House of the Dragon, based on George R.R. Martin’s novel Fire and Blood, details the history of the Targaryen family, specifically the civil war between factions divided by the line of succession. Fans will recognize many of the characters. They were referenced in Game of Thrones as part of the backstory to both Westeros and Essos and contributed greatly to Martin’s world-creating lore. However, there is one pivotal character who was featured in the book, but has not yet been mentioned in House of the Dragon. Daeron Targaryen, third son of Viserys Targaryen and Alicent Hightower, is conspicuously absent.
House of the Dragon is rife with characters, some of whom were recast as their characters aged. Rhaenyra Targaryen; Alicent Hightower; Leana and Laenor Valeryon; Aegon; Aemond, and Helaena Targaryen; Jacaerys and Lucerys Velaryon; and Baela and Rhaena Targaryen all played by different actors to show how they altered over time. For the viewer, this amounts to a steady parade of changing faces. Yet, through all of this, Daeron Targaryen, an important figure in the upcoming Dance of The Dragons, is, weirdly, nowhere to be found.
Why Didn’t House Of The Dragon Season 1 Include Daeron Targaryen?
In a recent blog post, Martin addressed Daeron’s absence in season one of House of the Dragon. “Yes, Alicent gave Viserys four children, three sons and a daughter, their youngest son Daeron is down in Oldtown, we just did not have the time to work him in the season.” This decision somewhat makes sense. House of the Dragon already has a hefty supply of characters, particularly blond ones. That said, what’s one more? Especially since Daeron Targaryen has much to add to the story. Though, to be fair, Daeron’s part in the history doesn’t really start until after the Dance of The Dragons begins.
How Daeron Fits Into The Dance Of The Dragons (Will He Be In HOTD Season 2?)
When the Dance of The Dragons begins, Daeron is fostered in Oldtown as a squire for Ormund Hightower, nephew of Otto Hightower. He travels north with the Hightower army to join the conflict on the side of his brother, the newly crowned King Aegon II. In the Battle on the Honeywine, he uses his she-dragon Tessarion to save the Hightower host from destruction. He is knighted for this and goes on to fight in both the First and Second Battles of Tumbleton. Daeron would lose his life in Tumbleton, but the exact manner of his death and the location of his body are not known. This opens the door to numerous pretenders to the throne, each claiming they were Daeron. By itself, this could create an entire story arc in House of the Dragon.
Daeron Targaryen is an important character in Fire and Blood, and could be so in House of the Dragon. George R.R. Martin alluded to Daeron appearing in season two of HBO’s popular show, which would be a welcome addition given the part he plays in the Dance of The Dragons. As he is one of the nicer Targaryens, and quite popular with the small folk, he would be a counterpart to the otherwise unpleasant Targaryen children.
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