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"The Sack of King's Landing - House Targaryen"[3] is the sixteenth short of the first season of Histories & Lore. It is the sixteenth 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 describes the horrid fate of his family at the hands of the Usurper, and how he and his mother were able to escape the carnage.[3]


Viserys Targaryen: The Battle of the Trident may have been an important victory for the Usurper, but it was the treachery and barbarism of Tywin Lannister that sealed the fate of the Targaryen dynasty.

My father, King Aerys, had ever been a friend to the Lions of the Rock. Aerys graciously brought Tywin to court, making him the youngest Hand of the King in history. He gave him power. He gave him respect. He made it possible for Tywin to restore House Lannister to glory. Aerys and Tywin governed side by side for twenty prosperous years.

Still, when the Usurper called his banners in rebellion, Tywin Lannister ignored his king's pleas for help, and stayed holed up in his stronghold of Casterly Rock. In time, my brother Prince Rhaegar was dead. The realm was in turmoil. And the Usurper's forces were said to be riding for King's Landing.

What a glorious sight it must have been when a force of ten thousand Lannister men showed up at the gate of the capital with Lord Tywin at their head, pledging support to his beleaguered king. Aerys opened the gates for his old friend. Instead, Lannister and his men proceeded to plunder and destroy the city that he had called home for decades.

As the capital was ravaged and its people terrorized, Jaime Lannister, son of Lord Tywin, proved every bit as treacherous. He killed my father, the king, at the foot of the Iron Throne. The Lannisters entered the Red Keep and Tywin ordered the deaths of the rest of the royal family. It is said Princess Rhaenys was found cowering under her father's bed and put to the sword. She was only a child. As for Rhaegar's widow, Elia, she was forced to watch as Lannister thugs dashed her baby son's head against a wall, before being raped and murdered herself.

As I was the heir to my father's throne, I had been spirited away to Dragonstone with my mother, Queen Rhaella, who was with child. As a raging summer storm battered the island fortress and destroyed the Targaryen fleet as it lay at anchor, my sister Daenerys was born. My mother, the queen, died giving birth.

Now, some seventeen years later, the rightful king still lives in exile. But a day of reckoning is coming. I will sail west, as Aegon the Dragon did centuries before. I will take back my father's throne with blood and fire. And I will punish the treacherous dogs who sought to destroy my family. And the people shall rejoice...








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 16: "The Sack of King's Landing - 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.