One of the central storylines of “House of the Dragon” is the quest of Rhaenyra Targaryen, the daughter of King Viserys, to be taken significantly as the inheritor to the Iron Throne. Readers of George R.R. Martin’s book “Fire and Blood” know that her declare on the throne is just not uncontested and that the subsequent struggle has long-lasting penalties for House Targaryen.

But does Rhaenyra ever truly get to be Queen of the Seven Kingdoms? That all relies upon on whose declare you facet with. Before you retain studying, simply bear in mind: we’ll dive deep into spoilers from “Fire and Blood,” and whereas “House of the Dragon” might change some plot factors, there are in all probability some spoilers for the TV present, too!

Who Is Crowned Ruler of Westeros After Viserys Dies?

Until the very finish of his life, Rhaenyra’s father, King Viserys I, intends for her to be his inheritor and succeed him on the throne. He continues to assist Rhaenyra’s declare even after having sons with his second wife, Alicent Hightower. When Viserys dies, nonetheless, Rhaenyra (now the mom of a number of kids from two marriages and presently married to her uncle Daemon) is handed over. Instead, Otto Hightower and Criston Cole, with Alicent’s assist, crown Aegon II, the eldest son of Viserys and Alicent. Rhaenyra would not even be taught of her father’s dying till after Aegon’s coronation has occurred and Rhaenyra’s supporters are all both useless or imprisoned.

Infuriated, Rhaenyra arranges for her personal coronation, and a loyal knight, Ser Steffon Darklyn, smuggles the crown of her father to Dragonstone, the place Daemon formally crowns her and hails her as the rightful queen. Soon after, the civil struggle generally known as the Dance of the Dragons begins in earnest, with the dividing query being who’s the “true” ruler: Aegon or Rhaenyra.

Who Wins the Dance of the Dragons War: Rhaenyra or Aegon?

During the struggle, Rhaenyra conquers King’s Landing and sits on the Iron Throne, though Aegon escapes and continues the struggle in opposition to her. At first, she is comparatively well-liked, as the bizarre folks of the kingdom dislike Aegon. Aegon’s loyalists, nonetheless, handle to steal most of the crown’s wealth, and the ensuing taxes, together with rumors about Rhaenyra being “rejected” by the Iron Throne, begin to flip the smallfolk in opposition to her. When she makes a paranoid choice to order the execution of two non-Targaryen dragonriders, her grip on energy additional unravels, and a riot kills one of her sons and forces her to flee the capital.

Rhaenyra by no means regains energy, and she or he is in the end betrayed, turned over to Aegon, and killed by his dragon Sunfyre. Following her dying, Aegon, now again on the throne, insists that every one paperwork confer with her solely as a princess, by no means as a queen. History is written by the winners, as they are saying, so Rhaenyra is just not counted as an “official” queen of Westeros.

Rhaenyra’s Legacy

Ultimately, nonetheless, it’s Rhaenyra’s line that lives on: after Aegon II dies with out male heirs, Rhaenyra and Daemon’s oldest surviving son takes the throne as Aegon III, adopted by their youthful son, Viserys II. While Rhaenyra solely sits on the throne briefly and has her reign erased, it’s her line and legacy that dwell on for hundreds of years of the Targaryen dynasty.

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