In Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 4, "The Last of the Starks", Daenerys proclaims Gendry the new lord of Storm's End.

I think at least some cousin or second nephew of Robert Baratheon would have claimed the seat of their house Storm's End after the main family had died off, probably siding with Cersei.

Jaime or Tyrion should have known who ruled it in that episode.

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    Since we never actually saw Storm's End in GoT, I think we just cannot know who is reigning Storm's End at the time of S8E4. However, it would make sense that some distant cousin is currently their Lord. At least until Gendry shows up.
    – Ian
    May 10, 2019 at 5:45
  • @Ian we did see a glimpse of Storm's End during the show-down between Stannis and Renly. An answer could lie in book-canon, if the show is silent on the Baratheon family tree.
    – JAD
    May 10, 2019 at 6:27
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    @JAD book canon is way messy and got so many more character which show just removed
    – Ankit Sharma
    May 10, 2019 at 6:30
  • given that they didn't capture dragonstone, be it before Dany comes to Westeros or even when she is on the North, it wouldn't even surprise me that the title was vacant and the castle empty, despite being utterly unrealistic
    – Kepotx
    May 10, 2019 at 7:22
  • I'm sure some cousin or second nephew has taken control of House Tarley or Highgarden..... except that there are none. Not sure why Storm's End would be magically different. Why wouldn't every relative have been some combination of in Kings Landing with Robert (and thus assassinated by Cersei), with Renly or with Stannis (so.... dead) when they went to war? May 10, 2019 at 12:03

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Both in books as well in show, Stannis took control of Storm's End. In show it is not stated but implied since he met Renly near Storm's End and all Renly's troops switched sides. Now, all Renly's troops means for sure all Stormalnds lords and Storm's End troops - Stannis is the only surviving brother and therefore ruler of Storm's End and Stormlands.

In reality and in the books, he would leave small garrison to keep Storm's End like he did himself during Robert's rebellion. He would also leave garrison on Dragonstone (and he did in the books) but I assume it is too much for the show so they have to keep it simple -> therefore Dany simply walks in into empty Dragonstone. Normally Cersei would move in just so nobody else can - why would you simply let Dany get a foothold so close to Westeros?

So Storm's End is similar situation - probably title is empty in the show for simplicity reasons, we don't know for sure. In reality, as soon Stannis is confirmed dead, Cersei would have to get the castle soon otherwise she would seem weak. Most likely she will find some Baratheon cousin with best claim and make sure he is loyal to her, before dealing with garrison inside. Neither queen wants to simply conquer Storm's End as that would be seen tyrannical, but would fight to install someone with a claim, but loyal and obedient. Therefore it is not likely that title is empty at any moment, because Cersei would hurry to promote new ruler in name even before capturing the castle. But, show has limited time, so empty title is probably the simplest way.

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