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.
Stephan Dillane (born November 30, 1956) in Kensington, London, to an English mother, Bridget (née Curwen), ...
Lord Stannis Baratheon is the younger brother of King Robert and older brother of Lord Renly. He is portrayed as a brooding and humorless man with a harsh sense of justice and an obsession with slights both real and imagined. Stannis is known for his stubbornness and determination and is described by Donal Noye as cold iron: "He's cold and brittle and will break before it bends." Nevertheless, he is regarded by many as a capable and skilled naval and military commander.
Stannis is married to Lady Selyse of House Florent, a house sworn to House Tyrell, and has a daughter named Shireen. Fifteen years before the events of the series, Stannis fought alongside his brother when Robert rebelled against House Targaryen, though he was torn between his duty to his family and to the realm and only sided with Robert after much soul searching, and took the Targaryen-controlled fortress Dragonstone after withstanding a lengthy siege of the Baratheon seat, Storm's End, by the armies of House Tyrell. Stannis and his army survived because Davos Seaworth smuggled them enough food to last until the siege was lifted. However, despite Stannis' efforts to win Robert the kingship, Robert didn't thank him for it, instead giving credit elsewhere and blaming Stannis for others' mistakes.
To slight Stannis, Robert named Stannis the Lord of Dragonstone while naming Renly the Lord of the wealthier and more powerful Storm's End, which was Stannis's seat by right. Stannis was also named Master of Ships and later served on Robert's small council after Robert ascended the throne in King's Landing.
Stannis had suspected that Queen Cersei Lannister's children were not fathered by Robert. Suspecting that Robert would dismiss Stannis's accusations as a self-serving attempt to put himself higher in the line of succession, Stannis brought his suspicions to Robert's Hand, Jon Arryn. Upon Jon's death, Stannis resigned from his position and returned to Dragonstone to gather his strength. Stannis, at his wife's urging, begins to consider Melisandre of Asshai, priestess of the god R'hllor, as a trusted adviser. Melisandre tells Stannis that he is Azor Ahai, a messianic figure who will be born again and will end the war between R'hllor and the dark Other. After hearing of Robert's death, Stannis claims to be the true heir to the Iron Throne as Cersei's children are illegitimate. He then changes his personal coat of arms from the gold-and-black stag to the burning red heart of R'hllor with the crowned stag in its center. However, most of the Baratheon bannermen support the claim of the more charismatic Renly.
When Renly is mysteriously slain by Melisandre's dark ghost-demon, many of Renly's bannermen immediately swear allegiance to Stannis, who then attacks King's Landing by sailing up the Blackwater river from Blackwater Bay. However, the Lannisters are prepared, thanks to Tyrion (who has stockpiled and prepared wildfire, which is thrown at Stannis's ships), and Stannis loses most of his ships and men.
Stannis retreats to Dragonstone with what is left of his army; many of his bannerman having been either slain, captured or defected to Joffrey. There he tracks down the last bastard of King Robert because they need to see the power that a kings blood has.
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