Renly Baratheon Is Proud He Brought Good Gay Lovin’ To Westeros

"It was nice to play an affectionate gay couple within that world,” says former "Game of Thrones" star Gethin Anthony.

Game of Thrones is the bloodiest show on television, but the HBO series also given us some juicy same-sex romances.

And while the relationship between King Renly Baratheon and Sir Loras Tyrell ended tragically—getting stabbed by a animated shadow tends to do that—Gethin Anthony, who played Renly, is still glad he was able to make Westeros a little bit gayer.


“Westeros is a very scary world, with all the politics and violence going on, so it was nice to play an affectionate gay couple within that world,” Anthony tells Attitude magazine this month.


“We were very passionate about it being a positive thing. I still hold on to that and I’m still very proud of it.”

He revealed that the pairing garnered positive response in the real world.

“I got some lovely letters—One that sticks out was from a gentleman who was about to propose, or has perhaps just proposed, to his partner. He said some really nice things about seeing a gay relationship on television.”

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“Whenever people connect to things you’re involved with or a story you’re telling, it’s a lovely thing,” he added.

If you need more Gethin Anthony in your life, he’s currently playing the sexually ambiguous Charles Manson in NBC’s Aquarius.

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.