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Why are Rhaenyra and Aegon II considered mad Targs by some readers?

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On 23.3.2018. at 0:45 AM, Lord Varys said:

apparently regretted

I checked TWOIAF. It seems that he didn't regret killing every member of his paramour family, but having a paramour.

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16 minutes ago, Kandrax said:

I checked TWOIAF. It seems that he didn't regret killing every member of his paramour family, but having a paramour.

He also made that solemn promise to stick to Rhaella in the future, but one assumes he didn't go walk his capital in rags to make amends just because he was a foul adulterer. There is no indication the man was ever pious. The impression I get is that the death of Prince Jaehaerys caused him to have a rather great mad lapse from which he later recovered, realizing that he had done something terrible. And then he tried to make amends the way he thought he could. He was still the same self-absorbed he was before, making a great show out of his own grief/remorse, like most kings would, but unlike the real cruel Targaryens - like Aerion, Aemond, Daemon, or Maegor - Aerys II was actually capable of remorse, and willing to publicly express it.

It also implies that the pre-Duskendale Aerys II understood that he could (and did) make mistakes. He may have even understood that he was, at times, not really himself, just like some of his mad forebears had been.

The post-Duskendale Aerys II is completely different from that. And unlike cruel rulers like Maegor Aerys II was as dangerous as he was at that time because his behavior was completely unpredictable due to his radical mood swings. The reports from Harrenhal indicate that Aerys switched from laughing to weeping in a matter of moments. He was under great emotional stress (most likely brought about by his affliction), which means pretty much nobody could predict what he would feel and do next.

Keeping men like Maegor or Daemon sweet must have been an easy exercise compared to that.

Aerys II doesn't have an innate sadistic tendencies. The whole burning thing only begins after Duskendale, and harsh judgments prior to Duskendale seem to be exclusively connected to the deaths of the king's many children - which also greatly contributed to his mental instability.

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