Is Rhaenyra related to Jon Snow? Warning very mild spoilers for Game of Thrones and House of the Dragon. The fantasy series House of the Dragon has taken us back to a time when the Targaryens sat on the Iron Throne and dragons soared the skies.
As it’s a prequel, though, a lot of people are interested in how the various denizens of yesterday’s Westeros are related to the Game of Thrones characters we loved for eight seasons (OK, seven seasons). The most obvious question is how are the current royal family — King Viserys Targaryen, Daemon, and Rhaneyra Targaryen, etc. — related to the Targaryens of the future. So here’s how Rhaenyra is related to Jon Snow.
Is Rhaenyra related to Jon Snow?
Yes, Jon Snow and Rhaenyra are very distantly related. She’s technically his great, great, great, great, great, great grandmother or at least she is in the TV series. It’s important to remember that in the books, Jon’s parentage hasn’t officially been revealed as of yet.
How are Rhaenyra and Jon Snow related?
Jon is related to Rhaenyra through his father, Rhaegar Targaryen, who was the son of Aerys II Targaryen. Aerys father was Jaehaerys II, the son of Aegon V, who was, in turn, the son of Maekar I Targaryen. Maekar was the son of Daeron II, who Aegon IV sired. Aegon IV was the son of Viserys II, who was the second-born child of Rhaenyra and Daemon Targaryen.
Phew. That’s a lot of sons to dig through and about 200 years of Targaryen interbreeding. Try not to think about it… or Larys Stong’s thing for Alicent Hightower’s feet… or whatever the hell Aegon II Targaryen is into… in fact, don’t think about any of the House of the Dragon character’s kinks. If you want to know more about the Targaryen, check out our guide to House of the Dragon season 2.