Game of Thrones Poster #25 FRAMED King Robert Baratheon Mark Addy Iron Throne


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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.

Robert Baratheon is King of the Seven Kingdoms and at the beginning of A Game of Thrones, he has reigned for fifteen years. He is described as a very tall fat, bearded man who is fond of hunting, whoring, and drinking. However, he was a formidable warrior in his youth. He was the ward of Jon Arryn and was raised at the Eyrie alongside Eddard Stark, another of Jon’s wards, whom he considers a brother; in fact, Robert is not very fond of his own brothers Renly and Stannis, a feeling that is mutual. Robert and Eddard grew closer than brothers and became devoted to Jon. Fifteen years before the series, Robert was betrothed to Ned’s sister Lyanna, whom he adored from afar. When Lyanna and Rhaegar Targaryen disappeared, Robert was outraged. King Aerys II Targaryen ordered Jon to execute Robert and Eddard. Instead, Jon Arryn raised the Vale in rebellion, beginning the conflict known as Robert’s Rebellion or the War of the Usurper. Robert eventually killed Rhaegar on the river Trident and seized the throne after marching into King’s Landing, using his bloodline as pretext (his paternal grandmother being a Targaryen). In the last days of the war, Lyanna died due to circumstances that remain unconfirmed. Robert is forever haunted by her memory and subsequently bears a deep hatred against House Targaryen, denouncing Rhaegar’s murdered children Aegon and Rhaenys as “dragonspawn” and dispatching his assassins to track down Aerys’s remaining two children, Daenerys and Viserys. After winning the crown, he married Cersei Lannister to ensure House Lannister’s loyalty to his rule. Robert and Cersei share three children, all actually fathered by Cersei’s brother Jaime. Although Robert believes he is the father, he prefers to ignore the children rather than raise them, leaving the responsibility of running the Seven Kingdoms to his Hand, Lord Arryn. Robert squanders the vast treasury left by Aerys on tourneys and feasts, leaving the crown heavily in debt. In spite of his squandering, he is not an unpopular king, and his lifespan brought a renewed sense of peace to the kingdom following the near-extinction of its (until then) only ruling dynasty. Believing the Seven Kingdoms ready to crumble, Lord Balon Greyjoy tried to take advantage as he raised his own rebellion against the crown, which was suppressed nine years before the events of A Game of Thrones. Robert’s careless ways create a political and fiscal bubble that bursts at the moment of his death, setting the stage for the War of the Five Kings, in which his heir Joffrey and brothers Stannis and Renly all contend for the Iron Throne. In A Game of Thrones, he goes hunting severely drunk and is gutted by a boar. He dies a few days later. Robert Baratheon was portrayed by Mark Addy in the television adaptation of the novels. Mark Addy Johnson (born 14 January 1964), known professionally as Mark Addy, is an English actor. He is best known for portraying Detective Constable Gary Boyle in the British sitcom The Thin Blue Line, Dave in the film The Full Monty, father Bill Miller in the American sitcom Still Standing, King Robert Baratheon in the HBO medieval fantasy series Game of Thrones, and Hercules in the British fantasy drama series Atlantis.

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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