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13 facts about the Mad King from Game of Thrones that you might not have known

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“He loved to watch people burn, the way their skin blackened and blistered and melted off their bones. He burned lords he didn’t like. He burned Hands who disobeyed him. He burned anyone who was against him. Before long, half the country was against him.” ―Jaime Lannister about Aerys II Targaryen, the Mad King.

King Aerys II Targaryen, popularly known as the Mad King was the last Targaryen king, who was killed by a member of his own Kingsguard, Jaime Lannister during Robert’s Rebellion. We know that Aerys was a paranoid and a cruel king who liked to see people burning and he even killed Eddard Stark’s father and brother, which resulted in Robert’s Rebellion. However, there are many things about Aerys that most of us don’t know about.

Cut straight to some of the facts:

1. He was the Seventeenth and the Last Targaryen to sit on the Iron Throne. Strikes me hard to realise that he ended the 300 years long Targaryen dynasty.

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2. Besides called the Mad King, he was also called King Scab, because of the scabs all over his body caused due to repeated cuts from the blades on the Iron Throne.
3. The Mad King wasn’t always so mad. In his youth, he is described as generous, handsome and resolute; every ingredient needed to become a decent king.
4. He was much like the generous version of Joffrey. While he liked being pampered and flattered and was quick to anger, he wasn’t nearly as cruel as Joffrey.
5. In fact, his early days of rule were quite prosperous with the Seven Kingdoms recovering from the War of the Ninepenny Kings and the Tragedy of Summerhall.
6. His mad traits started to evolve after he was taken captive and held as a prisoner by Daenys Darklyn during the Defiance of Duskendale.
7. As funny as it may sound, his fascination with fire became so obsessive after his return from Duskendale, he even got sexually aroused by it. That incident really had a huge impact on his life.
8. He had a phobia of blades and sharp things. This resulted in him not trimming his hair and nails. It made him look like this:

13 facts about the Mad King from Game of Thrones that you might not have known
9. Aerys and his wife, Rhaella had no fondness between them. They married in accordance to a prophecy which foretold the birth of The Prince that was promised as his heir if he married her sister.
10. He was famed for removing hidebound old men from his court and employing bright young people instead. His small council saw the appointment of Tywin (then young) as Hand of the King, Varys as Master of Whisperers and Gerold Hightower as the Lord Commander of Kingsguard.
11. The Kingsguard also composed of young men under his rule. Warriors like Barristan Selmy and Arthur Dayne were made brothers of Kingsguard under his rule. Also, not to forget our very own Kingslayer, Jaime Lannister.
12. He is rumoured to have taken the maidenhood of Tywin’s wife, Joanna Lannister. There is a popular fan theory which says that Tyrion is the result of that relation.
13. In his youth, Aerys Targaryen, Tywin Lannister and Steffon Baratheon (father of Robert Baratheon) were closest of friends. As fate would have it, eventually their children became the reason for each other’s deaths. Sad story indeed.






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There are quite a few Game of Thrones pairings that are iconic, but the top spot belongs to Emilia Clarke and Jason Momoa, without a doubt. The actors that played the onscreen couple Daenerys Targaryen and Khal Drogo are great friends in real world. We have seen them reunite quite a lot, but the two are headed for an onscreen reunion, as they’re scheduled to appear on The Graham Norton Show. Read on!

The popular British TV series The Graham Norton Show always has the best guest pairing, and they seem to have totally nailed it this time around. Emilia and Jason will be seen together on the show’s upcoming episode scheduled to air on October 25.

Emilia is currently in the middle of promoting her upcoming film Last Christmas, while Momoa is promoting his upcoming Apple TV+ series See. The two promos seem to have come together beautifully, leading to this reunion. The show will also have Regina King, there to promote her upcoming HBO series Watchmen, and comedian Ross Noble, with Camila Cabello slated to be the performer.

The episode will air on Friday, October at 10.35pm on BBC One, for the British fans of the show. Are you excited to watch the two unite on screen after this long? We sure are. Talk to us in the comments, below!






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Maisie Williams says it was “horrible” to look like a boy to play Arya Stark

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Maisie Williams says it was “horrible” to look like a boy to play Arya Stark

Game of Thrones has had a lot of strong female characters, but it would be inaccurate to say that it celebrates femininity. One example is Arya Stark, who is seen as a boyish character for most of the show, and as an extension, we all ended up seeing Maisie Williams the same way. In a recent interview, she discussed what it was like to have to hide her feminine side for the role, calling the experience “horrible.” Read on!

In a recent interview with Vogue, Maisie discussed coming of age in the spotlight, and more. Starting off, she talked about “maturing” about two seasons into the production of the show:

“But Arya was still very much like trying to be disguised as a boy and I had really short hair and they constantly covered me in dirt and shaded my nose so it looked really broad and I look like, really manly.”

She continued:

“And they would also put this strap across my chest to flatten any growth that had started, and I don’t know, that just felt horrible for six months of the year.”

The only glimpse we got of Arya Stark’s femininity came in the last season of the show, with her and Gendry sharing what was the first and only romantic moment for Arya throughout the show. Maisie also said that she felt ashamed to be a girl for a while, and is enjoying her feminine side a lot more now.

Well, it’s safe to say that the fans love this side of Maisie as well. What do you feel? Tell us in the comments, down below!






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Fans wonder why Isaac Hempstead Wright wasn’t on stage during Game of Thrones tribute at the Emmys

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Fans wonder why Isaac Hempstead Wright wasn't on stage during Game of Thrones tribute at the Emmys

The 2019 Primetime Emmy Awards were recently held, and while Game of Thrones didn’t do as well as usual, it was the last Emmy appearance for the show. The show walked away with the Outstanding Drama Emmy, and also had a heartfelt tribute with some of the cast members.

What was surprising, however, was that the winner of the Game of Thrones (or the closest we got to it), Issac Hempstead-Wright, who played Bran Stark, was surprisingly absent from the tribute, but rather in the audience. This perplexed many of the fans:

Well, the logic seems to be that only the nominated actors were on the stage for the tribute, which isn’t a bad thing. However, being that it was the show’s last year at the site, it would’ve been better to have the entire cast on the stage.

What do you guys think? Tell us in the comments, blow down below!






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