I have been thinking a lot about House Targaryen ever since I bought the new book Fire and Blood, which provides a deeper look at the Targaryen Dynasty. The Targaryen I am thinking of now is Viserys the First of His Name. During his first marriage to his cousin Aemma Arryn, Viserys had a daughter that he declared his heir. However, tensions began to grow when Viserys remarried to Alicent Hightower, who gave birth to multiple sons. This weakened the claim Viserys’s daughter had to the Iron Throne, but Viserys would not budge in his decision to make his daughter his heir. When he died, Alicent Hightower, her sons, and allies staged a coup, violating Viserys’s deathbed wish and seized the Iron Throne for his firstborn son, Aegon II. This action resulted in the most destructive civil war Westeros has ever known, The Dance of the Dragons. Before the war, House Targaryen had twenty dragons and at the end of the war they had two and just as few Targaryens. The Dance of the Dragons ultimately stripped the Targaryens of their most powerful weapon, their dragons. Without their dragons, House Targaryen was just like any other noble House and could be overthrown like any other noble House, which came to pass during Robert’s Rebellion. All of this could have been avoided if Alicent Hightower respected her late husband’s wishes and let his daughter take the Iron Throne. On the other hand, the situation could have been avoided altogether if Viserys never remarried. That way, he would not have any extra heirs who would undermine his daughter’s claim. If the Dance of the Dragons was avoided, the Targaryens would still have their dragons and the Iron Throne. This would be a scenario I would like to see.