Aegon’s Conquest: how did Daenerys' ancestors take Westeros?

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  • Published: 16 January 2017
  • How did Aegon Targaryen conquer Westeros three hundred years before Game of Thrones? Will Daenerys take the Throne?

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Comments • 2 650

  • JESSE B
    JESSE B  2 days back

    Now this is what I can get into, the story explained well, images are great and dramatic music..... Great Job👍

    • Alexander The Accursed

      9:47 he didn't mention Lady Olena

      • Larkin Hancock
        Larkin Hancock  7 days back

        Who's here after the Prequel for Targaryens was announced?

        • Trustworthy McLegitimate

          Harrenhal Easy Bake Oven

          • MoshedZ
            MoshedZ  2 weeks back

            Thanks to the announcement of House of the Dragon, this vid's about to skyrocket.

            Also Harren seems just as dumb as his Ironborn descendants: "lets 1v6 the Iron Throne with our wasteland islands"

            • Chris
              Chris  2 weeks back

              House of the Dragons is gonna be EPIC for 7 magical seasons... then HBO's new show called "A Dream of Spring" starring resurrected Queen Daenerys Targaryen. Queen Daenerys will Rule the 7 Kingdom for decades of Peace and Prosperity...

              • Suraj Dhanawade
                Suraj Dhanawade  2 weeks back

                This could probably be a spoiler for GOT's prequel House of The Dragon!

                • Prime Gaming
                  Prime Gaming  2 weeks back

                  Can’t wait to see this in House of the Dragons prequel

                  • Prime Gaming
                    Prime Gaming  2 weeks back

                    Can’t wait to see this in House of the Dragons prequel

                    • Larkin Hancock
                      Larkin Hancock  2 weeks back

                      If Orys Baratheon really was a bastard I'd be mad too if I didn't get a dragon

                      • Larkin Hancock
                        Larkin Hancock  5 days back

                        @Valor but there was no telling how many dragon eggs were probably around and if any riderless dragons were around.

                      • Valor
                        Valor  5 days back

                        @Larkin Hancock There was no dragons for him, only three were alive till his middle age or so.

                    • Mystique
                      Mystique  3 weeks back

                      Came back after House of the Dragon was announced lol 🔥

                      • Eric Russell
                        Eric Russell  3 weeks back

                        The tv throne is way better fyi

                        • Fred InAbsentia
                          Fred InAbsentia  3 weeks back

                          you people need to get a life

                          • Valor
                            Valor  5 days back

                            Fred InAbsentia Why live a life when you can live a thousand

                        • Tarn Coleman
                          Tarn Coleman  3 weeks back

                          Congratulations on making this nonsense make some sense if that’s possible you nailed it they left so many open ends just like Star Wars and Lord of the rings GOT will be back wether they do a movie or a series who knows Danny might come back as lady stoneheart John will have to come back with Drogon and all will be well you should do a what if they make a movie video THANKS AGAIN from Toronto Canada 🇨🇦

                          • Devdoot Mahapatra
                            Devdoot Mahapatra  3 weeks back

                            Before Robert John arynn was the king..

                          • Joni Turunen
                            Joni Turunen  4 weeks back

                            why dont they armor their dragons?

                            • Valor
                              Valor  5 days back

                              Joni Turunen Dragon scales are extremely hard and repel weapons. The only place a dragon can get hurt is in the eye, a dragon helmet would hamper their vision.

                          • UK London
                            UK London  1 months back

                            I really wanted to see the red priest burned alive like she burned Sharen Beratheon

                            • KimDonk-Un
                              KimDonk-Un  1 months back

                              this incest shit is really confusing my big brain

                              • mijan hoque
                                mijan hoque  1 months back

                                The Targaryens are basically the Plantaganet dynasty

                                • Billy Tessio
                                  Billy Tessio  1 months back

                                  How Bran never warged into a dragon on this fucking show is beyond me...

                                  • Sonia Ndukwe
                                    Sonia Ndukwe  2 months back

                                    What a waste of character arch

                                    • Denis Kriško
                                      Denis Kriško  2 months back

                                      Well.........she fucked up kinda

                                      • Gage Lefevre
                                        Gage Lefevre  2 months back

                                        That family tree seems to be missing a few branches...

                                        • IIRAW
                                          IIRAW  2 months back

                                          Of course it is. There are too many to show them all lol. Read the World history book 'TWOIAF' if you want to learn more. Read 'Fire and Blood' if you want an even more detailed account.

                                      • Ahmed Shaharyar Ejaz
                                        Ahmed Shaharyar Ejaz  2 months back

                                        This video is painful to watch now after the way GOT ended.

                                        • Axel
                                          Axel  2 months back

                                          You should be a writer on GOT

                                          • asoom
                                            asoom  2 months back

                                            harrens a whore

                                            • Josh Shapiro
                                              Josh Shapiro  2 months back

                                              "She's been pretty burn-y lately."

                                              Oh, 2017. You sweet summer child.

                                              • WargAttack
                                                WargAttack  2 months back

                                                The part about aegons dragons being the only ones left are wrong. The targaryans brought 5 or 8 dragons to dragonstone

                                                • Valor
                                                  Valor  5 days back

                                                  WargAttack 5. By Aegon's time, only 1 lived of those 5, the other hatched at dragonstone.

                                              • Alex karav
                                                Alex karav  2 months back

                                                Don't tell me all this information is written in the books🤯

                                                • Mndali Kurd
                                                  Mndali Kurd  2 months back

                                                  I appreciate D&Ds attempt of making a great show out of a great story and I admit, seaons 1-7 were very good but even in these seasons there is space for improvements; that's a whole diff topic though. Season 8 however... this season ruined it alot, so rushed, so many things left with a loose end, just didnt feel right but deep down I really wish better writers are granted permission by George R.R Martin to make another show out of the books. A boy can only dream.

                                                  • Marcy Roth
                                                    Marcy Roth  2 months back

                                                    Fuck oberyn and the rest of house sun spear

                                                    • Marcy Roth
                                                      Marcy Roth  2 months back

                                                      F*** yellow toad f*** dorn I remember hearing this story in another videoabout the history of House Targaryen and the Seven Kingdoms in King's landingbut I didn't fully understand the whole thing about yellow toad and rehnys about their retaliation against the targaryensthis video cleared it up for me and all I have to say is I'm glad that house dorne came to an end with Cersei revenge for killing a dragon

                                                      • Beau Downs
                                                        Beau Downs  2 months back

                                                        Harren the Black: stone doesn’t burn

                                                        Aegon: Bet

                                                      • Ali Rahmatellahi
                                                        Ali Rahmatellahi  3 months back

                                                        They really should make a prequel series focusing on the past Targaryens and how they started.

                                                        • Ãzwêr Áhmèd
                                                          Ãzwêr Áhmèd  3 months back

                                                          “ dang will lose at east one of her dragons” yup

                                                          • ThatWeirdOwlHatGirl
                                                            ThatWeirdOwlHatGirl  3 months back

                                                            so basically kill them all with dragons?

                                                            well Dany got the main gist right at least...

                                                            • Stannis Baratheon
                                                              Stannis Baratheon  3 months back

                                                              This video hasn't aged well

                                                              • Dragon Crusher
                                                                Dragon Crusher  3 months back

                                                                The Conquest pretty much shows how OP the Dragons are and how difficult to kill.
                                                                Meanwhile in the show they're getting killed by glorified crossbows.

                                                                • Danny Warford
                                                                  Danny Warford  3 months back

                                                                  Aegon wasnt king of the rhoynar that bit was added when Dorne joined

                                                                  • THEIAN11
                                                                    THEIAN11  3 months back

                                                                    You said dragons can be killed by a mob of angry peasants indoors? Not a chance foo. Fire.

                                                                    • THEIAN11
                                                                      THEIAN11  4 days back

                                                                      Chains the tiny ones had in the house of undying didn’t seem to do much

                                                                    • Valor
                                                                      Valor  5 days back

                                                                      THEIAN11 Not if they are chained

                                                                  • Paolo Ferreras
                                                                    Paolo Ferreras  3 months back

                                                                    She brought death and ruin... Just to answer your two year old question.

                                                                    • Dan Peterson
                                                                      Dan Peterson  3 months back

                                                                      An excellent summary of the Aegon's conquest of Westeros, especially useful with its use of maps. It is unfortunate though that Martin's great fantasy saga cannot be taken very seriously, despite his great writing talent, due to his unfortunate ignorance of Medieval military technology, which is so critical in writing a story that takes place in a Medieval era setting and intended for an educated adult audience instead of ten year old, Dungeons and Dragons players whom I would think are the only people who could take Martin's childish "dragonslayer nonsense" seriously. The writer of this piece is quite correct in that dragons were the most important military asset to both Aegon and Daenerys to succeed in their conquests, yet neither of them, quite inexplicably used the defensive measures well known in their time to prevent their dragons from ever being seriously hurt in combat. If this book series (and the HBO television series as well), had been written by someone with an actual background in Medieval military technology, both Aegon and Daenerys would have used the common knowledge of their times to prevent their dragons from ever becoming casualties, which unfortunately both Martin, and the D&D television writing team were all blissfully ignorant of. For example, the simple concept of protecting a human or horse's eyes from being hit by an arrow (or scorpion bolt) would have been well known to anyone of this time, as visored helmets for humans , and metal slatted chamfrons for the most valuable horses would have been known and used for thousands of years in this world as surely as they were in are own world. Dragons in this world would have been so valuable that no expense would be spared to protect ANY vulnerable part of their bodies, (like their eyes in this case), from scorpion or arrow fire. It would be far more important to use the finest Valerian Steel, to protect a dragon's eyes than for a sword. And of course, D&Ds 'magical' scorpions in the HBO series could never have been as accurate or powerful as depicted, piercing the scales which Martin states were stronger than any steel. This is also why the slaughter of the dragons in the Dragon Pit by a mob of peasants was also utterly ridiculous. Why would the most valuable asset of the Targaryens even be left in a place where they could be captured or killed? Of course, they wouldn't be. The only place they would ever be kept in King's Landing would be the Red Keep itself, so the Targaryan leadership would ALWAYS have them near at hand for any emergency. Just that fact all of the dragons in the world but Dany's three is also utterly ridiculous, by Martin's own words. On the tiny island of Dragonstone there were two wild dragons living yet none at all in the entire rest of the world?. He also says that in the past, there were wild dragons in Westeros, as there bones were sometimes found. So even if all of the domesticated dragons of the Valarians (except those on Dragonstone) were killed in the volcanic cataclysm in their homeland, such formidable and successful predators as these dragons would still be alive all over the rest of the world. And with the Valerians going all over the world on their trading endeavor (to protect their ships) and exploration, there would undoubtedly be dozens, if not hundreds of domesticated Valerian dragons scattered in many lands and over seas at the moment of the "Doom". If Martin had given more thought to the dragons in his books, he would have realized there would have to also still be wild dragons all over the world (though he does concede that in the South there are huge Wyverns undoubtedly related to dragons, but cannot be tamed, and fortunately for the rest of the world, they seem to only thrive in hot tropical jungles). The story would still make sense if Martin acknowledged there were still populations of wild dragons around the world, because it was only those of Valerian blood that dragons would accept as riders so the eggs that Dany hatched would not even have to be long dead, petrified eggs magically brought to life, but instead, just fresh eggs of a wild dragon. The reality of the situation is that it would have been impossible for the more primitive humans of that world to have ever been able to wipe out all of the wild dragons that would certainly still be common around that whole world, when we consider just three domesticated dragons in the modern era of that world could kill tens of thousands of the best human warriors with with almost total impunity. So I suppose we cannot be too hard on D&D for turning the HBO version into such ridiculous rubbish when Martin too, had made his original written version similarly too implausible for adults to take seriously as well. But that being said, despite the faults of both the books and television, they were still entertaining.

                                                                      • Zachariah Bourgeois
                                                                        Zachariah Bourgeois  3 months back

                                                                        I thought Qyburn invented scorpions in the stories modern era? How did Dorne acquire one hundreds of years before then?

                                                                        • Lumbarthought55
                                                                          Lumbarthought55  3 months back

                                                                          You where right with the knight King and the dragon

                                                                          • Shady Chick
                                                                            Shady Chick  3 months back

                                                                            we didnt take the talent and creativity level of D&D and now we have a cappy shit ending to an epic story.

                                                                            • A. R.
                                                                              A. R.  3 months back

                                                                              great great great!

                                                                              • Aamir Razak
                                                                                Aamir Razak  3 months back

                                                                                Great video as always, I love the lore of House Targaryen and the series in general it’s incredible... Aegon sounded like a real boss tbh... I hope we learn more about the lords of dragonstone before his conquest also and what they were doing prior to his invasion of Westeros

                                                                                • Krishna Rao
                                                                                  Krishna Rao  3 months back

                                                                                  6:37 OH you'll see