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The Sack of Kings's Landing (1)

Published: 8.23.2017
Level 6   |   Time: 2:58
Accent: British
Source: Game of Thrones

Tywin Lannister describes the defeat and sack of King's Landing.


triangle Directions

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

triangle Vocabulary

  • shatter [v] - destroy
  • in retreat [exp] - running away
  • their days were numbered [exp] - their time was almost finished
  • the crown [n] - the king
  • a crusade [n] - a war to achieve some purpose
  • the bloodshed [n] - the violence and blood
  • his pleas [n] - his requests
  • bannermen [n] - army
  • remnants [n] - the small remaining part
  • fragmented [adj] - broken into many pieces
  • our means [n] - our ways
  • met his fate [exp] - died
  • His crown was secured. [exp] - He was made king.
  • To that end [exp] - To achieve that goal
  • spurn [v] - reject
  • vanquish [v] - defeat
  • a stag [n] - a male deer

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

triangle Background

  • This story is being told by Robert Baratheon.
  • King Aerys Targaryen (the Mad King) is the king of the Seven Kingdoms.
  • Prince Rhaegar is King Aerys' son.
  • Tywin Lannisters is the Lord of Casterly Rock.
  • Jamie Lannister is Tywin's son and a Kingsguard (Protector of the King).
  • Robert Baratheon started a rebellion to overthrow King Aerys.

triangle Questions

  1. Who is telling the story?
    Tywin Lannister
    Robert Baratheon
    Rhaegar Targaryen

  2. Where did Rhaegar Targaryen die?
    at Casterly Rock
    at King's Landing
    at the Trident River

  3. Who had the Lannisters (of Casterly Rock) supported before Rhaegar died?
    the Crown (the Targaryens)
    the Rebellion (Robert Baratheon)
    no one

  4. Where did Tywin Lannister lead his troops?
    to Casterly Rock
    to King's Landing
    to the Trident River

  5. What did King Aerys want from Tywin Lannister?
    He wanted support against Robert Baratheon's uprising.
    He wanted Tywin's daughter to marry his son.
    He wanted gold.

  6. How did the Lannister army enter the city of King's Landing?
    They were let in through the city gate.
    They attacked and destroyed the gate.
    They climbed over the walls.

  7. Why did Tywin Lannister want to overthrow the Targaryens?
    to make his son (Jamie) king
    to stop the war
    to unite the Seven Kingdoms

  8. How did the Lannister army act during the attack on King's Landing?
    They helped the people defend themselves.
    The moved quickly and carefully.
    They were cruel and violent.

  9. Who killed King Aerys?
    Tywin Lannister
    Jamie Lannister
    Robert Baratheon

  10. Who became king after Aerys Targaryen?
    Tywin Lannister
    Jamie Lannister
    Robert Baratheon

  11. Who did the new king marry?
    Tywin's daughter
    Tywin's sister
    Robert's daughter

  12. Who did the Seven Kingdoms belong to after the Targaryens were defeated?
    The Baratheons (the Stag)
    The Starks (the Wolf)
    The Lannisters (the Lion)

triangle Script

Rhaegar Targaryen laid dead on the banks of the Trident – his Royal Army shattered and in retreat. The days of the Dragon Kings were clearly numbered. Until that moment, it would have been foolish to commit Casterly Rock to either the crown or the rebellion. What would our family have to gain in supporting a raving madman, or in entering a crusade to put Robert Baratheon on the Iron Throne.

But chaos benefits no one. It was time for House Lannister to do what it could to ensure a return of peace and prosperity to the land. I, Tywin Lannister, brought 10,000 Lannister troops to the gates of King's Landing in order to bring the bloodshed to a quick and decisive conclusion. King Aerys had been sending Ravens for months, begging for my support to end the uprising. In a way, his pleas had been answered. As I had suspected, Aerys opened the city gates and welcomed my men. Our plan was clear – crush Aerys’ remaining bannermen and remove the remnants of the royal family as quickly and efficiently as possible. Any alternative meant years of further war and a fragmented Seven Kingdoms. Our means were bloody, but the results speak for themselves.

As for Aerys, it is true he met his fate at the hands of my son Aerys have kept Jamie close during the rebellion, thinking himself clever in keeping my son as a hostage should I decide to pledge support to the rebel cause. This proved to be his greatest mistake. For when the time came, Jamie did his duty as a Lannister and drove his sword into the Mad King’s back. With that, Robert Baratheon's crown was secured.

The new king recognized our role in his ascension to the throne just as he recognized how useful the might and riches of Casterly Rock would be if he wanted to keep it. To that end, I offered my daughter Cersei as his queen. Had Aerys not spurned this same offer years earlier, perhaps things would have worked out differently. With Robert and Cersei crowned as king and queen of the Seven Kingdoms, it was a new day. The dragon was vanquished and the Seven Kingdoms were thereafter belong to the stag and the lion.

Robert's Rebellion
Sack of King's Landing (2)