The Targaryens ruled over Westeros for centuries. However, when fans were introduced to the Targaryen family in , they were practically extinct. However, one surprise member of the Targaryen family is revealed to be Maester Aemon, the elderly Maester at the Night's Watch who Jon Snow looks up to for wisdom.
Maester Aemon was born Prince Aemon Targaryen and had been the heir to the Iron Throne before relinquishing his family name and birthright to become a Maester. With delving into the Targaryens at the height of their power, fans might wonder where Maester Aemon falls in the Targaryen family tree.
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At the start of , King Jaehaerys I announces his heir during the Great Council after the death of his last remaining child. This is the only time fans get to see the as a fast-forward to a point in his successor's reign shortly followed.
His successor, King Viserys I, is King Jaehaerys I's grandson. King Viserys I was Rhaenyra's father and King Viserys II's grandfather. King Viserys II was the father of King Aegon IV, who fathered King Daeron II. In turn, he was the father of King Maekar I - Maester Aemon's father. This makes King Jaehaerys I the seventh great-grandfather of Maester Aemon.
The two candidates for King Jaehaerys I's heir in the Great Council of 101 AC were two of his grandchildren: the eventual King Viserys I and his cousin, Princess Rhaenys. While King Viserys I was an appealing choice due to him being the closest male heir, Princess Rhaenys was the daughter of King Jaehaerys I's oldest son.
Ultimately, the patriarchy won out and Rhaenys became "The Queen That Never Was." As King Viserys I's cousin, Rhaenys is also the first cousin seven times removed of Maester Aemon.
A majority of the first season of is under the rule of King Viserys I. For a time, the world was at peace. However, one by one, King Viserys I made mistakes that would later plunge Westeros into a Targaryen civil war.
Despite this, , but he slowly succumbed to a prolonged illness that eventually took his life. King Viserys I lived a long life and fathered five children, including the yet-to-be-seen Prince Daeron. Through his daughter Rhaenyra, King Viserys I is the fifth great-grandfather of Maester Aemon.
King Viserys I's first wife was Queen Aemma Arryn, daughter of Lord Rodrick Arryn and Princess Daella Targaryen. Queen Aemma only appeared in series premiere. Her death during childbirth was the first significant event that would chart the course of and leave an empty hole in King Viserys I's heart for the rest of his life.
Aemma is Rhaenyra's mother, making her the fifth great-grandmother of Maester Aemon. Since she is the first cousin of King Viserys I, she's also the first cousin seven times removed of Maester Aemon.
Prince Daemon is the brother of King Viserys I. He was initially King Viserys I's heir before the birth of the king's first son, Prince Baelon. Sadly, Prince Baelon passed away shortly after birth. King Viserys I kicked Daemon out of King's Landing after the latter mocked "the heir for a day." The king would then name his only child at the time, Rhaenyra, as heir to the Iron Throne.
By being King Viserys I's brother, Daemon is the fifth great-granduncle of Maester Aemon. Daemon also marries Princess Rhaenyra. Through their child, Viserys, Daemon is also the fourth great-grandfather of Maester Aemon.
Princess Rhaenyra is the only surviving child of King Viserys I and Queen Aemma. King Viserys I named Rhaenyra as heir to the Iron Throne, which was controversial due to the established patriarchy. Despite Rhaenyra's readiness for the role, it hasn't stopped others from plotting to usurp her birthright.
Rhaenyra had married her cousin Prince Leanor Velaryon and they had three official children, although all three were fathered by Ser Harwin Strong. after Ser Laenor's "death." As such, Rhaenyra is the fourth great-grandmother of Maester Aemon.
After the death of Queen Aemma, King Viserys I reluctantly remarried. King Viserys I chose to marry Lady Alicent Hightower, the daughter of his Hand, Otto Hightower. King Viserys I and Queen Alicent had four children together: King Aegon II, Aemond, Helaena, and Daeron.King Aegon II Prince Aemond Princess Helaena Prince Daeron
When King Viserys I died, Otto and the rest of King Viserys I's council revealed their long-term plans to put King Aegon II on the Iron Throne. As King Aegon II and his siblings are Rhaenyra's half-siblings, they are the fourth great-half-granduncles/aunts of Maester Aemon.
In keeping with the Targaryen's incestuous customs, King Aegon II and his sister, Helaena, got married. King Aegon II doesn't feel anything toward his sister, detests the fact he's married to her, and would rather revel in brothels and child-fighting rings.Prince Jaehaerys Princess Jaehaera Prince Maelor
King Aegon II and Queen Helaena have three children, twins Jaehaerys and Jaehaera, and Maelor. King Aegon II also has an unconfirmed number of bastards, but Prince Jaehaerys and Princess Jaehaera are the first half-cousins five times removed of Maester Aemon.
Daemon's marriage to Rhaenyra wasn't his first marriage. Daemon previously married Lady Rhea Royce, who he murdered, but it was deemed an accident. Daemon later married his cousin Lady Laena Velaryon, daughter of Daemon's first cousin, Rhaenys, who died in childbirth.Lady Baela Lady Rhaena
Daemon and Lady Laena had two children together: Lady Baela and Lady Rhaena. The two are the first cousins six times removed of Maester Aemon as well as his third great-half-grandaunts.
While not Targaryens by name, Prince Jacaerys and Prince Lucerys Velaryon are still very much Targaryens. In fact, they're not biologically Velaryons at all. Rhaenyra and Prince Laenor Velaryon's marriage was purely political. Neither had any interest in the other as both Rhaenyra and Laenor had their eyes on other men. Rhaenyra developed a relationship with Ser Harwin Strong, who is the biological father of Prince Jacaerys and Prince Lucerys. Regardless of their parentage, Prince Jacaerys and Prince Lucerys are the third great-half-granduncles of Maester Aemon.
Rhaenyra and Daemon have long had feelings for one another. After the death of Princess Laena, the hatched a plot for Ser Laenor to fake his own death and run away with his lover, which opened the door for uncle and niece to wed.Aegon Viserys
: Aegon and Viserys. A third child was stillborn after Rhaenyra learned that her father passed away and the Hightowers usurped the Iron Throne. Aegon and Viserys are Maester Aemon's third great-grandparents and his second cousins five times removed.
Two centuries before the events of A Game of Thrones, House Targaryen—the only family of dragonlords to survive the Doom of Valyria—took up residence on Dragonstone. Fire and Blood begins with the legendary Aegon the Conqueror, creator of the Iron Throne, and recounts the generations of Targaryens. They fought to hold that iconic seat, all the way up to the civil war that nearly tore their dynasty apart.
Release Date August 21, 2022
Cast Jefferson Hall, Eve Best, David Horovitch, Paddy Considine, Ryan Corr, Bill Paterson, Fabien Frankel, Graham McTavish, Olivia Cooke, Gavin Spokes, Sonoya Mizuno, Steve Toussaint, Matt Smith, Matthew Needham, Rhys Ifans, Emma D'Arcy, Milly Alcock
Main Genre Drama
Genres Drama, Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Franchise Game of Thrones
Characters By George R. R. Martin
Cinematographer Alejandro Martinez, Catherine Goldschmidt, Pepe Avila del Pino, Fabian Wagner
Creator George R. R. Martin, Ryan J. Condal
Distributor Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution
Filming Locations Spain, England, Portugal, California
Main Characters Queen Alicent Hightower, Ser Harrold Westerling, Lord Corlys Velaryon, Grand Maester Mellos, Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, Ser Criston Cole, Lord Lyonel Strong, Ser Otto Hightower, Lord Jason Lannister/Ser Tyland Lannister, King Viserys I Targaryen, Mysaria, Lord Lyman Beesbur, Prince Daemon Targaryen, Ser Harwin Strong, Princess Rhaenys Velaryon, Larys Strong
Production Company Bastard Sword, Cross Plains Productions, Warner Bros. Pictures, HBO
Sequel Game of Thrones
Sfx Supervisor Michael Dawson
Story By George R. R. Martin
Number of Episodes 10