The House of the Dragon Targaryen Family Tree Is a Tangled, Incestuous Thing to Behold

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The following contains likely massive future spoilers for House of the Dragon.

If you want to know one thing about me, the writer of the House of the Dragon story you’re currently reading, it’s that I hate spoilers. I avoid spoilers with my life! And yet here I am writing about the Targaryen family tree. As The Rolling Stones famously said: You Can’t Always Get What You Want. Since you’re here and have clicked on this story, there’s a pretty good chance you’re unlike me, and you are someone who, in fact, loves spoilers. And if that’s indeed the case, you’re in for a treasure trove for the new Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon. We’ve got some juicy stuff set to play out, and if you keep reading on, you’ll learn about it. Let my pain be your gain.

Once again, this is some pretty twisted stuff. As you might know, House of the Dragon isn’t based on writer George R. R. Martin’s primary A Song of Ice and Fire series, but rather his 2018 book Fire & Blood, which tells the history of the centuries before Game of Thrones takes place. Within that latter book, most of the history of Westeros is laid out, and, thus, people are able to replicate things like the Targaryen family tree. And since House of the Dragon largely focuses on King Viserys I Targaryen and the political drama and scandal that surrounds his (potential) succession, that source material is a place where the spoiler-hungry (again: you all, not me) can look for takeaways.

Below, we’ve got a few of the notable takeaways that become clear just from looking at that Targaryen family tree. It’s some wild stuff, so, for one last time, if you aren’t a fan of spoilers, now is your chance to stop reading. But if you are—and, to be honest, I’m thinking at this point you probably are—you’re about to hit the jackpot.

King Viserys I Targaryen has children with Alicent Hightower—including King Aegon.


Episode 1 of House of the Dragon has one key event above all else: King Viserys I Targaryen has hopes for his pregnant wife, Lady Aemma Arryn, to produce a male heir. This would clear up his line of succession (since this era had never before seen a ruling Queen on the Iron Throne) and also take his hotheaded and unpredictable brother, Daemon, out of the mix. However, by the end of the episode, Aemma and her newborn child both die as a result of childbirth (in a post-episode feature, the showrunners refer to childbirth in this era of Westeros as a 50-50 survival rate). Viserys hears of Daemon essentially celebrating this, and decides that he wants to name his daughter, Princess Rhaenyra as his official heir.

But this is House of the Dragon, a spin-off of Game of Thrones, and we know it’s never going to be so simple. In one of the episode’s creepiest and chill-inducing scenes, Otto Hightower (the Hand of the King) sends his young daughter, Alicent, in to comfort Viserys following his wife and child’s death.

We don’t see anything in the episode. But the Targaryen family tree, based on information from Martin’s writings, make it clear that Viserys would eventually have four children with Alicent—including Aegon, who eventually becomes King Aegon II, usurping Rhaenyra’s claim to the throne.

Daemon Targaryen eventually gets together with Rhaenyra Targaryen—and others.

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Meanwhile, unpredictable Daemon turns out to be just as off-the-rails as he seems at the start of the show. Seriously, his wing of the Targaryen family tree is kind of out of control, even for Game of Thrones.

Daemon winds up marrying Rhaenyra, his niece (yes, gross), and they have two children, Viserys and Aegon, both of whom become King (Viserys II, Aegon III).

Meanwhile, Daemon also has two children, named Baela and Rhaena, with Laena Velaryon. Laena is, get ready to groan, the daughter of his half-sister, Rhaeneys (“The Queen That Never Was”) and Lord Corlys Velaryon. It’s sick! But it’s Game of Thrones. We get it.

Rhaenyra Targaryen also gets together with her…cousin?

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The family tree also shows that Rhaenyra has a failed marriage with Corlys and Rhaeneys other child, Laenor. Together they have three kids—Jacaerys, Lucerys, and Joffrey (no, not that Joffrey). Yes, they are cousins, and yes, it’s weird!

Where can I see the Targaryen family tree from Game of Thrones and House of the Dragon?

The best depiction of this Targaryen family tree comes courtesy of Popsugar. You’ve read far enough in that, well, everything has been spoiled, so why not just click on the whole thing?

You can also see it below in a Tweet from Elle editor Lauren Puckett-Pope:

Sick stuff! But now at least you and I are on the same page.

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