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This article contains spoilers for House of the Dragon season 2 episode 2 and references characters from Fire & Blood.

Things are heating up in House of the Dragon season 2, and as the Greens and the Blacks are rocked by losses on both sides, the clash known as the Dance of Dragons shows no signs of slowing down. To compete with all these cast departures, there’s been an influx of new blood in season 2, with episode 2 “Rhaenyra the Cruel” focusing on some major players.

The show’s latest episode cued up expanded roles for Clinton Liberty’s Addam of Hull and Kieran Bew’s Hugh Hammer, both of who will become important figures moving forward. However, an altogether more important member of the Green Team was given the nod. Yes, someone finally acknowledged Daeron Targaryen. 

With House of the Dragon season 1 covering around 24 years and involving multiple recasts for its younger characters, it’s been sometimes hard to keep up with who’s who in Westeros. In George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood compendium, it’s stated that King Viserys I (Paddy Considine) and Alicent Hightower (Olivia Cooke) have four children, Aegon II (Tom Glynn-Carney), Aemond (Ewan Mitchell), Helaena (Phia Saban), and Daeron. The series has spent plenty of time with the first three, but what about Vis and Alicent’s youngest?

Toward the end of the episode, Alicent is talking to a shunned Otto Hightower (Rhys Ifans), who has just lost his position as Hand of the King and is planning his next steps. In a throwaway mention, Otto references Daeron’s whereabouts in Oldtown and tells his daughter, “The Hightowers still have strength and you have a son there who will take more kindly to instruction. Daeron may yet help us in weeks to come.” Like in Fire & Blood, Daeron has been serving as a squire to Otto’s brother in Oldtown. The location is familiar to those who watched Game of Thrones, with Samwell Tarly (John Bradley) undertaking his Maester training at its Citadel.  

Although this is the first time Daeron is mentioned in the series, we knew he was out there somewhere. Writing on his Not a Blog blog in 2022, Martin reassured fans that Daeron existed but claimed there wasn’t enough time to include him in season 1. The author explained, “YES, Alicent gave Viserys four children, three sons and a daughter, their youngest son Daeron is down in Oldtown, we just did not have the time to work him in this season.” 

Showrunner Ryan Condal confirmed Daeron was coming in a post-season 1 finale interview with Variety, while Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith) indirectly referenced him when he counted four dragons on

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