House of the Dragon: Who is Rhaenyra Targaryen?

MADRID, 6 years ago. (CulturaOcio) –

next august 22 arrives on HBO Max The House of the Dragon, the The long-awaited Game of Thrones prequel who will tell the events that happened in Westeros two centuries before the original series, in the years of total and absolute domain of House Targaryen. As the trailers have already revealed, one of the great protagonists of this new series set in the universe created by George RR Martin will be Rhaenyra Targaryen.

Ancestor of the Khaleesi, this magnificent rider of dragons valyrian blood He came to sit on the Iron Throne and even wield greater power than Daenerysbut… who was Rhaenyra Targaryen really?


As stated in Martin’s books, Rhaenyra is the eldest daughter of King Viserys I Targaryen and the only surviving child from his first marriage to Aemma Arryn. In the Targaryen family tree, Eight generations separate Rhaenyra from Daenerys.

The House of the Dragon will follow the path of this Targaryen princess, played by Milly Alcock in her adolescence and by Emma D’Arcy in her most mature phase, as she passes into adulthood, went through many political tribulations and even two marriages.

As previews have already revealed, Viserys, who although stated that he didn’t want to have to choose between Rhaenyra and her brother Daemon to succeed him on the throne.ends up opting for his daughter, whom he had already commissioned to govern. This contested decision is precisely the seed which, over the years, will start the great and bloody war that Westeros will suffer, the so-called Dance of the Dragons.


In Fire and Blood, George RR Martin’s novel on which House of the Dragon is based, Rhaenyra also claims her right to heiress after the death of her father., an honor she earned at the age of 16 with the title of Princess of Dragonstone. However, it was his half-brother Aegon, the offspring of Viserys’ second marriage to Alicent Hightower, who disagreeing with her ascension to the Iron Throne, he defies her by favoring a major civil war among the Targaryens.

A year after the young Tragaryen take possession of Rocadragon, married Laenor Velaryon, with whom he has three children (Jacaerys, Lucerys and Joffrey), to unify the two houses and gain power while knowing their wealth. After his death, Rhaenyra marries her uncle Daemonwho was also recently widowed and had been in love with since childhood, and together they have three children (Aegon, Viserys and Visenya, stillborn).

Shortly after giving birth to her third child, his father, King Viserys, dies and Aegon is crowned king, contradicting the late monarch’s wishes, thus triggering the aforementioned Dragon Dance. This competition opposes the followers of Rhaenyra, nicknamed “the Blacks”, with those of Aegon II, “the Greens”.

Contrary to what shows Game of Thrones spin-off trailerwhich lead to regret in the confrontation between Daemon and Rhaenyra, the truth is that in Martin’s account, as king consort, Daemon supported his wifewho during the battle managed to take control of King’s Landing and became the first woman to sit on the Iron Throne.

However, it was a short-lived victory because, hated by her people, the brave Targaryen ended up returning to Dragonstone, where she was kidnapped by Aegon II., whose solar fire dragon eventually devoured her. An unhappy end to an eventful life that he will tell, although surely with some changes from the original material, The House of the Dragon.

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