King Viserys makes most of his decisions from his emotions, rather than rational judgments, which puts him at odds with Ser Otto on a regular basis. He chooses to promote his daughter to be his heir, and insists on keeping it that way, even though it goes against what others might want, out of a sense of familial duty to her and concern for her “role.” He tells her to find her place in the world, and be happy about it; rather than marrying her off to someone she barely knows and doesn’t like, he gives her permission to find someone she cares about instead. Even though others press him to marry a twelve year old to secure the Iron Throne, he finds this repugnant and refuses. His attachment to his brother, and his idealistic belief that Daemon is loyal to him and not a threat, makes him refuse to banish or have him killed. Part of this comes from his SJ ties to tradition, family ties, and his sense of obligation to the throne and the kingdom. He wants to hold the family together and knows that how you establish a dynasty is to have strong bloodlines. He is equally poor at intuition as he is thinking about his decisions from a strategic perspective, or questioning his own motivations—his daughter bears the family dark-haired, white children, in sharp contrast to her dark-skinned husband, and he calls any suggestion of her adultery “treasonous.” He doesn’t want to think about it or know the truth, so he ignores it. When Ser Otto oversteps his authority, Viserys throws him out of office and banishes him. He rarely questions his own judgment, but he often defers to others and allows them to make decisions for him, or tell him what the rational decision would be to make.

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Viserys is not a very effective king, because he’s quite passive and hates conflict. He bends the knee at times to Ser Otto due to his forceful arguments, while wishing he didn’t have to be bothered with the affairs of state. He wants to avoid any kind of disruptions and becomes upset whenever his young wife causes trouble or makes accusations against his daughter, because he doesn’t want to deal with it. In this way, he’s 9ishly abdicating himself from being fully present, engaged, and proactive in deciding what he wants for his life and his throne, but he does remain stubborn on certain points, including keeping his daughter in the line of the succession, not having his brother killed when Ser Otto claims he is a threat, and on believing the best of Daemon. This stubbornness comes from his desire to do the ‘right thing’ by his loved ones, and he also refuses to believe any of the unpleasant ‘lies’ told at court about his daughter’s affairs and her children, because he cannot believe she would do anything ‘wrong.’ He tone-polices between his wife and daughter somewhat, because he doesn’t want them arguing with each other and disrupting the tranquility of his court.

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