Who is the Biological Father of Rhaenyra Targaryen’s Children?

Fans will probably have many questions about the new House of the Dragon episode, “The Princess and the Queen,” which begins 10 years in the future. Rhaenyra Targaryen and Alicent Hightower are still two of the most important characters, but they are now played by different actors.

Since so much time has passed, it’s not surprising that there are new fights and scandals in Westeros. Fans who haven’t read Fire & Blood realized something last week when the preview for Episode 6 came out: even though Rhaenyra (Emma D’Arcy) married Laenor Velaryon (John MacMillan) and started a family, it’s possible that their children were fathered by someone else. Who might it be? Matt Smith’s Daemon could be a good guess, but Rhaenyra’s sons in the trailer don’t have the white-blonde hair typical of Targaryens.

It’s a mystery since Rhaenyra’s relationship with Criston Cole (Fabien Frankel) seems to be over for good. That is until you watch Episode 6.

Rhaenyra gives birth to her third boy at the beginning of “The Princess and the Queen.” Laenor decides that they will call him Joffrey after his late lover, who was killed by Criston right before he married Rhaenyra.

When Alicent and King Viserys (Paddy Considine) meet the baby, Alicent quickly says in a quiet way that the child does not look like Laenor. This third son doesn’t seem to like his presumed father. Anyone with half a brain would think this is odd. Viserys doesn’t want to listen to it, though. He probably won’t believe it.

Who is the Father of Rhaenyra Targaryen's Children
Who is the Father of Rhaenyra Targaryen’s Children

Throughout Episode 6, people keep saying things like this, and it’s clear that a lot of them don’t think Laenor is the father of Rhaenyra’s children. So let’s get to the answer at last. Who is really the dad?

Is It True That Harwin Strong is the Father of Rhaenyra’s Children?

Harwin Strong (Ryan Corr), the character played by Ryan Corr, is the father of Rhaenyra’s children. This is made clear in the episode. He is there soon after baby Joffrey is born so he can meet him. Later in the episode, Jacaerys (Leo Hart) even asks his mom if Harwin is his real dad. “You’re a Targaryen, that’s all that matters,” is the answer Rhaenyra gives.

But what really seals the deal is when Harwin and Criston start fighting. This happens when Criston is teaching Alicent and Rhaenyra’s sons how to fight with swords, and Harwin wants to help out. Criston thinks the truth is true and makes fun of Harwin about it. This makes sense to make Harwin angry, so he starts hitting and beating Criston. He has to be pulled away while shouting, “Say it again!”

Criston sees this as proof that Harwin is the father of Rhaenyra’s children, and his father, Lyonel Strong, quickly kicks Harwin out of the City Watch and sends him back to Harrenhal.

When the affair between Rhaenyra and Harwin comes to light, Lyonel even tries to quit his job as Hand to the King. But when Lyonel doesn’t tell Viserys why he really wants to quit, Viserys won’t let him. Lyonel feels so bad about the whole thing that he can’t even talk about it out loud.

Harwin and Lyonel are killed in a fire at Harrenhal that Larys Strong (Matthew Needham) sets up, so we don’t get to see more of them. What a mess of a family!

Now that Rhaenyra’s lover has died and Daemon’s wife Laena (Nanna Blondell) has also died, I can only guess what could happen next. House of the Dragon is always busy, so stay up to date with us here at Lee Daily.

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