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Barristan Selmy: "[Robert] was a good man. A great warrior. And a terrible king."
The youngest Great House of Westeros. Descended from Orys Baratheon, bastard half-brother of King Aegon I Targaryen and the nation's first Hand of the King. It traditionally rules over the Stormlands, to the south of the capital of the Seven Kingdoms, after Orys slew their former high lord during the War of Conquest.
Seventeen years before the start of the show, House Baratheon led a rebellion that overthrew the Targaryen dynasty and claimed the Iron Throne for itself, but had to rely on the wealthy House Lannister of the West to cement its power. The revelation that King Robert's children are not really his leads the remaining Baratheons to rise in rebellion once again.
The Stormlands are on the eastern side of Westeros, and are known for the savage meteorology of the region, particularly that of the rather ominously-named "Shipbreaker Bay." Their ancestral seat, "Storm's End," sits on the bay. According to legend, it was raised by the Storm King, Durren, to spite the gods and to protect his wife, their daughter Elenei. It has an enormous curtain wall of stones so cunningly joined that nary a crack remains for the wind to find purchase, and the gods sent down seven massive storms upon it to no avail. Thus Durren and Elenei lived out their years in peace, and House Durrendon ruled the Stormlands until the arrival of the Targaryens.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: In the novels, the Baratheons have black hair, but it has been changed to dark brown on the show.
- Animal Motifs: The traditional sigil of House Baratheon is a black stag on a yellow background, which is most commonly associated with Robert in the series. After Stannis is converted to the faith of the Lord of the Light, his sigil becomes a black stag encased within a red heart surrounded by yellow flames. When Renly allies himself with the powerful House Tyrell, he incorporates the colours of his wife's (and lover's) sigil into his own, so he's represented by a golden stag on a field of green.
- Big Screwed-Up Family: Not as bad as others, but Robert considers Ned more as a brother than his actual brothers, and both Stannis and Renly were determined to fight each other for the throne. Stannis himself states he didn't love Robert, nor did Robert love him. Renly in turn was belittled by his older brothers for his distaste for combat.
- Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Much less pronounced than any of the other regions. Parallels could be made for the Bonapartes or the Julio-Claudian dynasty of The Roman Empire, as a ruling family based on the influence of several siblings after the usurping of the throne of the biggest brother.
- There's some Broad Strokes resemblance to the children of William the Conqueror: he left his first son, Robert, the territory he considered most prestigious, the duchy of Normandy, and left his second son William Rufus his largest and most profitable holding, the throne of England. Robert felt cheated and went to war with his little brother to claim the throne. Rufus died in a hunting accident, at which point their third brother (Henry) entered the stage, and won the war.
- King Robert draws elements from Henry IV of England (a man that usurps the throne from a distant cousin with the force of arms as his sole right) and his successor, Henry V (a tall, muscular, popular warrior and battle commander, who dies early leaving an unfit child as his successor and lays the ground for decades of warfare). Not surprising since the War of the Five Kings draws inspiration from the historical War of the Roses and the Lancastrian phase of the Hundred Years War, the roots of both being in Henry V's reign.
- From the Books...
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Robert is a drunken spendthrift, while Renly is a charismatic administrator, and Stannis is a no-nonsense Determinator.
- Freudian Trio: Robert's the Id, Renly the Ego, and Stannis the Superego.
- Hot-Blooded: One of the few traits that unite all the blood Baratheons (including Robert's bastard son Gendry and Stannis' daughter Shireen) despite their myriad personalities is stubbornness. In their own way, every true Baratheon is headstrong when pursuing their individual passions and set goals despite the consequences and what others tell them, it was only a matter of time and circumstance before this would put them at lethal odds with each other.
- "Ours Is The Fury" isn't just a simple reference to their hereditary lordship of the Stormlands.
- A House Divided: Two civil wars at the same time. Robert's brothers fight their "nephews" (who they know are not real Baratheons, but claim to), and they also fight each other.
- Sibling Team: Downplayed. Due to circumstance and perhaps owing to their mutual dislike, all three Baratheon brothers never really had the chance to fight side-by-side in any major conflict. Renly was too young when Stannis followed Robert into war against the Targaryens, and both Stannis and Renly were stuck in Storm's End for almost the entirety of the rebellion. Renly was absent once again on the battlefield during the Greyjoy Rebellion, when Stannis fought under Robert as commander of the Royal Fleet, smashing the Greyjoy armada and pacifying Great Wyk island while Robert took the capital of Pyke. On a less martial note however, all three Baratheon brothers did sit on the royal council during Robert's reign and ruled the Seven Kingdoms together, with Renly as Master of Laws and Stannis as Master of Ships.
- Opposites Attract: The Starks and Baratheons have almost nothing in common. Robert Baratheon (oldest son, groomed for command, irresponsible leader) is best buds with Ned Stark (younger son, groomed as a soldier, responsible leader). Both get arranged marriages. Ned's works, Rob's... doesn't. The Baratheons hate each other, but the Starks love each other. They're still almost allies until Renly dies.
- This dynamic even carries over to Arya and Gendry. They'd both rather have the opposite life of what they have at the start, and end up backing each other up. And while Arya is uncompromising in pursuing her dream, Gendry is willing to take what breaks he can get.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome: All the current-day Baratheons are genetically predisposed to this.
- Black hair was a trait of the Storm Kings, who were defeated and replaced by the Baratheons during the conquest. Orys Baratheon married the daughter of the last Storm King, and took over her sigil, castle, family motto... and her family's genetics, eventually. The black-haired Durrendon genes dominated over the silver-blonde Baratheon genes, leading to the modern-day "Baratheon look" which is really a Durrendon look.
- Warrior Prince: Stannis and Robert. Renly aspires to be one, but his war days are over before he can fight any battles.
- We Are Struggling Together: Renly and Stannis go to war with each other instead of marching on King's Landing right away.
King Robert Baratheon
"I'm not trying to honor you. I'm trying to get you to run my kingdom while I can eat, drink and whore my way to an early grave."
"You think honor keeps them in line? You think it's honor that's keeping the peace? It's fear—fear and blood!"
The ruler of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros at the beginning of the series.
- Adipose Rex: He used to be much trimmer. Essentially his Badass Decay into one of these is symbolic of how unsuited the kingly life is for him.
- The Alcoholic
- Aloof Big Brother: To Stannis and Renly. He points out to Ned Stark that he loves Ned like a brother, but doesn't love either of his actual brothers.
- Robert is also ignorant of the fact that Renly is gay (which is incredible because Renly's romance with Loras is an Open Secret at court) because he asks his youngest sibling, "Have you ever fucked a Riverlands girl?"
- Anyone Can Die: His death starts the Succession Crisis which is the main plot for Season 2.
- Arranged Marriage: To Cersei, whom he completely despises.
- The Atoner: After his hunting accident, he tries to make amends and asks Ned to stop the attack on Daenerys Targaryen.Only his request comes too late.
- Badass: He used to be this. He can summon it in some form time and again, as he's still an avid and capable hunter to this day.
- Bad Boss: Keeps Jaime posted on his door while loudly cheating on Cersei and among the various tortures he inflicts on Lancel, Robert sends him to get a "breastplate stretcher" which, obviously, doesn't actually exist.
Ned: The breastplate stretcher?
Robert: How long till he figures it out?
Ned: Maybe you should have one invented.
- Berserk Button: Mentioning the Targaryens around him.
- Big Brother Bully: He mocks his youngest brother Renly for not being "manly" enough.
- Blood Knight: Deconstructed. His love of hunting and fighting gets him killed in a Hunting Accident.
- Boisterous Bruiser: A jovial and grumpy rowdy.
- Brutal Honesty: When asked by Cersei if there was ever a possibility of their marriage working, Robert plainly tells her no.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: In spite of becoming a fat, decadent, lecherous, drunken king, he's still no fool. He can still command respect from his subordinates and still knows a lot about war. He's acutely aware of certain things that slip right past several otherwise intelligent characters, like how vulnerable Westeros really is due to the disunity of the Seven Kingdoms.
- Crown of Horns
- Cuckold Horns: He wears a Crown of Horns and his wife is cheating on him.
- Domestic Abuse/Would Hit a Girl: Robert to Cersei, although he instantly regrets his action as "not kingly," it's probably a factor in his death.
- Drop the Hammer: His weapon of choice in days gone by.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The drinking hunter who'd rather have fun with whores who smell like blackberry jam to Stannis' logical, duty-bound persona or Renly's charismatic, intellectual decision-maker.
- Freudian Excuse: Is his constant womanising due to being in a state of deep unhappiness after the death of Lyanna Stark, the only woman he truly loved; or simply an excuse he lies to himself with, since he was already well-known for being a ladies man before she died?
- Freudian Trio: He's the Id of the Baratheon siblings.
- The Gadfly: Likes to evoke awkward moments only to defuse them with a Tension-Cutting Laughter.
- Glory Days: Robert still lives for the days when he was a powerful warrior covered in glory and his love, Lyanna Stark, was still alive. Renly calls him out for glorifying the bloody civil war that ripped the continent apart.
- He Who Fights Monsters: Having taken part in the overthrow of the Mad King, he resorts to increasingly unsettling means to keep said king's family from reclaiming the throne.
- Hunting Accident: Technically it is an actual accident... helped along by Lancel Lannister making sure he is well-supplied with (triple alcohol content) wine.
- In Harm's Way: He clearly enjoys the thrill of battle more than the duties of actually being king. Admits to Ned that he'd give up the throne and wander Westeros as a travelling sellsword, if he thought he could get away with it.
- I Was Quite a Looker: He was much more attractive before he became jaded and lazy.
- Jaded Washout: While in a much better social position than is the norm in this trope, he totally fits it in all other respects.
- Jerkass: But generally only if you're a Lannister, all of whom he sees as guilty by association for his horrific relationship with Cersei.
- Knight Errant: Admits that he'd prefer the life of a travelling sellsword to being King, any day of the week.
- Large Ham
- The Mourning After: He still mourns the loss of Lyanna Stark, his late fiancé. To the point of drunkenly calling Cersei Lyanna on their wedding night, igniting her spite against him.
- Mangst: Cersei says that he beat his hands bloody on the wall in anguish after their first infant son died of fever.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: The death of Rhaegar Targaryen at Robert's hands. Rhaegar was by all accounts considered a sane, popular and highly charismatic man, who many in Westeros looked forward to eventually taking the throne. Instead, Robert took the throne for himself in conquest and in less than 20 years, managed to bankrupt the entire realm and sow the seeds that would lead to the outbreak of Civil War after his death. Then again, the Mad King himself was shaping up to be one of the better Targaryen kings before he rather suddenly went insane, so we can't be sure Rhaegar's future didn't hold similar insanity.
- Nostalgia Filter: He repeatedly longs for the "good old days." Renly finally calls him on this in "A Golden Crown."
Renly: When was that exactly? The once where one half of Westeros fought the other half and millions died? Or before that, when the Mad King slaughtered women and babies because the voices that lived in his head told him they deserved it? Or way before that, when dragons burned whole cities to the ground?!
- Not So Different: Ned calls him out on his plans to have Daenerys killed as being no better than "The Mad King."
- When arguing to assassinate Daenerys, he asserts that what keeps the peace is "fear and blood," which sounds a lot like the Targaryen house words of "Fire and Blood."
- Parental Neglect: Especially with Joffrey. He even admits this in his deathbed in front of him. Not mention of his numerous - and real- bastard children.
- The Peter Principle: The self-promotion variety, a terrible administrator, for life. As Renly and Barristan point out, good warriors don't make good kings by default. Warring and ruling are two completely different beasts.
- Poisonous Friend: While it's not done maliciously, Catelyn Stark notes that Robert has a tendency to lead Ned into trouble. Robert showing up and dragging Ned into danger is in fact the thing that kicks off the entire series.
- Pyrrhic Victory: His rebellion resulted in him becoming king, but the woman whose abduction was his entire impetus for rebelling died, and he was left married to someone he despises.
- Rant Inducing Slight: When Ned resigns as Hand of the King, Robert completely loses his temper.
- Really Gets Around: Has a lot of bastard children to a lot of different women.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: In "The Kingsroad," he stops drinking for long enough to point out that children fighting is normal and not something that requires royal intervention. The rest of the time? Not so much.
- Rebel Leader: He was this when he waged a war against the Mad King.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red Oni to Ned's blue oni. Unlike his modest and even-tempered colleague, he's very hot-blooded and impulsive by nature well into his old age.
- Revenge: His intense hatred for the Targaryens stems from Rhaegar Targaryen's kidnapping of his late betrothed Lyanna Stark.
- Revenge Before Reason: Even the mention of the Targaryens can drive him into a frothing rage. While there are pragmatic reasons to send assassins after Daenerys, he does not care about them and just wants to see her family exterminated.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: He was. These days, he does as little as humanly possible that doesn't involve food, strong drink or women, preferably all three. Then again, those glory days were before he was a royal.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: See Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling.
- Seven Deadly Sins: His lust alienates his family and his excessive drinking leads him to an early grave.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: He acts before he thinks, longs for the good old days of killing things, and cheats on his wife with numerous whores, many of whom have produced bastards. Contrast with Renly and Stannis.
- Unwanted Spouse: He has never loved Cersei, and has no problem saying it to her face.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Via Arranged Marriage. This wasn't true when Cersei and he first wed, but he let himself get fat and lazy.
- The Usurper: He's called this in-universe by the Targaryens.
- Vengeance Feels Empty: Even though he killed Rhaegar Targaryen, who he blamed for kidnapping his beloved Lyanna Stark, he still seems unable to take any satisfaction in it as he mentions killing Rhaegar in his dreams every night and still finding no peace.
- Would Hurt a Child: During the Rebellion, Robert ordered all of the Targaryen to be killed, even the children.
King Stannis Baratheon
"Great or small, we must do our duty."
Middle brother between Robert and Renly. Lord of Dragonstone. Third in line for the throne according to the Lannisters, first in line according to Stannis due to Joffrey and Tommen's bastard status.
- 0% Approval Rating: Stannis lacks the charm both his brothers possess, and thus hasn't been able to attract many noble houses to his cause through diplomacy. Several characters insist that his rigid and unpopular personality would make him a terrible ruler, though most of these people are rivals for the throne. His closest allies, on the other hand, respect his honesty and serve him with total devotion.
- Achilles in His Tent: At the start of season three, Stannis is holed up in Dragonstone and refuses to see or talk to anyone except Melisandre.
- Adaptational Villainy: He nearly strangles Melisandre in "Valar Morghulis". Stannis in the novels was never physically violent towards a woman.
- In the books, Stannis is much more reluctant to sacrifice his nephew (Gendry in the show, Edric in the novels) to the Lord of Light.
- In the books, after Davos helps Gendry escape, Davos wins reprieve for his apparent treachery by appealing to Stannis' sense of duty and responsibility to the realm. Stannis also makes the decision to spare Davos for himself. In the show, Stannis outright sentences Davos to death and only backs off when Davos almost blackmails him, followed by Melisandre telling Stannis that he does indeed need Davos to win.
- Aloof Big Brother:
- To Renly. Stannis has somewhat fond memories of the child Renly used to be. From the books...
- Robert never got along with Stannis either, Stannis says in "The North Remembers" that 'I didn't love him. He didn't love me.'
- Arranged Marriage: To Selyse of House Florent.
- Authority Equals Asskicking:
- After his navy is destroyed, he leads the charge into Kings Landing himself, killing several Lannister soldiers with ease. His men actually have to drag him kicking and screaming off the battlefield once it becomes clear that they have lost the battle.
- Prior to Robert's death and the War of the Five Kings, Stannis was the Master of Ships on the King's Small Council. Under his command, the Royal Fleet soundly smashed the Ironborn fleet during the Greyjoy Rebellion.
- Badass: He may be dour and personally unlikable but there is no denying his badassery. During "Blackwater" he leads his mean from the front directing the landing party personally and once on the battlements has little problem cutting down multiple opponents attacking from all sides. Also, The Season 2 History of Westeros shorts reveal Stannis was the one who lead Robert's fleet against the Ironborn during the Greyjoy rebellion. He succeeded where even Tywin Lannister failed, smashing the Greyjoy fleet and all but ensuring Robert's victory.
- Badass Boast:
Stannis: My enemies have made my kingdom bleed. I will not forget that. I will not forgive that. I will punish them with any arms at my disposal.
Stannis: The Baratheons say "Ours is the Fury." I will show them; fury burns
- Badass Cape
- Four-Star Badass: Well known as a competent soldier and commander. He shows it well at the Battle of Blackwater.
- Big Brother Bully: According to Renly, Stannis looks down on his younger brother because he's not a warrior.
- Big "NO!": In "Blackwater" his yelling at his retreating soldiers to stand and fight quickly devolves into this.
- Brutal Honesty: He doesn't hide his dislike for Robert and calls Jaime the "Kingslayer", but he also insists that Jaime be called "Ser" since he's still a knight.
- Cain and Abel: He is the Cain to Renly's Abel. Stannis cites it as a precedent when Davos tries to defend Gendry by invoking that blood is Thicker Than Water.
- The Chosen One: According to Melisandre, he is the Lord of Light's chosen hero.
- Conscience Makes You Go Back: At first, he makes it clear he has no problem leaving Davos to rot in a cell and letting Melisandre sacrifice Gendry. He changes his mind and releases Davos to give Davos a chance to convince him to spare Gendry
- Combat Pragmatist: He might join a war where he has the smallest army because Law says so, but he's not above using witchcraft to quickly assassinate his enemies behind the lines rather than suicidally charging against them in the field.
"Cleaner ways don't win wars."
- The Comically Serious: In the rare moments of levity in his appearances, Stannis fills this role.
- Dawson Casting: Robert is supposed to be the oldest baratheon brother, but Stephen Dillane is 8 years older than Mark Addy. Zigzagged both on the show and in the books, where Stannis is mistaken for being the eldest Baratheon brother by a few characters because his dour demeanour and receding hairline have put unnessecary years on him.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: After his victorious and terrible defense of Storm's End, Robert gave Storm's End to Renly, who never fought a day in his life. Stannis abided by his duty, but Robert's call embittered him. Of course, Stannis is willfully ignoring that Robert gave him Dragonstone, the traditional home of the heir apparent to the Iron Throne and one of the few traditions he held onto from the old Targaryen dynasty. Stannis treats it like a White Elephant because, well... it really is kind of a shitty place to live.
- Another note of contention about Stannis's defense of Storm's End is that for all intents and purposes, Robert seemed to have forgotten that Stannis was defending their family home and was starving to death with hundreds of people. This left Stannis defending Storm's End from the Tyrells when the war was already over, and receiving almost no aid except for when Davos Seaworth sailed through the lines. Then when Ned Stark arrived and helped Stannis lift the siege, Robert gave credit for the victory entirely to Ned and threw his longtime friend a huge feast. Stannis's reward for defending Storm's End for a year and nearly starving to death? He gets sent out to Dragonstone to kill the remaining Targaryen children (who had been hiding there).
- Establishing Character Moment: Unenthusiastically accepting his role as the Chosen One in a ceremony hosted by Melisandre, followed by a meeting to redact his claim to the Iron Throne. Very dour, Will Not Tell a Lie, a by-the-book man who will not compromise.
Joffrey, Renly, Robb Stark, they're all thieves. They'll bend the knee or I'll destroy them.
- Evil Uncle: Subverted: he wants Joffrey's throne, but Joffrey isn't the biological son of his brother Robert. Played straight in Season 3, when he contemplates burning his biological nephew, Robert's bastard son Gendry, to gain magical advantage for his campaign.
- Foil: To the unlawful King Joffrey Baratheon. Stannis is the man who epitomizes Authority Equals Asskicking and has to be literally dragged out from a battle, while Joffrey is a Dirty Coward braggart who turns tail in the heat of a siege he's only observing anyway.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Stannis is logical and duty-bound, whereas Robert is a binge-drinking alcoholic who orders people killed for illogical reasons, and who has gotten the kingdom in a vast amount of debt. One can't help think that whatever flaws Stannis has, they pale in comparison to that.
- Freudian Trio: He's the Superego of the Baratheon siblings.
- Genre Savvy: Upon receiving Eddard's information about the true parentage of King Joffrey, Stannis chooses to share the secret with every lord in Westeros, rather than keeping it to himself.
- The Ghost: He never appears in the first season, and is only occasionally talked about by other characters. Stephen Dillane portrays him from Season 2 onwards.
- Good Angel, Bad Angel: Figuratively with Davos and Melisandre vying for influence over Stannis. It may be an Invoked Trope, or it may just be coincidence but it sure seems to come up a lot. When Stannis and Davos speak on the ship to King's Landing, Davos walks along with him on his right side. When Stannis looks into the flames at Mel's urging, she is clutching his left shoulder. Melisandre even dresses in bright red, while Davos wears humble clothing.
- At first played straight, then subverted in "Mhysa". While trying to decide on a new course of action, Melisandre and Davos are balanced on either side of him, out of focus in the background, over top of his shoulders, each one trying to pull him another way. However, this is shortly subverted when Melisandre agrees with Davos about going to defend the Wall, which makes it basically the first time in the entire show that they've ever agreed.
- Grammar Nazi: Injustice will be punished, usurping would-be kings must be made to kneel... and it's "fewer fingers", not "less fingers".
- Gray Eyes: Unlike his book counterpart, Stannis on the show has gray eyes, which reflect his cold and strong-willed personality.
- Heir Club for Men: Stannis doesn't have a son, only a sickly daughter, and he doesn't get on with his wife, so the odds of a legitimate son being born are slim. From the books...
- Heroic BSOD: Has a barely notable one when he sees Davos' ship burn down in wildfire, and a much more obvious one when he sees what appears to be his dead brother Renly riding to the rescue of King's Landing in "Blackwater." By the Season 3 premiere he has hit rock bottom, letting Melisandre burn "heretics" as she wishes and his Perma Stubble near-reaching Beard of Sorrow levels.
- Heroes Love Dogs: Stannis mentions his affection for dogs - "loyal creatures" in his eyes. Played with in that during the Siege of Storm's End, after horses and cats had been consumed, he and his men were forced to eat all the castle hounds in order to survive.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Davos, who's his Only Friend.
- Hidden Depths: Keeping Davos Seaworth at his side is a strong indicator that Stannis isn't a bad guy at heart. He respects loyalty and honesty even when it comes from a commoner and when his poweful allies criticize him for it. He states loudly that he has no problem killing Gendry, but Davos calls him out on it saying if that was true he would have just done it. Instead, he came to Davos and told him what he was going to do, just so Davos could talk him out of it, proving he isn't so indifferent afterall.
- Honor Before Reason: Davos suggested to Stannis that he ally with Renly or Robb Stark, and the armies they provide, against the overwhelming Lannister force that opposes them. Stannis rejects the offer, stating that he'll not treat with either rival claimants or thieves. Note that at this point in time Stannis has by far the smallest force out of all the contenders in the War, and yet he's willing to take on all of the opposition (including Renly's massive Reach-Stormlands army and Robb's Northern-Riverlands army), alone if need be. Which, if he actually is The Messiah, as Melisandre claims, is probably doable.
- In Harm's Way: He accompanies his troops to King's Landing and personally leads them to storm the battlements.
- Licked by the Dog: When his daughter Shireen sees him for the first time in a while, she squeals and hugs him.
- Pet the Dog: He insists on seeing her and spending time with her, showing more care than his wife.
- Messianic Archetype: According to Melisandre.
- Modest Royalty: Especially compared to his brothers, as unlike Renly he forgoes wearing a crown and has very few royal affectations in his dress in general. And even more modest than his book counterpart, who wears a crown shaped like flames.
- My God, What Have I Done?: He slowly comes to regret killing Renly.
- The Needs of the Many: A key element of his storyline. He's prepared to do terrible things and make sacrifices, such as killing Renly and Gendry, in order to save the realm. In the books Melisandre justifies this by saying that any sacrifices he refuses to make would be killed anyway when the end of the world comes.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Stannis' decision to assassinate Renly causes the Tyrells to join the Lannisters, which leads to his defeat at the Battle of Blackwater.
- No Mere Windmill: In "Mhysa", Stannis decides to abandon his campaign in the South to march on The Wall, using his army to shore up the defenses of the Night's Watch. The reason is because he believes their missives that the White Walkers have returned and knows that if someone doesn't stop them, it doesn't matter who is sitting on the Iron Throne, they will die just like the rest of Westeros.
- Noodle Incident: A rather dark and spooky take on this happens to Stannis at the end of Blackwater. Melisandre shows him a future event in the flames. It's later revealed in "Second Sons" that Stannis saw a great battle in the snow.
- No Sense of Humor: Though in reality, a lot of his lines end up becoming humorous simply because of just how immaculately deadpan he delivers basically everything.
"...then we ate the cats; Never liked cats, so fine. I do like dogs, good animals, loyal. But we ate them..."
- No Social Skills: As he is acutely aware.
- Not So Different: Compares himself to Aegon the Conqueror, in that they both have/had a smaller army and navy than the Westeros lords, forcing them to rely on magic to win. It's an apt comparison, as they both also operated from Dragonstone, and were badass leaders.
- A king who gets advice from both a woman with Black and White Insanity who uses sex as a weapon and his rational best friend, while more often than not ignoring the latter. Yup, Stannis is Robert's brother alright.
- One-Man Army: Personally cuts through a score of Lannister soldiers during the Battle of the Blackwater.
- Only Friend: Stannis only has one friend - Davos. His inability to make friends impacts heavily on his cause, as his natural allies (the bannermen of the Stormlands) prefer Renly and his easygoing nature.
- Parents as People: To Shireen. Unlike his wife, he tries being a good parent to her, but he is too busy with the war.
- Perma Stubble
- Prince Charmless: Completely dry and uncharismatic, according to most. Proves to be right by the time Season 2 starts.
- Principles Zealot: Even though his biggest enemies are Joffrey and the Lannisters, he won't make peace with Renly, who calls himself King despite being younger than Stannis, nor Robb, who has declared the North and the Riverlands a separate kingdom. All three are thieves to his eyes, and he likely figures that as long as all three are working against each other they're actually doing him a favor.
- Reassigned to Antarctica: How he views his appointment as Lord of Dragonstone.
- Resigned to the Call: He doesn't want to be the king or The Chosen One. But Stannis sees it as his duty, and so resolves to play his part.
- Rightful King Returns: Is the lawful monarch of Westeros, given that Robert had no trueborn heirs, meaning that succession defaults to the king's oldest surviving male sibling, Stannis. Almost pulls off the 'returns' part in Blackwater, but is defeated by Lannister/Tyrell reinforcements.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Say what you will about the wisdom of his actions in "Blackwater", you can't accuse him of being a coward, or leading from behind. (Unlike Joffrey.) And with the addition of Renly's Stormlands bannermen to his army and having the largest navy of any of the Five Kings (save possibly Balon Greyjoy), he has a good chance of taking the city—and almost does. Just too bad for him that Tyrion Lannister is around and he has vast stockpiles of a fictionalized version of Greek fire at his disposal, which you can't really expect Stannis to plan for considering its rarity.
- Secret Keeper: Averted when the first thing he does with the information about Joffrey's true parentage is to tell it to as many people as possible so no one can claim ignorance, and says that Ned only telling him was a mistake on Ned's part. From the books...
- Sibling Rivalry: With both of his brothers, though it gets especially bad with Renly after they both declare themselves king, and he promises to smash Renly's army when he refuses to surrender. Despite this, he's shown to be genuinely upset after Renly's sudden death in private.
- The Stoic: They say he never smiles and his regular range and display of emotions do fit with the personality of a lobster, which makes his Not So Stoic moments all the more remarkable:
- He loses it once he realizes his men are retreating. He also loses his steely resolution when alone with Melisandre in the leadup to his offensive, admitting to her that he cannot succeed without the soldiers his brother Renly stole from him.
- His mouth visibly twitches as if suppressing a smile, when he realises that Davos did not die at the Battle of the Blackwater.
- In the Season 3 finale, he's enraged by Davos' treason and later laughs when Melisandre is the one who saves his life by acknowledging Davos as a needed ally.
- The Strategist
- Toxic Friend Influence: Melisandre's.
- Uncle Claudius: In Season 2, Joffrey is eager to meet his "uncle" in the field of battle and give him a red smile. You can imagine Stannis' terror.
- Unwanted Spouse: Like Robert, he is unhappily married for political reasons. (As he returns to his keep after burning the idols of the Seven, Stannis nearly forgets his wife Selyse, and then ends up walking off without her anyway. He is never seen with her again in Season 2.) However, when Selyse appears again in Stannis seems to genuinely love her (though they're still unhappy and distant) and his daughter.
- Volcano Lair: Dragonstone - Stannis's foreboding seat of power - is one of these, in addition to being an Island Base. It was formed centuries ago by volcanic eruptions, utilized by the Targaryens as a staging ground for their conquest of Westeros, and for bonus points is a major source of obsidian.
- Warrior Prince: Like Robb Stark, he started as nobility rather than royalty but he becomes this.
- We Have Reserves: Stannis gives a rare heroic version of this, in Blackwater, emphasizing not his callousness, but the need to take King's Landing to depose Joffrey and install Stannis, the rightful king, despite the cost.
Imry Florent: We're too far from the gates...the fire...their archers. Hundreds will die.
- Also subverted, in that Stannis truly does not have reserves. He's all-in at Blackwater.
- Where Is Your God Now?: Said word-for-word as he's strangling Melisandre for supposedly bullshitting him about his "great victory" at King's Landing. She responds, "Inside you," and he releases her.
- Will Not Tell a Lie: Stannis is very frank, as exemplified by his stern objection to Robert being called "my beloved brother" in a missive and by the confession of his adultery to his wife.
- With Us or Against Us
- Your Cheating Heart: He sleeps with Melisandre once because of the promise of a son. He tried his best to resist her, even bringing up that he has a wife (albeit one he's not particularly fond of), but his desire for a healthy child overwhelmed him. And then there's Melisandre's creepy-as-hell magical powers. And that bod. After his defeat at the Blackwater, he tells her he still desires her.
- Younger Than They Look: In Season 3, as a consequence of Melisandre taking his life force to make her shadow-child.
King Renly Baratheon
"Do you still believe good soldiers make good kings?"
: Gethin Anthony
"[Stannis] inspires no love nor loyalty. He is not a king. I am."
Robert's youngest brother, Lord of Storm's End, and Master of Laws on Robert's Small Council. Fourth in line for the throne according to the Lannisters, second in line due to Joffrey and Tommen's real heritage. Claims the title because he thinks he would make a better King than Stannis.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Averted. Renly on the show is a good-looking guy, but the actor playing him is not an Adonis like his book counterpart.
- Adaptation Expansion: The show explores Renly's private life much more than the novels do.
- Adaptational Heroism: Changed from a prideful Sleazy Politician with entitlement issues to a serious and thoughtful young man who rebels against Joffrey out of a genuine sense that he'd be better at the job. His main Kick the Dog moment (mocking Brienne of Tarth behind her back) is changed to sincerely respecting her abilities and service.
- Adaptational Wimp: Renly's book counterpart is a big, burly man with an enthusiasm for jousts and battle note . In the show he's of smaller stature and has no love for violence.
- Adopt the Dog: After a moment of consideration, he grants Brienne's wish to join his Kingsguard. It would've been easier for Renly to adhere to everyone else's expectations by rejecting her request (he was presumably pondering the consequences of having a female protector during the brief pause), but he chooses to do the right thing by giving the position to a warrior who earned it, regardless of her gender. The reaction to Brienne's appointment is fairly negative; his bannermen audibly gasp, his wife gives him a Disapproving Look, and his lover berates him for it later that evening, but Renly sticks firmly to his decision.
- Afraid of Blood: He becomes a bit queasy at the sight of blood due to his lack of combat experience. Seems to be fairly reasonable, as the squeamishness referenced was towards a boy getting his eye knocked out of its socket.
Renly: All I ever hear from Robert and Stannis is how I'm not tough enough, how I squirm at the sight of blood.
Loras: You did vomit when that boy's eye was knocked out in the melee.
Renly: His eye was dangling out of the damn socket!
Loras: He shouldn't have entered the melee if he didn't know how to fight.
- Anyone Can Die: Despite being set up as a major player in the game of thrones, he gets unceremoniously killed off by Melisandre's shadow son.
- Appeal to Force: By law, his claim is weaker than Stannis', but Renly's charisma provides him with a bigger support, which in turn is used to press said claim.
Renly: Look across those fields, brother. Can you see all those banners?
Stannis: You think a few bolts of cloth will make you king?
Renly: No. The men holding those bolts of cloth will make me king.
- Arranged Marriage: To Margaery Tyrell. An amiable one.
- Badass Beard: Subverted. He sports one in Season 2, but he's killed before having a single battle.
- Beneath the Mask: During his private moments, Renly is shown to be more insecure than the confident facade that he projects in public.
- Blatant Lies: When Robert (who is ignorant of his youngest brother's homosexuality) asks him, "Have you ever fucked a Riverlands girl?", Renly's vague response is "Once, I think." Renly's annoyed facial expression indicates that he often uses this line whenever someone inquires about his sexual conquests.
- In "What Is Dead May Never Die," he blames his lack of readiness on the wine. Margaery knows better and tries to accommodate.
- Bling of War: It's revealed in this featurette that Renly's armour (which included velvet fabric) was the most complicated costume created for the first two seasons of the show.
- Bodyguard Crush: The object of affection for both Loras (an unusual reciprocal example because they form a same-sex couple) and Brienne (a rare gender inversion of the trope) while they were members of his Kingsguard.
- Brown Eyes: Unlike his book counterpart, Renly on the show has brown eyes, and he's considerably more sensible and stable than either of his brothers.
- Brutal Honesty: He's usually snarky with Littlefinger, but in "Garden of Bones," Renly is sick of beating around the bush, as their banter no longer amuses him.
Renly: I don't like you, Lord Baelish. I don't like your face, I don't like the words that come oozing out of your mouth. I don't want you in my tent one minute more than necessary.
- But Not Too Gay: His intimate scenes with Loras are not nearly as sexually explicit as the heterosexual pairings on the show.
- Cain and Abel: He is the Abel to Stannis' Cain.
- The Charmer: According to Loras, people just like him.
Loras: People love you. They want to serve you because you're kind to them. They want to be near you.
- Proves to get along with everyone in his entourage, down to common soldiers, in "What Is Dead May Never Die."
- In "Dark Wings, Dark Words," Sansa says that Renly was very gallant, and Olenna then adds "...charming and very clean. He knew how to dress and smile..." Mace Tyrell liked Renly enough to crown him king.
- Cheerful Child: It's implied that a young Renly was this while he grew up in court, according to Jaime in "Dark Wings, Dark Words".
- A Child Shall Lead Them: After Robert won his rebellion, he bestowed the title of Lord of Storm's End to his youngest brother Renly, who was only a child at the time. note
- Cool Crown/Crown of Horns/Nice Hat: In Season 2, he wears a fancy, golden crown shaped like stag antlers; it's arguably the most striking piece of headwear in the series. In fact, Renly is the trope image for the Crown of Horns page.
- Country Matters: He uses it in "The Wolf and the Lion" when describing the Lannisters.
Renly: You have to give it to the Lannisters. They may be the most pompous, ponderous cunts the gods have ever suffered to walk the world, but they do have an outrageous amount of money.
- Courtly Love: Gender-flipped with him and Brienne. She is a devoted knight who will do anything for her beloved King Renly, and she is resigned to the fact that he will never return her feelings. (Brienne believes that Renly's lack of romantic interest is due to her ugly looks and lower social status, not because he's gay).
- Deadpan Snarker: Shows signs of this when he treats with his brother.
Renly: Whose banner is that?
Stannis: My own.
Renly: [smiles] I suppose if we used the same one the battle would be terribly confusing... Why's your stag on fire?
Renly: "Born amidst salt and smoke"... Is he a ham?
- His acerbic greeting to Littlefinger in "Garden of Bones," which begins with a false smile and ends with a Disapproving Look.
Renly: Well, if it isn't my favourite whoremonger! Pray I haven't kept you waiting long.
- Did Not Think This Through: Lady Olenna calls him out posthumously, remarking that Renly had an older brother and no legitimacy, so he should have stayed well out of the game. Jaime Lannister is also very critical of Renly's stewardship and capabilities.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: Renly collapses into Brienne's arms after he is stabbed through the heart, and she holds him for a moment before he dies.
- Divided We Fall: In "You Win or You Die," Robert's death and Joffrey's ascent to the throne causes him, who's more or less on Ned's side, to become exasperated with Ned's support of Stannis and leave King's Landing.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Renly is a gay man who was assassinated by a monstrous Living Shadow birthed from Melisandre's vagina.
- A Father to His Men: He is shown to be a caring and affable commander towards even the lowliest soldier in his army.
- Foil: To Joffrey in Season 2. Their style of ruling is directly contrasted in the manner that they host a tournament. Joffrey is happy when a fighter slays his opponent in the melee; Renly's tourney doesn't involve death (nor would he enjoy watching someone die—in fact he would be horrified). While Joff nearly kills a drunk knight just for the fun of it, Renly elevates a female warrior to his Kingsguard. Renly is polite to his wife, unlike Joffrey, who is verbally abusive towards his fiancé. Joff greets Tyrion—his own Acting Hand of the King—with disdain, while Renly is courteous to Catelyn, an envoy from the North. He even comes to Catelyn's defense when Loras and Brienne are rude to her.
- He's also a foil to Robb in Season 2. Both men share certain traits in common (e.g. they are young, sensible nice guys who aspire to be good kings), but they are polar opposites in other respects. Robb excels when he's on the battlefield, while Renly is a Non-Action Guy whose greatest strength is his political acumen. In terms of sealing alliances for their respective cause, Renly marries the right woman, while Robb very much marries the wrong one. Robb is a Modest Royalty, while Renly likes being surrounded by finery.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Of the two Baratheon siblings at King's Landing, one has never failed to attend to important matters and takes part in shaping the future of the realm... and the other is Robert.
- Freudian Trio: He's the Ego of the Baratheon brothers.
- Friendly Enemy: He exchanges verbal jabs with Littlefinger in a nonchalant tone. Both men strongly dislike each other.
- The Good King: Sees himself as this. Loras and Brienne also believe that Renly would be a wonderful king.
- Hope Spot: Just when it looked like he and Robb were going to form a glorious alliance that would crush the Lannisters, Renly is assassinated mere seconds after negotiating with Catelyn.
- Inadequate Inheritor/The Wrongful Heir to the Throne: He invokes these tropes to justify why he should rule the Seven Kingdoms instead of Stannis.
- Incompatible Orientation: Defied by Margaery Tyrell. She's willing to do whatever it takes to produce an heir with Renly after she realizes that he's not the least bit attracted to her.
Margaery: Would you like my brother to come in and help?
- Is That What They're Calling It Now?: In "What Is Dead May Never Die," Renly tells Brienne that he will "pray alone" in his tent. In his next scene, Renly is making out with Loras, his "object of worship," so to speak.
- The Leader: Type IV. His charismatic personality is what wins the support of Lord Mace Tyrell and his bannermen. He commands the combined army strength of the Reach and the Stormlands, which numbers around 100 000. Renly uses diplomacy to diffuse the tension between Catelyn and his two overprotective Kingsguards. He almost manages to convince Catelyn to have Robb swear fealty to him and be King in the North in only a symbolic sense (meaning no truly independent North or Riverlands) by appealing to the traditionally close relations between their respective houses, and the Starks' pressing need to bring justice to the Lannisters.
- Lord And Knight: He is the handsome and gentle king who is guarded by two highly skilled and brave knights: Brienne (a gender inversion of the trope) and Loras (a same-sex variation).
- Machiavelli Was Wrong: Loras thinks that Renly would be a great monarch because he would be loved and respected by the people instead of hated and feared.
- Masquerade Ball: Robert mentions during their hunting trip that Renly likes to organize these.
- Meaningful Look: He and Loras share a lingering one at the Tourney of the Hand, and it's our first clue that these two characters are more than friends.
- They exchange another look when Brienne asks to become one of Renly's Kingsguard. As Renly considers her request, Loras' expression basically reads, "Tell her no." Renly decides to disregard this silent plea, much to Loras' irritation.
- After Brienne is appointed to his Kingsguard, Renly winks at her◊ as he applauds to further communicate his warmth and reassurance that he's on her side, regardless of his followers' unfavourable opinion.
- Moment Killer: In "What Is Dead May Never Die," the foreplay between Renly and Loras is unexpectedly interrupted after Renly starts kissing the bruises on Loras' chest. This reminds Loras of the humiliation he suffered earlier in the day, and it kills the mood.
- Nice Guy: Even more so when contrasted to the other Baratheon claimants to the throne, Joffrey and Stannis. It's easy to see why he is the most popular candidate despite his claim being the weakest of all. Renly is the only man who has treated Brienne with kindness and respect, and he's probably the only king who has accepted a woman into his Kingsguard. He does this despite knowing full well that it would shock his bannermen, annoy his wife, and piss off his lover. Renly praises Brienne's martial skills and her devotion when Loras confronts him about it. Margaery describes her late husband as "brave and gentle" in "Dark Wings, Dark Words."
- Nice to the Waiter: In "What Is Dead May Never Die," Renly shows concern for the lowborn soldiers in his army, making the effort to remember their names (Gerald in the episode) and the nature of their injury if they have one.
- Non-Action Guy: He's the only Baratheon brother who is not a warrior. Both Robert and Stannis have a low opinion of Renly because of this.
- Only Sane Man: Renly views himself as this after Ned rejects his plan in "You Win or You Die." At the very least, he's a far more sensible person than his brothers or Joffrey.
- Open Secret/Secret Relationship/Transparent Closet: His and Loras' relationship seems to be an open secret.
- The Otter: One of the variations of this queer-themed trope is the thin, hairy guy, who is referred to as an "otter." Renly's nickname on this entertainment website aimed at gay men is the Otter King. The character has a hairy chest, but the audience never sees it because Loras finds him more attractive with a smooth torso.
- Pants Hit Floor: A rare male version of this trope occurs in "The Wolf and the Lion" when Loras removes Renly's pants (and any undergarment the latter may be wearing) in one swift movement and letting them drop to the floor.
- Peaceful In Death: Despite the horrific manner in which he is killed, his body looks remarkably at peace. The corpse is later dressed and positioned in a way to make King Renly appear regal and dignified, and Margaery can't resist mentioning how handsome he was, with Littlefinger agreeing.
- Power at a Price: His bid for the throne gets him killed. A reasonable man like Davos remarks that his actions are unlawful and wrong enough to consider Renly a justified casualty of war.
- Queer People Are Funny: Several characters mock Renly's homosexuality and/or his romance with Loras.
- Rant Inducing Slight: He yells at Robert during their hunting trip after being belittled one too many times.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Is this towards Ned, and generally has a much better grasp on the situation in the country than does his brother who is ruling it.
- Robb correctly believes Renly would be more open-minded about his demands for an independent North than Stannis. Despite the Young Wolf's opinion in Season 1 that Stannis is the rightful king after Robert's death, he decides to negotiate with Renly in Season 2 for an alliance against the Lannisters.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Delivers a fantastic one to Robert in "A Golden Crown."
Robert: Those were the days!
Renly: Which days, exactly? The ones when half of Westeros fought the other half and millions died? Or before that, when the Mad King slaughtered women and babies because the voices in his head told him they deserved it? Or way before that, when dragons burnt whole cities to the ground?
Robert: Easy boy, you might be my brother, but you're speaking to the king.
Renly: I suppose it was all rather heroic, if you were drunk enough and had some poor Riverlands whore to shove your prick inside and "make the eight."
- Relationship Reveal: The scene where Loras is shaving Renly's chest.
- Refusal of the Call: He initially rejects Loras' suggestion that he should be king in "The Wolf and the Lion", but the idea gradually becomes more appealing after he argues with Robert, and he finally embraces it in "You Win or You Die." When Renly first appears in Season 2, he has already crowned himself king with the help of the Tyrells.
- The Resenter: He believes that he would make a far better king than either of his brothers or Robert's sons, but he's fourth in line for the throne and the line is unlikely to shorten. He'd certainly make a better king than Joffrey, and Tommen is too young to rule in his own right anyway, but whether he'd do a better job than Stannis is debatable.
- Ruling Threesome: King Renly, Queen Margaery and Ser Loras are presented as this in Season 2. Natalie Dormer describes their complicated union as a trinity in this featurette. It's Renly's romantic relationship with Loras which allows for the alliance to be created in the first place, and his marriage to Margaery seals the deal officially. Renly treats both his lover and his wife as his equals (the latter is shown symbolically in the melee scene, where Margaery's seat is of the same size as Renly's). The Tyrell siblings essentially function as a Brother-Sister Team in this three-way marriage; Loras' goal is to help Renly win the Iron Throne, while Margaery's job is to help her husband keep it.
- Sacrificial Lion: In Season 2.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here: Flees King's Landing in "You Win or You Die" when Ned refuses to support Renly's bid for the throne.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: He's the smart, politically savvy brother who doesn't particularly like fighting, while Robert and Stannis are notable warriors.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Whether he's at court, on a hunting trip, or commanding an army of about a hundred thousand men, Renly is always handsomely dressed for the occasion.
- Shirtless Scene: Has a couple of these with Loras.
- Sibling Rivalry: He has a strained relationship with both of his brothers, but it's his conflict with Stannis in Season 2 which leads to tragedy.
- Sibling Yin-Yang:
- He thinks before he acts, prefers council meetings to hunting, and seems to be faithful to one man that he trusts and listens to. See Robert's entry to contrast.
- Also in play versus Stannis. Renly is snarky and fun, beloved by the smallfolk and his bannermen alike, has both a lover and a wife that he loves (albeit in different ways), is willing to break the rules, wants the crown because he desires power and thinks he could do a good job, gets things done with diplomacy, and is somewhat flighty and prone to impracticality (staging a tourney when he'd need all his knights in fighting shape for a war). Stannis, on the other hand, is dour and overly serious, has no social skills and only one friend, has a strained relationship with his unwanted wife, is devoted to rules and laws, only wants the crown out of duty and legal right, gets things done via law or conquest, and is logical and pragmatic.
- Something Else Also Rises: He jokes about Robert being aroused at the thought of assassinating Daenerys.
Renly: Robert is rather tasteless about it. Every time he talks about killing her I swear the table rises six inches.
- Spoiled Brat: In "The Wolf and the Lion," Renly reveals that his brothers consider him to be a spoiled child. Loras' facial expression and his silence strongly indicate that he agrees.
- Spoiled Sweet: Although he grew up in the lap of luxury, Renly is genuinely a nice guy, and he does care about the smallfolk (at least more so than most Westerosi nobles).
- Star-Crossed Lovers: His illicit romance with Loras comes to a tragic end in "The Ghost of Harrenhal."
- Straight Gay: Much more masculine than his lover, at least, though oddly not nearly as combative.
- Stealth Insult: In "Garden of Bones," he knows very well the kind of self-serving person Littlefinger is, and is disgusted by it.
Renly: You can trust Brienne. Her loyalty comes without charge.
- Twenty-Four-Hour Armor: He doesn't seem to have any formal clothing other than his armour in Season 2.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He gets a little more screen time than Balon Greyjoy, and appears in Season 1, but he's quickly and unceremoniously murdered by a magical hell-babyish thing created by Melisandre. Renly dies before he can actually clash with the Lannisters or his brother, or press his claim on the Iron Throne.
- Red Herring: Renly is marketed in previews and behind-the-scenes videos as a major player in the War of the Five Kings so that his death makes for a stronger shock.
- War Is Hell: Renly becomes disgusted with his brother Robert reminiscing about "the good old days" of the war. Renly borderline shouts at the King that for the loads of lesser men killed, and the women raped, and the bastard or orphaned children, pretty much everyone who is not in the ruling class actually finds war pretty awful.
- White Stallion: As part of his regal image, he rides one in "Garden of Bones." Loras will later charge into battle in "Blackwater" on Renly's white horse to better enhance the illusion that he is King Renly's ghost.
Queen Selyse Baratheon (née Florent)
"No act done in the service of the Lord of Light can ever be a sin."
Played By: Tara Fitzgerald
Stannis Baratheon's wife. She hails from House Florent, a noble house of the Reach and vassals of House Tyrell, though they have declared for Stannis after Renly's death instead of siding with the Lannisters like the Tyrells themselves.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: No moustache, or big Florent ears, here.
- Adaptational Insanity: She keeps her miscarried babies in jars, and is neglectful of Shireen.
- Arranged Marriage
- Demoted to Extra: While never a major character, she's more prominent in the books, where she eagerly joins the faith of the Lord of Light after Melisandre arrives on Dragonstone. She has a bigger role in Season 3, with actual lines.
- Good Adultery, Bad Adultery: While Stannis now feels guilty of having had sex with Melisandre, Selyse is ecstatic because she has given him only stillborns - she doesn't even count Shireen - while Melisandre gave him a son.
- The Fundamentalist
- The Other Darrin: Originally played in a single scene by an uncredited Sarah MacKeever. In season 3 she is portrayed by Tara Fitzgerald.
- Parental Neglect: She refuses to even acknowledge Shireen's existence.
- Room Full of Crazy: Featuring all of her stillborn sons preserved in jars, no less!
- Royally Screwed Up: The trauma of so many stillbirths and her fanatical devotion to the Lord of Light.
- Unwanted Spouse: Melisandre claims this while seducing Stannis and he doesn't dispute it, but it's ultimately subverted. In "Kissed by Fire" Stannis is shown to genuinely love his wife and daughter, and is quite guilty about having had sex with Melisandre. However, she's fine with it.
Princess Shireen Baratheon
Played By: Kerry Ingram
Stannis Baratheon's only daughter with Queen Selyse.
Stannis: "I admire you, Ser Davos."
Davos: "I thank you, Your Grace. Pleased ta hear it."
Davos: "Well, sons o' lords don' like ta break bread wit' sons o' crabbers. Our hands stink."
Stannis: "And where were those lords when Storm's End starved?"
A young, landed, knightly house sworn to House Baratheon of Storm's End. Davos Seaworth was raised to knighthood and given choice lands in the Stormlands for running the Tyrell blockade of Storm's End with supplies during Robert's Rebellion.
Ser Davos Seaworth
"Stannis is our King. We follow where he leads, even if we don’t like the path."
: Liam Cunningham
"You want me to have a god? Fine. King Stannis is my god. He raised me up and blessed me with his trust, he gave you a future I could never have imagined. You know how to read, you’ll be a knight someday, you think a fire god commanded all that? It was Stannis, only Stannis."
A former smuggler who gained his knighthood by smuggling onions to the besieged Storm's End, garrisoned by Stannis and his men, during Robert's Rebellion. For the onions he was granted a knighthood and choice lands, for the smuggling Stannis cut off four fingers of his right hand (his left in the books; Liam Cunningham's a southpaw).
- Adapted Out: In the show Matthos is his only son, while in the books he has seven children.
- Arch-Enemy: By the Season 3 premier, has definitely become this to Melisandre, though she insists she's not his enemy.
Davos: You are my enemy!
- Arrested for Heroism:
- His smuggling supplies into Storm's End won him Stannis's respect and loyalty, but Stannis rewards heroism and punishes crime in equal measure. So Davos was knighted for his heroism, and then had his fingers cut off for being a smuggler.
Stannis: Do your knucklebones bring you luck?
Davos: Well, life's been good since you hacked 'em off, Your Grace. An' it's four less fingernails ta clean.
Stannis: Four 'fewer' fingernails to clean. Never understood why you had to wear them.
Davos: Reminds me o' where I come from an' where I am now. Reminds me o' your justice. It was an honest punishment, an' you were good with the cleaver.
Stannis: You were a hero and a smuggler. The good act does not wash out the bad, nor a bad the good.
- In the Season 3 premiere, after managing to find his way back to Dragonstone, he immediately calls Stannis and Melisandre out on their bullshit (moping and ordering prisoners burnt alive instead of continuing the fight), and eventually pulls a knife on Melisandre. Stannis reacts by having him thrown in the dungeons.
- Again in "Mhysa". He gets arrested for setting Gendry free, in order to prevent Melisandre from sacrificing him. He only narrowly avoids being sentenced to death by Stannis by revealing the Night's Watch missive about the White Walkers marching on The Wall, as well as some unexpected support from Melisandre who claims Davos has a further part to play.
- Book Dumb: Davos is an illiterate man for most of his life, but is one of the most intelligent characters on the show.
- Brutal Honesty/Deadpan Snarker: Varies between both roles. This is why Stannis values him above other "nobler" Lords.
- Composite Character: In the books, Ser Imry Florent is the one who leads the fleet in the Battle of the Blackwater. From the books...
- The Conscience: He explicitly states in "Second Sons" that Stannis keeps him around because he needs someone to tell him when he's gone too far.
- Creepy Souvenir: With a twist - the phalanges that he wears in a bag hanging from his neck are his own.
- Commander Contrarian: Considers it his duty to tell Stannis when he is wrong, even while following his orders to the letter.
- Good Angel, Bad Angel: The good.
- The Good Chancellor: Stannis plans to make him Hand of the King and has him serving as his Number Two at Dragonstone. Davos takes the position very seriously.
Davos: I understand (being sentenced to death), but since you have not unnamed me Hand of the King, it is my duty to advise you against it.
- Good Counterpart: Melisandre's.
- Good Parents: Along with Ned Stark, one of the few genuine good fathers to his offspring in the series.
- Guile Hero: Despite his rough appearance, Davos is intensely charismatic (and indeed helps to compensate for Stannis' complete lack of charisma), and uses it to good effect to bring people like Salladhor Saan into Stannis' service. And despite looking like your stereotypical Old Soldier, Davos has never once drawn his sword, and clearly prefers to get by on his considerable intelligence than with violence.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Stannis.
- Hollywood Atheist: Type I. Growing up in Flea Bottom and being told of some new "true god" in each new port he docked in made him consider that gods were something people made up to give themselves hope. This is in clear contrast to the Book canon, where Davos is the odd man out in Stannis' court not because he is an atheist, but because he remains a firm believer in The Seven.
- Nay-Theist: Stannis points this position as illogical since Davos continues to held it after witnessing Melisandre's powers first hand. True to this trope however Davos' continued rejection of the "true god" is likely less about not believing and more about not wanting to worship something that terrifying.
- Honest Advisor: As Maester Cressen puts it, Stannis is surrounded by fools and fanatics and Davos is the only one who tells him hard truths.
- Honour Before Reason: In "Second Sons", when Stannis offers to let him out of prison if he swears never to raise a hand to Melisandre again, Davos agrees, but makes it clear that he will not stop speaking against her if he feels she's leading Stannis astray.
Stannis: *Amused* You have little regard for your own life.
Davos: Quite little, your grace...verging on none.
- In-Series Nickname: The Onion Knight. Originally the name was meant as an insult by the nobility who despised him because he was a commoner who bought his knighthood with a pack of onions and salt fish. However, Davos took the name with pride and made the Onion his family sigil.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Shireen Baratheon. He gives her toys and talks with her, she offers to help him read.
- Ironic Echo: In "Garden of Bones", while smuggling Melisandre to the cliffs near Renly's camp:
Davos: Someone once told me the night is dark and full of terrors.
- Tragic flavour; he didn't want to accept the knighthood and only did it because he wanted a better life for his son. Serving Stannis eventually leads to the death of Matthos, killed in action during Blackwater.
- When Stannis sentences him to death, Melisandre of all people saves his life because she concedes that Davos will be needed in the fight ahead. The irony makes Stannis laugh.
- Knight in Shining Armor: Not a straight example, because he doesn't wear armor, but he's one of the only unambiguously good non-Stark characters and is a knight.
- The Lancer: To Stannis' The Hero. Unless you consider Stannis a villain, then he's the Token Good Teammate.
- Meaningful Name: Commands Stannis' war fleet. Invoked, he created his own surname and chose one that reflected his life at sea.
- Morality Chain: To Stannis, and both are very well aware of it. Davos even says to Stannis that the reason Stannis freed him from prison was because Stannis knew Davos would talk sense into him.
- My Greatest Failure: Davos' reaction to his son's death in the wildfire explosion at Blackwater has shades of this trope.
- My King Right or Wrong: Tells his son emphatically that he doesn't believe in any God, but if he had to choose one, then as far as he's concerned, Stannis would be it. He plays this off against Maester Cressen as well.
- Never Learned to Read: Due to his humble origins. Davos' wife and son tried to teach him in the past, but it's suggested he was wary of that because they were trying to convert him through holy books. Shireen decides to teach him and he finally learns.
- Nice Guy: Stands out among Stannis and his supporters for being a down-to-earth, morally upstanding knight able to relate and be friendly to almost everybody.
- Nouveau Riche: Davos is unusually wealthy for a knight; given the extremely important service he rendered, he was given some of the most prosperous lands in the Stormlands. Also subverted, given that Davos was a very, very good smuggler prior to going straight. A rare honorable and heroic example.
- Odd Friendship: With Stannis, Salladhor Saan, Shireen and Gendry.
- Oh Crap: When he sees that the single Lannister ship in the mouth of the Blackwater Rush is empty and pouring wildfire on the water.
- Only Sane Man
- OOC Is Serious Business: Davos actually disobeys Stannis in attempting to kill Melisandre, illustrating succinctly just how large a threat Davos perceives Melisandre to be as well as how unbalanced his grief over his son has made him.
- Pragmatic Adaptation: In the books, his left hand is maimed, which was changed to his right as Liam Cunningham is left-handed.
- Raised in the Faith of the Seven: Davos is either agnostic or atheistic, but still instinctively invokes the Seven when seeing something as shocking as Melisandre getting heavily pregnant within days and giving birth to a shadow monster.
- Refuge in Audacity: Stannis sentences him to death, and Davos accepts it. However, Davos reminds Stannis that he is still his Hand, and as such he counsels Stannis against killing him.
- The Rival: To Melisandre, for the position of Stannis' right hand. Davos is losing, badly (rotting in the dungeons of Dragonstone as of the end of the Season 3 premiere), despite Stannis promising to make him Hand of the King after he takes the Iron Throne. Since Stannis' defeat at Blackwater, that didn't happen, and now Stannis has gone completely the other direction (and more than a little off the deep end) and is more or less controlled by Melisandre.
- Street Smart: As a former smuggler, Davos is well acquainted with the seedy underbellies of both Westeros and Essos, and still has many friends and acquaintances (especially Salladhor Saan) who prove very useful both to him and Stannis. He also remains a capable smuggler, though he's "lived within the law for 17 years."
- Undying Loyalty: Despite his misgivings about waging war against enemies that outnumber them, he remains loyal to Stannis and will follow wherever he leads. In spite of Stannis cutting off three of his fingers, which is lampshaded in-universe by Salladhor. Davos explains it's because Stannis raised him up to nobility, which ensured Matthos a future Davos could never have dreamed of providing for.
Salladhor Saan: You Westerosi are funny people. Man cuts off your fingers, you fall in love with him!
- A more subtle instance of this happens when Davos is stranded on an islet in Blackwater Bay after the destruction of Stannis' fleet. When a ship sees him and sends out a boat to investigate, they ask him which king he serves. Davos knows fully well that they might well be serving Joffrey, and he doesn't even know if Stannis is alive. He still answers "Stannis Baratheon" without hesitation.
- Even when thrown in a dungeon under charges of treason, Davos remains loyal to Stannis and when Shireen asks him if he really is a traitor, he accepts that he is. Furthermore emphasised in Mhysa, when Stannis prepares to sentence him to death for letting Gendry escape, Davos informs him that he'll fully accept that if it's his will, but since he's not removed him as Hand of the King yet, then as Hand, he'd advise Stannis that it would be a mistake.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Salladhor Saan.
Davos: Salladhor Saan is an old friend. I've known him for 30 years. I never trusted him.
- Working Class Hero: A competent commoner who learned his trade on the seas before he was knighted.
Played By: N/A
- All There in the Manual: Her name is revealed in the books and one of the DVD "Histories and Lore" extras.
- The Ghost: Lives at Davos' keep while he serves Stannis at Dragonstone.
"Every night when you were at sea, I lighted a candle, and I prayed, for you."
Matthos: "Stannis is my king, but he's only a man."
Davos: "Don't tell him that."
Davos' son and scribe to King Stannis.
- Composite Character: In the books, Davos has seven sons, several of whom go with him into battle, but only Matthos is ever seen in the series, and material on the DVD confirms that Matthos is the only Seaworth son in the show's canon. He fulfills the job of scribe rather than Maester Pylos and follows the Lord of Light like Devan Seaworth.
- Death by Irony: His fanatical devotion to the Lord of Light nets him a death by (wild)fire.
- Everyone Has Standards: He's visibly disgusted when Salladhor expresses his intent to claim Cersei as his concubine.
- Foil: To Salladhor Saan.
- Foreshadowing: Early in season two, Melisandre tells him that fire is the cleanest death. Fast forward to "Blackwater"....
- The Fundamentalist: He's a true believer of the Lord of Light and is frequently trying to convert his father.
- Mauve Shirt
- Wrong Genre Savvy: Is under the impression the Battle of Blackwater is a Big Damn Heroes moment, and the people of King's Landing are going to love them. His father cooly puts him straight.
Other Bannermen & Retainers of House Baratheon
Renly Baratheon: "Why is your stag on fire?"
Melisandre: 'The King has taken for his sigil the fiery heart of the Lord of Light."
"The Night is Dark and Full of Terrors."
: Carice van Houten
Salladhor Saan: "They say [Stannis] sees no one. Not his generals, not even his wife. Only the Red Woman. Whispering in his ear, telling him what she sees in her flames. And burning men alive."
A mysterious red-headed eastern priestess who worships 'The Lord of Light'. She's convinced that Stannis is The Messiah
of her religion.
- A Darker Shade of Black: Melisandre is essentially this shade of black to the Stannis faction. Even many viewers who think that Stannis' claim is the most valid will doubt that he gaining the throne would be the best outcome since it would put the whole kingdom under Melisandre's influence.
- Affably Ambiguously Evil: When not being incredibly creepy, Melisandre is surprisingly personable.
- Ambiguously Evil: Though certainly a dark influence on Stannis, for starters using Blood Magic to help him, she seems to truly believe he is The Messiah/The Chosen One, and wants to see him on the throne, and in "Mhysa" tells Stannis to spare Davos as the threat of the White Walkers will demand his aid in spite of his treasonous actions. At the least she's a Well-Intentioned Extremist/Knight Templar.
- Badass Boast: She does this with her catchphrase:
- Because Destiny Says So: Most of her actions are based on the future events that are revealed to her in the flames.
- Black and White Insanity: "A man is good or he is evil." Though, what she defines as good or evil might not mesh with what others, or the viewer, defines as good or evil, making it more akin to Blue and Orange Morality.
- Blood Magic: Uses this to create shadow assassins.
- Burn the Witch!: Inverted. She is a witch that burns people for speaking against her religion.
- Cast from Hit Points: Not her hit points, mind. She mentions that the energy required from Stannis to produce another son would kill him and that his "fires" are burning dangerously low from their last coupling.
- Court Mage
- Dark and Troubled Past: Was born a slave and presumably the rest of her past was not pleasant.
- The Dark Chick: As well as being Stannis' dragon.
- The Determinator
- Deus Sex Machina
- Dissonant Serenity: Rather than being a foaming-at-the-mouth fanatic, Melisandre is always poised and eerily calm, and sometimes smiling peacefully, even when she's watching someone dying of poison or birthing a demon spawn.
- The Dragon: To Stannis, who is possibly the only character in fiction to have both a Dragon and a Lancer (Davos).
- Exact Words / False Reassurance:
- Express Delivery: Davos is understandably shocked when he sees it.
- Evil Virtues: Melisandre is ambitious, determined, honest, loving (in a way), loyal, passionate, patient, resourceful, and selfless. She also burns people alive.
- Femme Fatale: Though she does seem to genuinely care for Stannis.
- To Davos. Both are extremely loyal to Stannis and want him to become king. But Melisandre does out of religious fanatacism, while Davos acts out of gratitude to Stannis for raising him in society. Melisandre has impressive magical powers, while Davos is one of the completely down-to-earth characters on the show.
- Melisandre also has one in Thoros of Myr. Both are foreign Red Priests. But Thoros had a crisis of faith before the series' events, while Melisandre's belief is unwavering. Melisandre is also serving a king and trying to prevent an apocalypse, while Thoros has the considerably more lowly aims of trying protect the Riverlands from the high lords.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: She was born into slavery and credits the Lord of Light with saving her from it, hence her devotion to him.
- The Fundamentalist: She regards other gods as false.
- Good Angel, Bad Angel: The bad angel on Stannis' shoulder.
- Hello, Nurse!: The reaction of most men to her before the burning people alive/scary magic starts.
- Hot Witch: It works on so many levels! Or...maybe just two.
- In-Series Nickname: The Red Woman.
- Kick the Dog:
- Burning people alive (and singing while they die)
- Taunting Davos about the burning death of his son, Matthos, at the Battle of the Blackwater.
- Not to mention, seducing Gendry, tying him to the bed and using him as a human blood bank, by applying leeches onto him to acquire his blood. Particularly cruel is that she got him aroused enough so that one of the places she stuck a leech had a lot of blood to gorge itself on!
- Kill It with Fire: Natch.
- Knight Templar
- Lady in Red
- Lady Macbeth: Skeptics and detractors see her under this light, bordering on The Vamp.
- Ms. Fanservice
- Fan Disservice: That... thing... in "Garden of Bones".
- Foreign Fanservice: Carice van Houten keeps her Dutch accent to stand in for Melisandre's own foreign accent.
- Mysterious Backer: To Stannis.
- Not So Stoic:
- She is shocked briefly when Stannis tries to strangle her in "Valar Morghulis" after her god fails to deliver him victory at the Battle of Blackwaterbay. However, she quickly regains her composure and assures him that his defeat is merely a temporary setback that will do nothing to change his destiny as the "Warrior of Light."
- She's also pretty clearly upset at Davos in "Valar Dohaeris."
- She shows outright shock for the first time when she discovers that Lord Beric has been brought back to life six times, and is very unnerved by what she sees in Arya's eyes.
- Poisonous Friend: To Stannis.
- Arguably not because, though she convinces him to do terrible things, her interests are toward the greater good and she is attempting to lead him to save the world.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: In "Mhysa", goes from being totally onboard with burning Davos for helping Gendry escape to grudgingly admitting that they need him alive as soon as she reads the contents of Aemon's letter. Stannis also seems to realize just how bad things must be if she's agreeing to it.
- This teamwork most comes from Davos suddenly jumping on board with what Melisandre wanted all along.
- The Rival: To Davos, for Stannis' favor. She's winning.
- The Tease: Teases Davos about his desire for her and to see what's beneath her robe in Garden of Bones, leading to some extreme Fan Disservice for Davos (and the audience), when she takes off her robe and turns around naked, revealing that she's hugely pregnant, and then gives birth to a horrific shade thing right in the cave, while poor Davos watches. He did get to see what was under her robe, though he was probably never tempted by her again.
- Villainesses Want Heroes: Her and Stannis. Though Stannis is certainly not a classical hero, and she is, at best, an ambiguous villain, this trope is very much at play in their twisted relationship.
- Villainous Rescue: When Stannis sentences Davos to death, Melisandre - who at this point has been his main rival - speaks against it because she has seen that Davos has a different destiny in the flames.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: She is the only person south of the Wall who seems to know about the White Walkers and believes that her actions are the best to defeat them, likening herself to a Knight in Shining Armor. It can also be argued that since she believes death by fire to be "the purest death", she probably believes as well that she is doing a favor to the people that she burns alive.
- With Us or Against Us
- Your Cheating Heart: Stannis sleeps with her, despite being married.
- His wife is somehow fine with this.
- Undying Loyalty: To the Lord of Light and, by extension, Stannis Baratheon, whom she is firmly convinced is the "Warrior of Light."
"All of you were named in the light of the Seven! Is that how you treat the gods of our fathers?"
Played By: Oliver Ford Davies
An old Maester serving Stannis Baratheon at Dragonstone.
- Blood from the Mouth
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Cressen attempts to take out Melisandre by toasting to the Lord of Light as the only true god, then drinking from a poisoned chalice and offering it to Melisandre so the two will die and everyone else in the room will take this as a sign to abandon the Lord of Light and return to the Faith of the Seven. However, Melisandre sees past Cressen's plans and drinks from the chalice knowing that her powers make her immune to the poison. The "heretic" Cressen dies, she "miraculously" survives, and everyone else will end seeing this as evidence of her god's power.
- Old Retainer
- Only Sane Man: Either this or Commander Contrarian.
- Parental Substitute: From the books...
- Perfect Poison: Uses it against Melisandre. It doesn't work.
- Sacrificial Lamb: Killed in his first episode to show Melisandre's power.
- Taking You with Me: His plan to poison Melisandre is to drink first from a cup of poisoned wine and then offer some to her. It doesn't work. Melisandre is immune to poisons thanks to her magical powers.
"What is the world coming to when smugglers must vouch for the honor of kings?"
: Lucian Msamati
"Salladhor Saan is a good name for songs."
A powerful Lysene pirate and mercenary. Also old friend of Davos.
- Affably Evil: If you assume that piracy and evil always go together.
- Appeal To Vanity: The way Davos convinces him to support Stannis.
Davos: You're not a young man, Salladhor. An' correct me if I'm wrong, most pirates don't grow old.
Salladhor: Only the clever ones.
Davos: You want ta spend your last few years on the sea stealing from Pentoshi cheese mongers and Meereenese silk merchants, then go. They're out there, waitin' for you. That's easy. What I'm offerin' you is hard. Come with me an' plunder the greatest city in Westeros. You'll be the richest man in Lys, an' the most famous. They'll be singin' songs about you as long as men have voices ta sing.
Salladhor: Salladhor Saan is a good name for songs.
Davos: It is.
- Awesome McCoolname: Aknowledged; "Salladhor Saan is a good name for songs."
- Badass Beard
- The Bus Came Back: Returns briefly in the Season 3 premier, when he rescues Davos and returns him to Dragonstone.
- Black Best Friend: To Davos.
- Chekhov's Gunman: He reappears in the Season 3 premiere to rescue Davos and bring him back to Stannis.
- Dawson Casting: Inverted. Salladhor is supposed to be about the same age as Davos (maybe a little older), but Lucian Msamati is about 15 years younger than Liam Cunningham.
- Demoted to Extra
- Ethical Slut
- Foil: To Matthos Seaworth.
- Hollywood Atheist: Type VII - he rubs his atheism on deeply religious Matthos for the lulz.
Salladhor: I've been all over the world, my boy, and everywhere I go, people tell me about the "true gods." They all think they found the right one. The one true god is what's between a woman's legs. Better yet, a Queen's legs.
- Insistent Terminology: He's not going to rape Cersei, he's going to fuck her. He wants her to consent to sleeping with him first.
Salladhor: One thing: I want the Queen.
Davos: The Queen?
Salladhor: Cersei. I want her. I'll sail with your fleet, all 30 of my ships, and if we don't drown at the bottom of Blackwater Bay, I will fuck this blond Queen and I will fuck her well.
Matthos: This war isn't about you. We're not attacking King's Landing so that you can rape the Queen!
Salladhor: I'm not going to rape her, I'm going to fuck her.
Matthos: As if she would just let you?
Salladhor: You don't know how persuasive I am. I never tried to fuck you.
- Mr. Exposition: Explains Stannis' post-Blackwater situation to the recently rescued Davos in the Season 3 premier.
- Noble Demon
- Noodle Incident:
Davos: You know me. You drank wine with me at my wedding.
Salladhor: And you drank with me at four of my weddings, but I don't go asking for any favors!
- Odd Friendship: Is an old and close friend of Davos Seaworth's, from his smuggling days, despite the two being virtual polar opposites in terms of character.
Salladhor: You believe your king can win?
Davos: He is the one true king.
Salladhor: You Westerosi are funny people. Man chops off your fingers and you fall in love with him. (Davos laughs) I'll sail with you, Davos Seaworth. You're the most honest smuggler I ever met. Make me rich.
Davos: Get me ta the gates o' King's Landin', an' I will.
- Pet the Dog: To Davos:
Salladhor: I am so sorry, my friend. I too have lost a son. There is nothing worse in this world. But, Davos, you were a good father.
Davos: If I were a good father, he'd still be here.
- Pride: "You think I'm insulted? I am a pirate. I'm an excellent pirate." Davos does a good job of stroking Salladhor's pride (and greed) a moment later, in order to convince him to support Stannis bid for the throne.
- Race Lift: While never described in detail in the books, Salladhor Saan is Lyseni and Lyseni are described as fair-skinned, blond and blue-eyed. He still hails from Lys in the show, but is probably not a local given that other Lyseni characters like Doreah and what we see of Saan's own crew are white.
- Really Gets Around/Serial Spouse: We hear about four marriages, and those are only the ones whose weddings Davos was able to attend!
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here: He abandons Stannis after the Battle of Blackwater Bay. He gave Stannis 30 ships in return for gold from plundering King's Landing and Stannis hasn't kept his end of the deal.
- Token Minority
- Where Da White Women At?: He demands Cersei as prize for helping attack King's Landing - not to rape her, he says, but to seduce her. Specifically citing her blondeness.
Ser Imry Florent
Played By: Gordon Mahn
A member of House Florent and brother of Queen Selyse. Serves as Stannis' second aboard the Fury
during the Battle of the Blackwater.
- Demoted to Extra: In the books it is him and not Davos the one who leads Stannis' fleet in the Battle of the Blackwater. In the show he has exactly one scene. And one line
- Number Two: To Stannis.
- Spared by the Adaptation: In the books he dies after leading the fleet blindly into Tyrion's trap.