Who is Daemon Targaryen from “House of the Dragon”

After the success of the HBO series, “Game of Thrones”, fans of the universe created by George RR Martin have been waiting for a prequel for years. It was already known that they were working on this, although it was not known during what period it would be located. Finally, it was announced that the next project would be “House of the Dragons”, which will show the civil war that left the targaryen dynasty in pieces.

The new spin-off It will be based on the novel “Fire and Blood”, which takes place 200 years before the events of “Game of Thrones”. The main event is “The dance of dragons”, that is, the war that took place between two factions of the Targaryen House, for the succession to the throne. This was an important fact, because many members of the family died, as did their dragons.

“House of the Dragon” premieres on August 21 on HBO. Much of the cast has already been confirmed, including Matt Smith, Paddy Considine, Emma D’Arcy, Olivia Cooke, Steve Toussaint, Eve Best, Fabien Frankel, Sonoya Mizuno, Rhys Ifans, among many more.


Daemon Targaryen was a member of House Targaryen at the time they ruled Westeros. He was the youngest son of Baelon Targaryen and younger brother of King Viserys I..

His third wife was his own niece, Rhaenyra Targaryen., the daughter whom Viserys I named his heiress, which triggered the civil war known as “Dance with Dragons”. During this period, he was a strong supporter of his mate, who was fighting Aegon II for the Iron Throne. Those who supported Rhaenyra were known as the Blacks.

Daemon was one of the most experienced warriors of his time and carried a Valyrian steel sword called “Dark Sister”. Furthermore, he was also a dragon rider and his was called Caraxes.

In the series, will be played by actor Matt Smithknown for his role in “Doctor Who” and “The Crown”.


  • Full name: Daemon Targaryens
  • Nicknames: Lord of Fleabed, The Prince of the City and the Rogue Prince
  • Race: Valyrian
  • Dad: Baelon Targerien
  • Mother: alyssa targaryens
  • Date of Birth: AD 81
  • Date of death: 130 AD
  • Wives: Rhea Royce, Laena Velaryon and Rhaenyra Targaryen
  • Lover: Mysaria
  • Sons: Baela Targaryen, Rhaena Targaryen, Aegon III Targaryen, Viserys II Targaryen, Visenya Targaryen


According to the illustrations of “Fire and Blood”, by George RR Martin, his hair and armor were silver. While he was commander of the King’s Landing Guard, used the characteristic golden capebut with the symbol of the Targaryen house, the three-headed dragon.

Daemon was described as very handsome, with guts, slightly dangerous and susceptible to criticism. Additionally, he was skilled in battles, jousting, hunting, and swordplay.

Although he was married to Rhaenyra, had as a lover the dancer from Lys, Mysaria. On the other hand, his greatest rival was Otto Hightower, the father of the second wife of King Viserys I.

Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith) when he was Commander of the City Guard in "House of the Dragon" (Photo: HBO)
Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith) when he was Commander of the City Guard in “House of the Dragon” (Photo: HBO)


He was knighted at the age of 16, during the government of Jaehaerys I, who granted him the Valyrian sword “Dark Sister”. As a young child married Lady Rhea Royceheir to Stone of the Ruins and head of the Vale of Arryn, although he did not like her.

When his brother ascended the throne, asked for the annulment of their marriage, but Viserys I refused. Instead, he integrated him into the Privy Council, naming him Currency Counselor and, later, Edict Counselor. He resigned from these positions due to his feud with Otto Hightower.

turned the commander of the City Watch where he created many alliances and loyalty, because it introduced improvements in the armament. Also, it was he who started dressing them in golden cloaks, so the group became known as the “golden capes”.

Under his leadership, crime in King’s Landing was greatly reduced, possibly because he was very strict and severe with the criminals he captured. He frequented the taverns and brothels of the slums, known as “Lecho de Flegas”. There, he met Mysaria, who became his lover and informant..


As his brother Viserys I had not yet had sons, attempted to name Daemon as his heir. He longed for the title of Prince of Dragonstone, so he self-proclaimed himself and this was frowned upon by his brother.

Otto Hightower advised the king to name his eldest daughter, Rhaenyra, as his heir, but this she did not do so until the man she was expecting died along with his wife during childbirth. After his brother displaced him as successor to the throne, he renounced the gold cloaks, left the capital with his mistress, and moved to Dragonstone.

Daemon was forced to send his lover to Lys, at his brother’s request, where Mysaria suffered the loss of her son, which generated a lot of resentment in Daemon.

Since he could not rule Westeros, marched to the Stone Steps Isles, east of Dorne. He used his dragon Caraxes, Lord Corlys Velaryon’s fleet and an army of mercenaries, managing to conquer most of the islands. This allowed him to form strong alliances on Pentos. However, soon after he got bored and returned to court.


In order to reconcile with his brother, offered him his crown as king of the Stone Steps and the Narrow Seawhich came into effect, receiving him again in the Privy Council.

For this moment, Viserys I had already married his second wife, Alicent Hightower and had sons with her.displacing Daemon much further down the line of succession.

It is rumored that, during this time, Daemon seduced his niece Rhaenyra, praising her for her beauty, telling her of his adventures, and giving her priceless gifts. It was even speculated that he would have had sexual relations with her, before he turned 16 years old. What is clear is that They were very close and spent a lot of time together.more than Visery I approved of, for which he was exiled.


In 115 AD, Rhea Royce, the wife he despised, died. For this, Daemon attempted to claim Runestone, but was rebuffed by House Royce and Lady Jeyne Arryn.

He decided to travel to Driftmark, a place headed by House Velaryon, where met Laena Velaryon, the daughter of his friend Crolys. Shortly after he asked for her hand in marriage. The couple had traveled to different Free Cities and to Pentos, where their twin daughters Baela and Rhaena were born.

For its part, Rhaenyra had married Laena’s brother, Laenor Velaryon, with whom he lived in Dragonstone. Apparently the princess had taken a liking to her aunt-in-law and the two used to fly together on their dragons. Therefore, later, Rhaenyra cbetrothed her two eldest children, Jacaerys and Lucerys Velaryon, to Baela and Rhaena.

It is said that after Laena’s death, in the Year of the Red Spring, Daemon arranged for Laenor to be killed.as well as Harwin Strong, Rhaenyra’s alleged lover.


The same year in which both were widowed, they married without the consent of King Viserys I. At the time, Daemon was 39, while Rhaenyra was 23 years old. This generated a lot of controversy, since not even six months had passed since the death of their respective partners. Together they had two sons, Aegon and Viserys..

When Lord Corlys fell ill, Rhaenyra proposed to name his second child with Laenor, Lucerys Velaryon, as heir. However, Vaemond Velaryon, Corlys’s nephew, objected and assured that his first children were not Velaryon, but the result of his love affair with Harwin Strong.

In the face of this insult Rhaenyra had her husband Daemon seize Vaemond, behead him, and feed him to her dragon Syrax..

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