Warning: This article contains spoilers for Season 8, Episode 5 of Game of Thrones.

Varys justified his betrayal in Monday's episode of Game of Thrones with a vintage Westerosian observation: Every time a Targaryen is born, the gods toss a coin and the world holds its breath. Sound familiar? It should; Cersei entertained a similar thought on the eve of the last sack of King's Landing.

"Half the Targaryens went mad, didn't they?" she asked Tyrion. "What's the saying? Every time a Targaryen is born, the gods flip a coin."

But was the Targaryen dynasty really so riddled with "madness?"

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