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asoiaf  →  Katheryn Winnick as Visenya Targaryen.

She was a warrior, more comfortable in ringmail than in silk, with her long silver-gold hair in braided coils or bound in rings. She wielded the Valyrian steel sword Dark Sister. Visenya was described as having a “harsh beauty” and was reputed to have dabbled in sorcery. While her sister Rhaenys was the flirt, she was the seductress.

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asoiaf  →  Rosamund Pike as Rhaenys Targaryen.

A bolt from a scorpion pierced the eye of Meraxes, and the great dragon and the queen who rode upon it fell from the sky. In her death throes, the dragon destroyed the castle’s highest tower and part of the curtain wall. Whether Rhaenys Targaryen outlived her dragon remains a matter of dispute. Some say that she lost her seat and fell to her death, others that she was crushed beneath Meraxes in the castle yard. A few accounts claim the queen survived her dragon’s fall, only to die a slow death by torment in the dungeons of the Ullers.

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asoiaf  →   Stellan Skarsgård as Maegor the Cruel.

Tyanna took over Maegor’s care, and on the thirtieth day of his coma, he awoke. He mounted Balerion and without a warning flew over the Sept of Remembrance on Rhaenys’s Hill, where he unleashed the Black Dread’s flames, which consumed the Sept and all within in dragon flame. Those who tried to flee were slain by archers Maegor had placed around the hill. The screams of burning and dying men were said to echo in the streets of King’s Landing and for it was claimed for seven days a pall hung over the city.

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asoiaf  →  Travis Fimmel as Aegon the Conqueror.

Aegon was an enigma to his contemporaries. Armed with the valyrian steel blade Blackfyre, he was counted amongst the greatest warriors of his age, yet he took no pleasure in feats of arms and never rode in tourney or mêlée. His mount was Balerion the Black Dread, but he flew only to battle, or to travel swiftly across land and sea. His commanding presence drew men to his banners, yet he had no close friends, save Orys Baratheon, the companion of his youth. Women were drawn to him, but Aegon remained ever faithful to his sisters. As king, he put great trust in his small council and his sisters, leaving much of the day-to-day governance of the realm to them … yet did not hesitate to take command when he found it necessary. Though he dealt harshly with rebels and traitors, he was open-handed with former foes who bent the knee.

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asoiaf  →   Sir Ian McKellen as Jaehaerys the Wise.

Jaehaerys ruled for fifty-five years, becoming the longest-ruling of the Targaryen kings, which led to him also being referred to as the “Old King”. Jaehaerys brought to the realm a time of great peace and prosperity, aided by his beloved sister-wife, Good Queen Alysanne. The young Jaehaerys, who loved to read became acquainted with Barth, who attended the King’s books and records. Jaehaerys eventually raised him to be his Hand of the King, an office no commoner had ever held before, nor would hold after. With Barth’s aid, Jaehaerys reformed the realm more than any king who lived before. It was during Jaehaerys’s reign that the Night’s Watch castle Deep Lake was built, which was paid for by his wife’s jewels and built by men Jaehaerys sent north. Jaehaerys’s entire reign is remembered as the most prosperous period in the history of the Targaryen monarchy. His reign brought peace, stability, and justice to the Seven Kingdoms. Jaehaerys is possibly the best king that Westeros ever saw, and is regarded as such by many historians and laymen.