With the first chapter of ‘House of the Dragon’ just released, breaking records in HBO Max views and the second season already confirmed, it’s a good time to get hooked on the next television phenomenon that promises to be this prequel to ‘Game of Thrones’ . At the moment, it seems that we will not have as much house dancing as in the original series, since everything revolves around the Targaryens.
As there are still many (with very similar names and not exactly easy to remember), here you have a guide to all the relevant characters throughout the seasonarranged by their relationship to the three great houses.
Notice of possible spoilers of some plots of ‘The house of the dragon’
With Valyrian ancestry and famous dragon riders, this house reigned for nearly 300 years in the Seven Kingdoms when we met her in ‘Game of Thrones’, with several genetic problems behind her due to the continuous marriages between brothers and cousins to maintain blood purity. At the beginning of ‘The House of the Dragon’, it is clearly the most influential house.
His emblem is a three-headed dragon representing King Aegon I and his sisters Rhaenys and Visenya. Its motto is “Fire and Blood”.
The protagonist played by Paddy Considine (‘Peaky Blinders’) is the current king of the Iron Throne. He is the successor of his grandfather Jaehaerys I and the fifth Targaryen to rule the Seven Kingdoms. Viserys I is the son of Aemon and Alyssa, brother of Daemon, father of Rhaenyra, and is married to his cousin Aemma.
We could consider the character of Matt Smith (‘Doctor Who’) one of the main villains of the series, since his gossip to become the heir to the throne will be very relevant throughout history. He is he Viserys’s little brother for what would correspond to him, not having any male descendants. A warrior and dragon rider, he is also the commander of the King’s Landing guard and is married to Laena Velaryon.
The third in contention within the Targaryen conflict, initially played by Milly Alcock (‘Upright’) and later by Emma D’Arcy (‘Truth Seekers’). The sole descendant of Viserys I He should not be able to reign due to the tradition of male inheritance but his father changes the laws to allow him to do so, triggering the different power wars that will take place during the season.
Eve Best (“Nurse Jackie”) is the cousin of Viserys and wife of Corlys Velaryon. She should have been the successor of Jaehaerys I but she could not because she was a woman. She is the daughter of Aerion Targaryen and Valaena Velaryon, in the series she acts as Rhaenyra’s advisor. She is known as “the queen that never was”.
Other Targaryens and related:
Aegon Targaryens: First son of Viserys and Alicent Hightower.
Aemond Targaryens: second son of Viserys and Alicent. He is known as “The One-Eyed One”.
halaena targaryen: Daughter of Viserys and Alicent.
aemma targaryens: Wife of Viserys, queen consort and mother of Rhaenyra. She is pregnant with what she, she hopes, will be a male heir.
Jaehaerys Targaryens: Grandfather of Viserys and Rhaenys. Previous king of the Seven Kingdoms before giving way to his grandson.
Baela Targaryens: Daemon and Laena’s first daughter.
Rhaena Targaryens: Second daughter of Daemon and Laena.
Christopher Cole: Knight of the Royal Guard, protector of Princess Rhaenyra after a confrontation with Daemon Targaryen.
Harrold Westerling: Another member of the Royal Guard, with the title of Lord Commander.
Mysaria: Daemon’s lover and confidant, formerly a slave, prostitute, and dancer on Lys.
Tyland and Jason Lannister: heads of the house Lannister. They’re twins.
One of the extinct houses in ‘Game of thrones’ that, however, we will see shine in ‘The house of the dragon’. They have a settlement in Hightide, Driftmark (the largest island in the Blackwater Bay). Also of Valyrian descent, they are vassals of House Baratheon.
Its emblem is a seahorse and its motto is “The Old, the True, the Brave”.
Steve Toussaint’s character (‘Prince of Persia’) is the head of the Velaryon clan. He has managed to amass considerable wealth thanks to his victories as a sailor and is married to Rhaenys Targaryen. nicknamed “The Sea Serpent”is part of the council of Viserys although that does not mean that his loyalty has to be with him.
Laena Velaryon: daughter of Corlys and Rhaenys, sister of Laenor, wife of Daemon and future mother of Rhaena and Baena.
Laenor Velaryon: son of Corlys and Rhaenys, brother of Laena, future husband of Rhaenyra, and father of Jacaerys.
Jacaerys Velaryon: first daughter of Rhaenyra and Laenor.
Vaemond Velaryon: knight of the naval army of the Velaryon. He is Corlys little brother.
high tower house
It is one of the most powerful and historical houses. It is based in the Lighthouse and they dominate Antigua, the oldest city (forgive the redundancy) in Westeros. They are said to have existed since the Dawn Age and are more inclined to trade than war.
Its emblem is a white stone tower with flames at the top and its motto is “We light the way”.
Rhys Ifans (‘The Amazing Spiderman’) plays the right eye of Viserys I. Alicent’s father and Hand of the Kingis completely opposed to Daemon being the heir and has a whole network of informants throughout Westeros.
The character played by Emily Carey (‘Wonder Woman’) and Olivia Cooke (‘Ready Player One’) is the Otto’s daughter and Rhaenyra’s best friend. Her fate is unexpectedly intertwined with the Targaryen bloodline as she becomes the second wife of Viseryscoming into conflict with all those who aspire to the throne since she conceives several children of the king.