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"My father was furious. His own mother's dragon, the fastest beast ever known, and she'd have none of him. But bent her neck to Rhaenys."
―Baela Targaryen[src]

Meleys,[b][c] called the Red Queen, was a dragon of House Targaryen. She was the mount of Rhaenys Targaryen, and the second dragon to die during the Dance of the Dragons.



Meleys was originally ridden by Princess Alyssa Targaryen.[3] She has scarlet scales, greenish yellow eyes, and a crown of bright copper horns. During her youth, she is said to have been faster than both Caraxes and Vhagar.[2] After Alyssa's death, her son, Prince Daemon, attempted to mount Meleys, but she spurned him in favor of Princess Rhaenys, enraging the young prince.[3]

House of the Dragon: Season 1[]

Rhaenys rides Meleys towards King's Landing. Her son Laenor Velaryon, who is to marry Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, rides the dragon Seasmoke at her side.[4]

Meleys stays at High Tide along with several other dragons during the funeral of Laena Velaryon.[5]

Meleys is chained in the Dragonpit during the coronation of Aegon II Targaryen. She is eventually freed by Rhaenys and rides her out of the Dragonpit, inadvertently killing a number of smallfolk during their escape to Dragonstone.[6] Helaena predicted this event in a dream, in which she saw Meleys as "the beast beneath the boards."[7][6]

After the coronation of Queen Rhaenyra Targaryen, Rhaenys and Meleys start to patrol the Gullet and reinforce Lord Corlys Velaryon's blockade of the shipping lanes to King's Landing.[8]

House of the Dragon: Season 2[]

Meleys and Rhaenys return to Dragonstone shortly before learning about Lucerys Velaryon's death.[9]

Head of Meleys

The severed head of Meleys.

Rhaenys embraces Meleys as they prepare to fly from Dragonstone to Rook's Rest, where they battle the Greens who are assaulting the castle. Meleys repeatedly strafes the battle field with her fire breath, sending the forces of the Greens into a panicked disarray. Eventually, Sunfyre enters the battlefield with his rider Aegon, in which a fierce aerial melee ensues. Meleys and Sunfyre proceed to brutally bite and claw each other, with the larger red dragon having the upper hand. After Sunfyre briefly escapes the deadlock, Meleys again attacks the smaller golden dragon and clamps her jaws around Sunfyre's right wing, who in turn bites and snaps one of Meleys's horns off. Concurrently, Vhagar and Aemond arrive at the battlefield, with the young prince ordering his dragon to blast both Meleys and Sunfyre with a torrent of fire. As Sunfyre catches fire and plummets into the forest below along with Aegon, Meleys engages Vhagar in a melee in which she slashes the larger dragon's belly with her claws as they blast one another with flames and lock talons. The two dragons plummet to the ground, and Meleys quickly recovers and manages to return to the sky as Vhagar hits the ground, only for Vhagar to ambush her by hiding behind Rook's Rest, tightly clamping her jaws around the red dragon's throat. Meleys and Rhaenys share one final look as Vhagar crushes Meleys's neck in her jaws. which causes her body to plummet and crash onto the walls of Rook's Rest in a fiery explosion. This in turn allows the Greens to use the newly-created breach to storm Rook's Rest.[1]

Following the Battle of Rook's Rest, Ser Criston Cole and Ser Gwayne Hightower parade Meleys's severed head through the streets of King's Landing.[3]

In the books[]

In the prequel novellas, Meleys was known as "the Red Queen", which seems to indicate that she was the mother of several of the other dragons (much as Rhaenys was grandmother to the youngest generation of dragon-riders). Her exact age and lineage has not yet been established. Before she bonded with princess Rhaenys, she had been originally ridden by Alyssa Targaryen, daughter of King Jahaerys. When she claimed a dragon, Alyssa was recommended Meleys by the dragonkeepers as her mount rather than Balerion the Black Dread, whom she had considered but was now old, sluggish, and slow. Alyssa was the mother of Viserys I and Daemon Targaryen. Alyssa likewise had taken both of her sons riding on Meleys a few days after their respective births.

Meleys does appear to have been one of the oldest and largest dragons after Vhagar herself, and was probably one of the second generation dragons hatched to the original three from the Conquest-generation (Balerion, Meraxes, and Vhagar). Vhagar was 181 years old during the Dance, and by that point as said to have grown as large as Balerion had been during Aegon's Conquest. Vhagar is also described as being five times the size of the young dragon Arrax, who was only a decade or so old and only just big enough to ride to war.



  1. 1.0 1.1 House of the Dragon: Season 2, Episode 4: "The Red Dragon and the Gold" (2024).
  2. 2.0 2.1 Meleys. HBO. Retrieved March 15, 2023.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 House of the Dragon: Season 2, Episode 5: "Regent" (2024).
  4. 4.0 4.1 House of the Dragon: Season 1, Episode 5: "We Light the Way" (2022).
  5. House of the Dragon: Season 1, Episode 7: "Driftmark" (2022).
  6. 6.0 6.1 House of the Dragon: Season 1, Episode 9: "The Green Council" (2022).
  7. House of the Dragon: Season 1, Episode 8: "The Lord of the Tides" (2022).
  8. House of the Dragon: Season 1, Episode 10: "The Black Queen" (2022).
  9. House of the Dragon: Season 2, Episode 1: "A Son for a Son" (2024).


  1. 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.
  2. High Valyrian: Meles
  3. mehl-LĒS

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