House of the Dragon Episode 4: Will Rhaenyra Marry Daemon Targaryen?

When the credits rolled house of the dragon In Episode 4, the audience wondered what exactly the future of Rhaenyra Targaryen would hold. Many lines were crossed in an extremely passionate moment with her uncle Prince Daemon before she lost her virginity to the Lord Commander of the Kingsguard, Ser Criston Cole. But will Rhaenyra ever get her lust for her family member back? Here’s what happened in Episode 4 and what the works of author George RR Martin tell us…

What happened between Rhaenyra and Daemon in Episode 4 of House of the Dragon?

House of Dragons Episode 4 Rhaenyra marries Daemon Targaryen

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Upon his return to King’s Landing, Daemon Targaryen was welcomed with open arms after declaring his loyalty to King Viserys and proclaiming his victory over the Stepstone triarchy. Although he seemed a changed man, he was quick to note his niece Rhaenyra’s willingness to escape the pressures of the monarchy, if only for a night. He left her a bag of ordinary clothes in her chambers, as well as a note explaining how to sneak out of her room. She met her uncle on the castle walls before an evening of chaos and lust would take place.

Though their mischief seemed playful and mostly harmless at first, things took a turn when they traveled to a pleasure house. At first, they simply watched others engage in sexual acts. Then as they walked into a room where Daemon Rhaenyra said it was “where people come to take what they want,” they started kissing. Rhaenyra seemed elated by the act, and although she tried to go all the way with her uncle, it was Daemon who eventually backed away from her before leaving Rhaenyra all alone.

Will Rhaenyra and Daemon Targaryen get married in House of the Dragon?

House of Dragons Episode 4 Rhaenyra marries Daemon Targaryen

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The events of House of the Dragon Episode 4 have caused many to wonder if Rhaenyra and Daemon will rekindle their lust for each other later. King Viserys appeared to exile Daemon to spend his days with his wife outside the capital, but we now know how rebellious the prince can be. Having already asked to be married off to his niece, it is clear that Daemon has his sights set on a future with Rhaenyra by his side. Unfortunately for him, the episode also showed us that Rhaenyra agreed to marry Ser Laenor Velaryon if her father removed Otto Hightower as the Hand of the King.

To find out exactly what will happen in House of the Dragon, we can refer to Volume 1 of the Targaryen history book, Fire and Blood. Rhaenyra does in fact marry Ser Laenor, and the two share three sons, although rumor has it that they were fathered instead by a lover named Harwin Strong, aka Breakbones, whom she allegedly took. However, Ser Laenor would not be Rhaenyra’s only husband. After his death a few years after their marriage, Rhaenyra remarried, this time secretly, to her uncle Daemon. While news of their partnership eventually reached King’s Landing and enraged King Viserys, it remained strong. The couple shared two sons at Dragonstone.

Exactly how all of this will play out in the series remains to be seen, but the groundwork for this narrative has been laid. With a second season already confirmed and the possibility for many more after that, there’s a lot for showrunners to think about ahead of the infamous Dance of the Dragons.

House of the Dragon continues on Sundays on HBO and HBO Max. House of the Dragon Episode 4: Will Rhaenyra Marry Daemon Targaryen?

Emma Bowman

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