♛ “Someone told me that the night is dark and full of terrors. What do you see in those flames?” “Dragons,” Moqorro said in the Common Tongue of Westeros. […] “Dragons old and young, true and false, bright and dark. And you. A small man with a big shadow, snarling in the midst of all.”
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“What did he say?” the man who had been her brother asked her, flinching.
It had grown so silent in the hall that she could hear the bells in Khal Drogo’s hair, chiming softly with each step he took. His bloodriders followed him, like three copper shadows. Daenerys had gone cold all over. “He says you shall have a splendid golden crown that men shall tremble to behold.”
Viserys smiled and lowered his sword. That was the saddest thing, the thing that tore at her afterward … the way he smiled. “That was all I wanted,” he said. “What was promised.”
This line always killed me, and I think Harry Lloyd did a fantastic job playing it in the show.
Villainy in A Song of Ice and Fire is rarely subtle, and lord, Viserys is really, really not subtle…but equally rarely is it black and white, either. His actions are inexcusable, but their heinousness and unsubtlety make it easy to forget that Viserys’ insanity is not his fault, nor were the conditions of his early life that exacerbated it and turned it up to eleven.
So much this. This was really why I also did not shed a single tear for Robert Baratheon. And depending on what comes out about the events surrounding Lyanna’s secret, I think he is just going to end up looking so awful that it will truly seem that the wrong guy died at the Trident that day.
"When I laid [the bodies of Aegon and Rhaenys Targaryen, age < 1 year and around 5 or 6ish, respectively] before the throne, no man could doubt that we had forsaken House Targaryen forever. And Robert’s relief was palpable. As stupid as he was, even he knew that Rhaegar’s children had to die if his throne was ever to be secure. Yet he saw himself as a hero, and heroes do not kill children.” (-Tywin Lannister, A Storm Of Swords)
No, Robert. You don’t get to call yourself a hero. You tore half a continent apart in a jealous rage over a woman you barely knew; that it happened to depose an insane king on the verge of mass murder was not the point but a side-effect.
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"Whenever Aerys gave a man to the flames, Queen Rhaella would have a visitor in the night. - They said the queen looked as if some beast had savaged her, clawing at her thighs and chewing on her breasts. A crowned beast.”