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Game of Thrones Backstory
What Happened before the First Episode of Game of Thrones
Complete Game of Thrones Backstory
For anyone who is watching the HBO Television series, Game of Thrones much of the backstory may get confusing. Events that happened years prior are slowly leaked out into the main storyline.
Some knowledge of many of these events may even end up being entirely missing from the plot-line, as they can add a lot of extra exposition and possibly slow down the storyline.
Many of these plot points do add a lot of depth to the storyline and are well worth finding out for the anyone who is watches the Game of Thrones. It is a Game of Thrones summary of the things that went BEFORE the first episode.
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Game of Thrones Summary of the things that happened before the start of the first episode
Targeryon Kings came from Valaria.The Targeryon Kings subdued all 7 Kingdoms (From the Stark Kingdom in the North to the Kingdom of Dorne in the south) Ruling for roughly 300 years.When the Targeryons first came to Westeros they rode three dragons. After time the last living Dragon died off.Since the practice of Targeryons is too often intermarry and many of them over the years were mad. There were a series of mad kings, but also some great ones.
Events Pertinent to the Storyline of game of Thrones
Before Roberts RebellionA great uncle to Mad King Aegon, "took the black" and went to the wall to ensure that he would not be used as a pawn to disrupt his younger brothers rule. He is an old man still alive at "the Wall" :Maester AemonAegon Targeyon is made King and rules Peacefully for many years with Tywin Lannister as his HandAegon begins to slip into more arrogance and madness. He spurns Tywin Lannisters offer of his daughter Cersei to marry Rhaegar and instead has Rhaegar marry Princess Elia of Dorne.Rheagar begins to think that either he or his son is the "Prince who is promised" who shall fight the oncoming darkness.Jaime Lannister is Knighted at a very young age and shows promise to be one of the great Knight in history.A very young Petyr Baelish is in love with Catelyn Tully. He argues with and tries to duel older and stronger Brandon Stark, who is engaged to Catelyn. Brandon lets him live, but embarrasses him.
Tourney At Harrenhal:A simple Tourney has great impact on future events.Young Jaime Lannister is in love with his sister. He joins the Kings guard for a chance to be with her in Kings Landing and also for the chance to gain glory as a Knight. He gets neither. His father resigns as "hand" and leaves Kings Landing when he is accepted. As well as disowning Jamie.At the greatest tournament in "living history" Jaime is not allowed to compete by Kings orders.Eddard Stark is the second of three sons at this point. His older brother is said to "have the wolf" in him. In other words, he is a little wild, as is his sister Lyanna and as his daughter Arya will be.Rheagar seems like an honorable Prince, and he is certainly skillful. He wins the tournament, but rather than presenting the crown of "Queen of Love and Beauty" to his wife as expected, he creates a huge stir by presenting it to Lyanna Stark, who is betrothed to Robert Baratheon.
Madness of the King Quite a few events show the King slowly devolving into madness.He had Illyn Paynes tongue ripped out as one early example.Rhaegar Targeryon -may- have kidnapped Lyanna Stark. (the answer to whether he did or not always revolves around who is talking) There is evidence that he also may have been partially unjustly accused of this. This action, - in typical Romeo and Juliet-fashion- leads to all the future bloodshed and death.Brandon Stark (Neds older brother) rides into Kings landing with 6 of his friends and demand justice from the king. The King then orders all the fathers of these young noblemen to come to Kings Landing to "parole" their children. He then brutally murders the fathers and the boys.
Robert's RebellionMad King Aegon then sends a summons out to Jon Arryn (one of the powerful lords of the land) to send the two boys he has been "fostering," Eddard Stark and Robert Baratheon (the fiancÃ© and brother of missing Lyanna) to come to King's landing. Presumably to their deaths.Baratheon, Arryan and Stark instead rise in rebellion.Ned Stark marries Catelyn Tully, who had been engaged to his brother Brandon, to secure the help of the powerful Tully Lords in the rebellion. This makes 4 of the 7 kingdoms in rebellion. With the most powerful, the Lannisters, sitting out completely.There are many battles such as the, "Battle of the Bells" where Stark and Baratheon personal skill allows them to gain power and create unexpected victories.Finally there is a showdown at the Battle of the Trident. Forces led by Robert battle forces led by Prince Rhaeger. Before the battle Rhaegar acknowledges that, "things have gone too far" and he will have to do something about his father and his madness once the rebellion is crushed.Rheager is killed in the battle of the Trident by Robert.Back at King's Landing, the mad King has enough "wildfire" placed under his city to burn it (and everyone in it) in to the ground. He orders all his kingsgaurd to battle, but keeps only young Jaime (about 15 at this time) behind. Tywin Lannister finally breaks his neutrality now that Roberts rebellion is sure to succeed and marches on Kings landing. The king is at first convinced that Tywin is coming to help him. Realizing (too late) that Tywin has joined the rebellion now that the outcome is clear the king orders the city and everone in it put to death by se of the wildfire. Jaime kills the man given the orders to burns the city down and then kills the King.It is essential to his character that he is given the nickname the "Kingslayer" by Stark and reviled for what he says is the "greatest thing he ever did"
The (Bloody) AftermathMany of the Kingsguard are still in the field protecting Prince Rheagars family. They are defeated by Stark. Who manages (with help) to kill the greates knight ever, who also happens to be the brother of the woman Ned Stark loves, Azhara Dayne. Only Ned and his friend Howland Reed survive the encounter to find out that Lyanna is dieing.Meanwhile much of the "mopping up" of the family of Rhaegar is undertaken by men in service to the Lannisters. Who go way far and murder all of Rhaegars family even the babies.Rhaegars younger brother Viserys, a loyal knight and the Queen (pregnant with Daenarys) manage to escape across the sea.Robert becomes King and marries Cersei Lannister to gain the support of the powerful Lannister family and avoid another civil war.Ned Stark returns home to the wife he doesn't really know with a young bastard child.Jon Arryn becomes "Hand of the King" until he dies at the very start of the first book.The kids are born and 17 years pass by
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Westeros Political Map
Not sure where "The Reach" or "the Neck" or many of the other small places that are frequently mentioned on HBO's Game of Thrones?
If you are not sure of the locations of all of these different places are in the grand scale of the world of George RR Martin's, "Westeros" than this Westeros political map can help to make all these things clear to you.
What happened before Game of Thrones - Backstory in the Dunk and Egg Series
What happened before in Game of Thrones is not just a history of what is mentioned in the Song of Ice and Fire books. George RR Martin also has a continuing adventure of Dunk and Egg. An unlikely hedge Knight and 4th son of a fourth son of the Targeryons he takes as a squire.
The Story in the Hedge Knight series are a little bit more "light-hearted" than the main series, and deal with events of approximately 80 years prior.
Dunk and Egg are also mentioned in the game of thrones history.
(in both the the books, and in passing (so far 1 time) in the television series
In the ASOIAF series we know that the young character AEGON becomes, Aegon the unlikely, a good Targeryon king who ascends the thrones through an unlikely series of deaths over time of people higher in line of ascension. Aegon is also the Targeryon that supplies Robert Baratheon's claim to the throne. Since Egg's daughter will marry a Baratheon, making Aegon also Robert, Renly and Staffron's Great- grandfather.
Dunk is also listed as having been a Hand of the King and a Lord Commander of the Kingsguard at some point in his life. Both Magister Aemon and Barristan Selmy remember having met them in their lives. Magister Aemon actually being Aegon's slightly older brother.
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