Mad King Aerys (1)

Published: 8.12.2017
Level 6   |   Time: 3:22
Accent: British
Source: Game of Thrones

Robert Baratheon describes the evil deeds of King Aerys Targaryen. (Part 1 of 3)


triangle Directions

  1. REVIEW the vocabulary / background.
  2. WATCH the video.
  3. ANSWER the questions.
  4. CHECK your answers. (Show Answers)

triangle Vocabulary

  • far and wide [exp] - far away (everywhere)
  • a reign [n] - the time when a king rules
  • terror [n] - fear
  • well-rid [adj] - gone
  • the hand of the king [exp] - the king's top adviser
  • prosperity [n] - a time of success
  • spiral into insanity [exp] - become more and more crazy
  • dragon-spawn [n] - comes from dragons
  • forefathers [n] - ancestors
  • erratic [adj] - crazy and unpredictable
  • a scab [n] - the dry hard crust (skin) that forms over a cut or wound
  • horrific [adj] - terrible
  • bloodlust [n] - liking violence
  • falling out [exp] - argument
  • subsequent [adj] - next
  • abduct [v] - kidnap / steal
  • betrothed [n] - a person promised to be married
  • spirited [adj] - lots of energy and spirit
  • inflict [v] - cause
  • outraged [adj] - very angry
  • confront [v] - meet with a hostile purpose
  • execute [v] - kill
  • call for the head [exp] - demand someone be killed
  • foster [v] - raise a child that is not your own
  • call their banners [exp] - call for their armies
  • their days are numbered [exp] - they will soon be dead

[n] - noun,  [v] - verb,  [adj] - adjective,  [exp] - expression

triangle Background

  • The story is being told by Robert Baratheon.
  • King Aerys Targaryen is the king of the Seven Kingdoms.
  • Prince Rhaegar is King Aerys' son.
  • Targareons (are rumored to) come from dragons.
  • The Iron Throne is the throne (chair) of the Seven Kingdoms.
  • The Iron Throne is in a city called King's Landing.
  • The Iron Throne is a made of many sharp swords.
  • Wildfire is a chemical like gasoline - it burns and is very dangerous.

triangle Questions

  1. This story is being told by ____.
    King Aerys
    Robert Baratheon
    Eddard Stark

  2. King Aerys Targaryen was the last ____.
    king to ride a dragon
    Targaryen to sit on the Iron Throne
    man to see Robert Baratheon

  3. King Aerys' nickname was ____.
    the Mad King
    the Father of Dragons
    the Wise

  4. Tywin Lannister was ____.
    the king of the North
    the last Lannister
    the hand of the king

  5. During King Aerys' reign, there ____.
    was generally peace
    many wars
    lots of dragons

  6. Targareons kept their bloodlines pure by ____.
    eating healthy
    marrying their brothers and sisters
    avoiding war and conflict

  7. People called King Aerys "King Scab" because ____.
    he fought in many battles
    he was very weak
    he often cut himself on the Iron Throne

  8. There was a rumor that King Aerys ____.
    was obsessed with wildfire
    could make wildfire
    was scared of wildfire

  9. King Aerys liked to ____.
    play music.
    burn his enemies alive.
    keep many wives.

  10. As time passed, King Aerys became more ____.

  11. Tywin served King Aerys ____.
    with help from the Starks
    for 20 years
    until he died

  12. Rhaegar (Targaryen) was ___ and ___.
    Aerys' son
    the crown prince
    Robert's best friend
    Brandon's brother

  13. Rhaegar abducted Lyanna Stark, who was ___ and ___.
    the daughter of Rickard Stark
    the wife of Aerys Targaryen
    the betrothed (future wife) of Robert Baratheon

  14. Rhaegar hid Lyanna in ____.
    the North
    King's Landing

  15. Brandon Stark came to King's Landing in order to ____.
    get his sister back
    help Robert Baratheon
    talk to Tywin Lannister

  16. King Aerys then had ___ and ___ executed (killed).
    Lord Rickard Stark
    Brandon Stark
    Eddard Stark
    Robert Baratheon

  17. King Aerys also wanted to have ___ and ___ executed (killed).
    Tywin Lannister
    John Arryn
    Eddard Stark
    Robert Baratheon

  18. John Arryn was the man who fostered (raised) ____ and ____.
    Rhaegar Targaryen
    Leanna Stark
    Eddard Stark
    Robert Baratheon

  19. ___, ___ and ___ all joined together to fight Aerys Targaryen.
    the Lannisters
    the Starks
    the Baratheons
    the Tullys

triangle Script

Aerys Targaryen was the last of his name to sit on the Iron Throne. Known far and wide as the Mad King, his was a reign of instability and terror. The Seven Kingdoms are well rid of him and his kind. Oh, he may have appeared to be a capable ruler at first, but that was due in no small part to his councilors, led by the Hand of the King, Tywin Lannister. There may have been years of peace and prosperity during Aerys' reign, but it was Tywin who was really running the country, as Aerys spiraled further and further into insanity.

The dragon spawn were famous for losing their minds. It was the price they paid for centuries of keeping the bloodlines pure. And Aerys more than happily continued the noble sister-fucking tradition of his forefathers.

As the years passed, Aerys' behavior became increasingly erratic. He cut himself so often on his Iron Throne, many referred to him as King Scab, though never to his face. It was rumored he had developed an obsession with wildfire, and was known to inflict horrific punishments on those he considered enemies, including burning them alive. As his paranoia and blood-lust grew, he had a bitter falling-out with Lord Tywin who had served the Crown faithfully for 20 years. At least Tywin was able to leave the job with his life and fortunes intact. Subsequent Hands of King Aerys weren't so fortunate.

Then the Targaryens went too far. The Crown Prince Rhaegar abducted Lyanna Stark, daughter of Rickard Stark, the Lord of Winterfell. She was my betrothed. She was my beloved. Beautiful and spirited woman. And I loved her more than life itself. Rhaegar went south with Lyanna, hiding her away in Dorn. What harm he inflicted on the poor girl, the gods only know.

Brandon Stark, Lyanna's eldest brother, was outraged. He rode to King's Landing to confront the king and demand his sister's safe return. Instead, Aerys had him executed. His father, Rickard Stark, as well.

There wasn't much left to discuss after that. Aerys feared their loved ones would seek revenge for what he did. He was right to be afraid. Aerys wasted no time in calling for the heads of Brandon's younger brother, my friend Eddard Stark, and my head, too, of course. I'm sorry he didn't come looking for it himself.

Alongside Jon Arryn of the Vale - the man who fostered Ned and I as children - Baratheons, Starks and Tullys all called their banners. Once our rebellion began, the Mad King's days were numbered.


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