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King Joffrey Baratheon dies of poison. © Josu Hernaiz

Kingslaying is the act of killing one's own king, breaking their vows of allegiance to him. In Westeros, kingslaying is condemned as an extremely vile act, especially when committed by someone sworn to protect them, as is the case with the Kingsguard.

It should not be confused with killing a king to which one has no allegiance, which is another form of regicide.

People accused, suspected or known to have committed regicide



  • Khal Drogo kills Viserys Targaryen by upending a pot of molten gold over his head. The gold is meant to signify the crown Viserys demanded of him.

Historical people suspected of regicide

  • Viserys II Targaryen was suspected of poisoning his own nephew King Baelor the Blessed. However, the evidence on this is dubious, and it appears most likely that Viserys was innocent of this charge and Baelor died of excessive fasting.[9][10]

Known or suspected victims of kingslaying



Quotes about regicide

Eddard: “When King’s Landing fell, Ser Jaime slew your king with a golden sword, and I wondered where you were.”

Gerold: “Far away, or Aerys would yet sit the Iron Throne, and our false brother would burn in seven hells.”[13]

- Eddard Stark and Ser Gerold Hightower right before fighting to the death.

The Kingslayer. The false knight who profaned his blade with the blood of the king he had sworn to defend.”[14]
- Barristan Selmy

He thrust his longsword through her son’s heart, and twisted. ... “Jaime Lannister sends his regards.”[7]
- Roose Bolton when killing his king.

“A crown for Cart King!” [15]
- Khal Drogo

“Joffrey was cruel and stupid, but I did not kill him. Have my head of if you like, I had no hand in my nephew's death.” [16]
- Tyrion Lannister, during his trial.

References and Notes

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