Renly Baratheon

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Renly Baratheon
A Song of Ice and Fire character
Renly Baratheon-Gethin Anthony.jpg
Gethin Anthony as Renly Baratheon
First appearance Novel:
A Game of Thrones (1996)
Television:
"Lord Snow" (2011)
Last appearance Novel;
A Clash of Kings (1998)
Television;
"The Ghost of Harrenhal" (2012)
Created by George R. R. Martin
Portrayed by Gethin Anthony
Information
Aliases The King in Highgarden
The King in the South
Title Lord Paramount of the Stormlands
Lord of Storm's End
Master of laws
Family House Baratheon
Spouse(s) Margaery Tyrell
Relatives Steffon Baratheon (father)
Cassana Baratheon (mother)
Robert Baratheon (brother)
Stannis Baratheon (brother)
Kingdom The Stormlands

Renly Baratheon is a fictional character in the A Song of Ice and Fire series of fantasy novels by American author George R. R. Martin, and its television adaptation Game of Thrones.

Introduced in 1996's A Game of Thrones, Renly is the youngest of the three sons of Lord Steffon Baratheon and Cassana Baratheon.

Renly Baratheon is portrayed by Gethin Anthony in the HBO television adaptation.[1][2][3]

Character description[edit]

Renly Baratheon is the younger brother of King Robert and of Stannis.[4] He is portrayed as a handsome and charismatic man, winning friends easily. Because of that, he's quite popular with the smallfolk.[5]

Development, overview and reception[edit]

Renly Baratheon is not a point of view character in the novels, so his actions are witnessed and interpreted through the eyes of other people, such as Eddard Stark and Catelyn Stark. Renly is mostly a background character in the novels.[6]

Storylines[edit]

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

In the books[edit]

Renly Baratheon is the youngest of the Baratheon brothers and Lord of Storm's End. He is described as handsome and charismatic, winning friends easily. Renly serves on Robert's council as Master of Laws. After Robert dies, Renly declares himself King of the Seven Kingdoms in A Clash of Kings, wins the support of the Baratheon bannermen as he is their Lord Paramount, and seals an alliance with House Tyrell by marrying Margaery Tyrell. Before he can march on the capital though, he hears Stannis is besieging Storm's End. Renly marches there, intending to kill his brother in battle, and turning down an offer to become Stannis' heir. Before the battle he is assassinated by a shadow conjured by Melisandre, though it is unclear if Stannis is aware of this or not.

In the show[edit]

Gethin Anthony plays the role of Renly Baratheon in the television series.

Renly Baratheon, Lord of Storm's End, is the youngest brother of King Robert and Master of Laws in the Small Council. He is popular with the people because he is handsome, jovial, and throws extravagant balls and masquerades. He is not fond of fighting or bloodshed, and would rather make friends than kill enemies. He is secretly the lover of Ser Loras Tyrell, the Knight of the Flowers, who convinces him that those qualities make him better ruling material than either of his older brothers. While Robert lies dying, Renly attempts to convince Ned of this, and that the two of them should kidnap Joffrey and rule the realm themselves. However, Ned refuses, so Renly, Loras, and their followers flee south. Once Joffrey becomes King and has Ned executed, Renly challenges his nephew's claim to the throne. Renly declares himself King of the Seven Kingdoms during Season 2 and wins the support of the Baratheon bannermen and the support of other houses, despite Stannis's better claim. He also seals an alliance with the powerful House Tyrell and its bannermen (including Randyll Tarly, father of Samwell Tarly) by marrying Margaery Tyrell. He leads his massive army slowly through southern Westeros, biding his time. Catelyn Stark tries to convince Renly and Stannis to put aside their differences and unite against the Lannisters but it fails as both brothers refuses to give their claim for the throne. On the night before a battle between his and Stannis's forces, Renly agrees to Catelyn to allow Robb Stark to keep the title "King in the North" and rule the North and Riverlands, but on the condition that he swear fealty to Renly as King on the Iron Throne. Before Catelyn can offer a real negotiation, Renly is assassinated by Melisandre, who gives birth to a shadow demon and sends it to kill Renly in order to remove him from Stannis' path. Stannis is initially unaware of the exact nature of Melisandre's crime, and is later visibly shocked and saddened of the role he played in his brother's death, which he visibly regrets.

Family tree of House Baratheon[edit]

TV adaptation[edit]

Renly Baratheon is played by the British actor Gethin Anthony in the television adaption of the series of books.[7]

Gethin Anthony on his character:

The reason why I like playing him is I think he's a fantastic man who believes in Westeros being a cultured and enlightened place. His major advantage -- and why he gets on well in the world -- is that he gets on well with people.[8]

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