The Red Keep is the residence of the King of the Andals and the First Men, his family and his court, located within King's Landing, the capital of the Seven Kingdoms. It dominates the skyline of the city, and serves as the city's primary fortress and redoubt.
Located in the southeastern corner of King's Landing, the Red Keep overlooks Blackwater Bay and the Narrow Sea. It is currently the seat of King Joffrey Baratheon, the demise of Robert Baratheon's demise.
The Great Hall
The Great Hall is the massive throne room of the Red Keep and where the Iron Throne stands. The King or his Hand, in case of the latter's absence, holds court and receives petitioners within the Great Hall. It is also employed for official ceremonies.
The Tower of the Hand
Notable residents of the Keep
- King Joffrey of House Baratheon, the First of His Name, King of the Andals and the First Men, Lord of the Seven Kingdoms and Protector of the Realm.
- Lord Tywin Lannister, Lord of Casterly Rock and Warden of the West, Hand of the King and Savior of the City.
- Ser Lancel Lannister, formerly Robert's squire, cousin to the Queen Regent.
- Lady Margaery Tyrell, of House Tyrell, King Joffrey's betrothed. Widow of Renly Baratheon.
- Ser Loras Tyrell, called "the Knight of Flowers", Lady Margaery's brother.
- Lord Petyr Baelish, known as "Littlefinger", the Master of Coin, member of the small council and newly declared Lord of Harrenhal.
- Lothor Brune, a freerider in his service.
- Lord Varys, called "The Spider", the King's Master of Whisperers and a member of the small council.
- Grand Maester Pycelle, the Red Keep's resident healer and king's adviser in matters of science and history, a member of the small council.
- Ser Meryn Trant, a knight of the Kingsguard.
- Ser Preston Greenfield, a knight of the Kingsguard.
- Ser Boros Blount , a knight of the Kingsguard.
- Ser Ilyn Payne, the King's Justice, a mute headsman and executioner.
- Ser Aron Santagar, Master-at-Arms of the Red Keep.
- Lord Gyles Rosby, Lord of Rosby.
- Princess Sansa Stark, a hostage of House Lannister.
- Shae, Sansa's hand maid and Tyrion's lover.
- Dontos Hollard, called "Dontos the Red", a former knight and King Joffrey's new fool.
Behind the scenes
In the books
In the Song of Ice and Fire novels, the Red Keep is a major castle complex located at the south-eastern corner of the city of King's Landing, directly overlooking the Blackwater Rush and Blackwater Bay. It is built atop Aegon's High Hill, the tallest hill of the city, and affords a panoramic view of the rest of the city. It consists of a number of interconnected buildings, such as the main keep, a secondary castle called Maegor's Holdfast and the Tower of the Hand, the seat of the Hand of the King. White Sword Tower is the base of operations for the Kingsguard. The Red Keep is so-named due to the redstone bricks used to build it.
The Red Keep was built approximately three centuries prior to the events of the series and replaced an earlier wooden fort, built by King Aegon I Targaryen where he first set foot on the continent and used as his base of operations in his conquest of Westeros. The construction of the Keep was an immense undertaking, spanning the reign of the first few Targaryen kings, although modifications and additions to the castle have been made ever since.