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“House of the Dragon” is full of dangerous plots and political maneuvers, but there’s also plenty of time for romantic entanglements, both happy and not so much. For Rhaenyra Targaryen (Milly Alcock and Emma D’Arcy), her love life is every bit as messy and difficult as the rest of her life, filled with forbidden affairs and high-profile marriages. It’s a part of her life where she tries to seize her own power but often with unexpected results.
At the beginning of the season, Alcock reflected on how Rhaenyra’s relationship with Daemon gets so messy in a conversation with POPSUGAR. “But I wanted to make sure with Rhaenyra that she wasn’t aware of what she was feeling and she wasn’t fully aware of what this attraction meant to her because she hadn’t experienced love or sex yet,” Alcock said of Daemon and Rhaenyra’s loaded interactions in the first episode. “So she didn’t know what was going on, but something was definitely going on, and she’s unaware. So I hope that me and Matt left quite an ambiguous scene.” Both the viewers and Rhaenyra have been able to see their dynamic blossom over the course of season one.
While “House of the Dragon” has dramatized Rhaenyra’s story on screen, George R.R. Martin’s book “Fire & Blood” covers her entire life, from start to finish, including all of her known romances. Ahead, we’re breaking down what we know about Rhaenyra’s romantic relationships on screen, plus how they’re a little different than they are in the books!
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