Wednesday 26 April 2017

Game of Thrones: This Targaryen family tree should clear up all confusion

A zoomed in section of the Targaryen family tree. Photo: Maryon B. / Deviant Art
A zoomed in section of the Targaryen family tree. Photo: Maryon B. / Deviant Art
The Targaryen family tree. Photo: Maryon B / Deviant Art

Sasha Brady

The Targaryen dynasty is complicated.

The family ruled the Seven Kingdoms for over 300 years but with so many characters, it can be hard to remember who did what and when.

But thanks to 27-year-old French freelance artist and video game developer Maryon B, it's become a whole lot easier to understand the threads of the once-powerful clan.

Maryon is a massive Game of Thrones fan and started the project because she wanted to illustrate the entire lineage of House of Targaryen as a detailed "who's who" of the influential clan.

The Targaryen family tree. Photo: Maryon B / Deviant Art
The Targaryen family tree. Photo: Maryon B / Deviant Art

The artist, who currently resides in Helsinki, shared her artwork on Deviant Art for fans of the show, along with the disclaimer: “I DON’T EVEN LIKE HOUSE TARGARYEN WHY DID I DO THIS.”

She explained her motivation to Vox: "I actually started the Tree out of spite because all their descriptions (and fan representations) make them look the same - beautiful, silver-haired and purple eyes and it frustrated me to see them as elf-clones."

She drew 100 Targaryens for the tree, which spans from Old Valyria, the original seat of the house, through the war of the Usurper.

The tree includes zoomed in sections that focus on the house's most famous branches.

A zoomed in section of the Targaryen family tree. Photo: Maryon B. / Deviant Art
A zoomed in section of the Targaryen family tree. Photo: Maryon B. / Deviant Art

So the next time you're reading the book or watching the series and a random Targaryen name pops up and you struggle to remember who he or she is, just pull out the family tree and make the connection.

Simple.

Although if the R+R=J theory turns out to be true, Maryon might need to add another name to the tree.

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