Dancing With Dragons: Born To Be Mad

Throughout the fantasy genre, madness is as common as it is throughout history, looking at the kings and queens of old.

Madness in monarchical history is just so frequent and begs the question, what truly is madness? Is it a repercussion of interbreeding? Or is it power-hungry lords making accusations so they can sit the throne? And even in great American novels like One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey, madness is shown to be relative, as characters were admitted to the mental asylum for reasons that went against society’s “values” driven by fear.

Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Unarguably my favourite scene in the show, Jaime showing his humanity in his retelling of Aerys’ madness and the day he killed him in King’s Landing
Despite the shitty writing this season, it might be the best performance of Emilia Clarke’s career (HBO)
Robert’s Rebellion fan art (Photo Credit: Unknown)
He could have been great, the One True King of Westeros, Stannis the Mannis (HBO)
Stannis has Shireen burnt to death in the name of conquest (HBO)

When the dragons were active, House Targaryen was an ascent. When they died, the taint endured.

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