Lets keep in mind that this is not a full breakdown of everything GOT, but more a primer of what has happened and what you need to know moving forward. (Example, the whole Drago storyline and Viserys? Not really needed since that’s a dead thread and everyone involved is dead.)
There are also a ton of minor players who will get their treatment.
Again, keep in mind, neither EJ or David have read the books, and don’t be that asshole that spoils the series for no reason but evil glee. What the hell is wrong with you? So if we miss something IN THE SHOW, by all means let us know.
Today we are going to look at the remnants of House Baratheon. King Tommen, his Hand (principal number 2) and uncle Kevan Lannister, Religious leader the High Septon, and finally, the Last Baratheon by blood, Gendry.
Robert Baratheon won the throne in rebellion against the Targaryens, and was killed in a hunt, helped by some tainted wine supplied by Lancel Lanister. This put Robert’s eldest son Joffrey on the throne, but Stannis the middle brother and Renly, decided to revolt, as Cersei and Jamie Lannister being lovers is a common (but true) rumor. Both brother fought each other, before Renly was killed by Melisandre’s Magic. Stannis was killed trying to take Winterfell, after allowing his daughter to be burned in sacrifice. House Baratheon is destroyed, other than his bastard Gendry, who has been gone since Season 3, and his one remaining child King Tommen- who will be under the Lannisters- as there isn’t a drop of Baratheon blood in him.
Younger Brother and the youngest of the three Cersei children, Tommen gains the throne after Jofferey is killed. Shortly afterward, Margaery finds her way to his bed and becomes his queen. Tommen is a decent kid, and while his brother Joffery got the Lion’s share of the attention growing up, Tommen was thought to have a good heart by Tyrion. After Loras is jailed by the High Sparrow, Tommen starts to turn on his mother demanding she work on his release, but soon after Queen Margaery is also imprisoned, and then Cersei herself. Tommen locks himself in his room and refuses to see anyone or eat, allowing his uncle Kevan Lannister as Hand of the King to rule the kingdom in his stead.
Earl: Tommen is pussy whipped but he’s stuck between a rock and a hard place. Tommen surely loves Margaery, or at least loves the idea of fornicating with her, but his mother absolutely hates Margaery. Cersei did all that she could to get rid of her by getting the Faith to do her dirty work, until it backfired on her. Tommen has to step up this season. He might not be able to cast out his mother but he better go get his Queen. It would be a waste to just show him moping all season.
David: I understand that Tommen is in a hard place, he can’t simply send the army into the High Sparrow’s stronghold, one, his troops might turn, and two, they might end up dead. Now that Cersei is out, it might not be that difficult for the two Tyrell children to die in the rescue attempt. More experienced rulers than Tommen have been crippled here. Now that Cersei is out, and doesn’t care about anything but revenge, Tommen is going to have to grow a set and quick, or Westeros is going to be missing one hot redhead.
Younger Brother of Tywin, and ruler of Casterly Rock, Kevan seems happy being in the background of Tywin, and sitting at the Rock, but when Cersei is arrested, Grand Maester Pycelle brings him to King’s Landing to act as Hand of the King and possibly get some stability to Tommen’s reign.
Earl: Kevan Lannister might be the only likeable Lannister in the whole damn show. He’s the only true noble person among them. Yes, there is Jamie but he’s still the Kingslayer and father of three children with his twin sister. Hard to be noble with all that going on. Anyway, I would love nothing more than to see a Kevan/Pycelle alliance that casts out the whole damn lot from Kings Landing, but that is wishful thinking. I think we’ll see a lot of Kevan and Cersei trying to influence Tommen and that might not be a bad thing.
David: Kevan left King’s Landing because he couldn’t put up with Cersei’s shit, and she’s not going to be any different now. I expect Tommen might have an ally if he wants to get rid of his mom. I don’t know if Kevan is going to be worth anything or just an old guy with a name.
The High Septon
Basically the Pope of the Faith of the Seven, when the High Sparrow came to town, the High Septon was caught in a brothel and stripped and beaten.
When he went to Cersei demanding support, Cersei turned her back on him.
Earl: I don’t know if we will see the High Septon again. Not with the Faith in charge of Kings Landing. I’d assume if the High Septon is alive, he’s probably somewhere cowering in fear and too broken to ever make a reappearance.
David: I don’t know if he is coming back or not, but considering how much the Faith of the Seven is going to matter going forward, he might pop back up again.
Gendry was just another kid in Flea Bottom, a poor section of King’s Landing, grew up in the slums as a blacksmith, and had a good degree of talent, then Ned Stark showed up asking about his parents, soon he is being sent to the Wall to get him out of time, he meets up with a disguised Arya Stark, and escapes being killed by the Kingsguard, the bodyguards of the King. After some adventures he meets up with Melisandre, who tells him that King Robert Baratheon was his father, and he has Kings Blood in his veins. Melisandre uses some of that blood to cast some magic, and when Ser Davos finds out that Melisandre is going to kill the boy to get some serious magic going, he set Gendry free, earning Davos a death sentence. Last we saw Gendry, he was trying to row himself home.
David: I love Gendry, he’s a talented Blacksmith, and the last person we know of with Baratheon Blood in his veins, meaning Daenerys and Gendry are the only two people in Westeros with legitimate blood ties to the Iron Throne. I debated putting him in here, since we havn’t seen him, but I think he’s just too much fun of a character to not see again, even if its just a Hot Pie cameo.
Earl: I know you love Gendry, David, but let it go. We have no real reason to see Gendry anymore. Yeah, he is a true Baratheon unlike the man currently sitting on the Iron Throne, but Gendry seemed pretty content to be a bastard from Flea Bottom. The idea of him coming out of nowhere to take the throne, seems far fetched. However, if he were to suddenly appear on our screens, I wouldn’t be too mad if he got himself somehow mixed up with the Faith Militant. That might be kind of cool.
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