House of the Dragon is based on the book Fire & Blood by George R. Martin and takes place 200 years before Game of Thrones. After the demise of his son, King Viserys defies the norm and appoints his daughter Rhaenyra as his heir, and Rhaenyra later remarried two times. These are their husbands in the books.
Succession is important in ‘House of the Dragon’
Succession is a very important topic in House of the Dragon. Toward the start of the series, King Viserys’ significant other, Aemma, is pregnant. He hopes that she will give him a male heir, yet Aemma dies in childbirth and her son Baelon lives only one day. Afterward, Viserys names his daughter Rhaenyra as heir. Later King Viserys weds Alicent Hightower.
She gives birth to a son named Aegon, who poses a threat to Rhaenyra’s claim to the throne. The trailer for Episode 3 of House of the Dragon series Viserys telling his his daughter, “Sooner rather than later, you’re going to have your own child.” In another video, Rhaenyra says to her father, “I don’t want to get married.”
Who does Rhaenyra marry in books?
Sadly, as Viserys points out, Rhaenyra is bound by tradition and duty. In the George R. Martin books, he in the end weds Leanor Velaryon, son of Corlys Velaryon the “Sea Serpent” and Rhaenys Targaryen. Rhaenyra and Leanor have 3 children together, Jacaerys, Lucerys and Joffrey. In any case, it was rumored that these children were fathered by Rhaenyra’s shield, Ser Harwin “Breakbones” Strong.
As per ScreenRant, Theo Nate protrays a teenage version of Leanor in House of the Dragon. John MacMillan later takes over his role. After Laenor’s demise, Rhaenyra remarries and her 2nd spouse is even more controversial. Rhaenyra weds her uncle, Daemon Targaryen, in the wake of losing his most 1st spouse. As per Distractify, this is causing a huge scandal.
Targaryen’s has a history of incestuous marriages
Game of Thrones fans are probably already familiar with the history of the Targaryens’ incestuous marriages. As per Popsugar, the practice emerged out of a desire to keep bloodlines pure and preserve the Targaryens’ powerful dragon-riding abilities. Be that as it may, the act of incest in the House of Targaryen turned out to be less frequent over time. Popsugar notes that it was believed to cause “madness” within the family, like that of King Aerys II. Aerys II’s parents, Jaehaerys and Shaera, nicknamed “Mad King”, were siblings.