HBO’s Sport of Thrones prequel Dwelling of the Dragon takes viewers support in time virtually 200 years to a duration in history when Dwelling Targaryen dominated over the Seven Kingdoms, and has proceeded to declare the memoir of how the white-wigged family’s prosperous reign becomes endangered by an additional and extra messy dispute over the line of succession. And it be no longer just appropriate the diverse Targaryen heirs who have their eyes on the prize: so place the Velaryons.
We all know that with the exception of the Targaryens, Dwelling Velaryon is the most easy family in Westeros to also hail from Extinct Valyria: a astronomical collection of mentions were made of their pure Valyrian blood, which makes them a solid match for marriage and interbreeding. That is presumably the motive why Viserys’ cousin, Princess Rhaenys, married Corlys Velaryon within the necessary residence, and within the 2d episode of Dwelling of the Dragon, “The Rogue Prince,” they strive to position up their younger daughter Laena with the king, within the hopes of securing affect on the throne. Basically one of the most sensible flaw in their knowing? Laena is 12 years weak, and the king would not famous indulge in the premise of a child bride.
On the choice hand, everybody is conscious of that Dwelling of the Dragon is determined to purchase residence over a duration of decades, with several characters to be frail up and portrayed by older actors in future episodes. This has already occurred within the case of Laenor Velaryon, Corlys and Rhaenys’ son, who showed up as a boy within the necessary two episodes, then appeared in a extra extinct capability in episode three, “Second of His Name.”
Who is Laenor Velaryon?
Portrayed in episode three onwards by Theo Nate, Laenor Velaryon is the heir to Dwelling Velaryon, and also shown to be a expert warrior. This episode also confirmed that the Targaryens are no longer the most easy dragon riders on this universe: Laenor enters Daemon’s battle against the Crab Feeder atop his have dragon, Seasmoke and lays fracture to their enemies with a familiar cry of “dracarys.” (It is miles seemingly to be inferred that their Valyrian heritage affords the Velaryons a the same connection to those mystical beasts because the Targaryens.)
Laenor’s position in Dwelling of the Dragon is about to turn out to be so a lot extra illustrious—and extra complicated. In episode one, we noticed that his mother Rhaenys was nearly named heir to the throne by King Jaeherys, which manner that he might perchance well well stake a whine of his have. In Fire & Blood, George R.R. Martin’s fictional history on which the gathering is basically based, it was essentially a younger Laenor who was knowing to be viable as heir, no longer his mother. That tome also unearths Laenor’s significance to the fresh.
Spoilers note for Dwelling of the Dragon.
Within the history books of Westeros, Laenor Velaryon is no longer just appropriate the necessary cousin of Rhaenyra: he’s also her first husband, and they’ve three younger people collectively—Jacaerys, Lucerys, and Joffrey—though rumors abound that they were essentially fathered by Rhaenyra’s lover. Courtly gossip also implies that he prefers the company of fine-attempting younger squires… though it stays to be seen whether or no longer this is able to perchance well also be incorporated within the fresh.
Philip Ellis is a contract writer and journalist from the United Kingdom masking pop culture, relationships and LGBTQ+ factors. His work has appeared in GQ, Teen Vogue, Man Repeller and MTV.