Game of Thrones
The Iron Throne is undoubtedly the main character of the A Song of Ice and Fire book series. It is the namesake of the HBO series. It is the ultimate goal of every living-breathing character in the George R. R. Martin universe. Without the Iron Throne, there is no Game of Thrones.
The Iron Throne was forged from a thousand surrendered swords of Aegon I Targaryen, during his conquest of Westeros. Aegon used the fiery breath of his mighty dragon, Balerion the Black Dread, to heat his new seat of power, in the 59 days it took to forge the iconic throne. Once finished, it was a terrible, yet magnificent sight to behold. The throne itself was not fashioned with comfort in mind, as Aegon did not think that a king should easily sit in rule over his court and kingdom.
Because of the jagged edges and twisted metal, many Targaryens of the Targaryen kingly lineage, would come away from sitting upon the Iron Throne with cuts and gouges suffered at the behest of the monstrous seat. The Iron Throne took a malicious liking to one Targaryen in particular, and The Mad King, Aerys II Targaryen, payed a terribly bloody price for sitting in the throne’s bloodthirsty grasp. So much in fact, that people of the Mad King’s court often referred to him, in whispers of course, as King Scab.
The Iron Throne itself, is credited with the death of Maegor I Targaryen, who was known as Maegor the Cruel. Lord Rickard Stark was burned alive in his armor, in front of the Iron Throne as his son Brandon helplessly watched, killing himself in an attempt to free his father. Jaime Lannister earned his name “Kingslayer” under the ever malevolent eye of the Iron Throne, when he ran a sword through the Mad King’s back.
In season 4, the Iron Throne will once again take center stage, as Stannis Baratheon will try and garner the needed support to once again bolster his claim as king. Daenerys Targaryen will learn to rule as queen in Mereen, before she can sail to Westeros, in order to make her bid for the throne. And, House Lannister will continue to try and hold their claim, through Joffrey, to the throne they feel belongs to them.
How do you think the story of the Iron Throne will unfold in season 4? Try and keep the spoilers to a minimum for those who, in the minority, haven’t yet read the books. Let me know what you think in the comments below, and while you’re there, let me know who or what you would like to see as the next countdown character.
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