There are several messages in the works of George R. R. Martin that suggest caution with prophecies, dreams, and fate. Daenerys Targaryen fans, for example, do not accept the fate of the character who had the vision of her end shown in detail in the last episode of the second season. That’s right, the vision of the House of the Immortals, showed that Danny would destroy King’s Landing, bringing the city to dust and that he would never sit on the Iron Throne, as a noise coming from beyond the Wall would interrupt her journey, leading her to meet her son again. and Khal Drogo in eternity. Since that episode, I’ve never been attached to the idea of Daenerys queen.
The prophecy also marked the life of Jon Snow. Identified by Melisandre as the Prince Who Was Promised, she herself was on the alert and warned that prophecies were dangerous and difficult to interpret (she came to this conclusion after sacrificing many, helping to murder others, and even burning a girl alive).
Jon, always being perfect, never cared what people said about him. However, his real father Prince Rhaegar was obsessed with the idea planted by his predecessor Aegon the Conqueror that only a Targaryen would be able to defeat the Night King, uniting Westeros against him. That’s why he named his two sons Aegon, and in that bet, he hit one because Jon, or Aegon VI, was the one promised. That’s right people, if you get confused don’t feel alone anymore. There have been SIX Aegons over time, not all of them good, but two of them interrupting the lives of two important women. Rhaenyra and Daenerys, finally actually share something in common.
Comparing Targaryen Princesses and the Prophecy
Before leaving Dragonstone to rule Westeros, Aegon I is said to have dreamed that a “terrible winter, blowing from the far north would destroy the world of the living”. In this vision, only a Targaryen seated on the Iron Throne could unite the realm and prevent total destruction. Aegon called his dream “A Song of Ice and Fire” and by tradition, every regent kept the knowledge and shared it with the heir.
Dreams, premonitions, or visions do not determine the time, so the Targaryens stood by, but many centuries passed before the threat effectively became reality, trapping the lives of Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow.
One of the problems with the dream and the prophecies from it is that the gender of this Targaryen was uncertain. For machismo, men believed that it would have to be one of them, so much so that several Aegons were baptized in honor of the King who would have to fight Death. Others knew that what mattered was Targaryen DNA, and gender would be indifferent. It turns out that who effectively killed the Night King in Game of Thrones was a Stark woman, but in House of the Dragon, George R.R. Martin took up the prophecy by clarifying that a Targaryen would unite the Kingdom to defeat Death, making it clear that the Prince that Was Promised was Aegon VI, better known as Jon Snow. The rest of the prophesy mess we leave for the Snow series to sort out.
By the third episode of House of the Dragon, we finally put Daenerys and her ancestor, Rhaenyra, on the same page which was the disruption to their lives brought on by an Aegon. As well as their obsession with the ascension to the throne.
I’ve already shared the trajectory that will be Rhaenyra’s, but arriving at the 4th episode we already have a light on how the princess is actually portrayed. Does anyone doubt that it is already generating a fight between fans?
A dream, a possibility, and an obsession
Daenerys and Rhaenyra have a crucial difference in their narratives. Daenerys became heir to the throne because she thought she was the last Targaryen, while Rhaenyra was officially named successor to Viserys I. As much as we rooted for Danny, she could only dream of the Iron Throne after her brother was murdered (coincidentally another Viserys) and let’s not forget that his death had Daenerys’ consent. With no one in her way, she called herself an heiress (although the throne was only meant for men). Indeed, he needed to break the wheel to have the Crown.
Rhaenyra, like Daenerys, was not happy with the role of women in society, but she was resigned that she would never be everything to her father, always dreaming of a male son. Until everything changed and she was announced as the future Queen. For that moment on, entitlement became imperative and blinded Rhaenyra. She tried to prove herself and was constantly interrupted when daring to speak. This drove her to bitterness and insecurity. And unhappiness.
In those brief moments when they broke down barriers, the two princesses failed to cope with the real world around them. The world that still preferred men on the throne to a woman. Daenerys gained respect and followers until she stumbled upon the secret of her older brother, Rhaegar, who married in secret and had a second son – Aegon VI – but died before he could officially assume it. Aegon, who grew up as Jon Snow, had no interest in (or talent for) politics, yet he was the true heir to the throne. A reality that shattered Daenerys’ dreams of grandeur.
Rhaenyra also had an Aegon ruin her plans, her half-brother Aegon II. Completely different from Jon’s temperament, Aegon (more like Joffrey) usurped his sister’s crown, the true and official successor of Viserys I. So Rhaenyra is the one with the strongest claim, opposite to Daenerys reality. Rhaenyra becomes obsessed with her Right and not even in the face of the civil war she changes.
The main difference between Rhaenyra and Daenerys is proportionally in the opposition of Aegon’s roles in their lives. While the princess was in fact the heir and was stolen by Aegon II, Daenerys became heir by circumstances, not wanting to give up her conquest even in the face of a worthy and true heir, with whom she had an (excellent) relationship. She could have left Westeros with a Targaryen and returned to Meeren, but she wanted the whole world just for herself.
The trajectory to the conflict was also different. Penniless, abandoned, used and sold, Daenerys always had the best of intentions to do justice. Rhaenyra has her heritage as a shield and motivation. There will be nothing holy in this fight that will still shed a lot of blood.
Let’s follow the parallels. So far, there are few.