Riot of King's Landing

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The Hound defends King Joffrey I Baratheon - by Franz Vohwinkel © Fantasy Flight Games
For the riot during the Dance of the Dragons, see Riot of King's Landing (Dance of the Dragons).

The riot of King's Landing is a large riot in the city of King's Landing during the War of the Five Kings. It leaves several notable people dead and burns parts of the city.[1]


The cause of the riot is due to a lack of food and sense of dissatisfaction of the general populace during Tyrion Lannister's preparation for the eventual assault on King's Landing by Stannis Baratheon, a claimant to the Iron Throne. With Lord Mace Tyrell cutting off supplies from the Reach and the riverlands awash in blood, King's Landing is supplied mainly by House Rosby and House Stokeworth, whose lands have been largely untouched by the war.[2] This leads to shortages in most basic foods. Already incensed with King Joffrey I Baratheon's brand of justice, the city is in a bad way when the lords and ladies ride out to the harbor to see Princess Myrcella Baratheon off to Dorne.[1]

The Riot

Sandor Clegane saves Sansa Stark from rioters - by Mathia Arkoniel ©

On the way back to the castle, as the king's party rides up the Hook at the foot of Aegon's High Hill, a woman walks out of the crowd with a dead baby and blocks the way. Sansa Stark encourages the king to win the people by throwing the woman some gold, but the woman ignores the coins as they fell around her and continues to hold the baby before her. Someone throws dung at the king, hitting him squarely in the face. Incensed, Joffrey demands to know the culprit and sends Sandor Clegane in the general direction of where the crowd said he was. This angers the crowd and shouted curses shower down on the party, further inflaming the situation. The crowd begins to move in and soon the party is surrounded and has to fight their way out. When Sandor is unhorsed and vanishes in the crowd, Ser Mandon Moore abandons Sansa to protect Joffrey.[1]

Not all of the party escape the mob. Among those killed are Ser Aron Santagar, Ser Preston Greenfield, and the High Septon. Lollys Stokeworth is raped and Tyrek Lannister disappears. Dozens of smallfolk are killed by the gold cloaks and the knights of the Kingsguard who defend Joffrey.[1]

Even after the king is safely within the walls of the Red Keep, the riot continues. Flea Bottom is set afire.[1] A goldsmith is killed for having a full larder while the city starves, and his manse is burned down.[3] Queen Regent Cersei Lannister orders Ser Boros Blount and Ser Meryn Trant to search for Sansa, but the girl is soon returned to the castle by a wounded Sandor, who chopped off the arm of a man who tried to pull Sansa from her saddle.[1]


Nine gold cloaks are killed and over forty are wounded. However, the smallfolk pay for their attack. By night-time, the fires are out and most of the mobs disperse. There is no improvement in the welfare of the general populace and now a curfew is set in place so that anyone found in the streets after dark is to be killed. Tyrek Lannister remains missing. Lollys has a son, who is subsequently named Tyrion Tanner. Tyrion Lannister has a new High Septon named, and Ser Balon Swann fills Preston Greenfield's place in the Kingsguard.[1]

Ser Jaime Lannister later notes that Varys was not present to see Myrcella off to Dorne, thereby avoiding the riot. He wonders if Varys had agents abduct Tyrek during the riot due to the fact that Tyrek squired for King Robert I Baratheon.[4]

Notable participants




References and Notes

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