James Steller Posted February 22 Share Posted February 22 I've wrestled with this question for a while (and no, I have not watched HOTD yet, I'm only going by the book version). From what Gyldayn says about him, Viserys really doesn't come off as a good king. The stability and prosperousness of his reign can't really be credited to him, can they? It was Jaehaerys who healed the realm and ruled it justly (though I do have issues with Jaehaerys as well). Back on topic, though, Viserys really strikes me as a man who lived fat on his grandfather's laurels. He also sowed the seeds for a conflict so destructive that it nearly obliterated his family. But that said, I don't think I can hold him fully responsible for what happened either. True, he did willfully avoid the serious issues that were tearing his family apart, but his being decisive wouldn't have fixed everything either. Disowning Rhaenyra would have caused a whole bunch of issues, as would his not remarrying after Aemma died. It feels like he was damned no matter what he did. Anyone else have thoughts on this topic? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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