‘Game of thrones’: Who was Aerys II, the Mad King and what relationship does he have with the Targaryens of ‘The House of the Dragon’

Daenerys’s father was someone much reviled in Westeros and with him the centennial Targaryen reign ended.

The mad king He was one of the characters in Game of Thrones. that he had fewer minutes on the screen but, on the contrary, there was a lot of talk about him throughout the broadcast of the series. The father of Daenerys Targaryen and her siblings was the last Targaryen King who ruled over Westeros and it was a rebellion led by Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy) and other allies that put an end to centuries of reign of the house of the dragon.

while in Game of Thrones The Targaryens alive could be counted on the fingers of one hand. The House of the Dragon, the prequel spinoff currently airing on HBO, are everywhere. In it we travel almost 200 years into the past, to learn first-hand a period in which the powerful house began to take the first steps towards its decline.

Who was actually Aerys II Targaryen and what relationship does he have with the characters of The House of the Dragon?

Starting with his family tree, Aerys II was married to Rhaella Targaryen and together they had three children: Rhaegar, Viserys and Daenerys. The first in turn had two children with his wife Elia Martell, Rhaenys and Aegon, and a third with his lover Lyanna Stark, Jon Snow. The second died before being able to have children, as you will remember from the first season of the series. The third is Daenerys Targaryen who everyone knows that she was married to Khal Drogo until his death. For her the only offspring of her are her three dragons of hers: Drogon, Rhaegal and Viserion.

Aerys II was a king in his own right and his successor on the throne had to be his eldest son, Rhaegar, in order to maintain the Targaryen Dynasty that had controlled Westeros since Aegon’s conquest hundreds of years ago. In the genealogy of The Mad King we must also include Maester Aemon, the Night Watchman who welcomed Jon as his disciple, and they are uncle and nephew.

At one point in his reign, Aerys II lost his name to be known by the entire populace as The Mad King, but nobody knows what it was that caused him to lose his mind. It is believed that after several generations of marriages between the Targaryens it could have caused this mental deterioration.

despotic and unpredictable

His reign is one of the most detested by the inhabitants of Westeros due to his despotic and unpredictable attitude, he also heard voices in his head that spoke of treason, so he stopped trusting his advisors and all those around him. There is a theory that these voices could have been caused by Bran and his time travels.

Aerys ended up ending the life of Rickard and Brandon Stark thus closing hundreds of years of mutual loyalty. He also cut out Ser Ilun Payne’s tongue for making a joke in which he claimed that the Hand of the King, Tywin LannisterHe was the true king of Westeros. He also burned alive all those lords who rebelled against him and anyone who the voices pointed out as traitors.

There is a rumor that The Mad King had a sexual relationship with Tywin’s wife, Joanna, and when she died giving birth to Tyrion, Aerys joked that it was a punishment from the gods to teach Tywin a lesson about pride..

Shortly before the war ended, Aerys decided to set fire to King’s Landing and destroy everything in his path, including himself, but his bodyguard, Jaime Lannister stabbed him from the back, thus ending a long war and earning his nickname Kingslayer.

Aerys II’s relationship with the protagonists of ‘The House of the Dragon’

His relationship with the Viserys, Rhaenyra, Daemon and company? There are still many years to go until the birth of Aerys II. Daenerys’s father’s grandfather was Aegon V, who became king after the Great Council decided to ignore other candidates who were previously in the line of succession, so that direct descent with the current characters of The House of the Dragon.

However, if we follow the family tree, we see that Aegon V’s grandfather was Daeron II and that this in turn was the grandson of one of the children of our beloved Rhaenyra.

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