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Laena's mother Rhaenys Targaryen was passed over as heir to the Iron Throne due to her sex, and later her brother Laenor was passed over as well, when the assembled lords of Westeros at the Great Council at Harrenhal instead voted that Rhaenys's cousin Viserys should be the heir. Ever since the Velaryons have been estranged from the royal court.
Behind the scenes
- "The daughter of Corlys Velaryon and Rhaenys Targaryen."
In the teasers, Steyn appears alongside Theo Nate in the same shots - who plays Young Laenor Velaryon. Thus Steyn is technically playing "Young Laena" but the HBO website doesn't refer to her this way because the casting for adult Laena hasn't been officially revealed yet.
Casting leaks indicate that Swedish actress Nanna Blondell has been cast as adult Laena, as she stated in Swedish newspapers that she had joined the cast. Photos from the Season 1 wrap party indicate that a third actress, Nova Foueillis-Mosé, will also appear as Child Laena in the first two episodes.
In the books
In the books, Laena's family schemes to advance her in a marriage alliance, but she herself is disinterested in politics, instead preferring to fly her dragon - no less a mount than Vhagar herself, last of the original Conquest-generation dragons possessed by the Targaryens. Nonetheless she is considered a great feminine beauty and admired at court.
- Main article: House Velaryon#Race
|Lord:||Corlys Velaryon||Heir:||Laenor Velaryon|
|Titles:||Lord of Driftmark|
|Current members:||Vaemond Velaryon · Rhaenys Velaryon · Laena Velaryon|
|Deceased members:||Daemon Velaryon|