Shireen Baratheon

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Shireen Baratheon
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Shireen Baratheon by Amok©
Shireen Baratheon by Amok©

Title Princess
Allegiance House Baratheon of Dragonstone
Born In 289 AC[1], at Dragonstone[2]
Book(s) A Game of Thrones (appendix)
A Clash of Kings (appears)
A Storm of Swords (appears)
A Feast for Crows (mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (appears)

Played by Kerry Ingram
TV series Season 3 | Season 4 | Season 5

Shireen Baratheon is a member of House Baratheon of Dragonstone and is the daughter and only child of Lord Stannis Baratheon and Lady Selyse Florent.[3] In the television adaptation Game of Thrones she is portrayed by Kerry Ingram.

Appearance and Character

See also: Images of Shireen Baratheon

Shireen is regarded as a sweet child, but she is not considered pretty. She has blue eyes, but inherited both her father's square, jutting jaw and her mother's large ears.[4] Greyscale has left half of her left cheek and most of her neck covered in cracked and flaking, gray and black skin, which is stony to the touch. When introduced in A Song of Ice and Fire she is nine years old.[5]


When Shireen was an infant, she suffered from greyscale. The disease almost killed her, and left her disfigured.[5]

As the daughter and heir of Stannis, Shireen resides in Dragonstone and is educated by Maester Cressen. She is usually seen in the company of Patchface, their mad, broken fool she calls "Patches", though his ravings sometimes frighten her.[5]

Recent Events

A Clash of Kings

Shireen playing with Patches - by M.Luisa Giliberti ©
Princess Shireen - by Sara Biddle ©

Shireen is on Dragonstone with her father and mother. Maester Cressen pities the sad looking child.[5]

In retaliation for Stannis writing a letter to the lords of the Seven Kingdoms informing them that Joffrey, Myrcella and Tommen Baratheon are the offspring of incest between Cersei and Jaime Lannister, the small council under Tyrion Lannister discusses schemes to spread rumors that Shireen is not Stannis's child, expecting that this would hurt Stannis's sense of honor. These schemes involve attempts to make use of Shireen's looks. While Tyrion proposes that Axell Florent could be claimed to be the father of his niece Selyse's daughter because she has big Florent ears, Petyr Baelish prevails with his suggestion that Patchface being the father of Shireen would make for a more juicy tale, referring to them looking somewhat alike with their speckled, half-frozen faces and also to the fool being close to the girl. The rumor, strongly supported by Cersei, is meant to be spread via prostitutes in Petyr Baelish's brothels and with the help of Varys through alehouses and pot-shops.[6]

A Storm of Swords

Shireen Baratheon © FFG

With Stannis having declared himself king, Shireen is now referred to as a princess.[7] She often plays with her cousin, Edric Storm, in Aegon's Garden at Dragonstone and grows very fond of him. Davos Seaworth notes Shireen is much happier around Edric.[8] Shireen, Edric, and Devan Seaworth learn from Maester Pylos.[4]

While attempting to bring peace between Stannis and King Joffrey I Baratheon, Lord Alester Florent suggests that Shireen be betrothed to Joffrey's younger brother, Tommen. Alester is imprisoned for negotiating with Stannis's enemies without his approval.[9]

Stannis's army and retinue leaves for the Wall to respond to the wildling threat. He leaves Shireen at Eastwatch-by-the-Sea with her mother, while his army marches to Castle Black.[10]

A Dance with Dragons

Shireen, her mother Selyse, and her fool friend Patches are brought to Castle Black, where the girl is intrigued by the giant Wun Wun.[11]

After Alys Karstark marries Sigorn of the Thenns, Shireen dances with Ser Brus Buckler during the wedding feast.[12]

Val of the free folk is frightened of Shireen due to her appearance with greyscale and tells Jon Snow the child is not clean and should be killed. Jon, the Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, is horrified by Val's statement and is grateful that Selyse and her queen's men did not hear it.[13]

Quotes by Shireen

I had bad dreams. About the dragons. They were coming to eat me.[5]
- Shireen to Cressen

Wun Wun: Kneel queen. Little queen.

Shireen: He's a giant! A real true giant, like from the stories. But why does he talk so funny?
Jon: He only knows a few words of the Common Tongue as yet. In their own land, giants speak the Old Tongue.[11]

Wun Wun, Shireen, and Jon Snow

Quotes about Shireen

Her name was Shireen. She would be ten on her next name day, and she was the saddest child that Maester Cressen had ever known.[5]
- thoughts of Cressen

This is the king's true heir. Shireen will one day sit the Iron Throne and rule the Seven Kingdoms.[11]
- Selyse Florent to Jon Snow

The child is not clean.[13]
Val, on Shireen's greyscale


Robert I
Renly I
Stannis I
Joffrey I
Tommen I
9 Others

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