The Targaryen Family Tree Explained

Published:Dec 5, 202320:35
The Targaryen Family Tree Explained

Introducing the messiest household in Westeros, The Targaryen household tree that dominated Westeros for 300 years with their dragons.

HBO’s madly anticipated Sport of Thrones prequel, Home of the Dragon, has lastly arrived. Home Targaryen is on the centre of this adaptation of George RR Martin’s work.

The ten-episode series is ready round 200 years earlier than the occasions of Sport of Thrones, when the Targaryens had united the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros beneath one ruler.

The series takes reference for historical past of Targaryen dynasty from George RR Martin’s “Fire And Blood.” The guide has been written as a textbook describing historical past as a substitute of the story.

Aegon the Conquerer

In A Music of Ice and Fireplace, the guide series that Thrones relies on, creator George RR Martin explains that, much like real-life’s Earlier than Christ and Anno Domini, dates in Westeros are described as “Before Conquest” (BC) or “After Conquest” (AC).

The conquest in query occurred when Aegon, Daenerys’s ancestor, conquered the entire of Westeros together with his dragons, uniting all seven kingdoms beneath one ruler. It’s been hinted that Ty Tennant, son of Physician Who star David Tennant, might star as Aegon in Home of the Dragon, that means there may very well be some flashbacks in retailer.

House of the Dragon: The Targaryen family tree explained

Aegon I Targaryen died in 37 AC, and was succeeded by his eldest son, Aenys I Targaryen. The Targaryens held themselves above the legal guidelines of males and subsequently practised incestuous marriage and polygamy.

In true Sport of Thrones style, Aenys married his eldest daughter, Rhaena, to his eldest son and inheritor, Prince Aegon. This union precipitated an uproar and Aenys fled to Dragonstone earlier than dying in 42 AD.

Aenys’ sixth son Maegor returned from exile, killing Aegon and his dragon Quicksilver to reclaim the Iron Throne. Following his mysterious demise in 48 AD, Maegor was succeeded by Aenys’s solely remaining inheritor, Jaehaerys.

A prophetic dream Aegon as soon as had is an enormous plot level in episode certainly one of Home of the Dragon. Home of the Dragon begins with Viserys I Targaryen’s rule.

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Jaehaerys dominated properly for 55 years till he was succeeded in 103 AC, by his grandson, Viserys I Targaryen – that is the place Home of the Dragon takes its cue.

Viserys, performed by Paddy Considine, selected his daughter from his first marriage to Girl Aemma Arryn, Princess Rhaenyra (Emma D’Arcy) to succeed him, over Daemon (Matt Smith) – his youthful brother and rightful inheritor to the throne.

Spoiler alert: After the demise of their respective spouses, Rhaenyra and Daemon married one another in 120 AC, and had three more youngsters, Aegon the Youthful, Viserys, and the stillborn Visenya.

When Viserys died in 129 AC, his widow and second spouse, Dowager Queen Alicent Hightower defied Viserys’s final will, and topped his son Aegon II whereas Rhaenyra resided on Dragonstone.

House of the Dragon: The Targaryen family tree explained
Matt Smith as Daemon Targaryen

Rhaenyra declared struggle over the succession, dividing the dominion and killing hundreds of males and several other dragons.

After killing Rhaenyra together with his dragon, Aegon II betrothed his daughter and solely remaining baby, Jaehaera, to Rhaenyra’s eldest surviving son, Aegon the Youthful, and named them his heirs.

In 131 AC, Aegon II was poisoned by his personal councillors and 11-year-old Aegon the Youthful ascended the throne as Aegon III Targaryen.

Aegon III died in 157 AC from consumption and was succeeded by his eldest son, Daeron I Targaryen, born to him by his second spouse, Queen Daenaera Velaryon.

In 160 AC, Daeron was killed with out inheritor and succeeded by his youthful brother, Baelor I Targaryen.

Baelor starved himself to demise and was succeeded in 171 AC by his uncle, Prince Viserys, brother of Aegon III.

Viserys II was succeeded by his eldest son, Aegon IV, who was rumoured to have been concerned in his father’s demise.

Aegon was succeeded by his son Daeron II after legitimising many bastard youngsters, together with Daemon Blackfyre who rebelled in opposition to the king and was killed.

House of the Dragon: The Targaryen family tree explained
Viserys performed by Paddy Considine

Daeron II was succeeded by his second son, Aerys I Targaryen, in 209 AC.

Aerys I’s youngest brother, Maekar was named inheritor and succeeded in 221 AC reigning for 12 years. Maekar I’s youngest son Aegon V was later topped “The Unlikely” as he had been the fourth son of a fourth son.

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Aegon V’s second son Jaehaerys II Targaryen ascended the throne in 259 AC however died after simply three years of rule and was succeeded by his solely son, Aerys II Targaryen AKA… “The Mad King”.

Aerys’ reign would show to be the one which ended the Targaryen Dynasty. Aerys appointed his pal Tywin Lannister (performed by Charles Dance), as his Hand of the King.

Rising in jealousy, Aerys appointed Tywin’s inheritor, Ser Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), to his Kingsguard in 281 AC, leaving Tywin together with his dwarf son Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) for an inheritor.

In the meantime, Aerys’ inheritor, Prince Rhaegar Targaryen, the older brother of Viserys and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), secretly married Lyanna Stark, the betrothed of his cousin Lord Robert Baratheon (performed by Mark Addy), and fathered Jon Snow (Package Harington). This revelation involves mild within the remaining season of Thrones as it's revealed that Jon Snow is Daenerys’ nephew. Awkward.

House of the Dragon: The Targaryen family tree explained

Robert then proclaimed his intent to say the Iron Throne because of the truth that his grandmother was Princess Rhaelle Targaryen, the youngest daughter of King Aegon V Targaryen.

Robert killed Rhaegar and Jaime Lannister, incomes the identify of “Kingslayer” killed Aerys within the throne room of King’s Touchdown.

Following his victory and Lyanna’s demise, Robert married Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) to safe an alliance with Home Lannister.

In the meantime, Aerys’s remaining heirs Viserys and Daenerys fled to Essos the place they tried to recruit followers and reclaim the Iron Throne.

Thus we be part of the primary series and chaos unfolds.

Home of the Dragon will start on Sunday 21 August at 9pm on HBO. It would then be accessible to stream on HBO Max afterwards.

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