Viserys Targaryen

Viserys Targaryen, styling himself Viserys III, is the second son and second child of Aerys II Targaryen. Thirteen years before the events of the series, he and his sister Daenerys fled Westeros to escape death at the hands of rebel Robert Baratheon. He is a cruel, ambitious, and blunt man who is prone to violent mood swings. He spent the past thirteen years wandering through the Free Cities, running from supposed assassins and plotting to return to reclaim his father’s throne. He is often mocked as the Beggar King because he must rely on the generosity of those sympathetic to his cause. In A Game of Thrones, he marries his sister to Khal Drogo, hoping that the marriage will buy Drogo’s Dothraki warriors. He often states that he is the rightful ruler of the Seven Kingdoms and demands respect, but he is blind to the fact that Daenerys, his sworn knight Jorah Mormont, and nearly everyone else scorn his petty and vindictive nature. He constantly disrespects Dothraki customs, demands Drogo’s aid, and verbally abuses his sister. When Viserys threatens to kill Daenerys and her unborn child and draws a sword in Vaes Dothrak, where it is forbidden to spill blood, Drogo “crowns” him with a pot of molten gold and kills him. He is the namesake of Daenerys’s cream-colored dragon Viserion; after his death, Daenerys tries to remember her brother as a good person before poverty and exile drove him mad, noting that he did keep her alive and safe. Viserys Targaryen is portrayed by Harry Lloyd in the television adaptation of the novels.


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