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Family tree of the Targaryens in ‘The House of the Dragon’

By ki0nk Jun19,2024

“So, Jon Snow and Danaerys Targaryen are brothers, right?” Every Game of Thrones viewer with even a passing interest in the show has probably thought this at some point, and the standard reaction from anyone asked the question is the ever-present shrug. After today’s HBO Max premiere of The House of the Dragon, many readers will have asked themselves these and other similar questions. Can you tell me who the characters are?

In George RR Martin’s meticulously crafted genealogy arc, the Targaryen dynasty stands head and shoulders above the rest. Not only are the Targaryens exotic and prone to incest, but they are also nearly extinct in the HBO series (with the exception of Danaerys and Jon Snow), and there are various theories positing that there may be more than one Targaryen alive today.

This family tree, created and updated over time by Devianart user Maryon B. last year, helps put the uncertainty to rest. And with that, she finally clarifies the article’s introductory question: no, Jon Snow and Danaerys are not brothers. Being related, they are cousins.

The reason being? The Mad King, whose name was Aerys II Targaryen—the same one Jamie Lannister murdered—and whose children were Rhaegar, Viserys, and Danaerys—were the source of all of Westeros’ worst fears—present in the last chapter of the seventh season. Jon Snow and Danaerys are the same age, which causes everyone to be confused, because there is a 25-year gap between Rhaegar and Danaerys, the youngest.

Rhaegar, Aerys II’s eldest son, had an affair with Lyanna Stark, Ned Stark’s sister, as we learned several seasons ago of Game of Thrones (the show, not the novels). That union produced Jon Snow, who is ironically one year older than Danaerys and thus immediately considered her nephew.

Along with Viserys, who was brutally murdered by Khal Drogo, the brothers Rhaegar and Danaerys make up the final generation of Targaryens (according to the series). Not only does Danaerys still have a chance at survival, but so does Jon Snow, who is both a Bastard son and a member of the Stark family (his ancestry comes from both branches). An incredible, multi-generational family tree depicted in the work of the French designer (see at highest resolution here).

George RR Martin’s vast and intricate universe is portrayed in the infographic, which spans the family’s origins in Ancient Valyria to the present day. The fact that we are focusing on a single dynasty rather than the seven that comprise Game of Thrones (not to mention the countless other civilizations and kingdoms across the world) is not insignificant.

Typical of the fictional setting of Game of Thrones, the Targaryen lineage becomes quite convoluted…

Worldwide fans of House of the Dragon are counting down the hours until the premiere of season 2, with many looking forward to seeing how the first season’s finale plays out.

Set before George R. R. Martin’s Fire and Blood, the brutal civil war known as “the Dance of Dragons” is the story told in the HBO fantasy drama series that is a precursor to the original Game of Thrones.

Aegon II Targaryen’s (Tom Glynn-Carney) Greens and Queen Rhaenyra I Targaryen’s (Emma D’Arcy) Blacks are at odds in the first episode of Season 2.

The House of the Dragon is set during the reign of King Jaehaerys, the Old King, and takes place years before the main series begins. It features various prominent people from House Targaryen.

But he wasn’t the first Targaryen king named in the books or the first monarch to rule over more than one Westerosi kingdom.

The first Targaryen king of Westeros, Aegon the Conqueror, united the continent under the House of the Dragon after conquering much of it.

Aegon, inspired by a dream that foretold the coming of The Prince Who Was Promised, resolved to unite the Targaryen dynasty by conquering the continent and establishing their capital on the island of Dragonstone off the coast of Westeros. House Targaryen had long been established on Dragonstone.

Together with Rhaenys Targaryen and Visenya Targaryen, his sister-wives, they would later capture six of Westeros’ seven kingdoms.

Over the course of his reign, Aegon wasted a lot of time and even lost Queen Rhaenys in his failed attempt to seize the principality of Dorne.

King Aegon was finally convinced to accept peace after receiving a mysterious letter from Dorne’s Prince Nymor Martell.

Following this, King Aegon devoted the rest of his reign to strengthening his grip on power and laying the groundwork for the future leadership of the Targaryen family by grooming Prince Aenys Targaryen and Lady Alyssa Velaryon.

After Aegon passed away, his feeble son from his marriage to Queen Rhaenys became King Aenys I Targaryen. After that, King Maegor I Targaryen, also known as Maegor the Cruel, succeeded him.

Prior to Prince Jaehaerys Targaryen, who was born as Aenys’ fourth child and third son, becoming the longest-reigning and most tranquil monarch of House Targaryen, both reigns ended in bloodshed.

King Jaehaerys I Targaryen (Michael Carter) calls a council to determine his successor early in House of the Dragon.

After 55 years in power, Jaehaerys became known as “The Old King” and was the longest-reigning Targaryen monarch.

Being the great-grandson of King Aegon I Targaryen—also known as Aegon the Conqueror—who ascended to the throne of Westeros alongside his two sister-wives, Queen Visenya and Queen Rhaenys—he had a turbulent reign.

King Aenys I Targaryen was born to Aegon and Rhaenys after the king’s death.

Following in his footsteps was King Maegor Targaryen, often known as Maegor the Cruel, who became a despot following Aenys’s death and murdered Aegon, the eldest son of Aenys with Visenya.

But when Aenys’ uncle Maegor died for no apparent reason, his son Jaehaerys rose up in revolt and took the crown.

The marriage of King Jaehaerys to his sister-wife, Queen Alysanne Targaryen, resulted in a profusion of daughters and two adult sons.

After Prince Aemon and Prince Baelon passed away, Jaehaerys chose to prevent a civil war by deciding how Princess Rhaenys, Aemon’s daughter, and Prince Viserys, Baelon’s eldest son, would settle the succession dispute.

The Westerosi lords convened a Great Council to choose a male heir, and Viserys was chosen over Rhaenys and her son, Ser Laenor Velaryon.

By ki0nk

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