Viserys Targaryen

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Harry Lloyd as Viserys Targaryen

Alias The Beggar King
Allegiance House Targaryen
Culture Valyria
Born In 275 AL
Died In 298 AL, at Vaes Dothrak
Book(s) A Game of Thrones
A Clash of Kings
A Storm of Swords
A Feast for Crows

Played by Harry Lloyd

Viserys Targaryen, called the Beggar King, was the heir of his father Aerys II and brother Rhaegar before Robert's Rebellion turned him into an exile. Though he styled himself a king, he died without ever sitting the Iron Throne.

Appearance

Viserys has the silver-blonde hair and purple eyes of House Targaryen, and a hard, gaunt face.[1]

Family

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Aegon V
 
Betha
Blackwood
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Duncan
 
Jenny
of Oldstones
 
Jaehaerys II
 
Shaera
 
Daeron
 
Rhaelle
 
Ormund
Baratheon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Aerys II
 
Rhaella
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
House
Baratheon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rhaegar
 
Elia
Martell
 
Shaena
 
 
stillborn child
 
 
Jaehaerys
 
 
Drogo
 
Daenerys
 
Hizdahr
zo Loraq
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rhaenys
 
Aegon
 
 
 
Daeron
 
Aegon
 
Viserys
 
Rhaego
 


History

Viserys was a young boy at the time of Robert's Rebellion. When Rhaegar was defeated upon the Trident, he and his pregnant mother were evacuated to Dragonstone. After the birth of Daenerys, which caused the death of his mother, and the end of the war, Viserys and his sister were smuggled to Braavos by the loyalist Ser Willem Darry, where they lived under Willem's protection until his death. Willem's servants evicted the Targaryens, forcing them to wander the Free Cities as guests of powerful citizens. Their welcome eventually faded, and they were forced to sell off their posessions to survive. When Viserys sold his mother's crown, men started calling him "The Beggar King". While his relationship with his sister was initially warm, Viserys grew to resent Daenerys for killing their mother during birth, and began treating her poorly. He would frequently warn her not to "wake the dragon" and incite his anger.

In Pentos, Viserys met Illyrio Mopatis, who took an interest in returning Viserys to the Iron Throne in return for rewards upon his ascension. Illyrio and Viserys arranged a marriage between Daenerys and Khal Drogo, a powerful Dothraki horselord who promised Viserys 10,000 men to conquer the Seven Kingdoms. Drogo delayed on his promise, however, and Viserys grew increasingly insistent on making a start to the invasion. He tried to browbeat Daenerys into persuading Drogo, but with her new position of authority she began standing up for herself. After trying to hit Daenerys, she had his horse taken away so Viserys rode in a cart; a taboo amongst Dothraki, earning himself the mocking nickname "the Sorefoot King". At Vaes Dothrak, Viserys got drunk and again insisted that Drogo give him his crown. After Viserys drew a sword and threatened Daenerys's unborn child, Drogo melted down a golden belt and upended the pot over Viserys's head, fatally "crowning" him.

Further Involvement

Daenerys tries to remember Viserys as her brother and a good person behind all of his cruelty, after his death, she names her white dragon Viserion after him in his memory.

References and Notes