This always confused me. Stannis Baratheon (the one true king!) assaulted Blackwater Bay in Game of Thrones season 2 but lost. In this scene here, you can see him being captured (go to the 4:25 mark):

How is it that he not only survives, but escapes? In following episodes he's back at home licking his wounds...

  • It's obvious from the uniform/armor they wear. The red cloth were his men.
    – cde
    Mar 24, 2016 at 16:34
  • Then again, Tyrion was attacked by one of their own, and the constant back stabbing and changes of allegiance, maybe it wasn't so clear.
    – cde
    Mar 24, 2016 at 16:36

2 Answers 2


You can see in your own video how.

He's not being captured. Effectively, the battle is lost due to Tywin Lannister's arrival with the House Tyrell and his own men drag him away from the battle.

To quote from the relevant section in the book:

Bronn smiled thinly. "From the winch towers, all we saw was banners in the mud and men throwing down their spears to run, but there's hundreds in the pot shops and brothels who'll tell you how they saw Lord Renly kill this one or that one. Most of Stannis's host had been Renly's to start, and they went right back over at the sight of him in that shiny green armor."

After all his planning, after the sortie and the bridge of ships, after getting his face slashed in two, Tyrion had been eclipsed by a dead man. If indeed Renly is dead. Something else he would need to look into. "How did Stannis escape?"

"His Lyseni kept their galleys out in the bay, beyond your chain. When the battle turned bad, they put in along the bay shore and took off as many as they could. Men were killing each other to get aboard, toward the end."

A Storm of Swords - Chapter 4 (Tyrion)

  • Hmm.. that makes sense then... thx!
    – ewitkows
    Mar 24, 2016 at 13:02

He was actually not being captured, but pulled by his own men to back off from the fight! Salladhor Saan was ready with his ships to pick him up.

Check the details answer here https://www.quora.com/How-did-Stannis-Baratheon-escape-from-the-battle-of-Blackwater-in-Season-2-of-Game-of-Thrones

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    – natural
    Sep 9, 2017 at 20:12

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