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Speaking of Aerys II being one crazy bastard, this would be a fascinating event to explore. Aerys was the grandson of King Aegon V and was never meant to inherit the throne. That was supposed to go to his uncle, Prince Duncan the Small. Honestly, the parallels between Westeros and Plantagenet/Tudor England are kinda overt at times.
So how did the Mad King end up in power? It starts with the tragedy at Summerhall — the Targaryen summer estate. A fire completely destroyed the castle and took the lives of the King and Crown Prince…all while Prince Rhaegar was being born. Westeros nobles believed the fire was caused by an ill-fated attempt to awaken dragons but there’s another option. Arson. At what point did Aerys’ madness turn to murder? His own father died mysteriously only three years into his reign, at the young age of thirty-nine, paving the way for Aerys.
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