Hello Rebels, and welcome back to my life.
Let’s talk about WTF with Game of Thrones, choosing one element out of this week’s episode that I thought was worth mentioning and dissecting it so people who don’t read the books understand a bit more about what’s going on.
For those who have been watching my Game of Thrones videos for a few weeks, this is a change from what I was doing before, which was trying to recap the whole episode and talk about EVERYTHING that happened.
There’s just too much to talk about in a four minute video and I can’t afford to make two videos on it every week, so this is the new thing!
Today let’s talk about the ruined city that Tyrion and Jorah Mormont sailed through near the end of the episode, where they were attacked by the stone men.
That city was called Valyria, and it was the capital of an empire called the Valyrian Freehold, which is something the show hasn’t gone into in a whole lot of detail before, so don’t feel bad if you had no idea what was going on there.
The Valyrian Freehold is related to, but not the SAME as, the Targaryen family, of which Daenerys is the last major surviving member, unless you accept R+L=J, which, let’s face it, is pretty much canon at this point.
The Valyrian Freehold was the greatest and most powerful empire in the history of the world, and it was ruled over by forty noble houses that constantly vied for power. And all of them, by the way, had dragons.
Now, one of these families were, of course, the Targaryens, and what’s funny is that they weren’t even one of the most powerful families. They were just A noble family in the kingdom.
A powerful member of the Targaryen family named Daenerys had a dream about the impending destruction of the empire and convinced her father to move the Targaryens away from Valyria.
Because of this she was called Daenerys the Dreamer and her name was venerated in her family, which is why OUR Daenerys Targaryen was named after her.
After the Targaryens moved away, an unspecified Doom fell on Valyria. No one knows exactly what happened, but we do know a few details.
One is that volcanoes erupted. Lots of them. Like, the whole place just erupted in volcanoes that destroyed most of the city.
Other tales tell of a great wall of water 300 feet high sweeping in and wiping the city out, and the land in the north splitting apart and turning the place into an island.
And most accounts agree that there was a great rumbling and shaking in the earth before the Doom, and that the rumbling was felt throughout many neighboring lands as well.
My personal theory is that a meteor hit the ocean off the coast, raising the tsunami, and cracking a geological fault line that already existed near the city, causing the land to break apart and dormant volcanoes to erupt.
Regardless, the entire empire was wiped out. The last remnants of Valyria were the Targaryens, safe on an island not far away from King’s Landing, the current capital of Westeros.
After that, the Targaryens set about conquering Westeros, a process that only took them about a hundred years, and they ruled until many hundreds of years later when Robert Baratheon rebeled, a few years before the beginning of the Game of Thrones storyline that WE know.
Meanwhile Valyria came to be known as a cursed land where demons walked the earth and doom hung everywhere. People said the sea boiled and the lands were covered in smoke.
Now we know from when Tyrion and Jorah went there that that part’s not true, but what is true is that when people get Greyscale, the disease Stannis Bartheon’s daughter had, they are usually sent to Valyria to live out the rest of their painful life.
As you can see from the stone men that attacked them at the end, Greyscale generally takes over the victim’s whole body and mind until they’re basically zombies. Supernaturally strong zombies who want to infect other people with Greyscale.
So that’s WTF is up with this week’s episode of Game of Thrones. Spread that knowledge around, especially at parties where it will make you feel superior to other people who watch the show and don’t read the books.
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Thank you all for watching, and I will see you tomorrow. Byyye.