Game of Thrones plot hole: Fans uncover glaring Renly Baratheon blunder


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GAME OF THRONES was no stranger to major deaths throughout its eight-season run on HBO but one which was particularly unexpected in season two came in the form of Renly Baratheon.

The second season of Game of Thrones on HBO saw an almighty free-for-all for the Iron Throne following the death of Robert Baratheon (played by Mark Addy). His brother Stannis (Stephen Dillane) and Renly (Gethin Anthony) were both hellbent on taking their deceased sibling’s crown from the clutches of Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson). However, in their plans to cease power, Renly fell victim to a rather obvious blunder.

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Game of Thrones plot hole: Renly Baratheon opened

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Game of Thrones plot hole: Renly Baratheon opened up a blunder (Image: HBO)
Game of Thrones plot hole: Renly and Robert Baratheon
Game of Thrones plot hole: Renly and Robert Baratheon (Image: HBO)

Renly’s death occurred in the fifth episode of season two of GOT just moments after he’d negotiated with Robb’s mother Caitlyn (Michelle Fairley) the terms of their agreement.

However, during their negotiations, the youngest Baratheon sibling committed a rather obvious blunder.

As pointed out by one eagle-eyed fan on online forum moviemistakes, they explain: “When Renly and Catelyn are negotiating the terms of Renly’s alliance with Robb, Renly calls Moat Cailin ‘Moat Caitlin.’

“As someone who served as Master of Laws on King Robert’s Small Council, he should know the correct name of the territory he is referring to.”

Game of Thrones plot hole: Renly's quest for the Iron Throne was cut short

Game of Thrones plot hole: Renly’s quest for the Iron Throne was cut short (Image: HBO)

If Renly wasn’t even aware of the correct names of those involved in the running of King’s Landing, surely he wouldn’t have been deemed fit for the Iron Throne.

Could Caitlyn not have picked up on this error and questioned his capabilities?

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If so, surely he casts doubt over the competence of Renly if he were to get into power.

However, Caitlyn appeared to bypass the error and asked Renly: “And in return for my son’s loyalty?”

Renly told her: “In the morning I’ll destroy my brother’s army.

“When that’s done, Baratheon and Stark will fight their common enemy together as they have done many times before.”

Caitlyn was clearly unnerved by the powers Stannis had at his disposal, however.

She pleaded: “Our two houses have always been close, which is why I am begging you to reconsider this battle.

“Negotiate a peace with your brother,” she added.

Renly sneered back: “Negotiate with Stannis? You heard him out there.

“I’d have better luck debating the wind. Please bring my terms to your son. I believe we are natural allies, I hope he feels the same.”

It was at this point that Renly’s lapse in memory over Moat Cailin’s name was rendered mute as he was killed by the Shadow.

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