House sigil: A stag
House motto: Ours is the fury
If you’re looking for an archetypal medieval King, look no further than the head of House Baratheon, a usurper of the Iron Throne who’s taken to the whole carousing / hunting / bossing people about side of the monarchy like a duck to water (he’s not so keen on the bureaucracy side). The rest of his family, however, are harder to place…
Played by: Mark Addy
Once a huge and fearsome warrior, now a fat man, Robert Baratheon is something of a Porthos. You know, lust for life and for every woman he meets – that sort of thing. But having won the War of the Usurper (aka Robert’s Rebellion), he’s now also stuck with being King, and with a wife he doesn’t trust, and with the demands of politics. Like, bummer.
Played by: Jack Gleeson
The eldest son of King Robert and heir to the throne, at 12 Joffrey’s an obnoxious little twerp that only a mother could love. Of course, the fact that his mother spoils him is part of the problem but, whatever the reason, this little psychopath is rotten to the core.
Played by: Aimee Richardson
Doted upon by her mother, Myrcella is only 8 at the beginning of the books (again, she appears a little older onscreen) and is largely quiet, obedient and dull.
Played by: Callum Wharry
The younger prince is a far more likeable character than his elder brother. Unfortunately he also has the backbone and willpower of a cabbage. Still, in this family even that – combined with a lack of obvious psychosis – probably counts as an achievement.
Played by: Gethin Anthony
The King’s younger brother, Renly’s a member of his Small Council (think Privy Council) but is generally regarded as frivolous and a little flighty despite his intelligence and position.
Played by: Nobody yet
Stannis won’t appear onscreen in the TV show for a little bit, but it’s worth mentioning that King Robert has another brother, older than Renly but younger than Robert, who might play a role later. Colder, less charismatic and less impulsive than his siblings, Stannis is someone to keep in mind.