House of the Dragon introduces viewers to a fresh cast of individuals who are all eager to be about plotting the overthrow of the king and seating themselves or someone they’ll most profit from, on the Iron Throne of Westeros. It takes place around 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones. We’ve consulted George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood novel and the companion book World of Ice & Fire to assign ages to the prequel program’s many faces, however, as the show doesn’t expressly state how old each character is beyond the observable guesswork.
Going back into the Seven Kingdoms and not recognizing a single person could prove to be a frightening experience. Even though House of the Dragon features well-known sights like the Red Keep in King’s Landing and the towering Dragonstone that protrude from its mountainside, aside from the treacherous politics and horrifying violence, there isn’t much else to serve as a reminder that this is the same fantasy world you fell in love with all those years ago.
Rhaenyra, the sole surviving child of King Viserys I Targaryen and Lady Aemma of House Arryn, was born in 97 AC. Both of Rhaenyra’s brothers passed away while still in the womb.
At the age of seven, Rhaenyra rode a baby dragon she named Syrax into the skies, transforming herself into a dragonrider. When she was eight years old, a year later, Rhaenyra started serving her father as a cupbearer at meals, competitions, and in court. After that, Rhaenyra was hardly ever seen with King Viserys.
Rhaenyra fell in love with Prince Daemon Targaryen, her uncle, at an early age. The brazen prince frequently gave her unusual gifts from his journeys over the confined sea. Ser Criston Cole defeated Daemon in the brawl during the contest for the right to succeed King Viserys I. Rhaenyra was given the laurel of victory by the knight, who also requested her assistance in the lists.
When Criston joined the Kingsguard in 105 AC, Rhaenyra fell in love with him and dubbed him her white knight. Viserys granted the affable knight permission to serve as Rhaenyra’s personal shield and guardian. Since then, Cole has consistently listed Rhaenyra in his good graces and has defended the young woman in public.
Princess in Throne of Dragonstone
Princess Rhaenyra in The World of Ice & Fire at the age of sixteen, as portrayed by Magali Villeneuve In the year 113 AC, Rhaenyra acquired Dragonstone when she was sixteen. Many lords and nobles had courted her in an effort to win her hand and her favor. When the Princess of Dragonstone visited the Trident in 112 AC, the sons of Lords Blackwood and Bracken engaged in a battle over her, and the so-called Fool Frey proposed marriage to her.
She was courted at Casterly Rock by the Lannister twin knights Jason and Tyland, as well as by the sons of Lords Oakheart, Tarly, Tully, and Tyrell. The princess was also courted by Ser Harwin Strong, the son of Lord Lyonel Strong. In order to integrate Dorne into the Seven Kingdoms, King Viserys I Targaryen thought of marrying his daughter to Prince Qoren Martell, while Queen Alicent Hightower proposed pairing Rhaenyra with her eldest son, Prince Aegon Targaryen.
Instead, Rhaenyra wed Ser Laenor Velaryon in 114 A.C., though it took Viserys’s threat to revoke her status as the heir to the Iron Throne to persuade her to do so. Rhaenyra did not feel the need to wed a man with Laenor’s interests. According to reports, the princess told her father that “My half brothers would be more to his taste.”
During the wedding tourney, Ser Joffrey Lonmouth, Laenor’s closest friend, was fatally wounded by Ser Criston Cole. While Laenor’s wife wished to stay at court, he opted to spend the majority of his time at High Tide. Rhaenyra had a soft spot for Lady Laena Velaryon, the sister of Laenor, who had married Prince Daemon Targaryen following the demise of his first wife, Lady Rhea Royce.
Rhaenyra Targaryen’s Age According to House of The Dragon
The only living heir and King Viserys’s preferred heir to the throne are Rhaenyra Targaryen. According to Fire & Blood, Rhaenyra was born in 97 AC, making her four years old when the Great Council met in 101. While it appeared that Rhaenyra was expecting during the Great Council of 101, which would have violated canon, House of the Dragon episode 2 revealed that she was 15 in 112 AC.
Aemma did mention having a stillbirth, and it is possible that the child she was carrying died when she was a baby or was born alive. Young Rhaenyra is portrayed by Milly Alcock, age 22. Rhaenyra Targaryen from House of the Dragon will assume a more significant role. The time jump will then be apparent. The adult Rhaenyra will be between 28 and 32 years old when the action shifts to 129 AC, the inaugural year of the Dance of the Dragons. Emma D’Arcy, 30, plays Rhaenyra as an adult.