This article contains spoilers for House Of The Dragon Episode 9 and Fire & Blood by George R.R. Martin.
In House Of The Dragon’s penultimate episode, Rhaenys Targaryen (Eve Bennet) emerges as the biggest force to be reckoned with. In the ninth episode of HBO’s Game of Thrones, Rhaenys, Vinery’s cousin, reveals which side she is on in the search for an heir to the Iron Throne.
The Game Of Thrones spin-off shows Alicent trying to win over Rhaenys after King Viserys (Paddy Considine) dies. Alicent Hightower (Olivia Cooke) claims Rhaenys should have been queen, but her words contradict her actions when Alicent still wants to place her son, Aegon, on the throne. Clearly, Rhaenys is a formidable force when it comes to The Dance of the Dragons, so how does she die in the books?
In ‘Fire & Blood,’ Rhaenys Targaryen dies during the Dance of the Dragons.
A Queen Who Never Was, Rhaenys’s Life Has Been Defined By Being Spurned In The Line Of Succession Over The Iron Throne Due To Her Gender.
By naming his daughter Rhaenyra as his heir, Viserys rectifies decades of gender inequality. When Rhaenyra marries Rhaenys’s son, Laenor, their Velaryon children (in name but not in blood) will also restore Rhaenys’ lineage. The Final Nail In Solidifying Rhaenys’s Loyalty To The Blacks is Rhaenyra’s Proposal That Her Sons Marry Daemon And Laena’s Daughters.
Rhaenys Targaryen dies fighting for Rhaenyra’s claim to the throne in ‘Fire & Blood.’
To prevent the Greens from attacking, Rhaenyra sends Rhaenys to fly over the Velaryon Ships’ fleet on Meleys. In this case, Rhaenys continues to use Meleys as a tool during battle. Ser Criston’s soldiers were attacked during the Battle at Rook’s Rest, which is a shame. Rhaenys meets Aegon Ii Targaryen and Prince Aemond Targaryen’s attack knowing she has no chance against them.
During the battle, all three dragons fall to the ground, and Meleys dies. As well as Meleys’s carcass, another body is found, but it is so blackened with ash that it cannot be identified. The body, however, is widely believed to be that of Rhaenys. In the same way as her daughter, she dies a dragon rider’s death. While this may be how she dies in the books, we know House of the Dragon takes liberties with character deaths, so perhaps she won’t die.
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