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Warning: Game of Thrones spoilers ahead. Proceed with caution!The Stark’s army got a little bit bigger thanks to an assist from an old Northern House in the Game of Thrones season eight premiere. Shortly after Daenerys and Jon arrive with reinforcements in preparation for the army of the dead, little Alys Karstark stays true to her word by having her bannermen join the camp at Winterfell. Like Lyanna Mormont, the young woman is a leader before her time, but she’s proving to make smart decisions already. In season seven, Jon grants Alys a pardon for her father’s betrayal during the Battle of the Bastards. The Starks and Karstarks have been allies for many years, with the Karstarks serving as a vassal house under Ned Stark. Their bond begins to fracture in season three, when Robb Stark beheads Rickard for murdering two Lannister boys who were under his protection. Rickard’s son, Harald Karstark, then becomes the Lord of the Northern House and supports Ramsay Bolton during the Battle of the Bastards. He dies during the battle, leaving his daughter in charge, and Alys wisely pledges her House to the Starks once more. POPSUGAR

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