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The Massacre in King's Landing was an event during the War of the Five Kings. Acting on King Joffrey's orders, the City Watch of King's Landing led by Lord Commander Janos Slynt tracks down and murders all of the bastard offspring of the late King Robert Baratheon.
In the booksEdit
In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, the massacre of Robert Baratheon's bastards is ordered by Queen Regent Cersei Lannister (not Joffrey) shortly before the arrival of Tyrion Lannister the capital. This was not the first time Cersei ordered the death of a bastard child of her husband; according to Littlefinger, a pair of twins Robert fathered on a servant at Casterly Rock had previously been murdered (it is unknown if the story is true).
Barra is the only one reported to die in the books, while in the show at least four others of Robert's bastards were killed too.