia, Ethan and Ryon.


Elissa Forrester was born to House Branfield, a minor Southron House that was destroyed when the Targaryen dynasty fell. In the aftermath of the defeat, Lady Elissa was married to Lord Gregor. She at first saw herself as a prisoner at Ironrath, but Gregor was kind to his young wife and she quickly grew to love him. Once their children were born, Lady Elissa embraced her role as the Forrester matriarch and silently swore she’d never see her family destroyed again.

Game Of Thrones

"Iron From Ice"

Lady Elissa Forrester is first seen when Gared arrives at Ironrath after the Red Wedding. Elissa is shown to be upset at the death of her husband and her son Rodrik. She stays strong for her children, however. After Ethan is pronounced the Lord of House Forrester, she is shown to be very supportive of him and helps him through his time as the lord. She warns him that he has to be brave when Ramsey Snow comes to House Forrester. Due to the recent deaths of some of the family members, she tells Ethan to let Malcolm go to Essos and bring their exiled brother, Asher back to House Forrester. Later on, he is seen a bit frightened of Ramsey Snow. She is horrified when Ramsey stabs Ethan in the throat, she clutchers her dead son, "My son..." She trembles.

"The Lost Lords"

Elissa walks in and sees Rodrik laying on a bed being healed by the Maester. She asks what the Freys did to him and then Rodrik blacks out. Elissa is seen again when Rodrik and Talia are brought to the Great Hall. Elissa tells her son that the Glenmores may be an ally if Rodrik will be married to Elaena. Elissa asks Lord Whitehill if Ryon could come to the funeral. When Lord Whitehill orders him to kiss the ring, Elissa begs Rodrik to do so so Ryon could attend the funeral. She will be angry if you chose to refuse. She is seen later on the wedding, worried that House Forrester will see the same fate the Branfield family did. She says a few words at the funeral and cries and hugs Rodrik as Talia sings the song she prepared for the funeral.

"The Sword in the Darkness"

Elissa first appears when Gryff arrives at Ironrath. Like the rest of the Forresters she is distraught and tries to stop him from overtaking the Great Hall to no avail. Later on she talks with the council about expelling Gryff or saving Ryon from Highpoint, acting as the council member most in favour of saving the youngest Forrester child while Ortengryn and Royland are more vocal about smashing the figurehead of House Whitehill.

When Rodrik returns from his meeting with Gwyn, he has the opportunity to discuss Lord Whitehill's plans with Elissa, who is clearing up the great hall. If he reveals that there is a traitor and names a suspect, Elissa will point the finger at whoever Ethan did not elect as Sentinel. When Rodrik faces off with the Whitehill soldiers that arrive in the hall, Harys instructs Elissa to get her son out alive before things get ugly.

Elissa is last seen when Gryff confronts Rodrik in the courtyard. She is relatively quiet during the seen, but helps Rodrik up and comments on the choices he made before leading him away.

"Sons of Winter"

When Rodrik, Elaena, Arthur and the Elite Guard arrive in the courtyard, Elissa appears and tells Rodrik that Gryff Whitehill is harming Maester Ortengryn. They all head for the Great Hall, Elissa helping Ortengryn up and watching as Gryff is captured. She says that they need to keep Gryff alive so he can be traded for Ryon, and stops Rodrik if he takes things too far when punishing Gryff. She says that word of his capture cannot reach Highpoint and orders the death of the ravens.

She later appears when Talia and Rodrik speak at the tower. She discusses the issue of the traitor if she was told about it, and speaks about the invitation to Highpoint when Duncan and Royland show up. She accompanies Rodrik to Highpoint and says that his Sentinel should come too.

At Highpoint, Elissa takes a step back and allows Rodrik to handle most of the negotiations. When Ryon is brought out and Ludd threatens to kill him, however, she begins to panic until a trade - a son for a son - is proposed.

Royland/Duncan, The Elite Guard(depending on if you brought them with to Highpoint), Elissa and Rodrik return from Ironrath to find it pretty much deserted. Rodrik hears laughter coming from the Great Hall. He enters it and sees Ramsay Snow talking with Talia Forrester. Ramsay stands up and tells Rodrik that men have said he's a man that can't be broken, and that he's decided to come see for himself.

"A Nest of Vipers"

Elissa first appears when Talia go gets the guards as ordered by Rodrik after speaking to the traitor. She asks, "Duncan/Royland, how could you?" She is also a part of the discussion after the player makes the choice to kill or imprison the traitor, speaking of Asher's safety when he hits land.

"The Ice Dragon"

Elissa will appear in this episode.[1]


Rodrik's Story

Killed by:

  • Harys (Directly caused)

Asher's Story

Killed by:

  • Herself[2] (Directly caused, determinant)
  • Asher Forrester[3] (Indirectly caused, determinant)
  • Talia Forrester [4](Indirectly caused, determinant)
  • Ludd Whitehill[5] (Indirectly caused, determinant)
  • Harys (Directly caused)


It is assumed that Elissa has strong positive relationships with all of her family and house members.

Ethan Forrester

Lady Elissa always tried to advise Ethan about what he had to do, his jobs, and his choices. She always trusted Ethan, and also believed that he was going to be a good Lord. Lady Elissa and Ethan had a close relationship.

Talia Forrester

Lady Elissa Forrester is Talia's mother. When Ramsay Snow arrived at Ironrath, Elissa protected her children, including Talia. Elissa seems to be a bit insensitive towards Talia, reminding her that she should be writing a song for the funeral but somewhat disregarding Talia's emotions at the time.

Lord Gregor Forrester

Lady Elissa didn't like Lord Gregor when they first married, because she felt imprisioned in Ironrath, but after some time she started trusting him and their relationship became much closer.

Ryon Forrester

Lady Elissa is Ryon's mother. She always tried to protect her children including Ryon, as seen when Ramsey Snow arrived at Ironrath.

Asher Forrester

There isn't any interaction shown between the two yet, even though Elissa is Asher's mother. Asher is currently in Essos being the exiled son of House Forrester. It is revealed that he was not exiled, that he exiled himself. It is obvious that Elissa cares for Asher, but maybe they've had some differences which resulted into Asher leaving.

Rodrik Forrester

Elissa admires her firstborn son and has a much more hands-off approach in regards to his leadership. While she was much more of a crutch for Ethan she has taken a step back and lets Rodrik converse with the other council members.

Mira Forrester

Mira and her mother obviously get along, but they have not been seen interacting yet since Mira is in King's Landing.


Season One appearances
Iron From Ice The Lost Lords The Sword in the Darkness Sons of Winter A Nest of Vipers The Ice Dragon

Family Tree

Gregor Forrester
Elissa Forrester
Rodrik Forrester
Elaena Glenmore
Asher Forrester
Mira Forrester
Ethan Forrester
Talia Forrester
Ryon Forrester


  • Elissa's appearance was leaked in a screenshot that was found without being released officially.
  • In Sons of Winter, during the Highpoint visit, Rodrik can order an attack. This results in Elissa's death by crossbow and forces a game over.


Game Of Thrones Characters
House Forrester GregorElissaJoseraElseraRodrikAsherMiraEthanTaliaRyonShadow
Ironrath Residents Gared • (FatherJenna) • DuncanRoylandOrtengrynMalcolmErikBowenNorren
House Whitehill LuddLady W.KarlEbbertTorrhenGwynGryff
Whitehill Garrison HarysWhitehill Soldier 1Whitehill Soldier 2Whitehill Soldier 3Whitehill Soldier 4Whitehill Soldier 5
House Glenmore ElaenaArthur
House Lannister CerseiTyrionLymanLucanDamien
House Tyrell Margaery
King's Landing Residents TomSeraAndrosMorgrynGaribald
The Night's Watch JonFrostfingerCotterFinnBrittCasperHughLoborErroldWendelDuff
Beyond The Wall Sylvi
Essos BeskhaTazalBezzaqCroftDezhor
House Targaryen DaenerysDrogonViserion
Pit Fighters AmayaBloodsongThe Beast
House Bolton Ramsay
  1. Arthur Von Nagel confirms Elissa's role in Episode 6.
  2. Elissa chooses to drink the poisoned wine.
  3. Asher chooses to poison Ludd, thereby forcing Elissa to drink it.
  4. Talia pours the wine that kills her mother.
  5. Ludd tells Asher to drink the poisoned wine, prompting Elissa to drink it instead.