Break the House of the Dragon’s many new kids and parents

The time jump is very important for how Dragon’s House tells its story of a tumultuous time in Targaryen history. There is no time jump as important as 10 years leap episode 6, “Princess and Queen,” will. But episode 8 takes a long leap nearly 6 years into the future. While there aren’t many new characters this time around, a lot of the young actors have been reimagined so Alicent’s children, Rhaenyra and Daemon, may look a little different than you remember – plus a some new characters.

To help you keep track of all the kids featured in this episode, here are details about Rhaenyra and Alicent’s respective families:

Children of Rhaenyra

Jacaerys Velaryon (Harry Collett)

Jacaerys Velaryon (Harry Collett) stands at a table in the Driftmark lobby on House of the Dragon

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Jace is the eldest son of Rhaenyra and Laenor – or possibly of Rhaenyra and Ser Harwin Strong, depending on who you ask. Jace is now the heir to the throne after his mother, and is a strong child despite being only about 7 years old. In episode 6, we see him nearly defeat Aegon Targaryen in a wooden sword duel, even though Aegon has the advantage in size and age.

By episode 8, Jace is in his teens and it’s clear that he’s still up for a fight, he doesn’t have much to do other than attend parties.

Lucerys Velaryon (Elliot Grihault)

Lucerys Velaryon stands with her family including Rhaenyra Targaryen, Daemon Targaryen, Rhaena Targaryen and Jacaerys Velaryon in the throne room of the Red Keep in House of the Dragon

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Also known as Luke, Lucerys is Rhaenyra’s second child, and is barely featured in episode 6. He actually bears a striking resemblance to Ser Harwin Strong, his mother’s best friend and especially not her husband. Unfortunately for all involved, this “coincidence” was taken literally by everyone at King’s Landing, casting Luke’s legitimacy into question.

By episode 8, it is clear that Luke is still quite sensitive about his resemblance to Harwin, even if he denies his claim to Driftmark in episode 8 and thus his legitimacy is a The real Targaryen. Equally important, Luke is also engaged in this episode, thanks to his mother’s promise to marry him to Baela Targaryen.

Joffrey Velaryon (some toddlers)

Born at the beginning of episode 6, Joffrey is Rhaenyra’s youngest child, present and only a baby – and thus rather unremarkable in his own right. He might as well have been an bastard of Ser Harwin Strong. Joffrey is named in honor of Laenor’s late lover, Joffrey Lonmouth, who beaten to death at their wedding by Rhaenyra’s ex, so there’s a lot going on there.

In episode 8, Joffrey is a toddler and plays on the floor near a fire. That’s it.

Viserys Targaryen (baby)

Viserys was the second child of Rhaenyra and Viserys. Viserys was presented to his grandfather/uncle, for whom he was named, King Viserys Targaryen.

Aegon Targaryen (Aegon the Younger) (baby)

Aegon is the first child of Rhaenyra and Daemon. Aegon appears in the background while Viserys is introduced to the man he named.

Alicent’s Son

Aegon Targaryen (Tom Glynn-Carney)

Tom Glynn-Carry as Aegon II Targaryen sitting at a table with a party and holding a House of the Dragon victory trophy

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Aegon is one of the kids that isn’t new in this episode, as we get to see a bit of him before time passes. He is the eldest son of Viserys Targaryen and Alicent Hightower. Anyone who knows even a little bit of Targaryen history knows that Aegon is a bold name to give a child. The name of the first king of the Westerosi dynasty, Aegon always carries with him a certain connotation of kingship won (or conquered). Unfortunately, unlike the conqueror, the version of Aegon we see in this episode is mostly just a spoiled, quirky brat.

In episode 8, Aegon graduated from a spoiled brat to a full-fledged monster in a way that’s pretty recognizable from the worst of royalty and aristocrats in Westeros. For now, it seems Aegon is more concerned with using his privileges to do whatever he likes and abusing whoever he chooses rather than pursuing something more ambitious like power or fighting skills.

Aemond Targaryen (Ewan Mitchell)

Ewan Mitchell as Aemond Targaryen in House of the Dragon raises a glass while mocking his toast with an eyepatch

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Aegon’s younger brother, Aemond, is Alicent’s second son. Consider him the Daemon Prince of this family, except without any of the ambition, haste, or martial prowess that makes Daemon who he is – at least not yet. As we see in this episode, Aemond doesn’t have a dragon, a fact that he spent most of his young life being very self-conscious about himself.

The connection between Aemond’s Daemon becomes a lot stronger in episode 8 when we see how hotheaded and dangerous he can become with a sword. He was already better than Ser Criston Cole and he seemed formidable enough to take on almost anyone in the Seven Kingdoms. Most dangerously, however, it is clear that despite losing an eye and gaining a dragon, Aemond didn’t quite think the score was going to be settled between him and Rhaenyra’s “Strong Boys”.

Helaena Targaryen (Phia Saban)

The second oldest of Alicent’s children, Helaena is a strange girl, in this episode we see playing with a large bug and counting its legs.

Helaena was barely present in episode 8. But now she’s older.

Daemon’s Children

Rhaena Targaryen (Phoebe Campbell)

Several Targaryens including Rhaenyra, Luke, Jace, Rhaena and Daemon stand in the throne room of the Red Keep in House of the Dragon

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Rhaena doesn’t play a big role in episode 8.

Baela Targaryen (Bethany Antonia)

Baela Targaryen (Bethany Antonia) stands next to the throne in Driftmark where Rhaenys Targaryen sits

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Baela is betrothed in this episode when her mother agrees to marry her to Luke Velaryon, meaning the two will one day rule Driftmark together.


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