- For other characters who share the same name, see: Viserys Targaryen (disambiguation).
- "His brother disappeared, over the horizon or beneath the waves, no one could say for sure."
- ―Viserys Targaryen
King Viserys II Targaryen was the second king of his name to sit on the Iron Throne and the tenth king of the Targaryen dynasty to rule the Seven Kingdoms. Since his nephew and predecessor, Baelor the Blessed, died without issue, all subsequent Targaryens, including the last two currently in the Known World, were descended from him. He was formally styled as Viserys of the House Targaryen, the Second of His Name, King of the Andals and the First Men, Lord of the Seven Kingdoms, and Protector of the Realm.
Viserys II was the second son of Rhaenyra Targaryen and her uncle Prince Daemon Targaryen. He and his full-brother Aegon had three older half-brothers - Jacaerys, Lucerys, and Joffrey - by their mother's first husband and cousin, Laenor Velaryon.
Rhaenyra a claimant to the Iron Throne during the Targaryen civil war known as the Dance of the Dragons, in which she fought her half-brother, Aegon II. During the war, Viserys and his full-brother Aegon were sent across the Narrow Sea for protection, but were set upon by the Triarchy's fleet. Viserys was captured, while Aegon managed to escape back to Dragonstone, after which their elder half-brother Jacaerys attacked the fleet in the Battle of the Gullet. Jacaerys was killed however, and Viserys disappeared. Many years later, he inherited the throne from his nephew, Baelor I Targaryen. He was the father of Aegon IV Targaryen, who succeeded him to the Iron Throne, Naerys Targaryen, and Aemon Targaryen.
Viserys II, along with his descendants, are mentioned in the House Targaryen's entry of the book The Lineages and Histories of the Great Houses of the Seven Kingdoms.
|Aegon III Targaryen|
|Daeron I Targaryen|
"Daeron the Young Dragon"
|Baelor I Targaryen|
"Baelor the Blessed"
"Daena the Defiant"
|Aegon IV Targaryen|
|Aemon Targaryen |
"Aemon the Dragonknight"
of Aegon IV by different women: Bloodraven, Bittersteel, and Shiera
In the books
In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, Viserys II was the youngest son of Rhaenyra Targaryen and the younger brother of King Aegon III, the Dragonbane. The father of Aegon III and Viserys II was Rhaenyra's husband and uncle, Daemon Targaryen (younger brother of Viserys II's namesake and grandfather-uncle, King Viserys I). Viserys II served as Hand of the King to both his nephews, Daeron I, the Young Dragon, and Baelor I, the Blessed, helping keep the realm intact first while Daeron warred and then as Baelor prayed. It was rumored that he had the stonemason Baelor had appointed as High Septon poisoned. It was also rumored that he poisoned Baelor, which is the reason he's not remembered fondly.
Viserys II was clean-shaven with long hair. He had a prominent nose, bushy eyebrows and a shrewd, calculating look to him. He wore the simple crown of Aegon III.
Grand Maester Kaeth's classic book on the art of good rulership, Lives of Four Kings, actually omits Viserys II from the title. As Tyrion Lannister points out, it would have been more accurate to call it "Lives of Five Kings". Kaeth does briefly mention Viserys II, but devotes very little content to him because he only reigned for one year before his death. Oberyn Martell felt that even this was too much, far more than Viserys II's brief reign merited. Tyrion strongly counter-argues that while Viserys II officially reigned for only one year, he truly ruled and preserved the land for much longer as Hand of the King, keeping the realm together while Daeron obsessed with fruitless conquests and Baelor obsessed with prayer.
Viserys II was only eight years old when the devastating civil war known as the Dance of the Dragons broke out between his mother Rhaenyra and his half-uncle Aegon II. While his brother Aegon possessed an immature dragon named Stormcloud (who later died), Viserys II did not possess one, though he did have a dragon egg (it is unknown if it ever hatched). As the civil war escalated, Rhaenyra decided to send her two youngest sons to the Free City of Pentos for safety, where Daemon had allies, but their ship never arrived. The Triarchy entered the war on Aegon II's side - an alliance of Lys, Myr, and Tyrosh who had previously fought Daemon in the Stepstones (and whom Pentos was allied with Daemon against). The Three Daughters sent a massive naval fleet to break the blockade of Blackwater Bay which Rhaenyra's Velaryon fleet had established, and the boat carrying her two sons sailed right into it. Aegon III managed to escape on Stormcloud (though it suffered mortal injuries in the process), but Viserys II was captured by the enemy fleet. It is unknown what became of him in the intervening time period before Aegon II's death and the ascension of his older brother to the Iron Throne.
| Targaryen dynasty|
Aegon I (1–37 AC) · Aenys I (37–42 AC) · Maegor I (42–48 AC) · Jaehaerys I (48–103 AC) · Viserys I (103–129 AC) · Aegon II (129–131 AC) · Aegon III (131–157 AC) · Daeron I (157–161 AC) · Baelor I (161–171 AC) · Viserys II (171–172 AC) · Aegon IV (172–184 AC) · Daeron II (184–209 AC) · Aerys I (209–221 AC) · Maekar I (221–233 AC) · Aegon V (233–259 AC) · Aerys II (259–281 AC) · Daenerys I (305 AC)
| Baratheon dynasty|
| Lannister dynasty|
Cersei I (303–305 AC)
| Elected monarchs|
Brandon I (305 AC–Present)