Were Aegon real then shouldn't he be introduced in the narrative a bit earlier ?
For all that I adore his role in the narrative, the Song of Ice and Fire is not actually Aegon's red carpet, no matter what Rhaegar thought. His is not the story of his rise to Targaryen kingship and a happy ending. It's a story of self-discovery and resistance.
Considering his ties to the Dornish arc, Aegon was always going to appear later, which is logical also because the narrative is consistently refocusing away from the thrill of power games to the consequences on the ground and on the less powerful. Elia is the victim of the consequences of Rhaegar's actions, along with her children.
Dorne and Elia are obscure in AGOT, they sneak into notice in ACOK, splash onto the scene in ASOS and just sprawl in AFFC/ADWD. Elia is at the heart of that story because everything is ultimately motivated by her murder. Even Arianne through Doran. Aegon rises into prominence with them. Because his story is not about a Targ prince reclaiming the throne. It's about Elia's son.
That said, he is presented as the Hidden Prince at the moment of his emerging from obscurity.
Aegon is the culmination of the three-step-reveal technique GRRM likes to use, for the baby swap. Bran and Rickon for the miller's sons. Aemon Steelsong for Monster. Aegon for the "pisswater boy". (Though was he?) The other two are real, why not Aegon?
Keep in mind, Jon's parentage is still supposed to be a secret. The only other successfully hidden heirs officially known to the reader are the Starklings, whose story and legitimacy we know.
He introduces the perspective of the outside of the hidden prince. Who is this guy? Is his story legit? Why should he rule? Because someone turned him into a guinea pig for perfect education? GRRM is exposing the concept of the hidden prince as a bit of a mess. He could be fake, indeed. Who can prove it? But does it actually even matter?
What matters is that Aegon believes he is real. All his motivations are genuine. All his worth will be proven by what he does and who he is. Fittingly, he only really comes alive as a character once he decides to take Westeros by conquest - and once he comes into the sphere of his mother's House.
That's where the emotional meat is, the story that will make him compelling. GRRM will explore philosophical questions of rulership with Aegon, but at the heart this is a story about a son caught between mother and father, dragon and people, and what destiny really means.
Quentyn thought he was living one story, but it turned out to be quite another. Aegon will mirror that, only he is more likely to understand the cost. Quentyn longs for life but reaches for the dragon as if trapped by his quest and is surprised by his own horrific end.
When Aegon faces the dragons it will be the consequence of an active choice, with full awareness of the mortal consequences. He will understand what Rhaegar was, and he will understand what drove House Martell every time they opposed the dragons, down to the days of Nymeria.
Aegon's story could not have been told without the story of Dorne. It's tied to the turn away from power games to consequences and resistance and rebuilding that emerges slowly through the books. His introduction had to wait until this point because the stage was not properly set before that.
There are a lot of good moments and bad moments in Fire and Blood. Scary moments, funny moments, scary moments, weird moments, etc. They've been pretty well discussed.
But something I feel that doesn't get discussed enough is this quote here.
“My faithful Mushroom,’ Her Grace called me, ‘would that all men were true as you. I should make you my Hand.’ When I replied that I would sooner be her consort, she laughed. No sound was ever sweeter. It was good to hear her laugh.”
Mushroom spends a good amount of his time crapping on both Aegon and Rhaenyra. Yet we see by this that he has a good deal of affection for his queen. In addition to being heartwarming, it adds a layer of depth to this character that I feel is sometimes missed. Because even if this entirely made up, he still thought highly of her enough to include how sweet her laughter was.
It makes you wonder about Mushroom himself. Did he mourn her death, even if he had felt she had gone too far in the Dance? Did he feel a duty to look out for Aegon III, the little king?
Fandom: A Song of Ice and Fire - George R. R. Martin, A Song of Ice and Fire & Related Fandoms
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Rhaenys Targaryen (Daughter of Elia)/Viserys Targaryen
Characters: Rhaenys Targaryen, Viserys Targaryen, Daenerys Targaryen
Additional Tags: does this quality for summer is for dorne?, the queen of vague summaries
Series: Part 2 of I Know Those Eyes (this man is dead)
Daenerys didn’t know what to think of the dark haired woman with those deep indigo eyes.
I actually have a soft spot for Viserys. Is he a bad person? Absolutely. Do I still find him tragic and like reading/writing about him? Absolutely.
Be forewarned that the majority of these answers are based solely on my headcanons with very little to do with actual canon 🤣
Sexuality Headcanon: Gay! I think he is super repressed in canon, but in an AU where he grew up with Rhaelle, he would have been able to accept it.
Gender Headcanon: Cis male
A ship I have with said character: Viserys x Rhaegar and Viserys x Arthur Dayne. I'm noticing that I tend to ship problematic characters with each other (and I do find all three of these men to be problematic), but it works for me. I have all sorts of headcanons for these pairings, if anyone is ever interested.
A BROTP I have with said character: Viserys & Renly!!! This is based off the idea that Renly was conceived as a possible wife for Viserys, but obviously that didn't happen. They're only a year apart, but in an AU where the rebellion didn't happen, I picture them being best friends & being salty AF, roasting everyone around them for their fashion choices.
A NOTP I have with said character: Viserys x Arianne. Besides the fact that I picture him as being gay, my girl deserves better than Viserys (even with the soft spot I have for him). Even in an AU where he grew up with Rhaelle and the rebellion didn't happen, I still think he'd have some issues in relationships that I wouldn't want her to have to deal with!
A random headcanon: That's pretty much this entire post (lol), but for another one: I think Viserys was going to be insecure no matter what, because people constantly compare him to Rhaegar and he never quite measures up. I also love think that he'd be the fun, gay uncle (but also bad role model) to Rhaenys & Aegon if they survived.
General Opinion over said character: He's a deeply problematic and tragic character, and I love him anyway.
Hiii. I’m re watching one of my favorite shows right now, fringe! Have you ever seen it? It’s super sci fi, and my mom describes it as a 2010s version of the xfiles which I think is pretty valid. Anyways, hope you’re having a goodnight! 🌙😘
i have not but ive heard about it obviously 👀 i’m not super into sci-fi tbh which is ironic of me to say as a marvel stan skdhdkd
i’m having a good night!! my friend jenna and i are watching daredevil right now and then i have a hot date with @evanbucxley’s fic that she just finished posting 🥰🥰
No livro As Crônicas de ❄️❄️ e 🔥🔥, diferente daquilo que é mostrado na série da HBO, a personagem Daenarys Targaryen é imune ao fogo, exceto por seus cabelos, deixando-a careca após o nascimento dos dragões na pira funerária de Kal Drogo. No livro, Drogo presenteia Daenarys com uma pele de leão branco, que ela usa em sua cabeça na falta dos cabelos. Ao entrar em sua tenda em busca de uma audiência com a Mãe de dragões, seu conselheiro, Sor. Jorah, encontra Daenarys sentada em suas tapeçarias e peles, o corpo nu, coberto desde a cabeça apenas pela pele do leão branco. O dragão dourado, Viserion, está empoleirado em sua mãe, se agarrando a pele de leão e fitando o cavalheiro com seus olhos de ouro líquido.
Uma cena memorável, não deixou a minha mente desde que eu a li pela primeira vez😊, esse desenho é a prova disso. 🔥🔥🔥🐲🐲🐲🔥🔥🔥