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How Rhaenyra Targaryen Is Related To John Snow and Daenerys Targaryen

By Rishabh Shandilya
August 24,2022

The Game of Thrones canon has returned, and with it comes a tangled web of familial relationships. House of the Dragon, a newly released miniseries, travels back in time almost 200 years to when the white-haired Targaryens ruled the lands of Westeros. To say that they are prospering might be an exaggeration, given how often they are at each other’s necks, but hey, that’s the real beauty of it.

Despite the fact that the episodes of the prequel are set centuries in the future of Game of Thrones, the protagonists have a profound connection to those of the main program via their shared ancestry. Let’s explore the ancestry of our newest protagonist, Rhaenyra Targaryen, who happens to be a distant relative of both Mother of Dragons and John Snow.

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The Relationship Between Daenerys and Jon

One must first recall how Daenerys and Jon are tied to one another in order to completely comprehend how the protagonists in the latest HBO show share the lineage of same.

At some point before the eighth and concluding season of Game of Thrones, Jon Snow learned that his true identity was Aegon Targaryen. Eventually, he found out that Daenerys was his aunt since his father shared the same blood as Daenerys’ father, Rhaegar. Fans may think that such a revelation would put a strain on their relationship, but from the place where they come from, incest isn’t taken as seriously as it is everywhere.

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Let’s talk about Rhaenyra’s relationship with the aunt-nephew couple. House of the Dragon is centered on teenage queen Rhaenyra Targaryen, who has a right to the Iron Throne at a period when the identity of the realm’s future leader is much more contested than ever.

Audiences will likely see parallels between Rhaenyra and Dany, another of her headstrong offspring. So, it’s safe to say that Daenerys is Rhaenyra’s great-great-great grandmother.

She isn’t the only One Sharing the Same Lineage

Dany and Jon have other famous relatives in the House of the Dragon beside the First Queen of Westeros. Both John and her short-term lover may trace their ancestry down to Rhaenyra’s uncle Daemon Targaryen. Keep in mind that I already argued that incest was not a huge concern in Westeros. The Targaryens are in this category, for sure.

Rhaenyra fell in love with her manipulative uncle Daemon during all the strife for the control of Westeros, and later bore Aegon III and Viserys II. So, both  Daenerys and Jon are distantly related to Viserys II via their shared ancestry. Remember that the HBO miniseries Game of Thrones deviated in key ways from the novels; it’s possible that the events in House of the Dragon will do the same.

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However, the series appears to be setting up the romance between Rhaenyra and Daemon, a partnership that gives rise to both Daenerys as well as Jon Snow, therefore it appears probable that this relationship will make it from the literature to television.

As an added bonus, Rhaenyra’s fierce personality is reminiscent of Daenerys’s.