House of the Dragon: Targaryen family tree explained – is Princess Rhaenyra related to Daenerys?

The Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon is out now, showing the messy history of Daenerys Targaryen’s dragon ancestors as they tear each other apart on the Iron Throne.

Around 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones, House Targaryen is at the height of its power as rulers of Westeros. With their squadron of dragons, no other house can challenge them.

Based on the book by George RR Martin Fire & Blood, House of the Dragon will explore what happens when the Riders of the Dragon turn against themselves.

The tumultuous reign of House Targaryen will be the focus of House of the Dragon (HBO)

If you haven’t read it – and, even if you have – you might need a guide to who’s who in the Targaryen Royal Family.

There are loads of new characters to get to know, and everyone seems to have similar names, and then there’s the incest…

So here’s everything you need to know about the main members of the Targaryen family tree in the House of Dragon, and how they relate to their Game of Thrones descendant, Daenerys Targaryen.

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House of the Targaryen Dragon family tree (HBO/Ginny Sanderson)

House of the Targaryen Dragon Family Tree Explained

The main patriarch of House Targaryen at the start of the House of the Dragon is King Viserys (Paddy Considine), the fifth Targaryen ruler of the Seven Kingdoms.

Great, great, great-grandson of Aegon the Conqueror, Viserys is generally considered a peaceful and just ruler.

On the other hand, his younger brother Demon Targaryen (Matt Smith), who is ambitious, reckless and unstable. He is a fierce warrior and rides the fearsome dragon Caraxes. Prince Daemon believes he is the rightful heir to the throne.

Rhaenyra Targaryen (Milly Alcock) and her father King Viserys (Paddy Considine) in House of the Dragon (HBO)

The firstborn of King Viserys is Rhaenyra Targaryen (Emma D’Arcy and Milly Alcock) with his first wife Aemma Arryn. She grows up not thinking she will rule – until her father, King Viserys, decides to name her as his chosen heir and calls on the lords of the Seven Kingdoms to bend the knee to her.

King Viserys’ second wife is Rhaenyra’s childhood friend Alice’s High Tower, part of an ancient and powerful Westerosi house. They have four children together: Aegon, Helaena, Aemond and Daeron.

He is the eldest son of Viserys Aegon Targaryen who many – including his mother and grandfather, Hand of the King Otto High Tower – believe should be the heir to the throne.

Rhaenyra Targaryen (Emma D’Arcy) and her uncle Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith) have a very normal relationship (House of the Dragon HBO)

Westeros has never had a queen at this point in history. Which brings us to Rhaenys Targaryen (Eve Best). She is the cousin of King Viserys, known as the queen who never was.

Indeed, a Grand Council decided to dismiss him on the path of succession in favor of a male heir, Viserys. This sets a precedent, the effects of which have major ramifications in The House of the Dragon.

Rhaenys Targaryen is married to Corlys Velaryon (Steve Touissant), known as Sea Snake. He is a legendary sailor, lord of the tides and ruler of Driftmark.

House Velaryon is an ancient and powerful house that dates back to ancient Valyria – where the Targaryens originated. But, instead of dragons, this family became rulers of the tides.

During the House of the Dragon era, Corlys Velaryon commands the strongest fleet in Westeros and is a formidable opponent. Rhaenys Targaryen and Corlys Velaryon have two children together, Laena Velaryon (Savannah Steyn) and Laenor Velaryon (John Macmillan).

Laena rides the largest and most powerful dragon, the legendary Vhagar, while Laenor rides Seasmoke.

So here is. It gets more complicated than that – but these are the main characters, their relationships and their motivations as we embark on House of the Dragon.

Is Daenerys Targaryen related to Rhaenyra?

Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones is a distant descendant of Rhaenyra Targaryen, to whom she was compared before House of the Dragon.

As the new show is set two centuries before Game of Thrones, there are over a dozen Targaryen rulers between King Viserys I and Aerys II, Daenerys’ (aka the Mad King) father.

The Targaryen family tree gets a little complicated due to the incestuous practice of sister-brother marriage, but Rhaenyra looks like the great, great, great, great, great, great, great grandmother of Daenerys.

Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) is the daughter of the Mad King with his sister-wife Rhaella. She is the youngest of their three children, after Rhaegar – Jon Snow’s father – and Viserys.

Who is Aegon the Conqueror? Aegon I Targaryen’s Story Explained

Aegon I was the first Lord of the Seven Kingdoms and the first King to sit on the Iron Throne.

Hundreds of years before House of the Dragon took place, he conquered Westeros with his two sister-wives Visenya and Rhaenys. The three brought the kingdom to its knees with their dragons Balerion, Vhagar and Meraxes.

After conquering Westeros, he made King’s Landing the capital and fashioned the Iron Throne from the swords of his enemies. The Targaryen dynasty we see in House of the Dragon are his descendants.

Full List of Kings and Queens of Westeros since Aegon’s Conquest

Below is a list of the 23 rulers of the Seven Kingdoms since Aegon the Conqueror. It includes characters that appear in House of the Dragon and Game of Thrones. However, be aware that there are spoilers for Game of Thrones and House of the Dragon in the list.

– Viserys I Targaryen (Paddy Considine, Dragon House)

– Rhaenyra I Targaryen (Milly Alcock/Emma D’Arcy, Dragon House)

– Aegon II Targaryen (Tom Glynn-Carney, Dragon House)

– Aerys II Targaryen (The Mad King, father of Daenerys Targaryen in game of thrones)

– Robert I Baratheon (The Usurper, Mark Addy in game of thrones)

– Joffrey I Baratheon (Jack Gleeson, game of thrones)

– Tommen I Baratheon (Dean-Charles Chapman, game of thrones)

– Cersei I Lannister (Lena Headey, game of thrones)

– Daenerys I Targaryen (Emilia Clarke, game of thrones)

House of the Dragon will be available in the UK on Sky and NOWTV from August 22

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