The seven knights of the Kingsguard were stationed in different locations during the last days of King Aerys II. Gerold Hightower, Oswell Whent, and Arthur Dayne were stationed at the Tower of Joy, and later on killed there. Jaime Lannister was in King's Landing with Aerys. Barristan Selmy was at the battle on the Trident. I believe that Jon Darry was also on the Trident. I assume that Darry was killed during the battle, as I can only remember that Selmy surrendered. Is that correct?

Who was the last member of the Kingsguard, where was he at that time, and what happened to him? Was he with the king's wife on Dragonstone? As far as I know, beside slaying Aerys, Jaime only killed the pyromancer Rossart and not one of his Kingsguard brothers.

The reason I'm asking is that I am confused whether the King was only protected by one member of the Kingsguard.

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Prince Lewyn Martell was the last member of the Kingsguard at that time[1]. He was killed at the Battle of the Trident by Ser Lyn Corbray; you'll note that Ser Lyn did this using his family's Valyrian Steel sword, Lady Forlorn.

Lewyn's death was a huge topic of anger for the Dornish along with Princess Elia's, as Lewyn was actually Prince Oberyn and Prince Doran's maternal uncle.

As to your question
King Aerys II was in fact only protected by a single member of the Kingsguard, Jaime Lannister at that time. This is because the other members were off fighting the war for him. However, Aerys wasn't exactly defenceless; he had the City Watch (Gold Cloaks), part of his army and his Wildfire cache at King's Landing and the Red Keep to protect him, as well as Jaime as his personal guard.

There have been many times where the Kingsguard go off to fight wars and command armies on behalf of the royal family. In this case though, there's speculation that Rhaegar had actually tried to supplant Aerys secretively, which is why the likes of Oswell, Gerold and Arthur were at the Tower of Joy instead of being more active during Robert's Rebellion. However, the exact reasons are as yet unclear.

So, to recap, here is where all of Aerys' kingsguard were in 283AC:

  • Nice answer, would there be a reason why they only show 2 kingsguard at the ToJ in the tv series?
    – Vahx
    May 19, 2016 at 10:02
  • @Vahx seriously though, I assume it's because of budgeting / too many names to remember.
    – Möoz
    May 19, 2016 at 10:08
  • I believe we will see the final member of the Kingsguard inside the Tower of Joy
    – SGR
    May 19, 2016 at 13:10
  • They actually name Ser Gerold Hightower in the show and state he was at the Tower. I believe Jaime notes it or sees it whilst looking through the White Book. I would speculate that it is more down to D&D being sloppy rather than Ser Gerold Hightower being inside the Tower but... we shall see.
    – josh
    May 19, 2016 at 15:21

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