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I just finish watching season three of Game of Thrones. In this season many character seen referring ongoing war as war of five kings. I haven't read any books just watched TV series. As per series this kings IMO are:

  1. King Joffery who take over iron throne after his father King Robert Baratheon
  2. King Robb Stark - King of the North
  3. King Stannis Baratheon

But I failed to find out other two king. Who are they? and what are their claims?

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The War of 5 Kings is a reference to the power struggle for Iron Throne of Westeros (Seven Kingdoms), after the death of Robert Baratheon.

The five kings referred to are:

  • Joffrey Baratheon
  • Balon Greyjoy (He establishes independent kingdom - Iron Islands)
  • Robb Stark (He is proclaimed king of the North, after death of his father)
  • Stannis Baratheon
  • Renly Baratheon (Renly also stakes a claim for the throne after winning support from Baratheon Bannermen)

Here is a snippet from the Wiki page for the novel series

The main story chronicles a power struggle for the Iron Throne of Westeros after King Robert's death in the first book, A Game of Thrones. King Robert's son Joffrey immediately claims the throne with the support of his mother's powerful, immensely wealthy Lannister family. When Lord Eddard Stark, King Robert's "Hand" (chief advisor) finds out Joffrey and his siblings were not sired by Robert, Robert's brothers Stannis and Renly individually lay claim to the throne. Meanwhile, several regions of Westeros seek to return to self-rule: Eddard Stark's eldest son Robb is proclaimed King in the North, while Balon Greyjoy re-establishes an independent Kingdom in his region, the Iron Islands. This so-called War of the Five Kings is in full progress by the middle of the second book, A Clash of Kings, with more people gradually joining the struggle for power.

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Sadly, this is one of the things the books touch on more frequently than the TV show. I think I've heard it said once or twice in the show. – MyCodeSucks Jun 12 '13 at 20:46
I Agree with @CL4PTR4P as Renly Baratheon is died in season 2 and both him and Greyjoy's have very little part in tv series – Ashutosh Jun 18 '13 at 6:43
merely staking claim to the throne does not make a king. Please note that all FIVE of them had themselves crowned, thus bringing forth the 5 kings of Westeros. – kicker86 Jun 18 '13 at 14:37
Sad fact that by the end of the third book, SPOILER only one of them remains alive... and he was the indirect cause of the others' deaths. – ArturBalestro Dec 27 '13 at 0:10

Incognito is actually wrong. Balon Greyjoy is not actually one of the five Kings. Here is a list of the Kings, their titles and their claims.

Joffrey Baratheon, the rightful king, supposed son of Robert Baratheon.

Stannis Baratheon, the king of Fire, Robert's next in line since Joffrey is a bastard.

Renly Baratheon, the king of flowers, Robert's second in line but supported by House Baratheons bannermen because of Stannis's religion.

Robb Stark, the king in the north, not actually fighting for the throne but for Northern independence, the North is his by blood.

Mance Rayder, the king beyond the wall, supported by pretty much everyone beyond the wall, originally westerosi.

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Every other source I've been able to find lists the five kings in Incognito's answer as the kings referred to. Mance Rayder does not take part in the war, and specifically does not call himself king. – toryan Mar 15 '15 at 23:39
Check again, long before Balon becomes a part of the story Cercei receives a report about Mance Rayder and she says "another king! How many is that now, five?" Or something like that, making Mance Rayder the fifth king. If you want to count the Kings of the independent states then what about throwing in the King of Dorne while your at it? – Matthew Stevenson Mar 16 '15 at 4:47
There is no King of Dorne, and Dorne was neutral in the war anyway. Also, Dorne is not an independent state, it's one of the Seven Kingdoms ruled from the Iron Throne. – toryan Mar 16 '15 at 6:25

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