Game of Thrones 110: Fire and Blood
When King Robert Baratheon died, Ned Stark, the Hand of the King and Warden of the North, refused to recognize Prince Joffrey—who Ned had discovered to be a bastard—as the rightful heir. Joffrey assumed the Iron Throne anyway and had Ned executed, leading to a four-way civil war in which Robert’s brothers Stannis and Renly both claimed the throne and Ned’s son Robb led a rebellion in the North. Meanwhile in the Dothraki lands to the east, Daenerys Targaryen, daughter of the “Mad” King Aerys—who Robert had deposed—and widow of the Dothraki Khal Drogo, managed to hatch three dragons.
? ?? 107 Death of Robert Baratheon▲
After being mortally wounded on a boar hunt, King Robert is taken back to King’s Landing and on his deathbed privately names his Hand, Eddard (Ned) Stark, as Lord Regent and Protector of the Realm. After Robert’s death, Queen Cersei, supporting her son Joffrey as King, destroys the proclamation of Eddard as Regent and Protector of the Realm and has Eddard arrested. Aware of allegations of Joffrey’s illegitimacy but unwilling to work together, Robert’s brothers Stannis and Renly each crown themselves as kings soon afterwards.
? ?? 109 Execution of Ned Stark▲
As Hand of the King, Eddard (Ned) Stark discovers that Queen Cersei’s three children are not King Robert’s, but were instead conceived with her twin brother Jaime. Ned warns Cersei of this knowledge and also writes to Robert’s brother and true heir, Stannis, urging him to take the crown, but is arrested immediately after Robert’s death. Despite agreeing to a false confession, Eddard is executed on the front steps of the Great Sept of Baelor on the orders of King Joffrey, provoking the Northern lords to revolt and proclaim Ned’s son Robb Stark as the King in the North.
? ?? 110 Death of Khal Drogo▲
While Khal Drogo is leading his men in the plunder of a village of the Lhazareen, he stops his men from raping the village women in response to protests from Daenerys, triggering a fight between him and the infuriated Dothraki rider Mago. Although Drogo kills Mago, the Khal is seriously wounded in the clash and, despite Daenerys’s employment of the maegi Mirri Maz Duur to treat his injury by what the Dothraki consider “witchcraft”, dies. As a result, the Great Dothraki Khalasar breaks apart, leaving Daenerys with just a few loyal followers.
? ?? 110 Mother of Dragons▲
During Mirri Maz Duur’s efforts to save Khal Drogo’s life with blood magic, Daenerys goes into labor and gives birth to a deformed, stillborn child. In anger, she ties Duur to Drogo’s funeral pyre, along with her own dragon eggs, then steps into the blaze. The following morning it is revealed that Daenerys has survived, and three newly-hatched dragons are clinging to her body, the first three dragons in the world in a century and a half. Her advisor Jorah Mormont and the remaining Dothraki fall to their knees, proclaiming Daenerys their queen and leader.