In the finale of the first season “House of the Dragon” Rhaenyra Targaryen tells about Aegon’s dream, which Daemon hears about for the first time. But why does the prince only learn about the prophecy through his wife?
- In “House of the Dragon” episode 10, Rhaenyra tells her husband about the “Song of Ice and Fire,” the prophecy of Aegon the Conqueror.
- This dream that the ruler once had was passed down from generation to generation to the next king of Westeros.
- Daemon first heard of Aegon I’s dream, which means he was never eligible to be king of the Seven Kingdoms.
In the season finale of House of the Dragon, Daemon Targaryen learns about the prophecy of Aegon the Conqueror. Judging by his reaction, he hears it for the first time. But why did neither his father Baelon nor his brother Viserys I Targaryen tell him about the dream of Aegon I?
The prophecy “The Song of Ice and Fire”, which predicts the prince who was promised to be the redeemer of Westeros, has been carried on by the Targaryen kings for generations. Thus, Rhaenyra Targaryen also learned this story shortly after Viserys I appointed his daughter as his successor.
The words behind Aegon I’s dream are predestined only for the ruler of the Seven Kingdoms, and so Daemon’s ignorance of the prophecy is a clear sign to the Targaryen prince. Viserys I had never considered his brother as his successor, either before Rhaenyra became heir to the throne or after. Daemon was never to become king. Enraged by this realization, Daemons chokes his wife when she tells him about the “Song of Ice and Fire”.
Even though Viserys I loved his brother and would never have wronged him, the king did not trust his brother. For this reason, he never appointed Daemon as his hand or herald. In his brother’s eyes, the driven Targaryen prince was far too preoccupied with his own advantages to concern himself with the duties of a true ruler.
His 14-year-old daughter, on the other hand, understood the responsibility and showed strong political interest and understanding despite her rebellious nature. Even though she never wanted to succeed her father, she submitted to her fate and did everything to fulfill her role. Daemon did not.
Was Viserys right not to tell Daemon about Aegon’s dream?
If Daemon had known about the “Song of Ice and Fire” earlier, he probably would not have taken the prophecy seriously. The stubborn warrior would probably have lost his respect for his brother because of Aegon I’s dream and the fact that his brother believed it. Daemon does not care much about non-earthly things, neither religion nor customs and certainly not prophecies. For him, these are figments of his imagination.
Probably Daemon would have let the knowledge of the dream of Aegon the Conqueror die with his reign. In “House of the Dragon” it is mentioned again and again how important Viserys I. was the dream. So the fact that he did not trust his brother to carry the burden of this prophecy was wise of Viserys I, even if he hurt his brother with it.
It is also better for Rhaenyra. The impulsive and unusual action of her husband after she told him about the song confirms what she had hoped for years. Viserys I not only appointed Rhaenyra as his successor out of defiance to his brother, but never saw Daemon as an heir to the throne. This legitimizes Rhaenyra’s claim to the throne.
We already know from “Game of Thrones” how the prophecy will continue. The promised prince will ensure the end of the White Walkers. But we won’t know how the prophecy will continue in “House of the Dragon” until the next season.