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"Robert's Rebellion - House Targaryen"[3] is the fifteenth short of the first season of Histories & Lore. It is the fifteenth short of the series overall. It was released on March 6, 2012 in Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season. It was narrated by Harry Lloyd as Viserys Targaryen and written by Bryan Cogman.


Viserys Targaryen explains how the War of the Usurper was not a clashing of swords, but a dagger in the back of his father, Aerys II.[3]


Viserys Targaryen: The Targaryens, blood of the dragon and the last of Old Valyria, were loved by their subjects and admired far and wide as the greatest dynasty in the history of the western world.

But the peace and prosperity of nearly three centuries of Targaryen rule were shattered by the Usurper, Robert Baratheon, and his band of traitors.

House Baratheon owed its very existence to the Targaryens. Was it not Aegon the Dragon, himself, who elevated the bastard Orys Baratheon in the War of Conquest?

And what of the Starks? The Lannisters? The Arryns of the Vale?

All had been spared and allowed to keep their lands when Aegon could easily have wiped them out. Centuries later, the Usurper and his lackeys repaid Aegon's benevolence with treachery.

There are some who dare to claim Robert and his allies had reason to rebel. They say the crown prince stole the Usurper's lady love.

They say my father, King Aerys, murdered Rickard Stark and his son without just cause. Whether these charges are true or not, it doesn't matter! The dragon answers to no one.

Aerys's good name has been besmirched in the years since the rebellion. He has been called a dangerous madman, a monster, a tyrant that brought his tragic end upon himself.

Lies! My father was a victim of weaklings in his council! Lackwits who failed him in his hour of need, and let the rebellion spin out of control!

But it was not enough. The royal army was crushed at the Battle of the Trident. It was there the valiant Rhaegar met Robert in single combat, but the gods betrayed him, and he perished by the Usurper's hand.

As the Field of Fire had marked the end of the Andals centuries before, the Battle of the Trident seemed to herald the end of the dragon kings.

When word reached the capital of my brother Rhaegar's death, my father Aerys moved to protect me, as I was the surviving heir to the throne.

He sent me to the island fortress of Dragonstone, along with my mother, Queen Rhaella, who was great with child. But as my father, my king, Aerys Targaryen, prepared to defend his throne to the bitter end, little did he know of the horrors and betrayals that awaited him and our family.










Behind the scenes[]


  1. Jacob Klein (March 4, 2012). Game of Thrones DVD & Blu-Ray Available 3/6!. HBO Watch. Retrieved December 15, 2023.
  2. Histories & Lore: Season 1, Short 15: "Robert's Rebellion - House Targaryen" (2012).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season (2012).
  4. Dan Selcke (September 20, 2017). Bryan Cogman is developing a fifth Game of Thrones prequel series for HBO. Winter is Coming. Retrieved December 14, 2023.