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

Back in January, Game of Thrones fans finally received the news we’ve been waiting to hear for so long, as HBO Programming President Casey Bloys stated that bosses would ‘be foolish not to look at‘ a Prequel series. Discussions around a Prequel/Spin Off have been taking place for the past few years now. It looks like HBO are keen to put pen to paper and delve further into the world George R.R. Martin has created. Westeros and Essos have a rich history and now our prayers have been answered and it has been made official that HBO is developing 4 Game of Thrones spinoffs!

The world of Game of Thrones is very extensive and there are so many options for a spinoff series. However, this article will focus on one particular prequel: the Reign of the Mad King and Robert’s Rebellion. Of course, there are many other potential ideas that HBO could explore; The Age of Heroes and the invasion of the White Walkers, the Andal Invasion, The Rise and Fall of Valyria, The Targaryen Conquest of Westeros. Yet, Robert’s Rebellion is more likely, considering the fact that we’ve already seen a young Ned and Lyanna Stark. So here are a list of ten things we want to see from a prequel series on Robert’s Rebellion.

#1 : The Great Tourney at Harrenhal 

10 things we want to see in the Game of Thrones prequel series

The event that started it all. The Great Tourney at Harrenhal was held by Lord Whent in honour of his daughter’s name day. It was said to be the greatest Tourney of its time, drawing the great lords of Westeros. Prince Rhaegar Targaryen won the tournament, beating four members of the King’s Guard. However, after winning, Rhaegar snubbed his own wife and chose Lyanna Stark as the Queen of Love and Beauty. This move led to Rhaegar’s supposed kidnap of Lyanna a year later.

#2 : How the Mad King earned his reputation

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

Throughout Game of Thrones we’ve heard a lot about the Mad King. But how was his reputation earned? After Lyanna is kidnapped by Rhaegar, Ned’s elder brother, Brandon Stark, rides to King’s Landing to ask for her release. The Mad King has him arrested for treason and summons Lord Rickard Stark to ransom his son. However, Rickard is also arrested. Lord Rickard demands a trial by combat, yet the Mad King names fire his champion. Lord Rickard is burned alive, as Brandon (wearing a strangulation device around his neck) is strangled in an attempt to free his father. The Mad King laughs throughout.

#3 : Jon Arryn in the flesh

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From the first series of Game of Thrones, Jon Arryn is shown to be a man of great importance, particularly to Ned Stark and Robert Baratheon. If a prequel were to be made, it would be brilliant to see this supposedly great man in the flesh. After the murder of Lord Rickard Stark and his son Brandon, the Mad King demands Jon Arryn hand Ned and Robert (fostered at the Eyrie) over to him. Jon refuses and calls his banners in rebellion. Ned and Robert follow his lead and so the war begins.

#4 : The Raising of the Banners10 things we want to see in the Game of Thrones prequel series - Stark_standard_bearer

When Rob raised his banners after Ned Stark’s execution in Game of Thrones Season 1, it was a highly emotive moment. After the evil deeds of the Mad King, particularly toward the Starks, we can say with certainty that this moment would have just as much power in a prequel series. We want to see the Lords of the North come together behind a young Ned Stark, the way they did for his son years later. We also want to see Robert Baratheon march his men North from the Stormlands and join forces with the Lords of the North and the Vale. Of course, we’re one Kingdom short of the rebellion total at this point.

#5 : Marriage Ceremony at Riverrun

10 things we want to see in the Game of Thrones prequel series

 

This moment will be very significant, as it is a pivotal event in Robert’s Rebellion. With Ned’s marriage to Catelyn and Jon Arryn’s marriage to her sister Lysa, Hoster Tully joins the rebellion. However, it will also be interesting to witness the first meeting between Ned and Catelyn with the knowledge of what is to come for both characters. We also might get a glimpse of a young Littlefinger. Littlefinger was not in Riverrun for this event, but HBO could change this for dramatic effect.

#6 : Battle of the Trident

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The Battle of the Trident is the deciding moment in Robert’s Rebellion, as both sides met for a final showdown. Both armies were of a similar strength, with the rebels army only smaller than that of the Royalists by a slight margin. Many died in the battle, yet the deciding moment came when Robert Baratheon slew Prince Rhaegar in single combat. After the death of their leader, the Royalist forces broke and retreated back toward King’s Landing. The rebels won the battle.

#7 : Flashback to Destruction of House Reyne

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Prior to Robert’s Rebellion, there was the destruction of House Reyne, an event that lead to Tywin Lannister’s ruthless reputation. House Reyne were a wealthy house that rebelled against the Lannisters, along with House Tarbeck. In response to their rebellion, Tywin destroyed both houses. He slaughtered men, women and children. This event might be an effective flashback/story to tell in the build up to the Sack of King’s Landing, as it will prelude the Lannister’s actions in the capital.

#8 : The Sack of Kings Landing & Death of Mad King

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Just how bad were the Lannisters? Pretty bad is the answer. After the Battle of the Trident, Tywin Lannister leads his army to King’s Landing, pledging to defend the city against the oncoming rebels. However, once inside, the Lannister army slaughters the city’s defenders and puts its inhabitants to the sword. During the sack of the city, the Mad King orders Jaime Lannister to bring him Tywin’s head. Jaime refuses and kills the Mad King, an act that gives him the name Kingslayer.

#9 : Robert Baratheon’s Coronation 

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After the Sack of King’s Landing, Robert Baratheon becomes King of the Seven Kingdoms. As Prince Rhaegar’s second cousin, Robert’s claim to the throne is strongest of all the rebels. Yet it will be interesting to see how becoming King changes Robert, from the hardened Battle commander to the drunken, whore loving King we see in Season 1. We also might get a chance to witness the infamous moment when Robert lost Cersei, as he whispered Lyanna in her ear on their wedding night.

#10 : Viserys and Daenerys’s escape from Dragonstone

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With Robert Baratheon ruling in King’s Landing and the rest of Westeros now loyal to their new King, the remaining Targaryen loyalists gather at their ancestral seat of Dragonstone. It takes time to launch an assault, as the rebels have to construct a new fleet. However, a storm destroys the Targaryen loyalists’ fleet before Stannis arrives. Knowing that defeat is certain, Ser Willem Darry smuggles Viserys and Daenerys off of Dragonstone and across the Narrow Sea. Dragonstone falls soon after and with it the last Targaryen foothold in Westeros. The War is over.

Note* One notable moment missing from the list is The Tower of Joy. This is because we see it in Game of Thrones Season 6 and it might be somewhat reductive to show it twice. However, that’s just my opinion. What would you like to see from this prequel, or others?







Michael Smith is an entertainment writer and short story writer from Portsmouth, UK. After finishing a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing, Michael started his own entertainment blog, ‘Subterranean Homesick Blog’, which he is in the process of developing into an official site. Michael’s interests lie in Television, Film and Music. His favorite Game of Thrones character is Ser Davos Seaworth, mainly because of his Geordie accent.

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Who is Ser Harrold Westerling? Here’s who Graham McTavish is playing on House of The Dragon

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Not long ago, several pictures of Graham McTavish were leaked on the internet, wearing a full-scale Kingsguard body armour from the set of House of The Dragon. Recently, it has been confirmed by House of The Dragon’s official Twitter handle that he’s playing Ser Harrold Westerling on the show. Here’s a quick look at McTavish’s newest persona.

Ser Harrold Westerling is a knight of House Westerling and the Lord Commander of Viserys I Targaryen’s Kingsguard. Harrold is one of the longest-serving members of the Kingsguard. He was once a powerful knight with a successful military background, and eventually succeeded Ser Ryam Redwyne as Lord Commander. He is tasked by the king to watch over and guard Rhaenyra Targaryen.

Harrold Westerling was announced as a recurring character in House of the Dragon on December 8, 2020. The character description on HBO’s official website reads as follows:

Who is Ser Harrold Westerling? Here’s who Graham McTavish is playing on House of The Dragon

The Commander and longest-serving member of the Kingsguard who still remembers the lustre of the storied Seven Knights. A once-powerful Knight and a successful military background so a man with presence and status. Given the responsibility to the King to watch over and guard the Princess. In the current regime, where widespread peace has led to complacency and indulgence, he feels something of a loss of purpose, but nevertheless serves the King with a fierce, if quiet, loyalty.”

This makes sense as the recent leaks from the House of The Dragon set pictured him in the same vicinity as Olivia Cooke and Milly Alcock, who play Queen Alicent Hightower and a young Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen respectively.

What do you think of the casting? Talk to us in the comments below!







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Here’s a list of all the Game of Thrones references in Lucifer

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Lucifer Season 6 is finally out! The comic book/supernatural based hit series came to an emotional end on September 10 this year with the release of its final season. The show paid a lot of homages to various pop culture icons, including Game of Thrones. Let’s have a look at all the times Game of Thrones was referenced by various characters on Lucifer.

 

Season 3 Episode 14

Cain aka Marcus Pierce (Tom Welling) has been roaming the earth for thousands of years. He’s tired of losing his loved ones due to an immortality curse placed on him by God. After a long and bloody skirmish with Amenadiel (D.B. Woodside), he says and believes he has ‘nothing to live for‘. Amenadiel replies, “Have you tried Game of Thrones?”

 

Season 4 Episode 8

Here’s a list of all the Game of Thrones references in Lucifer

Lucifer is dealing with his emotional issues, after getting back with his ex Eve (Inbar Lavi). Chloe (Lauren German) tells Lucifer about a prophecy, that apocalyptic events will occur on earth and Hell will freeze over if Lucifer meets his true love. To which he replies, “Perhaps winter is coming.

 

Season 5 Episode 9

Here’s a list of all the Game of Thrones references in Lucifer

God (Dennis Haysbert) is on earth and organizes a small family reunion at Linda’s (Rachael Harris) house. Lucifer considers himself the smartest in the family, much like Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones. He drags the chair to sit at the other head of the table in an equal position to his father. Tyrion does something similar at the small council in King’s Landing.

 

Season 5 Episode 16

Here’s a list of all the Game of Thrones references in Lucifer

Michael and Lucifer (both played by Tom Ellis) have agreed to decide who will be the new God of their universe, by a poll that Lucifer is most likely to lose. All the angels show up at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, and Michael is wearing a special medieval warrior-like attire for the occasion. Lucifer mocks him for his poor fashion sense, asking him “Is winter coming or something?

 

Season 5 Episode 16

Here’s a list of all the Game of Thrones references in Lucifer

Lucifer and Michael are locking horns for a final showdown, because Michael is willing to kill those who won’t obey him. In a dramatic and long-drawn-out battle, Lucifer defeats Michael with Chloe’s help. He orders him to stand down and ‘bend the knee’, and then goes on to cut off his wings. “Bend the knee” is frequently used by Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones, whenever she subdues an enemy.

Have you noticed any other Game of Thrones references we might have missed out on? Tell us in the comments below!







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Legendary Valyrian Steel Swords to look out for in House of The Dragon: Part 2

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Valyrian Steel Swords are very priceless and magical weapons that are possessed by very few. By the time of Game of Thrones, we see only a handful of individuals who have access to them. But 300 years ago, during the events of House of the Dragon, they were much more in number.

We have seen a few of them in HBO’s TV adaptation of Game of Thrones. But there will be a lot more in the prequel show House of The Dragon. There have been about 227 Valyrian steel swords that have been recorded in the history of Westeros, most of them have been lost or destroyed. Let’s have a look at a few of them that might make an appearance in House of The Dragon. We covered a few of them in the previous article, here’s the link. Do check it out!

 

Lamentation

Lamentation was a famed Valyrian steel sword that belonged to House Royce. Ser Willam Royce wielded the blade during the Dance of the Dragons. The sword was torn from the hand of Willam, however, when he was killed during the Ride of the Seven. With Willam’s death, the sword was carried off, never to be found again. However, some rumours claim that Ser Warrick Wheaton slashed a wing off of Syrax with a Valyrian steel sword, likely Lamentation, during the Storming of the Dragonpit.

 

Dark Sister

Dark Sister is a famous longsword of Valyrian steel. It is one of two ancestral swords of House Targaryen. Dark Sister had a slender blade originally designed for a woman’s hand. It was wielded by Visenya Targaryen during Aegon’s conquest of Westeros. During the Dance of the Dragons, it was the prime weapon of choice for Prince Daemon Targaryen. Dark Sister was lost when the last wielder of the sword, Brynden Rivers, went missing beyond the Wall in 252 AC.

 

Longclaw

Legendary Valyrian Steel Swords to look out for in House of The Dragon: Part 2

Jon Snow wielding Longclaw in Battle of The Bastards, Game of Thrones (HBO)

Longclaw is the ancestral Valyrian steel sword of House Mormont. It is the same sword Jeor Mormont gifts to Jon Snow at the Night’s Watch in Game of Thrones. The Mormonts supported the Starks in their allegiance with Rhaenyra Targaryen during the Dance of the Dragons.

 

Lady Forlorn

Lady Forlorn is the ancestral longsword made of Valyrian steel belonging to House Corbray. The sword has a heart-shaped ruby in its pommel and its blade is smokey-grey in appearance. Ser Corwyn Corbray wielded Lady Forlorn during the Dance of the Dragons. It was in the possession of Ser Lyn Corbray in Game of Thrones.

 

Is there any Valyrian steel sword you’d wish to own? Tell us in the comments below!

 

Buy: Ned Stark Ice foam sword with collector box

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Source: A Wiki of Ice and Fire

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