Tommen Baratheon

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Tommen Baratheon
A Song of Ice and Fire character
Game of Thrones
character
Tommen Baratheon-Dean-Charles Chapman.jpg
Dean-Charles Chapman as Tommen Baratheon
First appearance Novel:
A Game of Thrones (1996)
Television:
"Winter Is Coming" (2011)
Last appearance Television:
"The Winds of Winter" (2016)
Created by George R. R. Martin
Portrayed by Dean-Charles Chapman (season 4-6)
Callum Wharry (season 1-2)
(Game of Thrones)
Information
Gender Male
Title King of the Andals and the First Men (show)
King of the Andals and the Rhoynar and the First Men (books)
Lord of the Seven Kingdoms
Protector of the Realm
Family House Lannister
Spouse(s) Margaery Tyrell
Relatives Robert Baratheon (legal father)
Jaime Lannister (biological father/uncle)
Cersei Lannister (mother/aunt)
Joffrey Baratheon (brother/cousin)
Myrcella Baratheon (sister/cousin)
Tywin Lannister (grandfather)
Joanna Lannister (grandmother)
Tyrion Lannister (uncle)
Kingdom The Crownlands

Tommen 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, Tommen Baratheon is the youngest son of Cersei Lannister from the kingdom of Westeros. He subsequently appeared in Martin's A Clash of Kings (1998), A Storm of Swords (2000), A Feast for Crows (2005) and A Dance with Dragons (2011).

Tommen Baratheon is portrayed by Callum Wharry and Dean-Charles Chapman in the HBO television adaptation.[1][2][3]

Character description[edit]

A coat of arms showing a gold on purple lion and a black on gold crowned stag combatant.
Tommen Baratheon's personal coat of arms

Prince Tommen Baratheon is the brother of Joffrey and Princess Myrcella and is second in line for the throne. Tommen is Queen Cersei Lannister's youngest son and, like his siblings, he is also the son of Cersei's brother Jaime Lannister, but he is unaware of this, as he believes Robert Baratheon to be his father. Tommen is described as plump, sweet, and weak-willed, though he tries hard. He loves his kittens, and is kind hearted.[4]

Tommen is seven years old at the beginning of A Game of Thrones (1996). He is the youngest child of Cersei and Jaime Lannister.

Overview[edit]

Tommen 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 his mother Cersei Lannister, his uncle Tyrion Lannister. and Sansa Stark. Tommen is mostly a background character in the novels.[5]

In the books[edit]

After King Joffrey's death in A Storm of Swords, Tommen is crowned and marries Joffrey's young widow, Margaery Tyrell. Tommen is a submissive child and, as a result, does everything that is asked of him. Thus, Cersei uses him to rule as she likes, though Margaery manipulates him into resisting his mother.[6]

In the TV series[edit]

Tommen Baratheon is the prince presented as the youngest son of King Robert Baratheon and Queen Cersei Lannister. Like his older siblings Joffrey and Myrcella his actual father is his uncle Ser Jaime Lannister. Like his sister he is good-natured and passive in contrast to his brother Joffrey and is fond of his uncle Tyrion.

Second season[edit]

When Myrcella was shipped off to Dorne as part of a marriage alliance with the Lannisters, Tommen wept when his sister left, for which Joffrey chastised him. During the battle of the Blackwater, Cersei was prepared to give him nightshade drops for a quick painless death rather than brutality, until Tywin announced that they won the battle.

Fourth season[edit]

Tommen is present at Joffrey and Margaery's wedding. He also attended Joffrey's funeral during which Tywin proceeds to tell Tommen about the duties of a king's marriage, ignoring Cersei's angry glares. Margaery later visits Tommen one night where he reveals his pet cat Ser Pounce, and the fact that he and Joffrey didn't get along. This causes him and Margaery to bond over their mutual relief that they are free of him. Tommen agrees that he'd like Margaery to visit him again. Margaery departs, but not before giving him a kiss on the forehead. A ceremony is held in the Red Keep where the high septon officially crowns Tommen as king.[7] At Tyrion's trial Tommen excuses himself from the trial, possibly on Tywin's advice.

Fifth season[edit]

During the wake of his deceased grandfather, Tommen is approached by Margaery, who shares a few close words with him and holds his hand briefly. All of this is observed by Cersei from afar. Tommen and Margaery later marry and consummate that same night, whereupon Margaery begins to manipulate Tommen into trying to send Cersei back to Casterly Rock. When he does, Cersei immediately begins scheming to get rid of the Tyrells through the High Sparrow and Faith Militant by arranging them to arrest Loras Tyrell for his homosexuality and Margaery for her knowledge of this. However, Cersei's plan backfires and she is also arrested. Tommen falls into a depression, refusing to eat.

Sixth season[edit]

Tommen confines Cersei to the Red Keep after her release, in order to protect her from the Faith Militant. However, Tommen is eventually manipulated by the High Sparrow to forge an alliance with the Faith. He also abolishes trial by combat, replacing it with trial by the Seven. Rather than attend her trial, Cersei detonates a cache of wildfire beneath the Sept of Baelor, killing the High Sparrow and Margaery in the explosion. Tommen is barred in his quarters by Ser Gregor Clegane, and witnesses the explosion from his window. After a servant informs him of Margaery's death, he commits suicide by jumping from the Red Keep. Cersei orders him cremated, and assumes his title as ruler of the Seven Kingdoms.

Family tree of House Lannister[edit]

Live-Action Portrayals[edit]

Callum Wharry as Tommen in the second season.

In January 2007, HBO secured the rights to adapt Martin's series for television.[8][9] Years later young actor Callum Wharry portrayed Tommen in the first and second season and was then recast with Dean-Charles Chapman from the fourth season onwards.[10][11]

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