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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

  • Elinor Costayne is suspected of murdering her husband, King Maegor I Targaryen, by slashing his wrists on the barbs of the Iron Throne. However, there are other suspects, such as a knight of his Kingsguard or a builder who escaped the slaughter after the completion of the Red Keep, with others believing Maegor committed suicide or was killed by the throne itself due to being such an unfit king.[10]
  • Viserys II Targaryen is suspected of poisoning his own nephew King Baelor I Targaryen. 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.[11][12]

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.[15]

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.[16]

He thrust his longsword through her son's heart, and twisted.[7]

Roose Bolton killing his king, Robb Stark

A crown for Cart King![17]

—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.[18]

Tyrion Lannister, during his trial


  1. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 18, The Iron Captain.
  2. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 22, Arya IV.
  3. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 3, Tyrion I.
  4. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 54, Cersei I.
  5. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 11, Jaime II.
  6. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 68, Sansa VI.
  7. 7.0 7.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 51, Catelyn VII.
  8. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 53, Tyrion VI.
  9. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aenys I.
  10. Fire & Blood, The Sons of the Dragon.
  11. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 59, Sansa IV.
  12. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Baelor I.
  13. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Viserys II.
  14. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 51, Jon VI.
  15. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 39, Eddard X.
  16. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 57, Sansa V.
  17. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 46, Daenerys V.
  18. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 66, Tyrion IX.