ByTaylor Standifird, writer at
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Taylor Standifird

Season six of the acclaimed HBO series Game of Thrones is vastly approaching our TV screens. The series has certainly kept me on the edge of my seat, both while reading the novels and while watching the show. The vast history of the families involved, the wars that they wage, and the grudges that they bear have all been the keys to George R. R. Martin's success with the novels and why the Emmy Awards have loved HBO for the last five years.

What of the stories that you don't see on the screen though? The ones that the show has only referenced or left out entirely are a curiosity to me, to say the least. Here's the biggest event that I'd love to see, either in flashbacks in the main series or maybe even a spin-off prequel series as well.

The Battle of the Trident

Prince Rhaegar and Robert Baratheon fighting
Prince Rhaegar and Robert Baratheon fighting

One of the most referenced events on paper and TV, the famed Battle of the Trident, was the Targaryen family's final stand against the rebellion led by Robert Baratheon and Eddard Stark. Rhaegar Targaryen, crown prince and heir to the Iron Throne, abducted Ned Stark's sister, Lyanna, in a momentary fit of lust, thus striking a spark to the already fragile and flammable reign of the Targaryens.

As a result of Lyanna's abduction, Ned's father and brother travel to the Red Keep to demand punishment for Rhaegar's crime. In a fit of insanity and anger, Aerys had the Starks brutally executed, thus igniting the beginning of the end for the Targaryen reign.

Jon Arryn called the banners of all loyal to the Vale, Robert brought all of Storm's End together, and Ned (now the Lord of Winterfell) rallied the North to all fight against the Targaryen rule. Winning battle after battle, slowly fighting their way to the Red Keep, the rebellion made more progress than anyone could have anticipated.

In one epic stand-off, the Trident river ran red with blood. Thousands died in the battle, but none more crucial or hated than Prince Rhaegar himself. In an awesome display of single combat, Robert and Rhaegar clashed atop their mighty war horses. The battle was fierce, and Rhaegar seemed to be winning after wounding the rebel, until Robert drove the spike of his warhammer through the prince's chest.

The Battle of the Trident was the last effort to defeat the rebellion by the Targaryen family, but after Robert defeated Rhaegar, Tywin Lannister swooped in and invaded King's Landing with his entire pride. The rest is all known history as Jaime earned the moniker of Kingslayer by murdering the king he swore to protect.

This battle is well referenced in the show, and is described in detail in the novels, but I'd love to have a visual reference to one of my favorite battles in the series. It's whispered about, in rumors and legends and bedtime stories, and I'd love a flashback dedicated to it. It's a good excuse to bring Sean Bean and Mark Addy back to the show as well.

For those of you that are fans of the books and/or the series, what elements that HBO omitted from the books to the TV would you like to see, or what stories are only referenced in the show that you'd like to see represented fully?

Sources:, A Song of Ice and Fire novels, The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros,


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