There was a time in Westeros when a family of dragon-riding blondes ruled the seven kingdoms and committed startling levels of direct sibling incest. House Targaryen ruled for generations before one of their offspring dropped the ball and allowed Robert Baratheon to become king. After that, the Game of Thrones narrative began, and we all know how that ended.
House of the Dragon transports readers to the strange time before and during the civil war known as the Dance of the Dragons when the Targaryen dynasty was in power. Obviously, there are much more Targaryens in this era than there were in the previous one, making it more difficult to keep track of who is related to whom. However, you shouldn’t worry since we’ve got your back.
At the beginning of House of the Dragon, this is the family tree. Only the most important offspring from each generation are discussed, as doing so would take longer than watching the pilot episode alone due to a large number of renegade cousins, usurpers, minor monarchs, and temporary heirs.
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Aegon “The Conqueror” Targaryen and Rhaenys Targaryen
Aegon “The Conqueror” Targaryen is the deceased Targaryen who has been mentioned in Game of Thrones the most (apart from the Mad King and Rhaegar). By seizing control of the majority of the Seven Kingdoms and unifying them under his reign, he established the royal line. In keeping with the exceedingly evil family custom of keeping their bloodline “pure,” which in this context means “dragon-riding and maybe insane,” Aegon also wed both of his sisters, Rhaenys and Visenya.
Relevant children: Aenys Targaryen
Aenys Targaryen and Alyssa Velaryon
In the beginning, it is pronounced: “Ennis.” Be polite. Since the Targaryen dynasty’s inception, the Velaryon family has had a stake in the game of thrones thanks to his wife Alyssa, a Velaryon.
Incest: First cousins, which for this family is genetically equal to a rando off the street.
Relevant children: Jaehaerys Targaryen and Alysanne Targaryen
Jaehaerys “The Old King” Targaryen and Alysanne Targaryen
Alysanne Targaryen and Jaehaerys “The Old King” Targaryen
These two are actually… kind of lovely, as far as sibling incest goes? They were set to be married off to other families but instead ran away and eloped since they had been in love since they were little. (Agreed, nope. Still awful.)
Together, Jaehaerys and Alysanne exercised effective leadership, and the Targaryens benefited greatly from their rule. They also had a large number of children, but only four of them ended up being very important.
Relevant children: Aemon, Baelon, Alyssa, and Daella — in that birth order.
Aemon Targaryen and Jocelyn Baratheon
Jaehaerys I Targaryen’s firstborn living son and heir was named Aemon. Although he married a Baratheon, who didn’t seem to be very incestuous, the Baratheon was also his aunt. Aemon left the heirship to his younger brother Baelon when he passed away before his father.
Incest: Whatever a guy marrying his parents’ shared half-sister is.
Relevant children: Rhaenys Targaryen
Baelon Targaryen and Alyssa Targaryen
We’re back to marrying off our siblings, I see. After his brother Aemon passed away, Baelon, who had two kids with his sister Alyssa, took over as the new heir. Then he passed away, leaving Jaehaerys and Alysanne without any sons who could legitimately succeed in the kingdom.
Incest: Siblings. Again.
Relevant children: Viserys and Daemon Targaryen
Daella Targaryen and Roderick Arryn
Young married Daella Targaryen tragically passed away while giving birth to her first and only daughter, Aemma.
Incest: Absolutely none, which is quite a shock.
Relevant children: Aemma Arryn
Corlys Velaryon and Rhaenys Targaryen
Rhaenys is the eldest granddaughter of Jaehaerys and Alysanne and the firstborn child of Aemon Targaryen. She is wed to Corlys “The Sea Snake” Velaryon, and as a result of their union, a huge amount of the realm’s wealth and power has been concentrated into one formidable mega-family.
Her claim to the Iron Throne (together with that of her son Laenor) was rejected in favor of Viserys, her younger cousin. A mistake was that move? Watch to find out more!
Incest: Super distant cousins, to the point where it’s a wash.
Relevant children: Laenor and Laena Velaryon
Aemma Arryn and Viserys Targaryen
Viserys and Aemma, the monarchs at the beginning of House of the Dragon, are the progeny of Baelon and Daella Targaryen, respectively. They have one daughter, Rhaenyra, and are hoping to conceive a son, partly because Viserys’ brother Daemon might inherit the kingdom in the absence of a son.
To complete the circle, consider the statement that Targaryen’s blood purity signifies being “dragon-riding and possibly mad.” That is exactly Daemon. The T stands for Targaryen, too.
Incest: First cousins.
Relevant children: Rhaenyra Targaryen
Frequently Asked Questions
Does House of Dragon have anything to do with Game of Thrones?
The story of “House of the Dragon” happens 200 years before the story of “Game of Thrones.” The most important thing to know about this spinoff show is that it takes place 200 years before “Game of Thrones.” This is why none of the “Thrones” characters show up.
Is Viserys’s wife his sister?
Aegon is a common name for Targaryen sons, and it shows up in the family tree more than once. Prince Aegon is the first child of Viserys I and Alicent Hightower, who was his second wife.
What do the kids in House of the Dragon look like?
On the other side of the divide, we meet Princess Rhaenyra’s children: Jacaerys, Lucerys, and baby Joffrey, who is born at the beginning of the episode.
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