Game of Thrones Poster #16 FRAMED King Joffrey Baratheon on the Iron Throne Jack Gleeson


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Game of Thrones is an American fantasy drama television series created for HBO by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss. It is an adaptation of A Song of Ice and Fire, George R. R. Martin’s series of fantasy novels, the first of which is titled A Game of Thrones. The episodes are mainly written by Benioff and Weiss, who are the executive producers alongside Martin, who writes one episode per season. Filmed in a Belfast studio and on location elsewhere in Northern Ireland, Malta, Scotland, Croatia, Iceland, the United States and Morocco, it premiered on HBO in the United States on April 17, 2011. Two days after the fourth season premiered in April 2014, HBO renewed Game of Thrones for a fifth and sixth season. The series, set on the fictional continents of Westeros and Essos at the end of a decade-long summer, interweaves several plot lines. The first follows the members of several noble houses in a civil war for the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms; the second covers the rising threat of the impending winter and the mythical creatures of the North; the third chronicles the attempts of the exiled last scion of the realm’s deposed dynasty to reclaim the throne. Through its morally ambiguous characters, the series explores issues of social hierarchy, religion, loyalty, corruption, civil war, crime, and punishment. Game of Thrones has attracted record numbers of viewers on HBO and obtained an exceptionally broad and active international fan base. It received widespread acclaim by critics, although its frequent use of nudity, violence and sexual violence has attracted criticism. The series has won numerous awards and nominations, including a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Drama Series for its first four seasons, a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Television Series – Drama, a Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation in both Long Form and Short Form, and a Peabody Award. Among the ensemble cast, Peter Dinklage won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film for his role as Tyrion Lannister.

Joffrey is the eldest of Queen Cersei Lannister’s children. Though a Baratheon in name, Joffrey is actually a product of incest between Cersei and Jaime Lannister, but unaware of his true parentage until he hears it through rumour. 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. During the events of A Game of Thrones, Joffrey is betrothed to Sansa Stark; but in A Storm of Swords, it is revealed that Joffrey sent an assassin to kill Bran Stark on a whim, after overhearing a drunken Robert say that Bran should be put out of his misery. After Robert’s death, Joffrey is crowned king, and arrests Eddard Stark for refusing to acknowledge his right. Though he forces Ned to declare him king, Joffrey orders Ned’s execution, which begins a ‘War of the Five Kings’. Throughout A Clash of Kings, Joffrey commits various atrocities, such as frequently ordering his King’s Guard to beat Sansa and killing several refugees with a crossbow when they beg for bread at the castle gates. (In the TV series, he orders all of Robert’s illegitimate children slaughtered, to ensure no usurpers, whereas Cersei commits this in the novels.) Eventually, Joffrey is nearly killed during a riot. When Stannis Baratheon arrives at King’s Landing, Joffrey avoids the heavy fighting, and only maintains the city through his Uncle Tyrion, his grandfather Tywin, and the support of House Tyrell. Joffrey ends his betrothal to Sansa to wed Margaery Tyrell; but during the wedding feast, Joffrey is poisoned and chokes to death at the behest of Olenna Tyrell and Petyr Baelish. Author Martin described Joffrey as similar to “five or six people that I went to school with … a classic bully … incredibly spoiled”. Joffrey Baratheon is portrayed by Jack Gleeson in the television adaptation of the novels.

Jack Gleeson (born 20 May 1992) is an Irish actor, best known for his portrayal of Joffrey Baratheon in the HBO television series Game of Thrones. Gleeson starred as Joffrey Baratheon in the first four seasons of the HBO series Game of Thrones. He cites Joaquin Phoenix’s portrayal of Commodus in Gladiator as an influence on his performance. He is the founder and artistic director of Collapsing Horse Theatre Company, which is based in Dublin. In 2012, Gleeson indicated an intention to retire from acting to pursue an academic career once his work on Game of Thrones was finished. In 2014 Gleeson confirmed he would be retiring from acting temporarily after concluding his work in Game of Thrones.Iron Throne: “The breath of the greatest dragon forged the Iron Throne…the swords of the vanquished, a thousand of them, melted together like so many candles…” ?Viserys Targaryen. The Iron Throne is the throne upon which the King of the Andals and the First Men sits, located in the Great Hall of the Red Keep in the city of King’s Landing. Besides the King himself (or Lord Regent) only the Hand of the King may sit on the Iron Throne. The term is also used colloquially to refer to the monarchy that rules the Seven Kingdoms and the authority of the King (e.g. “Rebellion against the Iron Throne”). The Iron Throne was forged at the order of Aegon the Conqueror, the first of the Targaryen Kings, who conquered six of the seven independent kingdoms of Westeros and unified them under his rule – the seventh kingdom of Dorne was later joined through a marriage alliance. The throne was allegedly forged from the 1,000 swords that had been surrendered to Aegon in the War of Conquest by the lords who had offered their fealty, though the actual number of the swords is less than two hundred. These were subsequently melted down by the fiery breath of Aegon’s dragon, Balerion the Black Dread, then beaten and bent into a throne of imposing appearance. Olenna Tyrell, in typical fashion, has a low opinion of the throne itself, blithely referring to it as “that ugly iron chair”.

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