So, in one of the very first episodes of Game of Thrones, Robert Baratheon and Barristan Selmy are telling war stories whilst the Kingslayer stands guard.

Robert, who is severely drunk, asked Jaime what the Mad King's last words were. Jaime said "He said the same thing you've been saying for hours... burn them all!"

Now I know why Aerys Targaeryen was saying that, but why was Robert?

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This is actually a misquote*, (this links to a video of the conversation at that point) If you slow it down in settings, Jaime says, "He'd said the same thing HE'D been saying for hours."

The Mad King liked to burn his enemies; which included Roberts father, Eddard's father... generally everyone. SO, even while he was dying, he was raving about burning people to death (hence the title Mad King).

* Video does not work on SE

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    Meh, doesn't really add so much to Bill's 6 hours old answer.
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Commented Mar 14, 2015 at 20:00
  • The Mad King in this instance was talking about the caches if Wildfire under King's Landing - "burn them all" refers to every inhabitant of KL.
    – Möoz
    Commented Mar 15, 2015 at 21:38

If you listen closely at the 4:10 mark on Game of Thrones - War Stories, you can hear that the line is:

He said the same thing he'd been saying for hours, "Burn them all."

So it was Aerys Targaryen, not Robert Baratheon, who had been saying "Burn them all" for hours.

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