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Rhaenyra’s Sons On House Of The Dragon Suffer A Tragic Fate In The Book

Here’s everything that happens to them in Fire & Blood.

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Harry Collett, Emma D’Arcy, Oscar Eskinazi on HOTD Season 2. Photo via HBO
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It’s been nearly two years since the House of the Dragon Season 1 finale, but there’s one tragic moment that was hard to forget in the Game of Thrones prequel.

With the Targaryen Civil War beginning in earnest, Lucerys went on a diplomatic mission to send a message from his mother to Lord Borros. Here, Lucerys was confronted by a vengeful Aemond, who told Lucerys that he wanted to take his eye as payback.

During a fight while riding dragonback, Aemond’s dragon, Vhagar, chomped right into Lucerys and Arrax, apparently killing them in the process.

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On screen, Aemond seemed surprised by Vhagar’s actions, and even a bit regretful — as if he didn’t want it to go that far. “No, Vhagar, serve me,” he said at one point, before the final attack, suggesting Vhagar was acting against his wishes.

However, in the book Fire & Blood, Aemond’s actions aren’t treated with the same ambiguity. While the text doesn’t outline exactly how the final blows went down, the book suggests that the killing was intentional. “If he thought to receive a hero’s welcome, he was disappointed,” Martin writes at one point. Spoilers for Fire & Blood ahead.

What’s Next?

Regardless of what Aemond meant (or didn’t mean) to do, Lucerys’ fatal flight clearly set the Dance of the Dragons into motion in a major way. Sadly, in Fire & Blood, his siblings, Jacaerys and Joffrey, don’t fare so well themselves.

Jacaerys later dies as a casualty in another Dance of the Dragons conflict, the Battle of the Gullet. Ultimately, young Joffrey was killed during an attack on King’s Landing the same year.

Though the House of the Dragon timeline may differ, only a little time passed between Lucerys, Jacaerys, and Joffrey’s deaths in the book, and their violent ends will have a significant effect on Rhaenyra.

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In Fire & Blood, she and Daemon have two children of their own, named Aegon and Viserys. (They also had a daughter, Visenya, but she died at birth, as we saw in the House of the Dragon finale.) The boys live quite a long time. In fact, Aegon and Viserys would both go on to occupy the Iron Throne in the future.

But if the show follows the book closely, it seems that Rhaenyra’s remaining sons with Laenor (or maybe Harwin?) are not long for this world.

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