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"You have a harder road. Baela's dragon was born to her. But if you wish to be a rider, you must claim that right."
―Laena Velaryon[src]

Lady Rhaena Targaryen is the youngest daughter of Daemon Targaryen and Laena Velaryon.

Biography[]

Background[]

Rhaena Targaryen is the youngest daughter of Daemon Targaryen and Laena Velaryon. She is the younger sister of Baela Targaryen.[5] Rhaena was named in honor of her maternal grandmother, Rhaenys Targaryen.

House of the Dragon: Season 1[]

In 126 AC,[d] Rhaena and her family live in Pentos, as guests of Prince Reggio Haratis. Unlike her sister, Rhaena does not have a dragon and her father therefore spends little time with her. Her egg never hatched, despite Rhaena keeping it near the fire. Her mother comforts her by saying that many eggs never hatch, and that this does not mean that she will never be a dragonrider. When her mother dies, Rhaena and her older sister are shocked and sad.[4]

Rhaena attends her mother's funeral at High Tide, where she and her sister are warmly welcomed by her grandparents, especially Princess Rhaenys. At the request of his mother, Jacaerys tries to comfort the grieving Rhaena.[6]

That night, Rhaena 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. Rhaena berates him by saying that Vhagar was hers to ride, as she was her mother's dragon, to which Aemond retorts that she should have claimed her when she had the chance. He insults her by suggesting that her cousins could find her a pig to ride, saying that it would suit her. Tempers flare and a fight breaks out, in which Aemond beats up Baela and Rhaena. The Kingsguard burst in and the children are taken to the Hall of Nine. Rhaena witnesses the wedding of Rhaenyra and Daemon Targaryen.[6]

In 132 AC,[e] Rhaena lives with her father and his new wife Rhaenyra on Dragonstone, Rhaena accompanies Rhaenyra to King's Landing. Rhaena and Rhaenyra meet Rhaenys in the Red Keep's godswood. Rhaenys is delighted to see her granddaughter, but less so Rhaenyra, who asks Rhaena leave to let them talk in private. With Ser Vaemond's petition to the Greens imminent, Rhaenys agrees to marry Rhaena to her cousin and future Lord of Driftmark Lucerys Velaryon, in exchange for backing Lucerys's claim to Driftmark. Rhaena is present to hear Ser Vaemond Velaryon petition for the inheritance of Driftmark. She is a witness to her father killing Ser Vaemond. In the Evening, Rhaena dines with her entire family, sans Rhaenys, Helaena toasts her and Baela. Tensions rises until a fight ensues, she tries to deescalate the situation by holding back her sister. She leaves King's Landing without her grandmother and returns to Dragonstone.[3]

Alicent offers Rhaenys to grant the inheritance of Driftmark to her granddaughters, if Rhaenys helps maintain the peace.[7]

Rhaena watches the funeral of Visenya on Dragonstone. After Rhaenyra is crowned, she and her sister kneel, unlike her grandmother. Rhaena gathers around the Painted Table, as part of the Black Council. She hands Rhaenyra a cup. She has a hopeful look as her father mentions riderless dragons on Dragonstone.[2]

House of the Dragon: Season 2[]

Rhaena is present at the Black Council when Rhaenyra returns from the Stormlands and the funeral of her former betrothed Lucerys Velaryon, mourning his loss with tears.[8]

Rhaenyra orders Rhaena to accompany Joffrey to the Vale, and from there - to take her children Viserys and Aegon to safety, preferably to Pentos. Rhaena does not like the idea of being a babysitter away from danger, while her sister remains at Dragonstone, but obeys. She is also given four dragon eggs.[9]

Personality[]

Rhaena longs for a dragon. As a child, she felt ignored by her father.[4]

Family[]

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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 Phoebe Campbell had been cast in the role of Rhaena Targaryen for House of the Dragon. Her character description for Season 1 reads as follows:

"Second daughter of Lady Laena and sister to Baela."[10]

Her character description for Season 2 reads as follows:

"The younger sister of Lady Baela. Though she is eager to be a dragonrider like her sister, she has not claimed a dragon."[11]

In the books[]

In Fire & Blood, Rhaena and Baela 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.

Rhaena was named in honor of her maternal grandmother, Rhaenys Targaryen. Like her grandmother, both of these names have repeated in the Targaryen dynasty: Rhaenys was named after Aegon I's sister-wife, and the earlier Rhaena was the older sister of Jaehaerys I Targaryen (himself this Rhaena's great-grandfather).

During the Dance of the Dragons, Rhaena was chosen to accompany Joffrey Velaryon to Gulltown for their protection, although they were told it was to defend the Vale against the Greens' dragons. Rhaena brought three dragon eggs with her to the Vale, where she prayed nightly for their hatching.

Appearances[]

Forthcoming[]

References[]

  1. Rhaena Targaryen. HBO. Retrieved March 15, 2023.
  2. 2.0 2.1 House of the Dragon: Season 1, Episode 10: "The Black Queen" (2022).
  3. 3.0 3.1 House of the Dragon: Season 1, Episode 8: "The Lord of the Tides" (2022).
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 House of the Dragon: Season 1, Episode 6: "The Princess and the Queen" (2022).
  5. Baela Targaryen. HBO. Retrieved March 15, 2023.
  6. 6.0 6.1 House of the Dragon: Season 1, Episode 7: "Driftmark" (2022).
  7. House of the Dragon: Season 1, Episode 9: "The Green Council" (2022).
  8. House of the Dragon: Season 2, Episode 1: "A Son for a Son" (2024).
  9. House of the Dragon: Season 2, Episode 3: "The Burning Mill" (2024).
  10. Unknown author (Unknown date). House of the Dragon S1 | Character Descriptions. Warner Bros. Discovery. Retrieved April 25, 2023.
  11. Unknown author (Unknown date). House of the Dragon S2 | Character Descriptions. Warner Bros. Discovery. Retrieved June 5, 2024.
  12. House of the Dragon Season 2 | Episode 6 Preview | Max
  13. Wake the Dragon (September 28, 2023). 🚨🐉 Rhaena Targaryen arrives at the Vale and meets Jeyne Arryn below the Eyrie in episode 7 (director Loni Peristere) of HotD season 2!. X. Retrieved December 12, 2023.

Notes[]

  1. It is a Targaryen custom to place a dragon's egg in the cradle of a newborn child. In "The Princess and the Queen," which takes place in 126 AC, Laena Velaryon states that it has been eight years since Rhaena Targaryen's egg was placed in her cradle; therefore, she was born in 118 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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