Game of Thrones Season 8 Histories and Lore – Maegor the Cruel


Varys: Though the Targaryens had forged the
Seven Kingdoms in fire and blood, they didn’t govern with them. Until they did. Maegor, First of His Name, defined counsel
as confirmation and disagreement as treason. Three Grand Maesters tried to avert disaster. Instead of taking their advice, Maegor took
their heads. As a second son and exile, Maegor was never
meant to rule. But no sooner did Maegor hear of his brother’s
death that he flew Balerion to Dragonstone and demanded the crown. Only the Grand Maester dared object that the
throne should pass to his older brother’s firstborn son, Prince Aegon. Maegor insisted that the Iron Throne should
go to the man with the strength to seize it, and beheaded the Grand Maester. Prince Aegon soon took him at his word. He claimed his father’s dragon, raised a host
of Westermen, and marched on King’s Landing while Maegor was in Oldtown. Far from the capital, Maegor couldn’t rally
an army to match Aegon’s. So he ordered his banners to swarm Aegon’s
larger army from all sides, confusing the young prince and slowing his advance. Beneath the Gods Eye, Maegor’s disparate forces
came together and attacked Aegon as Maegor himself swooped down from the clouds. For the first time since the Doom of Valyria,
dragon fought dragon in the sky. But Aegon’s dragon was no match for Balerion
the Dread, who was four times its size. When Aegon fell to his death, his army broke
and fled. For slaying his own nephew, Maegor forever
after became known as “The Cruel.” Though, of course, not to his face. The next Grand Maester dared object to Maegor
taking a third wife when taking his second wife had ruined his brother’s reign because
Maegor’s first wife was the niece of the High Septon. But Maegor beheaded the Grand Maester and
declared war on the Faith. He set fire to the Riverlands, the Westerlands,
and the Reach in a campaign to root out disloyal lords and sponsored a more pliant High Septon. None of it worked. Maegor may have returned to the capital with
two thousand skulls of the Faith Militant, but most of them weren’t soldiers. They were simple folk who had sheltered the
outlaw septons or turned out in droves to hear them denounce the wicked king. The third Grand Maester dared to declare Maegor
the father of his own heir. But when his second wife miscarried, and Maegor
saw the monstrous stillbirth, Maegor beheaded the Grand Maester for his insolent adherence
to truth. So he had no one to warn him when his third
wife, sensing an advantage, declared that his second wife had been unfaithful, and produced
a list of potential fathers of the misshapen child. Not only did Maegor execute his second wife
and her father, his own Hand of the King, but he also marched on her family’s castle
and slaughtered everyone who bore a drop of her family’s blood. But his third wife couldn’t give him a child
either. Desperate to cement his stolen throne with
an heir, Maegor took three wives at once, known as the Black Brides because each were
women he’d widowed in his wars. All three women grew full with child in time,
but each gave birth to the same twisted monstrosities as his second wife. One need not be a maester, much less a Grand
Maester, to deduce the common thread here. Though Maegor stamped out the fires of rebellion,
his cruelty and fear only scattered more tinder over the realm until even the smallest ember
could set the realm alight. One day, the Faith Militant emerged from the
shadows, and the lords sent to quash it joined it instead. His Hand resigned and retired to his island
home. Finally, House Baratheon declared for Maegor’s
own nephew as the rightful king. The Lannisters, Tyrells, and Arryns soon joined,
adding more than half the might of Westeros to the prince and his two dragons. Which became three when Maegor’s niece and
involuntary Black Bride stole away from the Red Keep with her dragon. Her treason wasn’t even the last. Maegor’s own lord admiral sailed the Royal
Fleet into his nephew’s harbor. But most fitting of all, when Maegor tried
to send ravens to call his banners, he found that his fourth Grand Maester had learned
from his predecessors and fled. Maegor spent one final night on the Iron Throne. He was found in the morning with his wrists
slashed and one of the throne’s blades jutting from his throat. Nobody knows if it was one of his queens or
Kingsguard or one of the thousands who wanted him dead. Or even Maegor himself, frustrated that his
body had failed his will. Whoever the culprit, no doubt he died as all
tyrants do. Believing that history would vindicate him. It hasn’t. History may be written with fire and blood,
but histories aren’t. As any good advisor could have warned him.

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33 Comments
  1. King Edward "Longshanks" I, Hammer of the Scots, Lord of Wales and King of England

    I'm affronted at the concept of this season pretending it has anything to do with the history George created.

  2. Jamie Lin

    I like to think this mean house of dragon will go beyond conquest. One can hope.

  3. James Dooling

    Does this storyline interest, confuse, vex, and intrigue you? Yes… yes… Prepare yourself for HBO's follow-up GoT series. You've been warned.

  4. Simon Sungpyo Hong

    I don't know why i'm here. GOT is dead to me.

  5. SabertheBlackfyreLoyalist

    This type of stuff was the thing that I was looking forward to when purchasing the blue ray

  6. Sam Stark

    And yet they made daenerys seem worst than this man

  7. Barry Schwartz

    They barely bothered to animate any of this like previous histories and lore.

  8. Sam Stark

    How is it possible that in 5:20 seconds this had more depth than the whole seasons 7 and 8 together?

  9. J Scott

    All hail King Maegor…the true saviour of the Targaryen Dynasty!!

  10. Darth Star Killer

    Season 8 history and lore: “Fart noises”

  11. Rachel

    Thanks for being a good sport and buying season 8! Totally forgot about the lore on these DVDs. But after they talked up the golden company and then totally disrespected them these are gonna make for a good laugh.

  12. Thomas Mayer

    Thanks for sharing this, cause I’m definitely not buying this seasons blue ray

  13. Eloquin

    Prince Aegon a snack

  14. HolyknightVader999

    In the end, Maegor was vindicated. The Faith Militant returned to power and made Cersei their bitch.

  15. Sophia Wilson

    Statement Maegor was suffering a head injuries or brain damage of the challenge of the crown, also he wasn't sterile it his third wife who poison the others wives who were pregnant with his children.

  16. Meraxes Targaryen

    why are they doing this? why are they telling us all that happened in the reign of Maegor? 🙁 I was hoping "The house of the dragon" to be about that! damn 🙁

  17. Gurt Reynolds

    Magor saved the realm.

  18. Flamethrower

    What's Ironic is that Varys knows about how bad Targaryen rule can be but supports Targaryen restoration instead of Robert's peaceful rule or Renly's rule.

  19. Sophia Wilson

    Remember Maegor the Third that Tyrell talk about to the Banker? They will NOT admit if the was the actor or the script/writers fault?. sidenote there was no Maegor the Third

  20. Filip Stellberg

    Looks like The Dragon Demands was right.

  21. NothingToo Spiffy

    Maegor did nothing wrong

  22. alucard ex

    after season 7 and 8, i don't care anymore….all i hear is disappointment and nonsense.

  23. Notgon Nalie

    Someone has become pretty desperate to upload and monetize stuff like this. Lmao

  24. Sophia Wilson

    Statement the niece ( Rhaena Targaryen) the oldest of the 6 children should have got the crown not the son Aegon uncrowned that Maestor was wrong.

  25. darkblood626

    Kind kind of glad to not see any more weak CGI but wow they barely put any effort into it.

  26. Lewis

    Whoever made this should have produced game of thrones too. (Unless by some miracle it was d and d)

  27. Sofia Fichman

    omg the video editing is so good wth howwwww this deserves a billion views

  28. isrightkev

    Yep more of this please

  29. Prof. Cecily Cogsworth

    I loved the artwork, narration, and script! A class product.

  30. E K

    "History may be written with fire and blood, but histories aren't". If only Season 8 had writing half as good as that.

  31. where the weirwood grows

    So happy they gave conlith something meaningful to do for season 8

  32. Darryl Draven

    Why does this feel like a Monty Python skit

  33. EFC497

    I have a question, do the targayens practice incest marriage during the the old valyrian days? I mean, most of their people are dragon riders right?

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