10 Facts About Westeros Game Of Thrones Won't Tell You
2. The Mad King Actually Had Goals
When Game Of Thrones mentions the Mad King it’s often to
discuss how mad he was. Sure, we know he was fond of wildfire and burning
people alive, but what else do we really know about the last Targaryen king?
Why was he so mad and what did he actually want?
As it turns out, the Mad King wasn’t simply mad for the fun
of it: he was mad because no one was listening to the things that he wanted to get done. For one thing, King Aerys wanted to build a new Wall 100 miles north of
the current one and take all the territory in between for himself. And while
that probably wouldn’t have been a great idea considering the White Walkers there,
hey, at least someone in Westeros other than Jon wanted to talk about the Wall.
Other things the Mad King wanted was to replace all of King’s
Landing with a new capital; one that was comprised entirely of white marble.
This would’ve served little purpose other than to show off his wealth, which of
course he didn’t have much of since he owed so much to the Iron Bank. His
solution for that, however, was simply to go to war with Braavos so that he
didn’t have to pay back the debt.
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