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"Such a little thing. A bird without feathers. They came to take his body away and Robert held me. I screamed and I battled, but he held me. That little bundle. They took him away and I never saw him again."
Cersei Lannister[src]

The unnamed son of Cersei Lannister and Robert Baratheon is an unseen character. He is deceased when the events of the series begin and is not expected to appear. He is first mentioned by Cersei Lannister in "The Kingsroad".

BiographyEdit

BackgroundEdit

Cersei's black-haired son was her firstborn child, and the only one of her children whose father was King Robert Baratheon. Very little is known about him other than that he had black hair, resembled Robert a lot, and died as a result of a fever. His name, year of birth, and age at the point of his demise are unknown. Had the boy lived, he would have been first in line to ascend the throne when Robert died.

Season 1Edit

When Catelyn Stark watches over Bran, who has not woken up after having fallen from the tower, Cersei comes to visit. She tells Catelyn that years ago she lost her first boy, a little black-haired beauty. She and Robert were nearly driven mad by the child's death.[1]

Robert and Cersei talk about the imminent Dothraki's invasion and their unhappy marriage. Cersei says that she had felt something for Robert once, even after they lost their first boy, for quite a while.[2]

Family treeEdit

PaternalEdit

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
House-Baratheon-NoCrown-Square
Steffon Baratheon

Deceased
 
House-Baratheon-NoCrown-Square
Cassana Baratheon
née Estermont
Deceased
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Unknown tree
Various women
 
Robert tree

Robert Baratheon

Deceased
 
Cersei family tree
Cersei Lannister House-Lannister-Main-Shield
 
Jaime family tree
Jaime Lannister House-Lannister-Main-Shield
 
S5 Stannis Tree

Stannis Baratheon

Deceased
 
Selyse Baratheon tree
Selyse Baratheon
née Florent Florent shield
Deceased
 
Loras Tree
Loras Tyrell House-Tyrell-Main-Shield
Deceased
 
Renly Tree

Renly Baratheon

Deceased
 
Margaery Tree
Margaery Tyrell House-Tyrell-Main-Shield
Deceased
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gendry tree
Gendry
 
Unknown tree
Various
other bastards

Deceased
 
Barra tree

Barra

Deceased
 
House-Baratheon-of-Kings-Landing-heraldry
Unnamed son
Died in infancy
 
Joffrey tree

Joffrey Baratheon House-Baratheon-of-King's Landing-Main-Shield

Deceased
 
Margaery Tree
Margaery Tyrell House-Tyrell-Main-Shield
Deceased
 
Mycella Season 5 family tree pic

Myrcella Baratheon House-Baratheon-of-King's Landing-Main-Shield

Deceased
 
Trystane Martell family tree

Trystane Martell House-Martell-Main-Shield

Deceased
 
Tommen Baratheon family tree
Tommen Baratheon House-Baratheon-of-King's Landing-Main-Shield
Deceased
 
Margaery Tree
Margaery Tyrell House-Tyrell-Main-Shield
Deceased
 
Tommard tree
Three stillborn sons House-Baratheon-of-Dragonstone-Main-Shield
Deceased
 
Shireen castportal
Shireen Baratheon House-Baratheon-of-Dragonstone-Main-Shield
Deceased
 
 
 
 
 

MaternalEdit

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tytos tree
Tytos Lannister

Deceased
 
House-Marbrand-Square
Jeyne Lannister
née Marbrand
Deceased
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tywin fam tree
Tywin Lannister
Deceased
 
House-Lannister-heraldry
Joanna Lannister
Deceased
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kevan fam tree
Kevan Lannister
Deceased
 
House-Swyft-Square
Dorna Lannister
née Swyft
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Robert tree
Robert Baratheon House-Baratheon-Main-Shield
Deceased
 
Cersei family tree
Cersei Lannister
 
Jaime family tree
Jaime Lannister
 
Unknown tree
Tysha
 
Tyrion family tree
Tyrion Lannister
 
100px-Sansa tree
Sansa Stark House-Stark-Main-Shield
 
Lancel tree
Lancel Lannister Faith-Militant-Main-Shield
Deceased
 
Martyn Lannister tree
Martyn Lannister
Deceased
 
Willem Lannister tree
Willem Lannister
Deceased
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
House-Baratheon-of-Kings-Landing-heraldry
Unnamed son
Died in infancy
 
Joffrey tree

Joffrey Baratheon House-Baratheon-of-King's Landing-Main-Shield

Deceased
 
Margaery Tree
Margaery Tyrell House-Tyrell-Main-Shield
Deceased
 
Mycella Season 5 family tree pic

Myrcella Baratheon House-Baratheon-of-King's Landing-Main-Shield

Deceased
 
Trystane Martell family tree

Trystane Martell House-Martell-Main-Shield

Deceased
 
Tommen Baratheon family tree
Tommen Baratheon House-Baratheon-of-King's Landing-Main-Shield
Deceased
 
Margaery Tree
Margaery Tyrell House-Tyrell-Main-Shield
Deceased
 
 
 

In the booksEdit

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, Cersei never gave birth to any of Robert's children. When Eddard Stark confronts her about the identity of the father of her children, she admits that Jaime is their father, and that she loathed Robert since their first night, for coming to their bed drunk and calling her by Lyanna's name. She also reveals that Robert got her pregnant once, and her brother found a woman that could end the pregnancy. Robert was unaware of both the pregnancy and the abortion.

The TV series invented that Cersei actually had a son with Robert who died in the cradle (apparently to give her a sympathetic scene with Catelyn in the second episode); some viewers wondered if she made the story up to manipulate Catelyn, but later in Season 1 she speaks about the dead baby with Robert himself, which confirms she wasn't lying.

The TV series never mentioned this extra son after Season 1. In subsequent seasons Cersei would refer to Joffrey as her "eldest son", possibly raiding a contradiction. Moreover, in the Season 5 premiere, "The Wars to Come", Maggy's prophecy to young Cersei stated she would have only three children (as it was phrased in the novels). In the novels, however, infant mortality is so high even among the nobility that characters frequently only count the number of their children who survived the cradle. For example, Doran Martell actually had two other brothers before Oberyn was born, but both of them died in the cradle, so they often aren't included in the number of siblings he had.

Writer Bryan Cogman was directly asked about this with regard to Maggy's prophecy, and he indeed confirmed that Cersei's black-haired son with Robert simply isn't included in her "official" count of children because he died in the cradle: "Maggy’s just speaking of the three official kids who lived and were known, etc. The black haired baby was kept quiet."[3]

It is still possible that the writers frequently forgot about this change they introduced in Season 1 - it raises some issues with Joffrey's age - but otherwise it is largely irrelevant to the dialogue about Joffrey being Cersei's "eldest" son, or that she would have "three" children, as it there is an easy explanation to reconcile it. As for Joffrey's age, he is stated to be 17 years old in Season 2, which is also stated to be "18 years" after Robert's Rebellion (meaning he was 16 in Season 1, which was changed to be 17 years after the rebellion instead of 15 as in the books). While stretching the limits of internal consistency, it is still possible that Cersei immediately got pregnant with the black-haired son after marrying Robert at the end of the war, then immediately became pregnant with Joffrey, so two nine-month pregnancies occurred within 18 months/slightly less than two years - which would result in Joffrey still being born in the calendar year after the war ended. It is also possible that the black-haired son died due to being born prematurely, perhaps as early as 32 weeks, giving a few months between the pregnancies. It isn't clear if the writers took into account the previously mentioned black-haired son when they increased Joffrey's age in the TV continuity (in the books, he was born 3 years after the war ended).

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