The Five Kings are:

  • Robb Stark - The King of the North
  • Stannis Baratheon - Robert's younger brother and legitimate heir
  • Renly Baratheon - The youngest Baratheon who decided to proclaim himself king
  • Joffrey Baratheon - Robert's "son" and apparent heir
  • Balon Greyjoy - King of the Iron Islands

Based on book canon, the following fates have been met:

  • Robb - Dead, betrayed at the Red Wedding

  • Stannis - Alive, currently marching on Winterfell

  • Renly - Dead, murdered by smoke monster/Stannis

  • Joffery - Dead, murdered on his wedding day by a complex plot

  • Balon - Dead, "blown" off a bridge near his castle

All of these events happen at a different time at undefined intervals. Many battles are fought and much travel is done between some of the fates. Is there any way to extrapolate in universe how long the war lasted?

OR, is the war still on going, since there is still a challenge (no matter now slim) for the Iron Throne?

And/or, if the war is over, which event decided that?

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    Here's a timeline: docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/…
    – BCdotWEB
    Feb 16, 2016 at 18:54
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    Is your premise that the war ended once four of the five kings were dead? Or that it ceased to be a war "of five kings" once one of them was gone? Or something else? From my point of view, the war is still on, as Stannis, the Greyjoys, and the Lannister-Baratheons are still pursuing their causes even without the aforementioned kings alive.
    – recognizer
    Feb 16, 2016 at 19:48
  • @recognizer I updated my question to address your point. However, with the Greyjoys, are they still actively pursuing the Iron Throne? Clearly, the Barathisters are because they currently sit on it...
    – Skooba
    Feb 16, 2016 at 20:26

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The War of The Five Kings is still in progress. As of 300AC.

The war started in 298AC (two years ago). Although it is considered that the war is ongoing, the main part of the war is considered to have ended in 300AC. There is no official ending of "Phase I", but it can be concluded that the first phase of the war ended with The Purple Wedding. The second phase however is ongoing.

The O.G. Five

As you know, the original five belligerents were:

  • Robb Stark:
  • Stannis Baratheon:
    • Felt the Throne was his by rights
  • Joffrey Baratheon:
    • Felt the Throne was his by rights
  • Balon Greyjoy:
    • Wanted freedom for the Iron Islands, so that they could rape, pillage and be total douche-bags in peace. Also wanted to annex The North, because, why not?
  • Renly Baratheon:
    • For the lulz

The War of The Five Kings isn't necessarily defined by the number of kings, especially given that there were never actually exactly five kings at the same time1; it's defined by their "cause".


Stannis hasn't given up, he very openly hasn't accepted defeat and hasn't made peace2. He's currently working his magic against the Boltons in The North, believing that he must first save the Kingdom to win The Crown.

  • Threat: ongoing.

The Greyjoys haven't abandoned their cause either. Even after the death of Balon Greyjoy a new king is elected in a Kingsmoot. In fact, after electing a new mental case as king, they increase their scope slightly and decide to take over all of Westeros.

  • Threat: impending

Daenerys is still threatening to return with her dragons and stuff. She's taken a small break to go on holidays with Drogon and hang out with Khal Jhaqo.

  • Threat... Umm, we'll see.

Because of the above, the Iron Throne has had to continue their campaigns against the pretenders.

Entering Phase II

No, really, we've entered Phase II. There are "new hostilities" which have re-ignited the War of the Five Kings. The new belligerents are:

Major events include:

When will it end?
There are many factors playing upon this clash of kings (lol, get it?). The main one being that Winter is Coming, and it has been geared to be a long winter, most probably followed by a Long Night. The threat of the Others is real, and will cause all these idiots to wake up and face the threat! (hopefully)

1. Renly died before Balon crowned himself.

2. He even jailed and later burned his Hand and brother-in-law (Alester Florent) for attempting to make peace behind his back.

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    And don't forget Dany herself, even though she had no active part in Westeros yet, but she also claims to be the rightful ruler and she doesn't know of Aegon (if I remember right).
    – Thomas
    Feb 17, 2016 at 8:22
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    If Dany gets to Westeros before any of those fellows die, we'll have five whole kings-and-queens alive and fighting at the same time, for once!
    – recognizer
    Feb 17, 2016 at 22:36
  • Just had a secondary thought... Didn't the Maesters give it the name originally in-universe? I am thinking that the combatants are not interchangeable.
    – Skooba
    Feb 19, 2016 at 14:24
  • Also, thinking on this again... Does Mance Rayder fit in here at all?
    – Skooba
    Aug 29, 2016 at 19:19
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    "for the lulz" lol. But anyway, how exactly is Euron king of the North? Only by courtesy.
    – Zuter_242
    Sep 28, 2021 at 0:30

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