Warning: MAJOR SPOILERS ahead for Episode 6 of Dragon House.
Dragon House achieved its biggest time jump yet in episode 6, with Emma D’Arcy and Olivia Cooke taking over the roles of Rhaenyra Targaryen and Alicent Hightower from Milly Alcock and Emily Carey. About a decade has passed since Rhaenyra married Laenor and Viserys has crumbled, but the king survived (though he looks pretty tough). Alicent gave birth to a second son with the King, while Rhaenyra is mother to three suspicious brown-haired boys with Laenor…or so she says. Add Daemon and Laena’s family to Pentos, and there are plenty of new characters after that time jump that are bound to be important moving forward.
And since many of the characters in this series are at least part of Targaryen, they’re pretty much all related in some form or another. So now that Dragon House has entered a new era, let’s break down how all the new Targaryens, Velaryons, and Bastards are connected.
Viserys and the Children of Alicent
In the ten years since Viserys broke down at Rhaenyra’s wedding, Alicent has seemingly become an active player in Game of Thrones. After giving birth to Aegon and Helaena before the time jump, she has since had another son. While these children were close to the front of the succession before the marriage of their half-sister Rhaenyra, they were pushed further and further back with the birth of their nephews as long as Viserys refuses to disinherit his eldest. At least they’re still way ahead of their Uncle Daemon!
Aegon Targaryen: Aegon is the eldest son of Viserys and Alicent and currently fifth in line for the Iron Throne after Rhaenyra and her children. In Episode 6, he seemed pretty good with Rhaenyra’s sons/nephews and didn’t even think to challenge his half-sister’s request before Alice scared him off. He has his own dragon, seems pretty spoiled, and obviously doesn’t have the gift of prophecy to know he should stay away from the windows of the Red Keep. (RIP Tommen.)
Helaena Targaryen: Helaena is the daughter of Viserys and Alicent, about two years younger than Aegon. Book readers can guess that her seemingly random comments when her mother was talking with her younger brother probably weren’t entirely random, and it looks like she won’t be marrying Rhaenyra’s heir. It remains to be seen whether this is true for another of his blood relatives. As for the Targaryens, they may be more likely to be married in than married stopped.
Aemond Targaryen: The second son of Viserys and Alicent and “standby”, if the kingdom considered Aegon the heir. He doesn’t seem as comfortable as his brother with the boys of Rhaenyra, not helped by the fact that they have dragons and he doesn’t. He seems easily goaded, considering he could have died after Aegon and their nephews prank him with the pig as a dragon. If Helaena’s mumblings are significant, much more is on the way with young Aemond.
Hair color: Blond/white
Daemon and Laena’s children
Laena Velaryon and Daemon Targaryen flirted at Rhaenyra’s wedding feast, got married, moved to Pentos, and had two daughters in the past ten years. They weren’t the happiest family unit, with heavily pregnant Laena wanting to return to Westeros, Daemon disagreeing (and obviously favoring one girl over the other), and Laena perishing at the end. when she burned herself to death with Vhagar’s flames rather than die horribly in childbirth, leaving Daemon the only living parent of two daughters. Via Daemon, they are cousins to the children of Alicent and Rhaenyra. Via Laena, they are the nieces of Rhaenyra and the cousins of her sons by marriage.
Baela Targaryen: She is the older of Daemon and Laena’s two daughters, and obviously her father’s favorite. Baela has his own dragon and Daemon taught him the High Valyrian language that he and Rhaenyra often spoke to each other.
Rhaena Targaryen: The 8-year younger of Daemon and Laena’s daughters, Rhaena’s dragon egg never hatched, though she didn’t give up hope. She thinks her father appreciates her less, but Laena had words of encouragement because she herself had to claim Vhagar rather than raise her own dragon.
Hair color: Blond/white
The children of Rhaenyra and Laenor
Would this really be a show set in the game of thrones universe if there weren’t high-born children of dubious parentage running around? In the decade following the marriage, Rhaenyra gave birth to three sons claimed by her husband Laenor Velaryon. However, their appearance isn’t exactly what you’d expect from a Targaryen/Velaryon union. (See: Daughters of Daemon and Laena.) The dark-haired princes are much more like Ser Harwin Strong’s bastards.
On Rhaenyra’s side, they are the nephews of Alicent’s children, the grandchildren of Viserys, and the great-nephews of Daemon. As Laenor’s legal sons, they are Daemon’s nephews by marriage and his daughters’ cousins. On Harwin’s side, they are Larys’ nephews.
Jacaerys Velaryon: Also known as “Jace”, he is second in line to the Iron Throne behind his mother. He’s old enough to connect the dots and ask his mother if Ser Harwin was his real father, and she didn’t deny it, but pointed out that what matters is that he’s Targaryen. He has a dragon and stood his ground in the yard against Aegon despite Aegon being older, considerably taller, and ready to fight dirty. If he becomes king, he will take the family name “Targaryen”.
Lucerys Velaryon: Also referred to as “Luke”, he is third on the Iron Throne list behind Rhaenyra and her older brother Jace. He has a dragon and joined his brother and uncle Aegon in taunting Aemond with the pig prank. He is young enough to feel an attachment to Ser Harwin without realizing that Harwin could have been much more than a family friend.
Joffrey Velaryon: Rhaenyra’s youngest after the time jump and fourth in line for the Iron Throne. Born in the opening moments of Episode 6, his main focus so far was to show off the black hair pointing at him as another Ser Harwin bastard after Alicent demanded to see him immediately. Laenor named him “Joffrey” (without consulting his wife), and we can only hope that this Joffrey doesn’t meet such a dark fate as Laenor’s dead lover or Joffrey Baratheon in game of thrones.
Hair color: A strong shade of brown
Episode 6 revealed that the three strongmen had gained important places in King’s Landing, with Lyonel still serving as a hand, Harwin fathering Rhaenyra’s children, and Larys supporting Alicent. Lyonel decided he needed to bring Harwin (also his heir) back to Harrenhal after rumors began to grow dangerously about him and Rhaenyra, with plans to return to King’s Landing without his son afterward.
This never happened, as Larys accepted Alicent’s wish that her father could return as Hand of the King and ran with it. He employed prisoners in the dungeons of the Red Keep with a deadly mission and – after having his tongue pulled out to ensure they could never reveal his role – sent them to Harrenhal to start a fire that killed his father. and his brother. In one fell swoop, Larys opens the door to Otto Hightower’s return, complicates things for Alicent, and becomes Harrenhal’s heir.
Hair color: A strong shade of brown
There seem to be heirs, spares, and Targaryens ready to be wedded at the end of Episode 6, even though Daemon and Laena’s third unborn child died with her mother. They will probably all be important in one form or another since the children of the main players in the Dragon House game of thrones… and in particular, four of them already have dragons.
Find out what’s next for this new generation as well as adults with the next new episode of Dragon House Sunday, Oct. 2 at 9 p.m. ET on HBO or stream with an HBO Max subscription.