Day 3 of our Character Summary Countdown to Season 2 of Game of Thrones.
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Joffrey Baratheon is proclaimed son and heir of King Robert Baratheon and Queen Cersei Lannister, however, he was not treated kindly by the king, to whom he tried to gain favor from, even if he didn’t quite know the best way to go about doing it.
Joffrey is labeled as a handsome prince, however, his spoiled attitude and ruthless, sadistic trait was something to loathe and fear. At one point, he cruelly challenges a young boy into swordfighting, knowing that the boy will not respond due to Joffrey’s standing, but ends up getting his hand injured by Arya Stark’s direwolf, Nymeria. Unfortunately, he lied his way through it stating that he was attacked by Arya, the boy and the direwolf. Although Sansa Stark, betrothed to Joffrey, was a witness during the fight, she claims to have no recollection of the incident and thus protects Joffrey’s lie. The boy ends up getting killed and the direwolf escapes, and Sansa Stark’s direwolf is executed in Nymeria’s place.
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The prince’s sadistic side becomes much more apparent when he is placed as King after King Robert’s death. Once on the throne, he’s even worse than before with much more power that he even defies his mother’s advice and has Sansa’s father, Eddard Stark, executed for treason even though he promised that he would not do so if Eddard confesses to treason and swears fealty to Joffrey, which Eddard did.
It was also realized by Eddard that Joffrey, along with his siblings, are not the true heirs to the throne since they were not Robert Baratheon’s biological children, since Robert and his line were all of black-hair. Joffrey and his siblings are all blond. It comes out that the blond-haired children are the children of Cersei Lannister and her brother Jaime Lannister. Ew!
No wonder this kid is all messed up!
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Joffrey Baratheon is played by Jack Gleeson. Not much is known about the actor, even his age is not listed, but this kid knows how to act and he does an amazingly excellent job of being every parents’ nightmare of a son. Handsome, sly, yet sadistic, you wonder what Jack is like in real life and you hope that he’s quite the antithesis of his character. I actually like to think that he is, because when thinking about some actors that I’ve met, the ones who have the baddest roles also seem to be the ones that have the sweetest disposition.