Myrcella Baratheon

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Myrcella Baratheon
A Song of Ice and Fire character
Game of Thrones
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Nell Tiger Free as Myrcella Baratheon
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  • Television:
  • "Home" (2016)
Created byGeorge R. R. Martin
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Myrcella Baratheon is a fictional character in the A Song of Ice and Fire series of epic fantasy novels by American author George R. R. Martin, and its television adaptation Game of Thrones.[1]

Introduced in 1996's A Game of Thrones, Myrcella is the only daughter of Cersei Lannister from the kingdom of Westeros. She subsequently appeared in Martin's A Clash of Kings (1998) and A Storm of Swords (2000).

Myrcella is portrayed by Irish actress Aimee Richardson in the first two seasons of the HBO television adaptation, while English actress Nell Tiger Free portrays her in the show's fifth and sixth seasons.[2][3]

Overview[edit]

Myrcella Baratheon is not a point of view character in the novels, so her presence is witnessed and through the eyes of other people, such as her uncle Tyrion Lannister. Myrcella is a background character in the novels.

Character description[edit]

A coat of arms showing a black stag on a yellow field.
Coat of arms of House Baratheon

Princess Myrcella Baratheon is the second oldest child and only daughter of Queen Cersei Lannister. Like her brothers, she is also fathered by Cersei's brother Jaime Lannister, but she is ostensibly unaware of this. She is described as delicate, beautiful and courteous and is said to have all her mother's beauty but none of her cruel nature. To ensure that House Martell will support Joffrey, Myrcella is betrothed to marry Prince Trystane Martell when they come of age and is sent to Dorne in A Clash of Kings. After Joffrey's death in A Storm of Swords, Princess Arianne Martell schemes to kidnap Myrcella and crown her queen of Westeros. The plan goes awry, however, and Myrcella is severely injured in the kidnapping.

Storylines[edit]

A Game of Thrones[edit]

Princess Myrcella is first seen arriving at Winterfell along with her father, King Robert Baratheon; her mother Queen Cersei; her two brothers: Prince Joffrey and Prince Tommen; as well as her “uncles”, Jaime Lannister and Tyrion Lannister. She is later seen at the tournament to celebrate Eddard Stark's inauguration as Hand of the King. It is later revealed that Myrcella and her brothers were products of incest between of her uncle Jamie and her mother Queen Cersei.

A Clash of Kings[edit]

Myrcella attends Joffrey's nameday as King. She greets her uncle Tyrion and tells him that she is glad that the rumors of his death were false. During the War of the Five Kings, Tyrion makes plans to forge an alliance with House Martell of Dorne by having Myrcella wed to Trystane Martell, the son of the current ruler of Dorne, but part of the arrangement involved sending her to Dorne to live in the Martell household.

A Feast for Crows[edit]

With Joffrey's death, Trystane's sister Arianne plans to crown Myrcella as his heir instead of Tommen, hoping to incite the Dornishmen to rebel against the Lannisters to seat her on the Iron Throne. However, Doran Martell has been tipped off to the conspiracy and his men ambush Arianne's party as they attempt to sail up the Greenblood. In the ensuing confrontation, one of Arianne's co-conspirators, Ser Gerold "Darkstar" Dayne, attempts to kill Myrcella; although unsuccessful, he cuts off one of her ears and leaves her scarred.

A Dance with Dragons[edit]

Myrcella travels back to King's Landing with Nymeria Sand.

TV adaptation[edit]

In the HBO television adaptation, she is portrayed by Aimee Richardson in seasons one and two, and by Nell Tiger Free in seasons five and six. Her fate is changed from the novels.

Seasons 1 and 2[edit]

Myrcella's storylines in the first 2 seasons follow her storyline in the books.

Season 5[edit]

Myrcella (now much older) is seen walking through the Water Gardens with Trystane, with whom she has fallen in love, while being watched by Ellaria Sand and Prince Doran Martell. Ellaria, furious about Oberyn's death, offers to torture Myrcella and send pieces of her back to take revenge on Cersei, whom she feels is responsible for orchestrating Tyrion's show trial which led to the trial by combat that took Oberyn's life, but Doran refuses to harm her. Myrcella is surprised when her "uncle" Jaime Lannister and Bronn finally meet her as she is with Trystane in the gardens. She is upset after Bronn is forced to knock Trystane unconscious, and resists Jaime's urging to leave with him. The Sand Snakes make a sudden ambush in order to kidnap her. She is nearly taken hostage by Nymeria, but the conflict is interrupted after Areo Hotah arrives with a dozen Dornish guards, imprisoning Jaime, Bronn, the Sand Snakes and Ellaria. Myrcella visits Jaime while he is in custody. Jaime tells her that about the situation with Ellaria. He tells her that he needs to take her home to King's Landing. Myrcella, failing to understand, assures him that Dorne is her home now, and that she will stay and marry Trystane. However, her marriage to Trystane never happens as she is poisoned by Ellaria and the Sand Snakes just before she leaves Dorne with Jamie and Bronn. As she's sailing away towards Kings Landing, she dies in Jaime's arms moments after acknowledging him as her father.

Season 6[edit]

Her body returns home to King's Landing shortly after her death, and her corpse is later seen in the Great Sept of Baelor.

Family tree[edit]

 
 
 
 
 
 
Tywin Lannister
 
Joanna Lannister
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Robert Baratheon
 
Cersei Lannister
 
Jaime LannisterTyrion Lannister
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Joffrey Baratheon
 
Myrcella Baratheon
 
Tommen Baratheon
 

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The gruesome Game of Thrones death viewers were never shown". telegraph.co.uk. Telegraph Media Group Limited. 12 June 2017. Retrieved 15 April 2019.
  2. ^ Sue the Fury (25 July 2014). "Game of Thrones season five cast announced at Comic Con!". Watchers on the Wall. Retrieved 15 April 2019.
  3. ^ Hooton, Christopher (31 July 2014). "Game of Thrones actress Aimee Richardson begs for 'other princess work' after Myrcella Baratheon part is re-cast". The Independent. Retrieved 1 August 2014.