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"Robert's Rebellion - Stannis Baratheon"[3] is the fourth short of the second season of Histories & Lore. It is the twenty-eighth short of the series overall. It was released on February 19, 2013 in Game of Thrones: The Complete Second Season. It was narrated by Stephen Dillane as Stannis Baratheon and written by Dave Hill.

Premise[]

Stannis Baratheon explains how he was sent to capture the last Targaryen stronghold of Dragonstone, where the heirs to the Mad King slipped through his fingers.[3]

Narration[]

Stannis Baratheon: My brother, Robert Baratheon, had raised the banners of Storm's End, our ancestral castle, against the Mad King Aerys.

Jon Arryn of the Vale and Eddard Stark of the North stood with him, and Hoster Tully of the Riverlands would join.

But their lands were far from ours and separated by the combined strength of the West, the Reach, and King's Landing itself. Even Robert's own lords were against him.

It was the hardest choice I've ever made: my brother or my king, blood or honor. Aerys ruled by right of all the laws in Westeros. Everyone knew the price of defiance. But there are deeper, older laws: the younger brother bows before the elder. I followed Robert.

Early in the war, Mace Tyrell's indecisive victory at Ashford cut Robert off from Storm's End. Instead of pursuing Robert, and risking his record, Mace Tyrell turned east and laid siege to our home.

His vast army and navy encircled us and preventing any resupply by land or sea. If a wagon tried to reach us, it was burned. If a ship tried to land, it was sunk.

We were locked inside Storm's End to starve. But Robert had commanded me to hold the castle no matter the cost. He could ill afford to lose his ancient seat, which had never fallen.

While Robert smashed Rhaegar on the Trident, my men ate the dogs because the horses had already been devoured. While the Lannisters sacked King's Landing, we ate the rats.

If the smuggler Davos had not slipped through the Tyrell blockade with his onions, we'd have eaten our own dead.

But I held the castle until Lord Eddard remembered us, and marched to lift the siege. The Tyrells didn't even put up a fight, and Robert threw a feast to celebrate Lord Eddard's "victory."

I was sent to the royal island stronghold of Dragonstone to deal with Viserys and Daenerys, the last surviving Targaryen children.

Before I arrived, however, they had escaped across the Narrow Sea. Robert was furious. He stripped me of Storm's End and gave it to that prancing fool Renly, my younger brother. I could keep Dragonstone.

Now Robert is dead, and a bastard pretender soils my throne while the realm fills with schemers and traitors. But the rightful king is coming for them all, and I will not stop until I have scoured the land clean of abomination.

The Baratheons say, "Ours is the Fury." I will show them fury burns.

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Behind the scenes[]

  • This is the third of ten shorts on Robert's Rebellion.
  • In the books, Stannis speaks about the siege in length, but Renly is the one who mentions that the defenders of Storm's End nearly resorted to cannibalism. He tells this to Catelyn, when the latter arrives at his camp to negotiate on behalf of Robb.

In the books[]

  • The short is adapted from the following chapters of A Clash of Kings:
  • The short is adapted from the following chapter of A Storm of Swords:
    • Chapter 36, Davos IV: Stannis speaks about the choices he had, whether to support his king or his brother.

References[]

  1. Charlie Harwood (November 19, 2012). Release Date & Details for Game of Thrones Season 2 DVD/Blu-Ray. HBO Watch. Retrieved December 15, 2023.
  2. Histories & Lore: Season 2, Short 4: "Robert's Rebellion - Stannis Baratheon" (2013).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 Game of Thrones: The Complete Second Season (2013).
  4. Vanessa Cole (July 22, 2017). Game of Thrones writer Dave Hill gives a behind the scenes look at the creative process. Watchers on the Wall. Retrieved December 15, 2023.


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