|Reign||300 AC - Current ruler|
|Full name||Tommen Baratheon the First of His Name|
|Predecessor||Joffrey I Baratheon|
|Heir||Myrcella Baratheon (heiress presumptive)|
|Born||In 291 AC (age 8), at King's Landing|
Callum Wharry ~ Seasons 1-2|
Dean-Charles Chapman ~ 4-6
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Season 1 | 2 | 4 | 5 | 6
Prince Tommen Baratheon is known to the Seven Kingdoms as the youngest child of King Robert I Baratheon and Queen Cersei Lannister. A member of House Baratheon of King's Landing, his siblings are Prince Joffrey and Princess Myrcella. In the television adaptation Game of Thrones, he is played by Callum Wharry in seasons 1 and 2 and by Dean-Charles Chapman in seasons 4, 5 and 6.
Appearance and Character
- See also: Images of Tommen Baratheon
Tommen, unlike Joffrey, is regarded as a good-hearted lad who always tries his best. Tommen is tenderhearted and not as strong-willed as his brother. Many other characters (except his mother) believe that he would be a much better king than Joffrey. Tommen is fond of applecakes, and enjoys reading. He is a clumsy but earnest dancer. He is afraid of Sandor Clegane.
A Game of Thrones
Tommen is part of the entourage of his father, King Robert I Baratheon, which journeys to Winterfell following the death of Lord Jon Arryn. At Winterfell, Tommen spars with Bran Stark using wooden swords.
Lord Eddard Stark, the new Hand of the King, discovers that Tommen and his siblings are not the biological children of Robert, but actually fathered by Cersei's twin brother, Ser Jaime Lannister. With Robert dying from being gored by a boar, Lord Renly Baratheon suggests that Tommen and Myrcella be seized and that Arya wed Tommen. Eddard refuses, however.
A Clash of Kings
With rioting and the War of the Five Kings making King's Landing increasingly unsafe, Queen Cersei Lannister plots to sneak Tommen out of the city to Rosby under the protection of Lord Gyles Rosby, disguised as a page. However, Tommen's uncle, Tyrion Lannister, the acting Hand of the King, learns of the plot, and sends Ser Jacelyn Bywater to intercept the party on the Rosby road and take Tommen to Rosby himself, thereby under Tyrion's control and not Cersei's. Tommen adopts a fawn at Rosby, and Jacelyn tasks his men with evacuating the boy to an unknown location if King's Landing falls during the war.
Tyrion threatens Cersei that any harm inflicted on Alayaya, a prostitute believed to be Tyrion's lover and arrested under the queen's orders, will be visited upon Tommen as well. The Kingsguard knight who allowed Jacelyn to take Tommen, Ser Boros Blount, is stripped of his white cloak by Cersei.
A Storm of Swords
Acting of his own accord while the Hand of Stannis, Lord Alester Florent attempts to settle a peace agreement with Lord Tywin Lannister, Tommen's grandfather, that involves a promise of marriage between Tommen and Stannis's daughter, Princess Shireen, but his plans do not come to pass.
Tommen participates in the wedding of Joffrey to Margaery Tyrell, handing the bride's cloak to his brother. The boy scatters rose petals before the king and queen after the ceremony. Tommen screams and cries when Joffrey chokes to death at his wedding feast.
Tommen is crowned king in the aftermath of Joffrey's death, and plans are made for him to wed Margaery Tyrell in Joffrey's stead. Not wanting Cersei to raise Tommen, Tywin wants Jaime to abdicate as Lord Commander of the Kingsguard and educate the boy as his ward and squire at Casterly Rock. However, Jaime refuses. Jaime orders Boros Blount to serve as the boy king's food taster.
Prince Oberyn Martell reminds Tyrion, who is imprisoned for Joffrey's death, that according to Dornish law Myrcella should succeed to the Iron Throne rather than her younger brother, Tommen. During Tyrion's trial, Shae alleges that Tyrion killed Joffrey and planned to eventually kill Tommen.
Tommen's great-uncle, Ser Kevan Lannister, provides the boy king with documents to sign, including pardons, grants, and bills of attainder. Tyrion kills his father Tywin, Tommen's Hand, after Jaime helps him escape from imprisonment.
A Feast for Crows
Jon Snow, the new Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, and Samwell Tarly discuss a letter prepared by Maester Aemon, which asks for assistance from King Tommen. Jon recalls how Tommen had sparred with his half-brother Bran Stark at Winterfell, but that Bran is dead now while Tommen is king. Jon reluctantly agrees to have the message sent by raven.
Cersei is Queen Regent after the death of her father, Tywin. Tommen acts as king, his primary and favorite activity being to place the royal stamp on any document put in front of him. Cersei frowns upon his meek and tractable nature, frequently comparing him with disfavor to his willful, headstrong brother, Joffrey. Tommen is frightened of the dying Ser Gregor Clegane's screams, and he flees in disgust from Tywin's corpse. Kevan refuses to serve as Hand to Tommen and leaves for Casterly Rock since his niece will not yield Tommen's regency. Ser Harys Swyft instead becomes the King's Hand.
Lord Mace Tyrell insists that Tommen wed his daughter, Margaery, before agreeing to march on Storm's End. Cersei does not trust House Tyrell, however. When they wed, Tommen covers Margaery with the black Baratheon cloak which King Robert I Baratheon had used when he married Cersei. Tommen dances with Margaery and her cousins, Alla, Elinor, and Megga, during the feast. Tommen is fascinated and frightened when Cersei burns the Tower of the Hand with wildfire after the wedding.
Wanting Tommen to have younger advisors, Cersei appoints Aurane Waters as master of ships on the small council. When the small council receives Lord Commander Jon Snow's request for aid for the Night's Watch, Cersei agrees to send reinforcements in Tommen's name, but some are to be tasked with assassinating Jon.
Margaery begins to influence Tommen to resist his mother's commands. Margaery gives Tommen three black kittens, Ser Pounce, Lady Whiskers, and Boots. Tommen also takes an interest in knighthood and jousting, and reacts with anger when Cersei refuses to honor his command that Ser Loras Tyrell, now of the Kingsguard, be named as the Red Keep's master-at-arms. Cersei assigns Ser Osney Kettleblack as Tommen's sworn shield, but the queen regent also tasks him with seducing Margaery.
In return for Cersei allowing the Faith Militant to reform, the new High Septon—the High Sparrow—forgives the crown's debts to the Faith of the Seven and blesses King Tommen. The king gives Loras a jeweled sword when the knight departs for the siege of Dragonstone. When Tommen stands up to his mother and shows assertiveness when Cersei threatens Margaery, Cersei's response is to have Boros force Tommen to beat his whipping boy, Pate, until he bleeds.
Cersei engineers Margaery's arrest by the Faith for allegedly sleeping with a number of men. Following Cersei's own arrest for treason and adultery, Tommen continues to do the bidding of the small council, now controlled by Ser Harys Swyft and Grand Maester Pycelle. A lonely Tommen asks for his wife and his mother, and he signs any decree placed before him.
A Dance with Dragons
Prince Doran Martell's seneschal Ricasso toasts Tommen's name during the feast welcoming Ser Balon Swann to Sunspear, but many Dornishmen refuse to drink in the boy king's honor. Balon brings word that Cersei would like Myrcella to briefly return to King's Landing, and that Tommen could befriend Prince Trystane Martell. Later, Ellaria Sand objects to the Sand Snakes' desire for vengeance against Tywin Lannister's descendants, which includes a wish to murder Tommen.
Tommen is kept hidden away in the Red Keep when his mother completes her walk of atonement, as his great-uncle Ser Kevan Lannister, now Lord Regent and Protector of the Realm, feels no son should see his mother like that.
Tommen has dinner with the newly-released Cersei and Kevan. He entertains his great-uncle with the exploits of his kittens, and Kevan thinks Tommen a sweet lad. Cersei wants Russell Merryweather to come to the capital and befriend Tommen. Following the meal, Varys has Kevan and Pycelle murdered in support of Aegon Targaryen's attempt to take the Iron Throne from Tommen.
Quotes by Tommen
—Margaery Tyrell and Tommen
When I'm king in my own right, I'm going to outlaw beets.—Tommen to Cersei Lannister
Cersei: Tommen, when you say your prayers before bed, tell the Mother and the Father that you are thankful you are still a child. Being king is hard work. I promise you, you will not like it. They peck at you like a murder of crows. Every one wants a piece of your flesh.
Tommen: Yes, Mother. I wouldn't mind them pecking, though. I should go to court with you every day, to listen. Margaery says—Tommen: Don't you say that. You leave her tongue alone. Don't you touch her. I'm the king, not you.
Cersei: —a deal too much. For half a groat I'd gladly have her tongue torn out.
—Cersei Lannister and Tommen
—Tommen and Cersei Lannister
Quotes about Tommen
—thoughts of Tyrion Lannister
—thoughts of Sansa Stark
You mew like a suckling babe. Princes aren't supposed to cry.—Joffrey Baratheon to Tommen
Ever think how easy life would be if the other one had been born first? The weepy one, Tommen. Seems like he'd do whatever he was told, as a good king should.
The world is full of horrors, Tommen. You can fight them, or laugh at them, or look without seeing ... go away inside.—Jaime Lannister to Tommen
He will never have a wife you don't hate.
- A Dance with Dragons, Appendix.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 19, Davos III.
- See the Tommen Baratheon calculation.
- George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Tommen Baratheon.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 5, Jon I.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 72, Jaime IX.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 7, Cersei II.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 9, Tyrion I.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 44, Tyrion X.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 13, The Soiled Knight.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 67, Jaime VIII.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 12, Cersei III.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 8, Jaime I.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 25, Eddard V.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 7, Arya I.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 32, Arya III.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 45, Eddard XII.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 47, Eddard XIII.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 49, Eddard XIV.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 2, Sansa I.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 10, Davos I.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 41, Tyrion IX.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 49, Tyrion XI.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 54, Tyrion XII.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 4, Tyrion I.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 25, Davos III.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 28, Sansa III.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 60, Tyrion VIII.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 62, Jaime VII.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 66, Tyrion IX.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 70, Tyrion X.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 77, Tyrion XI.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 14, Brienne III.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 5, Samwell I.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 17, Cersei IV.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 21, The Queenmaker.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 16, Jaime II.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 24, Cersei V.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 28, Cersei VI.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 36, Cersei VIII.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 39, Cersei IX.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 43, Cersei X.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 44, Jaime VII.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 38, The Watcher.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 44, Jon IX.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 65, Cersei II.
- A Dance with Dragons, Epilogue.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 38, Tyrion V.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 3, Cersei I.
- Margaery Tyrell married 1st Renly, 2nd Joffrey, 3rd Tommen