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"Do not mourn me, mother. It was a fair exchange. I may have lost an eye, but I gained a dragon."
―Aemond Targaryen[src]

Prince Aemond Targaryen, also known as Aemond One-Eye,[2] is a prince of the Targaryen dynasty, the second son and third child of King Viserys I Targaryen and Queen Alicent Hightower. He is the rider of the dragon Vhagar.

After the incapacitation of King Aegon II, Aemond is the leader of the Greens as Prince Regent and Protector of the Realm.[2]

Biography[]

Background[]

Aemond is the thirdborn child and second son of King Viserys by his second wife, Queen Alicent. He is the younger half-brother of Rhaenyra Targaryen through his father’s first wife, the late Queen Aemma Arryn and the full brother of Prince Aegon, Princess Helaena, and Prince Daeron Targaryen through his mother.[1]

House of the Dragon: Season 1[]

Aemond accompanies Aegon and Lucerys Velaryon to the Dragonpit as Jacaerys Velaryon is trained to command Vermax. Aemond is the only boy without a dragon of his own. The three boys trick Aemond into thinking they found him a dragon, only to present him a pig they dressed up as one, mockingly proclaiming it the "Pink Dread." Aemond descends into the tunnels of the pit, where he finds Dreamfyre. When Dreamfyre roars and breathes fire, however, a frightened Aemond is knocked back and runs away. Aemond tells his mother of the incident while Helaena overhears. Alicent later reprimands Aegon, who calls Aemond a twat. Aemond later trains in arms with Aegon, Jace, and Luke in the courtyard of the Red Keep under Ser Criston Cole.[1]

Aemond attends the funeral of his aunt, Laena Velaryon, on Driftmark. He and his brother watch their sister Helaena study a spider, and they argue over Aegon's betrothal to and dislike of their sister. Aemond defends Helaena by reminding Aegon she is their sister and his future Queen. When Aegon suggests Aemond should marry Helaena if he's willing to defend her, Aemond says that if he were betrothed to Helaena, he would do his duty to keep their Valyrian blood pure. Later, Aemond approaches Jace, Baela, and Rhaena who are all mourning a parent. A long look is exchanged, but nothing is said.[5]

That night, when his grandfather Otto Hightower drags off a drunken Aegon to put him to bed, Aemond decides to achieve his dream of claiming a dragon to prove himself. He sneaks away from his family and finds Vhagar sleeping on the beach. When he approaches her and tries to climb her, she wakes up. Vhagar goes back to sleep once Aemond backs away, but when the boy tries again, an angered Vhagar almost burns him alive. He successfully bonds with her by commanding her to calm herself and serve him in High Valyrian. He then climbs on her back, but neglects to fasten himself to the saddle before commanding her to fly, almost falling to his death as Vhagar soars into the sky. Nevertheless, he quickly gets the hang of it and rides the dragon around High Tide before landing.[5]

When he returns to the castle, Aemond is confronted by Jace and Luke, as well as Laena's daughters, Baela and Rhaena. Rhaena says that she was entitled to Vhagar as Laena's daughter, but Aemond, taken over by a rush of ego and pride, tells her to go claim a pig instead, as it would fit her. The two fight, but Aemond throws Rhaena to the ground. Baela punches him, but Aemond strikes back and threatens to feed Baela to Vhagar if she comes at him again. This prompts Jace to enter the fray, followed by Luke. Both are knocked down, with Luke's nose being broken. Jace manages to push Aemond to the ground, and he, Baela, and Rhaena begin to pummel Aemond. Aemond manages to escape before grabbing Luke by the throat and brandishing a rock to hit him with, cruelly saying that Luke will die screaming on fire just like his father Harwin Strong, calling Luke and Jace bastards. When Luke says that his father, Laenor, is still alive, Aemond taunts Jace about Luke not knowing his true parentage, calling him "Lord Strong." This prompts Jace to unsheathe a knife and attack him, but Aemond dodges him before hitting him in the head with the rock. As Aemond prepares to strike Jace again, Jace blinds him with sand before Luke grabs the dropped knife and slashes Aemond in the left eye. As Aemond wails in pain, the Kingsguard, attracted by the commotion, find the children. As Harrold Westerling orders the children to cease fighting and turns Aemond over to see his injury, he is shocked by what he sees.[5]

The children are brought to the Hall of Nine, where King Viserys angrily demands to know from his Kingsguard how this happened, while Aemond's eye is tended to by Maester Kelvyn as Corlys, Rhaenys, Rhaenyra, and Daemon enter asking what happened. Aemond accuses Jace and Luke of attacking him unprovoked, but an argument soon breaks out amongst the involved children, sans Aegon and Helaena, screaming at and over each other before Viserys silences them. The king questions Aemond, who is defended by his mother. When Jace says that Aemond called them bastards, Viserys demands that Aemond reveals where he heard the rumor. Aemond eyes his mother, but reluctantly says he heard it from Aegon. Initially taken aback, Aegon, when pressed by Viserys, says that it is obvious that Jace and Luke are bastards based simply on their non-Valyrian appearance.[5]

When Viserys demands that peace be made within the family and that anyone who questions the legitimacy of Rhaenyra's sons will have their tongue removed, Alicent says that is not enough, and demands the eye of one of Rhaenyra's sons in return. When Viserys refuses, Alicent then demands that Ser Criston take one of Lucerys's eyes, claiming that she will let him decide which eye to keep, a privilege not rewarded to Aemond, but Criston remains still. The situation escalates dramatically when Alicent grabs Viserys's Valyrian steel dagger to do it herself. Aemond remains seated for most of the confrontation between Alicent and Rhaenyra when she moves to defend Luke. When the two are separated, Aemond tells Alicent not to mourn him, as he gained a dragon, and considers it a fair exchange for his eye.[5]

The next day, Aemond rides Vhagar back to King's Landing alongside Aegon on Sunfyre and Helaena on Dreamfyre.[5]

Six years later, Aemond spars with Criston in the training yard. Although Criston initially has the upper hand, Aemond is able to defeat him. Criston compliments him by saying that he will be winning tournaments in no time, to which Aemond replies "I don't give a shit about tourneys." He then notices his nephews Jace and Luke, and asks them if they have come to train.[3]

Aemond is later present when Vaemond Velaryon petitions the crown to name him heir to Driftmark. He appears to be amused throughout the proceeding, especially so when Vaemond loudly declares the bastardy of Jace, Luke, and Joff.[3]

At supper, Aemond is served a roast pig, causing Luke to laugh at him in remembrance of the prank that he, Jace, and Aegon played on him. In response, Aemond stands up and raises a toast to his nephews, in which he taunts them about how "strong" they are. A brawl erupts at this, ending with Daemon exchanging a challenging look with Aemond, causing the latter to back down.[3]

Following the death of his father Viserys, the Green Council proclaims Aegon the rightful heir, bypassing Rhaenyra's long-established claim on flimsy circumstances. Aegon seems to have disappeared from the Red Keep, so his grandfather Otto sends the brothers Arryk and Erryk Cargyll to find him. Alicent also wants her son on the throne but disapproves of her father's aggressive approach; she believes that openly antagonizing Rhaenyra would be a foolish idea, so she covertly sends Aemond and Ser Criston to find Aegon before the Cargyll brothers do. Aemond takes Criston to a brothel on the Street of Silk where Aegon once took him to loose his virginity, in the hope that he might be sheltering there, but the madam claims that she has not seen him, though she does privately admit to Aemond that she misses the younger prince's patronage.[6] He is present at his brother's coronation in the Dragonpit; when Rhaenys and Meleys attack the ceremony, Aemond moves to protect his sister Helaena.[6]

Following Aegon's coronation, Aemond is sent to Storm's End to convince House Baratheon to support the Greens. He wins Lord Borros Baratheon's allegiance in return for agreeing to wed Borros's daughter Floris, and is present when Lucerys Velaryon arrives to try and claim House Baratheon's support for the Blacks. After Borros rebuffs Lucerys, Aemond demands Lucerys put out one of his eyes as compensation for the eye Lucerys took from him at Driftmark. When Lucerys refuses, Aemond snarls that Lucerys is both a craven and a traitor, draws a blade and tries to attack Luke; Lord Borros intervenes, refusing to let Aemond violate guest right by maiming Lucerys, an envoy, beneath his roof and has his guards escort Lucerys back to his dragon while Aemond glares at his nephew.[7]

Shortly after, Aemond mounts Vhagar and pursues the departing Lucerys and Arrax, using his larger dragon to terrorize the pair. Unfortunately, the situation escalates when a panicking Arrax blasts Vhagar in the face with fire. Aemond, recognizing the situation is spiraling out of control, desperately tries to calm the enraged Vhagar but to no avail, and he is helpless to stop his dragon from killing Lucerys and Arrax. He watches in horror as Arrax's mutilated remains fall to earth, aware he's unintentionally become a kinslayer, destroyed any possibility of Rhaenyra accepting a peaceful resolution to the succession crisis, and guaranteed the Blacks will declare war in retaliation.[7]

House of the Dragon: Season 2[]

Aemond and Vhagar return to King's Landing, initially causing a panic amongst the Red Keep's garrison, commanded by Ser Arryk Cargyll, who aim scorpions skyward until they confirm the approaching dragon is Vhagar.[8]

The Green Council briefly discusses Aemond's marriage pact with Lady Floris Baratheon, citing that it has won them the allegiance of Lord Borros Baratheon and the Stormlands. Aemond then barges into the Council meeting; when his mother, who is still furious at him for destroying their diplomatic efforts by killing Lucerys, points out he has no seat on the Council, King Aegon announces that he invited Aemond to attend. Aemond consults a wall-mounted map of Westeros, noting that the path to King's Landing passes through the Riverlands, and recommends seizing Harrenhal as a base of operations before the Blacks do. Aegon proposes that he and Aemond fly to Riverrun, force Lord Grover Tully to capitulate and destroy the Velaryon fleet's blockade of the Gullet along the way, only to be overruled by Alicent, who insists Vhagar and Aemond are needed to defend King's Landing against a potential retaliatory attack from Rhaenyra for Lucerys's murder, glaring at her younger son as she says so, since his actions have made such a possibility likelier. [8]

A grieving Rhaenyra declares to the Black Council that she wants Aemond to die for his murder of her son. Prince Daemon sneaks into King's Landing to arrange it, hiring a pair of his former lover Mysaria's agents (Blood and Cheese) to carry out the killing, though he gives them leave to target another prince of the royal family should they be unable to find Aemond or consider him beyond them.[8]

In his chambers in the Red Keep, Aemond drinks with Criston Cole, complaining that his mother is blaming his killing of Lucerys for starting the war, when it was her decision to flout his father's wishes and have Aegon usurp the throne that prompted Rhaenyra to call her banners in retaliation. Aemond also proposes that they should march through the Crownlands, adding the levies of the local lords to their own army as they march to Harrenhal. Otto Hightower arrives and, after dismissing Criston, annoyedly tells Aemond he needs to show patience and restraint in the coming campaigns.[8]

Blood and Cheese find Aemond's apartments soon after, but by that point he has left. With time running out, and not wanting to return to Daemon empty handed, they settle for killing Aemond's nephew, Prince Jaehaerys. [8]

Personality[]

Aemond is known for his serious disposition and fiery internal drive. He has a hostile vendetta for his nephews Luke and Jace due to their childhood fight in which he lost his left eye. Although he is a deadly warrior,[4] he has no interest in tournaments.[3] As a child, he was petulant and conniving, though also brave.[4] Aemond also has the strong desire of becoming the new heir and succeed his father as king. He envies his older brother Aegon, believing himself more capable of ruling, as he is the one who studies history and philosophy, trains at arms, and rides the largest dragon in Westeros, while Aegon only drinks and spends most of his time outside of the castle but still is the heir as the king's firstborn son.[6]

Quotes[]

Spoken by Aemond[]

"Come at me again and I'll feed you to my dragon!"
―Aemond Targaryen[src]
"You will die screaming in flames just as your father did! Bastards."
―Aemond Targaryen[src]
"Final tribute. To the health of my nephews: Jace, Luke, and Joffrey. Each of them handsome, wise... strong. Come, let us drain our cups to these three... strong boys."
―Aemond Targaryen[src]
"'Tis I the younger brother who studies history and philosophy, it is I who trains with the sword, who rides the largest dragon in the world. It is I who should be..."
―Aemond, to Criston Cole, before Aegon's coronation[src]
"I want you to put out your eye, as payment for mine. One will serve. I would not blind you. I plan to make a gift of it to my mother."
―Aemond to Lucerys Velaryon[src]

Spoken about Aemond[]

"I want Aemond Targaryen."
Rhaenyra Targaryen demands her half-brother's death as retribution for his murder of her son Lucerys[src]
"You know what Aemond is."
―Alicent Hightower to Rhaenyra Targaryen[src]
"Aemond is young, and his lack of restraint has already cost us dearly."
―Alicent Hightower protesting Aemond being named regent to the Green Council[src]
"The realm will suffer if Aemond One-Eye rules. You should pray you never meet him. He will cut you down as soon as wish you good-day."
―Daemon Targaryen[src]
"Aemond was fearsome even before he lost his eye and set a sapphire in its stead."
Robert Baratheon[src]

Family[]

Paternal[]

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Targaryen
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Vaella
Targaryen

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Targaryen

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Baratheon

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Arryn[c]
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Daella
Targaryen

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Targaryen

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Alyssa
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Corlys
Velaryon
House Velaryon

 
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Velaryon
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Aegon II Targaryen

 
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Helaena
Targaryen


 
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Targaryen


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Targaryen


 
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Rhaena
Targaryen


 
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Velaryon
House Velaryon

 
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Velaryon
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Velaryon
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1 Jaehaerys had thirteen children in all. For simplicity, only the direct ancestors of future generations are on this family tree and they are not in the exact order of birth. The thirteen children in correct order are: Aegon, Daenerys, Aemon, Baelon, Alyssa, Maegelle, Vaegon, Daella, Saera, Viserra, Gaemon, Valerion, and Gael.

2 Due to the nature of their respective births and deaths, Baelon Targaryen, son of Viserys and Aemma, and Visenya Targaryen, daughter of Rhaenyra and Daemon, are not included on this family tree.

3 While Jacaerys, Lucerys, and Joffrey are officially Laenor's, he and Rhaenyra never had any biological issue. Their three sons were in fact fathered by Harwin Strong.

Maternal[]

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Hightower


 
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Behind the scenes[]

On March 30, 2022, HBO announced that Ewan Mitchell had been cast in the role of Aemond Targaryen for House of the Dragon. His character description for Season 1 reads as follows:

"Second-born son of Viserys, nephew to Daemon, and half-brother to Rhaenyra."[9]

His character description for Season 2 reads as follows:

"The younger brother to Aegon II. As a child, Aemond claimed the largest dragon in the realm, Vhagar, leading to a fight in which he lost an eye."[10]

In the books[]

In Fire & Blood, Aemond was the second son of King Viserys I Targaryen and the brother of Aegon and Daeron Targaryen. His personal mount was the dragon Vhagar, who had become the largest of the dragons after the death of Balerion.

In Fire & Blood, while he fought against Princes Jacaerys and Lucerys on Driftmark, he lost his right eye, not his left eye. For this he gained the epithet "Aemond One-Eye." The killing of Lucerys (which he was proud of) earned him the derogatory nickname "Aemond the Kinslayer".

Appearances[]

Forthcoming[]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 House of the Dragon: Season 1, Episode 6: "The Princess and the Queen" (2022).
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 House of the Dragon: Season 2, Episode 5: "Regent" (2024).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 House of the Dragon: Season 1, Episode 8: "The Lord of the Tides" (2022).
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Aemond Targaryen. HBO. Retrieved March 15, 2023.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 House of the Dragon: Season 1, Episode 7: "Driftmark" (2022).
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 House of the Dragon: Season 1, Episode 9: "The Green Council" (2022).
  7. 7.0 7.1 House of the Dragon: Season 1, Episode 10: "The Black Queen" (2022).
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 House of the Dragon: Season 2, Episode 1: "A Son for a Son" (2024).
  9. Unknown author (Unknown date). House of the Dragon S1 | Character Descriptions. Warner Bros. Discovery. Retrieved April 25, 2023.
  10. Unknown author (Unknown date). House of the Dragon S2 | Character Descriptions. Warner Bros. Discovery. Retrieved June 5, 2024.
  11. House of the Dragon Season 2 | Episode 6 Preview | Max

Notes[]

  1. Harwin Strong refers to Jacaerys and Lucerys Velaryon as younger than Aegon and Aemond Targaryen in "The Princess and the Queen." Jacaerys was born in 116 AC and Helaena Targaryen, Aemond's older sister, was born in 115 AC; therefore, Aemond must be born in either 115 or 116 AC.
  2. In "A Son for a Son," Daemon Targaryen and Otto Hightower mention that days have passed since Viserys Targaryen and Lucerys Velaryon's deaths. Unlike the first season, no major time jumps are expected; therefore, House of the Dragon: Season 2 takes place in 132 AC.
  3. Conjecture based on information from The World of Ice & Fire; may be subject to change.

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