Dec. 05, 2010
60 min.
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Game of Thrones

In the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, where summers span decades and winters can last a lifetime, the Great Houses (Stark, Baratheon, Targaryen, Lannister, Greyjoy, Arryn, Martell, Tully and Tyrell) fight among themselves for a right to rule the Iron Throne. Beyond the Wall and across the Narrow Sea bigger threats are rising until its a right moment to take a revenge. Based on R.R. Martin's novels.

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Jack Gleeson (born May 20, 1992) is an Irish actor, best known for his portrayal of Joffrey Baratheon ...

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Joffrey Baratheon is the eldest of Queen Cersei Lannister's children and Robert's heir to the Iron Throne. He is described as a strong-willed child with a vicious temper and an unchecked sadistic streak, a behavior often attributed to Cersei's and Robert's parenting. He takes as his personal coat of arms the Baratheon black-and-gold crowned stag and the Lannister red-and-gold lion combatant. Though a Baratheon in name, Joffrey is actually a product of incest between Cersei and Jaime Lannister. Joffrey is unaware of his true parentage until he hears it through rumours around King's Landing. Robert Baratheon never questioned Joffrey's lineage though he was never fond of the youth and often ignored him.

Joffrey is betrothed to Sansa Stark. However, it is revealed that Joffrey sent an assassin to kill the crippled Bran Stark on a whim; it is later further revealed that he did so to try to impress his father after overhearing a drunken Robert say that Bran should be put out of his misery. After Robert's death, Joffrey is crowned king, then arrests Eddard Stark for refusing to acknowledge his right. Though he forces Ned to recant and declare him king in order to save his daughters, Joffrey takes back his promise to Sansa to exile her father and instead orders Ned's execution, which touches off all the conflict that follows and leads to the War of the Five Kings. His reign marked by the start of the War of the Five Kings, Joffrey rules King's Landing with cruelty and caprice, often ignoring his mother and advisors.

He commits various atrocities from frequently ordering his King's Guard to beat Sansa, to ordering all of Robert's illegitimate children slaughtered, upon hearing of what he believed to be ugly rumors, to ensure no usurpers. He even shot several refugees with a crossbow when they begged for bread at the castle gates. Eventually, Joffrey becomes viewed as a tyrant and is nearly killed during a riot. When Stannis Baratheon arrives at King's Landing, Joffrey serves only as a figurehead and avoids the heavy fighting after his mother, Cersei, calls him back to the safety of the castle to protect him. Though that act damages his army's morale, Joffrey only maintains the city thanks to his Uncle Tyrion, his grandfather Tywin, and the support of House Tyrell.

Joffrey ends his betrothal to Sansa in order to wed Margaery Tyrell, to cement their alliance and join their houses (though he continues to menace Sansa and makes crass, public declarations of his intentions to take her as a mistress).

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