Our Beloved Dragon Queen Is a Child of Incest — Who Are Daenerys's Parents?

Allison DeGrushe - Author

Aug. 22 2022, Published 1:34 p.m. ET

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in 'Game of Thrones.'
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This is not a drill — the series premiere of Game of Thrones' prequel series House of the Dragon paid homage to Daenerys Targaryen!

At the beginning of the episode, a tribute emerged and noted that the show takes place 172 years before the Mother of Dragons was born. For us, this shows that the creators understand Dany's impact on pop culture and the glorification of House Targaryen.

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In our humble opinion, Dany is the greatest Targaryen to ever live — after Aegon the Conqueror, of course — and we miss her more every day. Now, we could go on and on about the Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea; however, we are here to talk about Daenerys Targaryen's parents. Who are they? Will they appear in HBO's House of the Dragon? Keep reading to find out!

Targaryen fleet in 'Game of Thrones.'
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Targaryen fleet in 'Game of Thrones.'

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Who are Daenerys Targaryen's parents?

If you're a die-hard fan of House Targaryen, then you know the family tree is full of unorthodox relationships, but if you're unaware, let's just say they keep it in the family. With that said, Daenerys Targaryen's parents were siblings — talk about vile!

Daenerys's father is King Aerys II Targaryen, aka the "Mad King," and her mother is Queen Rhaella Targaryen. Their parents were King Jaehaerys II Targaryen and Queen Shaera Targaryen, who were also siblings (this is wrong on so many levels).

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King Aerys II Targaryen, aka "the Mad King," is Daenerys's father.
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King Aerys II Targaryen, aka "the Mad King," is Daenerys's father (seen here in 'Game of Thrones').

Dany's father, Aerys II Targaryen, is the last Targaryen king to rule the Seven Kingdoms.

According to A Wiki of Fire and Ice, his reign started out sufficiently. However, Aerys II gradually descended into madness due to various factors, including multiple miscarriages, stillbirths, and the death of three sons, not to mention the uprising known as the Defiance of Duskendale, in which a rebellious lord held Aerys II captive for half a year.

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Eventually, the paranoia and cruelty of King Aerys II led to his death at the hands of Ser Jaime Lannister, a member of his own Kingsguard, during Robert's Rebellion, aka the end of the Targaryen dynasty in the Seven Kingdoms.

As for Dany's mother, Queen Rhaella Targaryen married her older brother Aerys II on the order of their father, Jaehaerys. After giving birth to their first child, Prince Rhaegar Targaryen, the couple had trouble carrying on their legacy.

Daenerys Targaryen never met her mother, Rhaella Targaryen. She died during childbirth.
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'Game of Thrones': Daenerys Targaryen never met her mother, Rhaella Targaryen. She died during childbirth.

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Per A Wiki of Fire and Ice, Rhaella experienced multiple unsuccessful pregnancies:

  • 263 AC — miscarriage
  • 264 AC — miscarriage
  • 267 AC — Princess Shaena Targaryen, stillborn
  • 269 AC — Prince Daeron Targaryen, only lived for half a year
  • 270 AC — stillborn (child unknown)
  • 271 AC — miscarriage
  • 272 AC — Prince Aegon Targaryen, born two months premature and died the following year
  • 274 AC — Prince Jaehaerys Targaryen, died later that same year

By 276 AC, Rhaella gave birth to Prince Viserys; at the time, Aerys II was slipping into madness and became a liability to the Targaryen dynasty. As a result, she evacuated to Dragonstone and spent the duration of her final pregnancy there. In 284 AC, Rhaella gave birth to Daenerys in the midst of a blustery summer storm that threatened to destroy the island.

Unfortunately, Daenerys never met her mother because Rhaella died shortly after giving birth.

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