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After she marries Daemon, Rhaenyra’s Sons on House of the Dragon might meet a tragic end.

There will be reveals for the House of the Dragon episodes 1–7 and the Fire & Blood book. During the seventh episode of House of the Dragon, Rhaenyra and Daemon wed after weeks of growing romantic tension. Yes, it’s her uncle, and they finally got together, but their marriage wasn’t just the result of their shared attraction; it was also a calculated move. The princess’ claim to the throne was beginning to feel a little shaky as word spread that Laenor was not the father of Rhaenyra’s children. Fortunately, marrying a Targaryen will (hopefully) support her aspirations to become a monarch.

To enable the union of Rhaenyra and Daemon, Laenor pretends to be dead (and flees with Qarl). While his fate appears to be firmly happy, what about the sons he and Rhaenyra have? In the years that follow, Jacaerys, Lucerys, and Joffrey don’t fare as well as they did in the book Fire & Blood. Here is how it all transpires.

The death of Lucerys, who perished first in the book, marked one of the key turning points in the Targaryen Civil War (also known as the Dance of the Dragons). He first did it by removing Aemond’s eye, as seen in Episode 7. Aemond battles Lucerys and his dragon until death, indicating that he apparently never recovered from the violent act.

Far from the stereotypically evil stepfather, Daemon goes on to exact revenge on Rhaenyra’s middle son. He kills Aemond and Vhagar in the end but appears to lose himself in the process.

What about the other two sons of Rhaenyra and Laenor? Later, Jacaerys lost his life during the Battle of the Gullet, another Dragon Dance battle. And ultimately, that same year, a raid on King’s Landing resulted in the death of young Joffrey. Though the House of the Dragon timeline may be different, it’s important to note how quickly Lucerys, Jacaerys, and Joffrey died in the book because Rhaenyra will undoubtedly be affected by their violent deaths.

Rhaenyra and Daemon in Fire & Blood have two kids of their own, Aegon and Viserys. The boys live quite a long time; in fact, Aegon and Viserys would both go on to hold the Iron Throne in the future (they also had a daughter, Visenya, but she died at birth.) But if the television adaptation closely follows the novel, it would appear that Rhaenyra’s sons with Laenor (or perhaps Harwin?) do not have much time left in it.

Micheal Kurt

I earned a bachelor's degree in exercise and sport science from Oregon State University. He is an avid sports lover who enjoys tennis, football, and a variety of other activities. He is from Tucson, Arizona, and is a huge Cardinals supporter.

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