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| Family=[[Stannis Baratheon]] - father<br>[[Selyse Florent]] - mother<br>[[Petyr Baratheon]] - brother (stillborn)<br>[[Tommard Baratheon]] - brother (stillborn)<br>[[Edric Baratheon]] - brother (stillborn)<br>[[Robert Baratheon]] - uncle (deceased)<br>[[Renly Baratheon]] - uncle (deceased)<br>[[Steffon Baratheon]] - grandfather (deceased)<br>[[Cassana Baratheon]] - grandmother (deceased)<br>[[Imry Florent]] - uncle<br>[[Gendry]] - bastard cousin<br>[[Barra]] - bastard cousin (deceased)
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| Family=[[Stannis Baratheon]] - father<br>[[Selyse Florent]] - mother<br>{[[Petyr Baratheon]]} - stillborn brother<br>{[[Tommard Baratheon]]} - stillborn brother<br>{[[Edric Baratheon]]} - stillborn brother<br>{[[Robert Baratheon]]} - uncle<br>{[[Renly Baratheon]]} - uncle<br>{[[Steffon Baratheon]]} - grandfather<br>{[[Cassana Baratheon]]} - grandmother<br>{[[Axell Florent]]} - uncle<br>[[Imry Florent]] - uncle<br>[[Cersei Lannister]] - aunt<br>[[Margaery Tyrell]] - aunt by marriage<br>[[Gendry]] - bastard first cousin<br>[[Samwell Tarly]] - second cousin<br>{[[Joffrey Baratheon]]} - alledged cousin<br>[[Myrcella Baratheon]] - alledged cousin<br>[[Tommen Baratheon]] - alledged cousin| Actor=[[Kerry Ingram]]|Age = Approx. 14 in Season 4<ref>Shireen is the same age as Arya Stark in the books. Arya was aged-up by two years in the TV continuity to be 11 in Season 1, and thus 14 in Season 4, meaning that unless Shireen's relative age was also altered, she is also 14 in Season 4.</ref>|Appearances = 3 episodes <small>[[#Appearances|(see below)]]</small>|Culture = [[Andal]]}}
| Actor=[[Kerry Ingram]]|Appearances = 1 episodes <small>[[#Appearances|(see below)]]</small>}}
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{{Quote|My books are better than these boring scrolls.|[[Shireen Baratheon]]|Mhysa}}
{{Quote|- I disobeyed my King, your father, and now I'm paying the price.<br>- I don't care, you're my friend.|Davos Seaworth and Princess Shireen|Kissed by Fire}}
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Princess '''Shireen Baratheon''' is a recurring character in the [[Season 3|third]] and [[Season 4|fourth]] seasons. She is played by [[Kerry Ingram]] and debuts in "[[Kissed by Fire]]". Shireen is the daughter and only child of [[Stannis Baratheon|Stannis]] and [[Selyse Baratheon]].
'''Shireen Baratheon''' is a character in the [[Season 3|third season]]. She is played by [[Kerry Ingram]]. Princess Shireen is the only daughter of [[Stannis Baratheon|Stannis]] and [[Selyse Baratheon]].
 
   
 
==Biography==
 
==Biography==
 
===Background===
 
===Background===
She is the daughter of [[Stannis Baratheon|Stannis]] and [[Selyse Baratheon]]. Her father Stannis is the head of [[House Baratheon of Dragonstone]] and has declared himself [[King on the Iron Throne]]. She is Stannis' only child and heir. She is the same age as [[Arya Stark]]. She has three older brothers, who were stillborn.
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Shireen is the daughter of [[Stannis Baratheon|Stannis]] and [[Selyse Baratheon]]. Her father is the head of [[House Baratheon of Dragonstone]] and has declared himself [[King on the Iron Throne]]. Shireen is Stannis's only child and heir. She is the same age as [[Arya Stark]]. She had three older brothers, who were stillborn.
   
 
The left side of her face is scarred by [[greyscale|Greyscale]].
 
The left side of her face is scarred by [[greyscale|Greyscale]].
   
==[[Season 3]]==
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Shireen was not born a princess, but was born into a powerful noble family. She only recently became a princess, after her father declared himself king upon her uncle King Robert's death.
Having ignored Selyse and Shireen for several months, Stannis pays them a visit sometime after [[Melisandre]]'s departure from [[Dragonstone]] to gather power on the mainland. Selyse tries to dissuade Stannis from seeing Shireen, but he angrily insists upon seeing his daughter. Whilst telling her of the disaster at Blackwater Bay, Shireen asks after [[Davos Seaworth]], calling him by his traditional soubriquet, "The Onion Knight". Stannis gently explains that he is a traitor and is in the dungeon, a notion which distresses the young princess. Advising her to forget her friend, Stannis departs. Later that night, Shireen sneaks out of her tower and into the dungeon to see Davos. She demonstrates knowledge of the guards and their habits, making sure to visit when the gaoler, a known drunk, is on duty. Shireen brings Davos a book about [[Aegon the Conqueror]] to pass the time, but the Onion Knight admits he cannot read. Shireen takes this in stride and begins to teach him through the bars of his cell.<ref>''[[Kissed by Fire]]''</ref>
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===[[Season 3]]===
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Having ignored Selyse and Shireen for several months, Stannis pays them a visit sometime after [[Melisandre]]'s departure from [[Dragonstone]] to gather power on the mainland. Selyse tries to dissuade Stannis from seeing Shireen, but he angrily insists upon seeing his daughter. Whilst telling her of the disaster at Blackwater Bay, Shireen asks after [[Davos Seaworth]], calling him by his traditional soubriquet, "The Onion Knight". Stannis gently explains that he is a traitor and is in the dungeon, a notion which distresses the young princess. Advising her to forget her friend, Stannis departs. Later that night, Shireen sneaks out of her tower and into the dungeon to see Davos. She demonstrates knowledge of the guards and their habits, making sure to visit when the gaoler, a known drunk, is on duty. Shireen brings Davos a book about [[Aegon the Conqueror]] to pass the time, but the Onion Knight admits he cannot read. Shireen takes this in stride and begins to teach him through the bars of his cell.<ref>"[[Kissed by Fire]]"</ref>
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Following Ser Davos's release, he spends time with Shireen. She implores him to read more of Aegon's exploits rather than sort through Stannis's correspondence, which consists mostly of invitations to attend social events thrown by his few remaining bannermen, including the nameday celebration of one of Shireen's [[Rylene Florent|Florent cousins]] . When a confused Davos asks why there is a "G" in the word "night", Shireen shrugs off the unusual spelling.<ref>"[[Mhysa]]"</ref>
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===​[[Season 4]]===
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Selyse fears for Shireen's soul, saying that she is stubborn, sinful and sullen. She expresses a desire to strike her with a rod, which Stannis forbids. Selyse suggests that [[Melisandre]] speak to Shireen. Melisandre goes to visit her and Shireen makes clear her disapproval of Melisandre burning people, including her uncle Ser [[Axell Florent]]. Melisandre tells her that the tales told in the ''[[Seven-Pointed Star]]'' are lies and fables and that the only true gods are [[R'hllor]] and the [[Great Other]], with the only hell being the one they live in now.<ref>"[[The Lion and the Rose]]"</ref>
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==Appearances==
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{{Season Three Appearances|5=yes|10=yes}}
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{{Season Four Appearances|2=yes|3=yes}}
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==Image Gallery==
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Shireen visits Davos Kissed by Fire.jpg|Shireen with Davos in the dungeons
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==Family tree==
 
==Family tree==
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===Paternal family===
 
{{House Baratheon family tree}}
 
{{House Baratheon family tree}}
   
==Appearances==
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===Maternal family===
{{Season Three Appearances|5=yes}}
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{{House Florent family tree}}
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==Quotes==
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{{Dialogue a-b|Davos Seaworth|I disobeyed my King, your father, and now I'm paying the price.|Shireen Baratheon|I don't care, you're my friend.|Shireen's loyalty|Kissed by Fire}}
   
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
Her inclusion in the TV series was uncertain; She appeared in the first season [[House Baratheon]] family tree issued by HBO and was then removed from the second season family tree. However, she was confirmed as a role for the [[Season 3|third season]].<ref>[http://winteriscoming.net/2012/05/ew-scoop-on-s3-the-reeds-are-in-and-so-is-blackfish/ Winter is Coming.net article on season 3 roles]</ref> Child actress [[Kerry Ingram]] later tweeted that she had got the part.<ref>http://www.spoilertv.com/2012/06/game-of-thrones-season-3-shireen.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=tumblr</ref>
 
Her inclusion in the TV series was uncertain; She appeared in the first season [[House Baratheon]] family tree issued by HBO and was then removed from the second season family tree. However, she was confirmed as a role for the [[Season 3|third season]].<ref>[http://winteriscoming.net/2012/05/ew-scoop-on-s3-the-reeds-are-in-and-so-is-blackfish/ Winter is Coming.net article on season 3 roles]</ref> Child actress [[Kerry Ingram]] later tweeted that she had got the part.<ref>http://www.spoilertv.com/2012/06/game-of-thrones-season-3-shireen.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=tumblr</ref>
   
Shireen has the characteristic Baratheon features of dark hair and blue eyes. In the books, this means that her hair color is outright black, but in the TV series it is a lighter shade closer to dark brown. This might be due to the fact that actress Kerry Ingram is actually a natural blonde, and it was decided that dyeing her hair completely black looked too artificial. This is similar to how [[Tyrion Lannister]] in the books has the same golden-blonde hair as his siblings, but because actor [[Peter Dinklage]] has black hair in real life, dyeing it to this color didn't match the actor very well, so the makeup team soon switched Tyrion's hair color in the TV series to more of a dirty blonde (Tyrion's original golden-blonde hair can be briefly glimpsed in a few scenes in the first episode of the series).
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As writer [[Bryan Cogman]] explained, the production team wasn't sure in Season 2 if they would eventually be able to include Shireen in the TV series. Thus a considerable amount of thought actually went into Melisandre's line in "[[The Night Lands]]" that Stannis has "no ''sons''", because they wanted to leave their options open to later say that he does have a daughter:
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:"At that point, we honestly didn't know if we would include Shireen or not — we never know how many characters this show can handle so we sometimes hedge one way or the other. So we made it clear that Selyse had given Stannis "no sons", leaving the door open for Shireen if we needed her."<ref>[http://www.westeros.org/GoT/Features/Entry/Season_3_Interview_Bryan_Cogman Westeros.org,] Season 3 Interview: Bryan Cogman.</ref>
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Shireen has the characteristic Baratheon features of dark hair and blue eyes. In the books, this means that her hair color is outright black, but in the TV series it is a lighter shade closer to dark brown. This might be due to the fact that actress Kerry Ingram is actually a natural blonde, and it was decided that dyeing her hair completely black looked too artificial. This is similar to how [[Tyrion Lannister]] in the books has the same golden-blonde hair as his siblings, but because actor [[Peter Dinklage]] has black hair in real life, dyeing it to this color didn't match the actor very well, so the makeup team soon switched Tyrion's hair color in the TV series to more of a dirty blonde (Tyrion's original golden-blonde hair can be briefly glimpsed in a few scenes in the first episode of the series).
   
 
==In the books==
 
==In the books==
In the ''[[A Song of Ice and Fire]]'' novels, Shireen is the daughter of Stannis Baratheon and Selyse Florent. She is described as a sad, sweet and gentle child, far from pretty. She inherited the unattractive features of both the Baratheons and Florents: the square jutting jaw of her father, and the large ears of her mother. When she was an infant she contracted the dreaded disease known as Greyscale, which is usually fatal. It nearly killed her, but she survived, however it horribly disfigured her: it left a swath of flesh on her left cheek and neck visibly dead, grey and flaking. As a result - and possibly also her parents' relatively unloving marriage - she became a sullen and quiet girl, withdrawn around all except for the castle's court jester Patchface and her cousin Edric Storm.
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In the ''[[A Song of Ice and Fire]]'' novels, Shireen is the daughter of Stannis Baratheon and Selyse Florent. She is described as a sad, sweet, and gentle child, far from pretty. She inherited the unattractive features of both the Baratheons and Florents: the square jutting jaw of her father, and the large ears of her mother. When she was an infant she contracted the dreaded disease known as Greyscale, which is usually fatal. It nearly killed her, but she survived, however it horribly disfigured her: it left a swath of flesh on her left cheek and neck visibly dead, grey and flaking. As a result - and possibly also her parents' relatively unloving marriage - she became a sullen and quiet girl, withdrawn around all except for the castle's court jester Patchface and her cousin Edric Storm.
   
The TV series' official description of Shireen describes her as escaping her lonely life through stories in books. Shireen isn't described as a shy bookworm type in the books, however this is in keeping with how the books describe her as withdrawn and lonely. Shireen isn't a POV character in the books and hasn't received much focus so far, so the TV series is rounding out her character much as it did characters in Season 2 who weren't POV characters in those parts of the books, such as [[Margaery Tyrell]].
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Shireen was not born a princess, though she was born into a powerful noble family. When she first appears in the Prologue of the second novel, Maester [[Cressen]] thinks to himself that the castle staff have only recently begun referring to her as "princess" - ever since Stannis declared himself king as Robert's lawful heir. He notes, however, that everyone including Shireen picked up using the new title very quickly.
   
Shireen, like her father, has some Targaryen blood. [[Steffon Baratheon]], father of Robert, Stannis, and Renly, was the son of King Aerys II Targaryen's aunt Rhaelle Targaryen, thus he was Aerys' first cousin. Robert, Stannis, and Renly are actually second cousins to [[Rhaegar Targaryen]] as well as [[Daenerys Targaryen]]. Thus Shireen is the second cousin once removed of Daenerys. This might be moved around somewhat in the TV continuity, which removed Aerys II's father Jaehaerys II, who had a brief rule and died young - to simplify his relationship with [[Aemon Targaryen]].
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Because her uncle Renly died without issue, and her uncle King Robert died without any legitimate children (only [[Bastard|bastards]]), Shireen is the only remaining legitimate Baratheon heir, after her father Stannis. Robert did have one acknowledged bastard, Edric Storm, but he has been cut from the TV series (parts of his storyline, being taken to Dragonstone, were assumed by Robert's other bastard son [[Gendry]]). Robert had several other unacknowledged bastards (i.e. Gendry) but they would be considered even further behind in the line of succession, if at all.
   
Stannis' opinion of Shireen is ambiguous. Certainly, he is as distant from his family as he is everyone else around him. Stannis is also deeply troubled by the fact that he has no male heir to carry on the Baratheon dynasty, thus Shireen doesn't seem to be very valuable to him. On the other hand, Stannis has remarked in the books that should he ever die in the war, he expects his soldiers to keep fighting to put Shireen on the throne.
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Shireen, like her father, has some Targaryen blood. [[Steffon Baratheon]], father of Robert, Stannis, and Renly, was the son of King Aerys II Targaryen's aunt Rhaelle Targaryen, thus he was Aerys's first cousin. Robert, Stannis, and Renly are actually second cousins to [[Rhaegar Targaryen]] as well as [[Daenerys Targaryen]]. Thus Shireen is the second cousin once removed of Daenerys. This might be moved around somewhat in the TV continuity, which removed Aerys II's father Jaehaerys II, who had a brief rule and died young - to simplify his relationship with [[Aemon Targaryen]]. Centuries of heavy inbreeding resulted in every other Targaryen [[Targaryen madness|suffering from insanity]], but apparently also preserved the ability in their bloodline to interact with dragons and to experience prophetic visions and dreams. Shireen might have inherited some of these abilities, as she mentions that she frequently has dreams about dragons (despite having never seen a live one), though this might just be because she is an imaginative little girl who grew up in a castle filled with dragon-shaped statues and gargoyles.
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Stannis's relationship with Shireen is ambiguous. Certainly, he is as distant from his family as he is everyone else around him. Stannis is also somewhat troubled that he has no male heir to carry on the Baratheon dynasty - which is a serious concern in the male-line inheritance system of the Seven Kingdoms, as there are those who would opportunistically challenge succession through a daughter. On the other hand, Stannis has remarked in the books that should he ever die in the war, he expects his soldiers to keep fighting to put Shireen on the throne.
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Indeed, once Stannis realized that his wife would bear him no new children and Shireen was his only heir, he sought to ensure that she be properly educated to rule in her own right someday. Most girls in noble families of the Seven Kingdoms are given an education that primarily focuses on being groomed to be a wife and mother to a major lord, i.e. learning how to sow, sing, pray, and curtsey (they are also taught mathematics, because a lord's wife is expected to administer his household). Stannis, however, ordered Shireen's instructors to focus on matters relating to good governance: geography, history, religion, and classical literature have been specifically mentioned as topics she studies, and she is an avid reader. In many ways, Shireen is receiving a more thorough education than Catelyn Tully or Cersei Lannister did. After Robert died, this only increased her father's determination that Shireen should be prepared to be a Ruling Queen. This is in complete contrast with how Cersei indulged Joffrey and ignored his education, resulting in him being a dangerously incompetent ruler.
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The TV series's official description of Shireen describes her as escaping her lonely life through stories in books. Shireen isn't described as a shy bookworm type in the books, however this is in keeping with how the books describe her as withdrawn and lonely. Shireen isn't a POV character in the books and hasn't received much focus so far, so the TV series is rounding out her character much as it did characters in Season 2 who weren't POV characters in those parts of the books, such as [[Margaery Tyrell]].
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Writer [[Bryan Cogman]] explained that the TV series changed the attitude of Shireen's mother Selyse towards her somewhat, making Selyse explicitly resent Shireen as a living reminder that she was unable to provide Stannis with a son:
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:"Now, with Shireen — she's essentially the Shireen from the books. The main difference is Selyse's attitude towards her is a bit different. She has a more overt hatred and resentment of her — she wanted to give Stannis sons, not a deformed daughter."<ref>[http://www.westeros.org/GoT/Features/Entry/Season_3_Interview_Bryan_Cogman Westeros.org,] Season 3 Interview: Bryan Cogman.</ref>
   
 
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==See also==
 
==See also==
* [http://awoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/Shireen_Baratheon Shireen Baratheon at A Wiki of Ice and Fire] (MAJOR spoilers from the books)
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{Robert Baratheon} - uncle
{Renly Baratheon} - uncle
{Steffon Baratheon} - grandfather
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{Axell Florent} - uncle
Imry Florent - uncle
Cersei Lannister - aunt
Margaery Tyrell - aunt by marriage
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"My books are better than these boring scrolls."
Shireen Baratheon[src]

Princess Shireen Baratheon is a recurring character in the third and fourth seasons. She is played by Kerry Ingram and debuts in "Kissed by Fire". Shireen is the daughter and only child of Stannis and Selyse Baratheon.

BiographyEdit

BackgroundEdit

Shireen is the daughter of Stannis and Selyse Baratheon. Her father is the head of House Baratheon of Dragonstone and has declared himself King on the Iron Throne. Shireen is Stannis's only child and heir. She is the same age as Arya Stark. She had three older brothers, who were stillborn.

The left side of her face is scarred by Greyscale.

Shireen was not born a princess, but was born into a powerful noble family. She only recently became a princess, after her father declared himself king upon her uncle King Robert's death.

Season 3Edit

Having ignored Selyse and Shireen for several months, Stannis pays them a visit sometime after Melisandre's departure from Dragonstone to gather power on the mainland. Selyse tries to dissuade Stannis from seeing Shireen, but he angrily insists upon seeing his daughter. Whilst telling her of the disaster at Blackwater Bay, Shireen asks after Davos Seaworth, calling him by his traditional soubriquet, "The Onion Knight". Stannis gently explains that he is a traitor and is in the dungeon, a notion which distresses the young princess. Advising her to forget her friend, Stannis departs. Later that night, Shireen sneaks out of her tower and into the dungeon to see Davos. She demonstrates knowledge of the guards and their habits, making sure to visit when the gaoler, a known drunk, is on duty. Shireen brings Davos a book about Aegon the Conqueror to pass the time, but the Onion Knight admits he cannot read. Shireen takes this in stride and begins to teach him through the bars of his cell.[2]

Following Ser Davos's release, he spends time with Shireen. She implores him to read more of Aegon's exploits rather than sort through Stannis's correspondence, which consists mostly of invitations to attend social events thrown by his few remaining bannermen, including the nameday celebration of one of Shireen's Florent cousins . When a confused Davos asks why there is a "G" in the word "night", Shireen shrugs off the unusual spelling.[3]

Season 4Edit

Selyse fears for Shireen's soul, saying that she is stubborn, sinful and sullen. She expresses a desire to strike her with a rod, which Stannis forbids. Selyse suggests that Melisandre speak to Shireen. Melisandre goes to visit her and Shireen makes clear her disapproval of Melisandre burning people, including her uncle Ser Axell Florent. Melisandre tells her that the tales told in the Seven-Pointed Star are lies and fables and that the only true gods are R'hllor and the Great Other, with the only hell being the one they live in now.[4]

AppearancesEdit

Season Three appearances
Valar Dohaeris Dark Wings, Dark Words Walk of Punishment And Now His Watch is Ended Kissed by Fire
The Climb The Bear and the Maiden Fair Second Sons The Rains of Castamere Mhysa
Season Four appearances
Two Swords The Lion and the Rose Breaker of Chains Oathkeeper First of His Name
The Laws of Gods and Men Mockingbird The Mountain and the Viper The Watchers on the Wall The Children

Image GalleryEdit

Family treeEdit

Paternal familyEdit

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Baratheon
Steffon Baratheon
Deceased
 
Baratheon
Cassana Baratheon
née Estermont
Deceased
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Unknown tree
Various women
 
Robert tree

Robert Baratheon

Deceased
 
Cersei tree
Cersei Baratheon
née Lannister Lannister-small
 
100px-Jaime tree
Jaime Lannister Lannister-small
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stannis Tree
Stannis Baratheon
 
Lady Baratheon tree
Selyse Baratheon
née Florent Florent-small
 
Loras Tree
Loras Tyrell Tyrell-small
 
Renly Tree

Renly Baratheon Renly icon

Deceased
 
Margaery Tree
Margaery Baratheon
née Tyrell Tyrell-small
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gendry tree
Gendry
 
Unknown tree
Various
other bastards
 
KL baratheon sigil
Unnamed son Joff icon
Died in infancy
 
Joffrey tree

Joffrey Baratheon Joff icon

Deceased
 
Margaery Tree
Margaery Baratheon
née Tyrell Tyrell-small
 
Myrcella Baratheon Family Tree
Myrcella Baratheon Joff icon
 
House-Martell-heraldry
Trystane Martell Martell-small
 
Tommen Baratheon family tree
Tommen Baratheon Joff icon
 
Tommard tree
Three stillborn sons Stannis icon
Deceased
 
Shireen tree
Shireen Baratheon Stannis icon
 
 
 
 

Maternal familyEdit

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Alester Florent
 
Florent Sigil
Melara Florent
 
Florent Sigil
Ryam Florent
Deceased
 
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QuotesEdit

Davos Seaworth: "I disobeyed my King, your father, and now I'm paying the price."
Shireen Baratheon: "I don't care, you're my friend."
— Shireen's loyalty[src]

Behind the scenesEdit

Her inclusion in the TV series was uncertain; She appeared in the first season House Baratheon family tree issued by HBO and was then removed from the second season family tree. However, she was confirmed as a role for the third season.[5] Child actress Kerry Ingram later tweeted that she had got the part.[6]

As writer Bryan Cogman explained, the production team wasn't sure in Season 2 if they would eventually be able to include Shireen in the TV series. Thus a considerable amount of thought actually went into Melisandre's line in "The Night Lands" that Stannis has "no sons", because they wanted to leave their options open to later say that he does have a daughter:

"At that point, we honestly didn't know if we would include Shireen or not — we never know how many characters this show can handle so we sometimes hedge one way or the other. So we made it clear that Selyse had given Stannis "no sons", leaving the door open for Shireen if we needed her."[7]

Shireen has the characteristic Baratheon features of dark hair and blue eyes. In the books, this means that her hair color is outright black, but in the TV series it is a lighter shade closer to dark brown. This might be due to the fact that actress Kerry Ingram is actually a natural blonde, and it was decided that dyeing her hair completely black looked too artificial. This is similar to how Tyrion Lannister in the books has the same golden-blonde hair as his siblings, but because actor Peter Dinklage has black hair in real life, dyeing it to this color didn't match the actor very well, so the makeup team soon switched Tyrion's hair color in the TV series to more of a dirty blonde (Tyrion's original golden-blonde hair can be briefly glimpsed in a few scenes in the first episode of the series).

In the booksEdit

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, Shireen is the daughter of Stannis Baratheon and Selyse Florent. She is described as a sad, sweet, and gentle child, far from pretty. She inherited the unattractive features of both the Baratheons and Florents: the square jutting jaw of her father, and the large ears of her mother. When she was an infant she contracted the dreaded disease known as Greyscale, which is usually fatal. It nearly killed her, but she survived, however it horribly disfigured her: it left a swath of flesh on her left cheek and neck visibly dead, grey and flaking. As a result - and possibly also her parents' relatively unloving marriage - she became a sullen and quiet girl, withdrawn around all except for the castle's court jester Patchface and her cousin Edric Storm.

Shireen was not born a princess, though she was born into a powerful noble family. When she first appears in the Prologue of the second novel, Maester Cressen thinks to himself that the castle staff have only recently begun referring to her as "princess" - ever since Stannis declared himself king as Robert's lawful heir. He notes, however, that everyone including Shireen picked up using the new title very quickly.

Because her uncle Renly died without issue, and her uncle King Robert died without any legitimate children (only bastards), Shireen is the only remaining legitimate Baratheon heir, after her father Stannis. Robert did have one acknowledged bastard, Edric Storm, but he has been cut from the TV series (parts of his storyline, being taken to Dragonstone, were assumed by Robert's other bastard son Gendry). Robert had several other unacknowledged bastards (i.e. Gendry) but they would be considered even further behind in the line of succession, if at all.

Shireen, like her father, has some Targaryen blood. Steffon Baratheon, father of Robert, Stannis, and Renly, was the son of King Aerys II Targaryen's aunt Rhaelle Targaryen, thus he was Aerys's first cousin. Robert, Stannis, and Renly are actually second cousins to Rhaegar Targaryen as well as Daenerys Targaryen. Thus Shireen is the second cousin once removed of Daenerys. This might be moved around somewhat in the TV continuity, which removed Aerys II's father Jaehaerys II, who had a brief rule and died young - to simplify his relationship with Aemon Targaryen. Centuries of heavy inbreeding resulted in every other Targaryen suffering from insanity, but apparently also preserved the ability in their bloodline to interact with dragons and to experience prophetic visions and dreams. Shireen might have inherited some of these abilities, as she mentions that she frequently has dreams about dragons (despite having never seen a live one), though this might just be because she is an imaginative little girl who grew up in a castle filled with dragon-shaped statues and gargoyles.

Stannis's relationship with Shireen is ambiguous. Certainly, he is as distant from his family as he is everyone else around him. Stannis is also somewhat troubled that he has no male heir to carry on the Baratheon dynasty - which is a serious concern in the male-line inheritance system of the Seven Kingdoms, as there are those who would opportunistically challenge succession through a daughter. On the other hand, Stannis has remarked in the books that should he ever die in the war, he expects his soldiers to keep fighting to put Shireen on the throne.

Indeed, once Stannis realized that his wife would bear him no new children and Shireen was his only heir, he sought to ensure that she be properly educated to rule in her own right someday. Most girls in noble families of the Seven Kingdoms are given an education that primarily focuses on being groomed to be a wife and mother to a major lord, i.e. learning how to sow, sing, pray, and curtsey (they are also taught mathematics, because a lord's wife is expected to administer his household). Stannis, however, ordered Shireen's instructors to focus on matters relating to good governance: geography, history, religion, and classical literature have been specifically mentioned as topics she studies, and she is an avid reader. In many ways, Shireen is receiving a more thorough education than Catelyn Tully or Cersei Lannister did. After Robert died, this only increased her father's determination that Shireen should be prepared to be a Ruling Queen. This is in complete contrast with how Cersei indulged Joffrey and ignored his education, resulting in him being a dangerously incompetent ruler.

The TV series's official description of Shireen describes her as escaping her lonely life through stories in books. Shireen isn't described as a shy bookworm type in the books, however this is in keeping with how the books describe her as withdrawn and lonely. Shireen isn't a POV character in the books and hasn't received much focus so far, so the TV series is rounding out her character much as it did characters in Season 2 who weren't POV characters in those parts of the books, such as Margaery Tyrell.

Writer Bryan Cogman explained that the TV series changed the attitude of Shireen's mother Selyse towards her somewhat, making Selyse explicitly resent Shireen as a living reminder that she was unable to provide Stannis with a son:

"Now, with Shireen — she's essentially the Shireen from the books. The main difference is Selyse's attitude towards her is a bit different. She has a more overt hatred and resentment of her — she wanted to give Stannis sons, not a deformed daughter."[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Shireen is the same age as Arya Stark in the books. Arya was aged-up by two years in the TV continuity to be 11 in Season 1, and thus 14 in Season 4, meaning that unless Shireen's relative age was also altered, she is also 14 in Season 4.
  2. "Kissed by Fire"
  3. "Mhysa"
  4. "The Lion and the Rose"
  5. Winter is Coming.net article on season 3 roles
  6. http://www.spoilertv.com/2012/06/game-of-thrones-season-3-shireen.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=tumblr
  7. Westeros.org, Season 3 Interview: Bryan Cogman.
  8. Westeros.org, Season 3 Interview: Bryan Cogman.

See alsoEdit

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Lord: King Stannis Baratheon Heir: Princess Shireen Baratheon House-Baratheon-of-Dragonstone-heraldry
Seat: Dragonstone Lands: Blackwater Bay and the Stormlands
Title(s): Lord of Dragonstone
Current members:Queen Selyse Florent
Household:{Maester Cressen} · Lady Melisandre · {Lord Axell Florent} · Ser Davos Seaworth · Ser Imry Florent · {Matthos Seaworth} · Bert

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