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House Targaryen
House Targaryen

"I am a dragonrider, like my mother, my father, and you. The Greens reach to usurp our queen's throne and they must be answered with fire and blood."
―Baela to Rhaenys Targaryen[src]

Lady Baela Targaryen is the eldest daughter of Daemon Targaryen and Laena Velaryon. She becomes the ward of Rhaenys Targaryen following her mother's death and the apparent death of Laenor Velaryon.

Biography[]

Background[]

Baela Targaryen, named after her paternal grandfather Baelon, is the eldest daughter of Daemon Targaryen and Laena Velaryon, and is bonded with the young dragon Moondancer. She is the older sister of Rhaena Targaryen.[4]

House of the Dragon: Season 1[]

In 126 AC,[d] Baela and her family live in Pentos, as guests of Prince Reggio Haratis. Unlike her younger sister, Baela has a dragon and is preferred by their father. When her mother dies, Baela and her younger sister are shocked and sad.[1]

Baela attends her mother's funeral at High Tide. She and her sister are warmly welcomed by their grandparents, especially Princess Rhaenys. At the request of his mother, Jacaerys comforts the grieving Baela by silently holding her hands. Later that night, her grandmother suggests to her grandfather that Baela should be made heir to Driftmark. Lord Corlys rejects the suggestion.[5]

That night, Baela and her sister witness Aemond flying Vhagar, and they run to wake their cousin Jacaerys. The sisters, along with Jacaerys and his brother Lucerys, confront Aemond at an entrance to the castle. Tempers flare and a fight breaks out, in which Aemond beats up Baela. The Kingsguard burst in and the children are taken to the Hall of Nine. Baela witnesses the wedding of Rhaenyra and Daemon Targaryen.[5]

In 132 AC,[e] Baela has become a ward to her grandmother on Driftmark, she listens to Maester Kelvyn informing Rhaenys and her about the grave injuries sustained by her grandfather. As Ser Vaemond Velaryon brings up the inheritance of Driftmark, Baela retorts that Rhaenys looks very comfortable on the Driftwood Throne. In the prelude to Ser Vaemond's petition to the Greens, Rhaenys agrees to marry Baela to her cousin and future heir Jacaerys, in exchange for backing Lucerys's claim to Driftmark. Baela accompanies her grandmother to hear Ser Vaemond Velaryon petition for the inheritance of Driftmark. She witnesses her father killing Ser Vaemond. In the Evening, Baela dines with her entire family, sans Rhaenys, Helaena toasts her and Rhaena, while Aegon makes several leery passes towards her. Tensions rises until a fight ensues, Baela attempts to defend Jacerys by fighting Aegon but is held back by her sister. She leaves King's Landing without her grandmother.[2]

Alicent offers Rhaenys to grant the inheritance of Driftmark to her granddaughters, if Rhaenys helps maintain the peace.[6]

Baela watches the funeral of Visenya on Dragonstone. After Rhaenyra is crowned, she and her sister kneel, unlike her grandmother. Baela gathers around the Painted Table, as part of the Black Council. Her father states her to be the dragonrider of Moondancer.[3]

House of the Dragon: Season 2[]

Baela is present at the Black Council when Rhaenyra returns from the Stormlands. She accompanies her betrothed Jacaerys, as he seeks out his mother, to inform her about his journey to the North and Vale. Baela later attends the funeral of Lucerys Velaryon.[7]

While heading to Queen Rhaenyra's chamber, Baela, runs into her father, Prince Daemon. Baela tries to talk to him, but Daemon is so furious at having argued with Rhaenyra that he remains silent.[8]

Once in the queen's room, Baela receives orders to patrol King's Landing on the back of Moondancer. When Baela asks where her father is going, her stepmother only responds that Daemon will take his own path.[8]

Not long after, Baela finds himself practicing bank shooting on a cliff. She fires a series of bolts at a pair of pillars (hitting each shot). It is then that her fiancé appears and comments that Baela herself has not had dinner, although she says that she is not hungry. When Baela asks if he knows where Daemon is going, Jacaerys replies that he imagines he is going to Harrenhal.[8]

Baela comments that sometimes she thinks she hates her father. Jacaerys comments that the parents are complicated, and he starts talking about his biological father Ser Harwin Strong and his adoptive father, Ser Laenor Velaryon. Then he says that he miss his brother. Baela puts a hand on his shoulder to comfort him.[8]

Personality[]

Baela is a brave dragonrider.[4]

Family[]

Paternal[]

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Targaryen
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Targaryen

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Baratheon

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Arryn[f]
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Targaryen

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Targaryen

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Hightower
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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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1 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.

Behind the scenes[]

On March 30, 2022, HBO announced that Bethany Antonia had been cast in the role of Baela Targaryen for House of the Dragon. Her character description for Season 1 reads as follows:

"Eldest daughter of Laena Velaryon and rider of the young dragon Moondancer."[9]

In a deleted scene Baela insists on fighting for Rhaenyra. When Baela proclaims herself a dragonrider and says that the Greens must be answered with fire and blood, Rhaenys muses that she just saw her daughter Laena for the first time in years.[10]

Her character description for Season 2 reads as follows:

"The eldest daughter of Daemon Targaryen and Laena Velaryon, Baela is betrothed to Prince Jacaerys and rides the young dragon Moondancer."[11]

In the books[]

In Fire & Blood, Baela and Rhaena are described as twins, but not identical twins: they started out looking very similar, but in their teenage years their appearance and personalities diverged. The TV series changed this to make Baela slightly older than Rhaena. In the book, Baela was the elder twin by a matter of minutes.

Baela is described as fierce and fearless, very much her father's daughter - and in contrast to her sister Rhaena's more lady-like nature.

Appearances[]

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 House of the Dragon: Season 1, Episode 8: "The Lord of the Tides" (2022).
  3. 3.0 3.1 House of the Dragon: Season 1, Episode 10: "The Black Queen" (2022).
  4. 4.0 4.1 Baela Targaryen. HBO. Retrieved March 15, 2023.
  5. 5.0 5.1 House of the Dragon: Season 1, Episode 7: "Driftmark" (2022).
  6. House of the Dragon: Season 1, Episode 9: "The Green Council" (2022).
  7. House of the Dragon: Season 2, Episode 1: "A Son for a Son" (2024).
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 House of the Dragon: Season 2, Episode 2: "Rhaenyra the Cruel" (2024).
  9. Unknown author (Unknown date). House of the Dragon S1 | Character Descriptions. Warner Bros. Discovery. Retrieved April 25, 2023.
  10. Kim Renfro (December 11, 2022). 'House of the Dragon' cocreator Ryan Condal reveals deleted Baela and Rhaenys scene. Business Insider. Retrieved June 20, 2024.
  11. Unknown author (Unknown date). House of the Dragon S2 | Character Descriptions. Warner Bros. Discovery. Retrieved June 5, 2024.

Notes[]

  1. Baela Targaryen is stated to be 16 years old in the script for "The Lord of the Tides," which takes place in 132 AC; therefore, she was born in 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 Fire & Blood; may be subject to change.
  4. In "The Princess and the Queen," Laenor Velaryon states that it has been ten years since his wedding to Rhaenyra Targaryen, which occurred in 116 AC; therefore, "The Princess and the Queen" takes place in 126 AC.
  5. The premise of "The Lord of the Tides" opens with "six years later." The previous episode takes place in 126 AC.
  6. Conjecture based on information from The World of Ice & Fire; may be subject to change.

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