20 Actors Who Are Way Older Than Their Characters (Photos)


Have you ever watched a show about teenagers and thought, wait, I didn’t look like that at 16? Us too. Here are some of your favorite stars who portray characters much younger than they are.

Katherine Langford

The breakout star of “13 Reasons Why” is 21 years old. Hannah Baker, the high schooler she plays who ends up committing suicide, is only 17.

Dylan Minnette

Minnette’s Clay Jensen plays the love interest to Langford’s Hannah. Clay is also 17 in the show, but Minnette is 20. Though only a 3 year difference, in that time teens turn to twenty-somethings that can vote and are in college.

Christian Navarro

Navarro’s Tony Padilla in “13 Reasons” is everyone’s favorite nostalgia-loving, good-haired guardian angel. But while his character is supposed to be 18, Navarro is 25. Talk about a super senior.

Alisha Boe

Boe plays 17-year-old cheerleader Jessica Davis on “13 Reasons,” but the actress is 20, just like Minnette. It’s clear from the way she delivers those dry one-liners that she has some more experience than her character.

Brandon Flynn

Rounding out the “13 Reasons” crew is Flynn, who plays 17-year-old bad boy Justin Foley. Flynn is 23, making him a whole kindergartner older than his character.

K.J. Apa

The main character in the CW’s “Riverdale,” Archie is only 15. Apa is 19. So while he’s the youngest on our list, he’s had time to grow up way more than most high school sophomores.

Lili Reinhart

The quintessential girl-next-door in “Riverdale,” based off of the “Archie” comics, is 20. That’s 5 years older than her character Betty. We’ve never seen a more put-together teenager.

Camila Mendes

New girl Veronica Lodge in “Riverdale” is of an age with Betty and Archie, but Mendes is 22.

Cole Sprouse 

The narrator of the murder-mystery, Sprouse plays Jughead on “Riverdale.” Jughead is also the same age as the rest of the sophomore crew, but the actor is 24.

Kit Harington 

Game of Thrones’ Jon Snow might know nothing, but we have a feeling Harington does. The actor, 30, plays the born-again hero who is supposed to be 14 at the start of the series.

Emilia Clarke

This mother of dragons is 30 IRL, but at the beginning of the series, Dany is only 14.

Jack Gleeson

We all love to hate the young King Joffrey, who is only 17 when he becomes protector of the realm. In the books, he was 13. Gleeson, though, is 25.

Lucy Hale

What a pretty little liar… when it comes to age. Hale is 27. Her character begins the show at 16.

Shay Mitchell

Mitchell plays another fourth in the girl squad on PLL. She’s 30, where her character Emily is 16 at the beginning of the series.

Ashley Benson

The actress is 27, whereas her character Hanna is 16 just like the rest of the group.

Troian Bellisario

The last of the PLL crew is also the oldest. She’s almost twice her character’s age at 31.

Jason Earles

Remember “Hannah Montana?” Remember Hannah’s annoying older brother? Yeah, he was 15. Earles is 40 now; he was 29 when he played Jackson.

Ian Somerhalder

The smoldering Damon in “The Vampire Diaries” was turned into a vampire when he was 17, but Somerhalder is 38.

Sophie McShera

McShera plays the young kitchen maid Daisy in “Downton Abbey.” McShera is now 32.


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‘Game of Thrones’ Recap: Cersei Kicks Off Her Revenge Tour in ‘The Queen’s Justice


After a raucous ending to the second episode of “Game of Thrones” Season 7, with some of the Daenerys’ most trusted allies being captured by Euron Greyjoy. In Episode 3, “The Queen’s Justice,” she starts by making a new one — Jon Snow (Kit Harington).

The show opened with a big meetup we’ve been waiting for between Jon and Daenerys (Emilia Clarke). And one between Jon and Tyrion (Peter Dinklage), who haven’t been in the same place at the same time since Season 1. Their meeting is a pretty cordial one, even though Tyrion and Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) ask Jon and his men to turn over their weapons.

“This place has changed,” Ser Davos (Liam Cunningham) tells Jon, right before the two hit the deck as Drogon flies just past them. They’re a little out of their depth when it comes to dragons.

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Tyrion and Jon caught up on one of the key events that’s taken place since they last saw each other — including Tyrion marrying Sansa (Sophie Turner). Tyrion assures Jon the sham marriage went unconsumated, although Jon doesn’t give him a hard time about it.

“She’s much smarter than she lets on,” Tyrion says about Sansa. “She’s starting to let on,” Jon returns.

From atop the cliffs at Dragonstone, Melisandre (Carive van Houten) watches Jon and Davos’ arrival. Varys (Conleth Hill) finds her there and asks why she didn’t meet the man she spoke so highly of on the beach. Melisandre suggests she’s going to take a back seat in the coming intrigues as the war against the dead looms. Varys doesn’t buy it. But when he suggests she should leave Westeros, she says she’s not going anywhere.

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“I have to die in this strange country. Just like you,” Melisandre tells him.

Jon’s reunion with Tyrion was a pretty easygoing one, but the meeting between Dany and Jon was a little more tense.

The big thrust of the meetup was Danaerys asking Jon to bend the knee. In trying to convince him to pledge fealty, she asks for his forgiveness for the sins of her father, Aerys Targaryen, who killed Ned Stark’s father and brother.

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“I ask you not to judge a daughter by the sins of her father,” she says. But she still demands Jon’s fealty, and he refuses to give it. The gist of the discussion is that Jon doesn’t care about the Iron Throne — he’s only worried about the the Night King.

Davos takes his turn at trying to convince Daenerys to back Jon, with one of his great, impassioned speeches. “He was named Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, he was named King in the North,” Davos tells her. “It wasn’t his birthright. He has no birthright, he’s a damn bastard.” He also mentions that Jon took a dagger to the heart for his people, something Dany notes for later.

It doesn’t quite work, though, and Jon and Davos are kept on Dragonstone without the ability to leave — not quite prisoners, but not quite guests.

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Out in the Narrow Sea, we find Theon, not quite dead yet. He’s yanked out of the water by the last remaining ships of the Iron Fleet.

Meanwhile, Euron rides through King’s Landing with Yara, Ellaria (Indira Varma), and Tyene (Rosabell Laurenti Sellers) in tow. He offers the captives as the priceless gift he mentioned last time he saw Cersei. In return, Cersei promises him “what his heart desires” when the war is won. She names Euron commander of the crown’s naval forces to go with Jaime commanding the Lannister armies. Euron takes the opportunity to taunt Jaime again, this time with the fact that Euron will soon be with Cersei.

Cersei heads to the dungeons next to get her revenge on Ellaria for murdering Cersei’s daughter Myrcella (Nell Tiger Free). She gets her poetic vengeance by murdering Tyene the same way Ellaria killed Myrcella — with “the Long Farewell,” with Cersei giving the last Sand Snake a poisonous kiss. She leaves both of the women locked in their cell, ensuring that Ellaria will have to watch Tyene die.

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Next, Cersei meets with a representative of the Iron Bank of Braavos, to whom the Iron Throne owes a ton of money. She needs to convince the Iron Bank not to back her enemies, and makes a solid case for why investing in her rule is a safer bet than investing in Daenerys, especially since she cost the Iron Bank a ton of money by destroying the slave trade in the Free Cities.

Back at Dragonstone, Tyrion and Jon have a broody meeting out on the cliffs, where Jon tries again to convince Tyrion about the threat of the White Walkers. Tyrion admits he believes Jon, but he can’t convince Dany, who has no reason to believe him. So he asks Jon for something he can do to help. Jon mentions the huge amount of Dragonglass in Dragonstone.

Tyrion goes to Dany and asks him to give Jon a concession to ease tensions between them: Let him mine the dragonglass. When Dany meets with Jon, she takes Tyrion’s advice, offering him the Dragonglass as a sign of good faith.

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Meanwhile back at Winterfell, Sansa flexes her leader muscles, making some smart calls about preparing for winter. She notes that if there’s a war during the winter, Winterfell is the place everyone is going to fall back to defend. And it’s going to need a ton of food to survive.

Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) gives Sansa some decent advice for not trusting anyone — she should consider all outcomes all the time of every event, so nothing ever surprises her. Easier said than done, one expects. But their discussion is cut short by another major reunion: Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) showing back up in Winterfell with Meera Reed (Ellie Kendrick). Bran tries to explain what being the Three-Eyed Raven means to Sansa, although he’s not especially clear. When he brings up her wedding to Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon), though, she gets overwhelmed and takes off.

At Oldtown, Archmaester Marwyn (Jim Broadbent) inspects Jorah (Iain Glenn) now that he’s seemingly been cured of greyscale overnight. He gives Jorah a clean bill of health but knows the risks Samwell Tarly (John Bradley-West) took to cure him. After Marwyn departs, asking Sam to meet him later — presumably for his punishment — Jorah tells Sam he’ll seek Daenerys now that he’s cured.

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Later, Marwyn asks Sam how he managed to cure a man with a procedure lots of other maesters have failed to execute properly. “I read the book and followed the instructions,” Sam tells him. Marwyn doesn’t punish Sam, instead telling him he should be proud of his accomplishment. Then he makes him copy a bunch of gross, rotting scrolls.

“You expected a reward?” Marwyn asks him. “Your reward is not being immediately expelled from the Citadel.” Sam can’t catch a break.

Next, we see a location we’ve never been to before on the show: Casterly Rock. In a lengthy montage, Tyrion explains the fight Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson) and the Unsullied will face at Casterly Rock. The fortress is impregnable, which means the fight over the walls will be tough. Luckily, Tyrion has some insider info — his father, Tywin (Charles Dance) put Tyrion in charge of Casterly Rock’s sewers. Because of that, he knows a secret entrance that will get Grey Worm into the Rock. He and the Unsullied manage to take Casterly Rock, but they’re struck by Euron’s navy, losing all their ships.

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Meanwhile, Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) took a page from the strategy book of Robb Stark and went where his enemies weren’t — attacking and taking the Tyrell fortress of Highgarden.

With the castle occupied, Jaime finds Lady Olenna (Diana Rigg) alone in her room. They have a discussion about how bad Cersei is, but Jaime isn’t swayed. “She’s a disease. I regret my role in spreading it. You will too,” Olenna says.

Jaime finishes the discussion by offering Olenna a quick and painless death by poison. After she drinks it, Olenna admits to killing Joffrey (Jack Gleeson). “Tell your sister. I want Cersei to know it was me,” she says, as Jaime walks out. Even though she’s lost, Olenna at least gets the last word.

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‘Game of Thrones’: Why Arya Told Nymeria ‘That’s Not You’


(Note: This post contains spoilers for the “Game of Thrones” Season 7 Episode 2, “Stormborn.”)

Six seasons later, Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) was finally reunited with an old friend in the second episode of Season 7: her direwolf, Nymeria.

On the road north to finally meet back up with her family at Winterfell, Arya camped with her horse, alone in the woods. There, she was accosted by a pack of wolves that looked like they thought they’d found some easy dinner. Armed with Needle, her sword, Arya prepared for a fight.

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That’s when the wolfpack’s leader appeared, and Arya discovered that her direwolf, Nymeria, was still alive.

Up to now, Arya hasn’t seen Nymeria since the second episode of “Game of Thrones.” That was when the direwolf defended Arya against Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson), biting his arm when he threatened Arya with his sword. Arya knew Nymeria would be killed for attacking the prince, so she freed the direwolf in the woods. Arya even had to throw rocks at Nymeria to get her to leave.

In Episode 2 of Season 7, “Stormborn,” it was a heartfelt reunion between a girl and her wolf, although years later, Nymeria is absolutely huge. After Arya briefly reconnected with her former pet, she implored Nymeria to accompany her back north, to Winterfell. But in a sad moment, the wolf refused, turning away and leading her pack back into the woods. Arya ended the interaction with a single line: “That’s not you.”

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The moment demonstrated some serious understanding from Arya, as she recalled saying a similar thing to her father, Ned Stark (Sean Bean), way back in Season 1.

Back when all the Starks were still alive and (mostly) in good health, Arya had a moment with Ned after he discovered the small sword, Needle, that her brother Jon Snow (Kit Harington) had had made for her at Winterfell. Ned had asked Arya why she wasn’t into the kind of lady stuff that her sister, Sansa (Sophie Turner) likes so much — like sewing, going to court and being polite.

“That’s not me,” Arya told him. It was the moment that led Ned to enroll Arya in her “dancing lessons.” Fans will recall that the dancing lessons were actually fighting lessons with master swordsman Syrio Forel (Miltos Yerolemou), because Ned understood what Arya was telling him about who she is.

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Arya, recognizing that Nymeria’s place is with her pack, said the same thing to the direwolf. “That’s not you” was Arya understanding that asking Nymeria to go back to being a pet wouldn’t be true to Nymeria.

In the “A Song of Ice and Fire” books on which “Game of Thrones” is based, Arya occasionally has “wolf dreams” where she dreams she is Nymeria — a lot like the dreams Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) used to have of being his direwolf, Summer. Those dreams were the precursor to Bran learning how to use his warg powers to take over Summer and Hodor (Kristian Nairn).

But this moment between Arya and Nymeria seems to suggest that we won’t be getting more of the direwolf in the future, and we probably won’t see Arya learn any spiffy warg abilities, either. It’s just as well, though, as Arya is more of a lone wolf (ahem) anyway. You can’t really wear a random person’s face, infiltrate a great house and assassinate its lord with your direwolf pet hanging around to give you away.

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‘Game of Thrones’ Episode 2 Teaser: Looks Like an Old Friend of Arya Will Return


The premiere of “Game of Thrones” Season 7 ended, as all episode do, with a teaser for next week’s episode. Eagle-eyed fans caught sight of a character that hasn’t appeared on the show since the second episode of the show.

That character is someone near and dear to the heart of Arya Stark (Maisie Williams): her direwolf, Nymeria. Though the teaser only shows a flash of the direwolf (followed by a shot of Arya), it’s pretty clear it must be Arya’s former pet.

That’s because the only other Stark direwolf left alive at this point is Ghost, the wolf that belongs to Jon Snow (Kit Harington).

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Nymeria was one of the six direwolves the Stark family found in the first episode of the show, but she met with some tragedy in Episode 2. As Ned Stark (Sean Bean) took his family south on the King’s Road, Arya found herself being assaulted by Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson) while she was practicing swordfighting with her friend Myca (Rhodri Hosking).

When Joffrey threatened Myca and Arya with his sword, Nymeria appeared to defend them. She bit Joffrey’s arm, scarring him for the rest of his life, and Arya threw his sword into the nearby river.

Knowing that Nymeria would be punished for attacking the prince, Arya freed her in the woods so she’d be safe. Arya eventually had to throw rocks at the direwolf to get her to leave. We haven’t seen the direwolf since. In response to Nymeria attacking Joffrey, Cersei (Lena Headey) ordered that Ned kill Lady, the direwolf that belonged to Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner).

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In the books, there are hints that Nymeria is still around and that Arya still has a connection to the direwolf. Much like Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) has dreams of actually being his direwolf, Summer, Arya has “wolf dreams” of being Nymeria. She envisions the direwolf running through the woods of the Riverlands with a pack, hunting animals and men alike.

If the teaser is any indication, Nymeria’s return is going to be dramatic encounter for Arya — the only image we’ve seen of Nymeria shows her fiercely bearing her teeth.

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‘Game of Thrones’ 101: What Can Kill White Walkers, and What Exactly is Dragonglass?


(Note: This post contains spoilers for all of “Game of Thrones” through season 6.)

Season 7 of “Game of Thrones” will have plenty of battles, including more spats with the Night King and his White Walkers, a group of monster ice people that lead an army of the undead.

White Walkers are pretty close to unkillable, but a few characters on the show have bested them. With the right weapons, the White Walkers go down just like anybody else. Unfortunately, those weapons are pretty rare.

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But there are two known substances that can kill White Walkers: Dragonglass and Valyrian steel. The latter is forged into a handful of swords that are scattered among the Great Houses of Westeros. The former is a tough-to-find rock that not a lot of people know about.

In a flashback in Season 6, we learn that the magical Children of the Forest first used Dragonglass to create the Night King thousands of years ago, when they were at war with the First Men. Due to some confluence of magical consequences, it seems that the stuff that created the White Walkers is also some of the only stuff that can destroy them.

So what exactly is Dragonglass? In the parlance of our world, it’s obsidian, a form of black volcanic glass. In Westeros, where the show takes place, it’s fairly rare. Samwell Tarly (John Bradley-West) first discovered a cache of Dragonglass weapons north of the Wall at the Fist of the First Men, and it was Sam that first managed to, somewhat accidentally, kill a White Walker with an obsidian dagger. Likewise, when the army of the dead assaulted the cave of the Three-Eyed Raven in season 6, Meera Reed jabbed a Walker with an Obsidian-tipped spear and was shocked when that turned him into a million tiny pieces of ice.

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Dragonglass is hard to come by, but as it turns out, there’s one place in Westeros where the stuff is available in large quantities: Dragonstone. The small volcanic island and its castle were previously held by Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane). We know from the trailers for “Game of Thrones” Season 7 that Daenerys will be landing at Dragonstone when she finally makes it across the Narrow Sea to Westeros.

So with Dragonstone in play, there’s at least a possibility that the Seven Kingdoms will be able to get hold of enough Dragonglass weapons to stand a chance against the White Walkers before the big battle.

For a while, it seemed to the Jon Snow (Kit Harrington), Sam and the rest of the Night’s Watch that Dragonglass was the only way to kill a White Walker, and weapons made of the stuff were in extremely short supply. But when the Night’s King attacked Hardhome, the wildling city north of the Wall, Jon discovered that his Valyrian steel sword Longclaw was also capable of killing a White Walker.

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Valyrian steel is extremely rare, mostly because the means of forging it was lost to history. Legend has it that Valyrian steel was made using dragon fire and magic spells — but since Valyria was destroyed by the Doom hundreds of years ago, and there haven’t been any dragons up to now, the secrets of how to make more of the stuff went with the city.

We know of only a few Valyrian steel blades in the Seven Kingdoms. Jon’s Longclaw is one; Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) has another called Oathkeeper; Sam stole the Tarly family Valyrian steel sword Heartsbane and took it with him to Oldtown. There’s also Widow’s Wail, the sword Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance) first gave to King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) and which passed to King Tommen (Dean-Charles Chapman) when Joffrey died. We’re not sure where it is now that Tommen is also dead.

In the “A Song of Ice and Fire” books, there are other Valyrian steel swords, but we haven’t seen them factor into the show yet. It’s still possible they’ll show up, however.

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It’s also worth noting that while Dragonglass is effective against White Walkers, shattering them into ice, they’re useless against the undead army of wights the Walkers are bringing with them. Regular steel swords can handle the dead, as can fire, but the relatively weaker obsidian is actually a liability against them.

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‘Game of Thrones’ 101: How Many Stark Direwolves Are Left?


(Note: This post contains spoilers for “Game of Thrones” season 1 through 6.)

Way back in the first episode of “Game of Thrones,” the Stark family came across a direwolf mother that had been killed by a stag. The mom didn’t make it, but the puppies survived. With one direwolf for each of the six Stark children, they all became pets, forming some pretty intense bonds with the young Starks.

All those direwolves turned out to be faithful, sometimes viciously protective companions to the Stark kids. But as “Game of Thrones” has worn on and the bodies have piled up, the direwolves haven’t always survived deadly political machinations — especially when their respective owners didn’t make it out alive either.

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So out of the six direwolves, how many are left? In fact, it’s just two: Ghost, the direwolf belonging to Jon Snow (Kit Harrington), and Nymeria, the one that belonged to Arya Stark (Maisie Williams).

Though she’s still alive, Nymeria hasn’t been part of the show since Season 1. Way back in the second episode, Nymeria defended Arya from Prince Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) on the Kingsroad. Knowing that Nymeria would be killed for attacking the prince, Arya freed her pet, throwing stones at Nymeria until she ran off into the woods.

Queen Cersei (Lena Headey) still wanted a direwolf punished for what happened to Joffrey even though the guilty direwolf was gone. Lady, the well-behaved direwolf belonging to Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner), was the only one that happened to be around. Ned was forced to kill Lady by the queen’s command, taking the total down to five.

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The next direwolf to buy it was Grey Wind, which belonged to Robb Stark (Richard Madden). That happened at the Red Wedding in Season 3, when Robb was betrayed by the Freys and the Boltons, and he and his bannermen were executed. Grey Wind, locked up in a kennel during the feast, died when Frey soldiers shot their crossbows through the kennel bars.

Direwolves did okay for a while after that, until Season 6. The direwolf belonging to Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) died when the Three-Eyed Raven’s cave was attacked by the White Walkers. The same “Hold the Door” sequence that claimed the life of Hodor (Kristian Nairn) marked Summer’s end as he defended Bran from the undead.

Shaggydog was next to go in Season 6. The direwolf that belonged to the youngest Stark kid, Rickon (Art Parkinson), died ahead of his owner when Rickon and Osha (Natalia Tena) were captured by the Umbers. Smalljon Umber (Dean S. Jagger) presented Shaggydog’s head to Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon) along with the prisoners as proof of Rickon’s identity. Ramsay then killed Osha, and Rickon died soon after in the Battle of the Bastards.

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That leaves just Ghost, who is currently at Winterfell after Jon made the direwolf sit out the Battle of the Bastards, and the missing Nymeria, who seemingly could still show up in Season 7 or Season 8.

Given how Bran was able to use his “warg” ability to take control of Summer’s mind and live “in his skin,” it seems like a pretty good bet that Nymeria might show up again before the show is completed. Throughout the “A Song of Ice and Fire” books on which “Game of Thrones” is based, Arya experiences wolf dreams similar to Bran’s warg dreams with Summer, which further suggest more Nymeria to come. And now that Arya is back in Westeros after spending a couple seasons across the Narrow Sea in Bravos, it feels like only a matter of time until the two are reunited at last.

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‘Game of Thrones’ 101: Who’s Left from House Baratheon?


Plenty of people have been assassinated, backstabbed, executed and put to the sword over the course of five seasons of “Game of Thrones.” The result of the War of the Five Kings and the reigns of quite a few terrible rulers has left a huge body count across Westeros.

It’s been so devastating, in fact, that some of the Great Houses, the ruling families of lords across Westeros, have suffered devastating losses and even been wiped out. And one of the houses that’s lost biggest in the game of thrones is House Baratheon.

The Baratheons managed to take the Iron Throne during Robert’s Rebellion almost two decades before the events of the show. Robert (Mark Addy) became king of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, but his death in Season 1 kicked off the wars and conflicts that have marked the show ever since.

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Midway through Season 1, Robert got too drunk during the hunt and was gored by a boar. He died within about a day of his injuries. Robert’s death at the tusks of a boar was engineered by Queen Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey), his wife. She got her cousin, Lancel (Eugene Simon), the king’s squire, to indulge the king with too much wine during the hunt.

That kicked off a war for succession that involved everyone related to Robert. His named heir was Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson), officially the king’s son, but Ned Stark (Sean Bean) discovered that Joffrey wasn’t actually Robert’s child. Instead, he was the child of Cersei and her brother, Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), as were Cersei’s other two children, Myrcella (Nell Tiger Free) and Tommen (Dean-Charles Chapman).

Robert also had two brothers: Stannis (Stephen Dillane), his younger brother, who held the castle at Dragonstone, and Renly (Gethin Anthony), his youngest brother, who served on the king’s Small Council.

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Because Ned had claimed Joffrey was not Robert’s trueborn heir, both Renly and Stannis claimed the Iron Throne for themselves. In the order of succession, without an heir, Robert’s throne would have passed to his younger brother, Stannis. But Renly, Robert’s youngest brother, had enough support from other houses, including House Tyrell, to make a claim of his own.

Renly was killed, however, soon after declaring himself king. Stannis conspired with the priestess Melisandre (Carice van Houten) to murder him, and she used blood magic to do it, summoning a shadowy figure of Stannis that sneaked into Renly’s tent and stabbed him.

But Stannis wouldn’t survive either. He was killed by Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie), one of Renly’s Kingsguard, after Stannis tried and failed to take Winterfell from Ramsey Bolton (Iwan Rheon). Stannis survived the battle, but was executed for his crimes when Brienne found him in the woods.

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With the three Baratheon brothers dead, who’s the heir to the house? Officially, it was Joffrey, then Myrcella, and then Tommen. All three of the kids have also died by this point as well, however. Joffrey was poisoned by Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen), Myrcella killed by the Sand Snakes in Dorne, and Tommen jumped out one of the Red Keep’s windows after Cersei blew up the Sept of Baelor and most of House Tyrell with it.

Robert also had a number of illegitimate children spread around King’s Landing. But when Joffrey was crowned king after Robert’s death, he ordered all those various kids killed.

There aren’t any other Baratheon heirs left, either. Renly had no kids. Stannis had a daughter, Shireen (Kerry Ingram), who was his only heir. But Stannis sacrificed her to Lord of Light in an attempt to win the Iron Throne.

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That means every single member of House Baratheon that we’ve met is dead — except one. Gendry (Joe Dempsie), Robert’s illegitimate son and a former blacksmith’s apprentice, escaped King’s Landing before Joffrey ordered his death, and then escaped Stannis’ attempt to sacrifice him to the Lord of Light with the help of Davos Seaworth. Gendry’s out there somewhere, and as the only living person we know of who still has Baratheon blood, that makes him Robert’s last heir.

We’ll see how Gendry factors into “Game of Thrones” Season 7, with Danaerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) returning to retake the Iron Throne. We’re not sure even where Gendry is, but he’s a loose end that seems like it’ll have to be tied up as the show approaches its conclusion.

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