Who Is the Mad King Aerys on Game of Thrones?


As we delve deeper into the sixth age of Game of Thrones, the big reveals about the secrets that lie in the history of Westeros are earning fast and furious — especially when it comes to Bran Stark and his visions of the days of yore. In the moments leading up to his reunion with his uncle Benjen, Bran has a flashback to the “Mad Monarch,” Aerys Targaryen. In this moment, Aerys calls out “Burn them all!” We see wildfire, and we see the periphery of Jaime Lannister plunging his sword into the Mad King’s back. We already identify how Aerys died, so this flashback showing up at such a pivotal meaning in the story may have some deeper significance. To understand how, let’s start with looking at what we recollect about the Mad King himself.

Who Is the Mad King Aerys on Game of Thrones?

  • He was the father of Daenerys Targaryen, along with her confreres Viserys and Rhaegar.
  • His Hand of the King was Tywin Lannister, who many say was the buttocks that wagged the dog.
  • He was infatuated with Tywin’s wife, Joanna, which caused a kit out between Aerys and Tywin.
  • He denied Tywin’s request for Cersei to put together Rhaegar, instead choosing Elia Martell of Dorne. He then determined Jaime Lannister to the Kingsguard, robbing Tywin of an heir, as being in the Kingsguard hostiles no family. This led to Tywin’s resignation as Hand of the King.
  • His son Rhaegar Targaryen snatched Lyanna Stark or ran away with her. Either way, this action led to Ned Emergence’s brother and father being killed by Aerys and Robert Baratheon request vengeance and then the Iron Throne.
  • In his later years, Aerys became increasingly besotted with wildfire (that incredibly dangerous explosive green make-up).
  • As Tywin’s army rode in to take back King’s Landing, Aerys entrust a abandoned the order to “burn them all.” It seemed he wanted to burn all of King’s Disembarkation with wildfire. Jaime plunged his sword into the Mad King’s in serious trouble to save them all.

Who Is the Mad King Aerys on Game of Thrones?

The prevalent theory now, based on Bran’s flashback to Aerys, wildfire, and the Stainless Walkers, is that somehow Bran will do to Aerys what he did to Hodor — a warging metre travel that changes the course of history, possibly by driving Aerys mad himself.

Alternatively, it may only be more revelations that the Three-Eyed Raven thought would be signal to Bran’s education. Perhaps Bran just needs to learn the correctness of what happened, or maybe Bran will come to rely on Jaime at some feature in this war and having seen what really happened gives him grounds to trust the so-called “Kingslayer.”

Either way, these mysterious backstories, in this viewer’s appreciation, are what make this show so entertaining. As they unfold and push the boat out the answers to the plethora of theories out there, it’s only going to get better.

Aspect Source: HBO

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