'Game of Thrones' Season 2 Character Guide: New & Familiar Faces

Stannis Baratheon is the eldest younger brother of Robert Baratheon, and was away at the drab command post of Dragonstone during the events of season 1. He is a hard man, rigid about principle and law. He is loved by few - including his own brothers - but Stannis knows the truth of Joffrey's tainted blood, and by "right and birth and blood" will stake his claim to the throne.

Through his wife, Stannis came into the company of Lady Melisandre of Asshai, a priestess of the Red Temple, which celebrates "the one true god," R'hllor, Lord of the Light. With her strange magic and strange god, Melisandre is hated and feared by many of Stannis' followers. Nonetheless, slowly but surely Stannis succumbs to the red woman's influence...

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