House of the Dragon's power couple got a good introduction in episode 2

House of the Dragon’s power couple got a good introduction in episode 2

House of the Dragon‘s first episode had a lot going for it. There are current and former kings, a slew of possible heirs, a battle for succession, and a prince so sad he couldn’t even enjoy an orgy. So it’s just that the pilot couldn’t spend much time with Corlys Velaryon and Rhaenys Targaryen, the Empire’s biggest and smallest couple.

In fact, as one of the characters in House of the Dragon could earn their own prequel shows, it’s these two. So just in case the show never makes time for their backstory, here’s a bit more about Corlys Velaryon and Rhaenys Targaryen and why they’re both so damn cool.

Who is Corlys Velaryon?

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Ser Corlys Velaryon is a member of House Velaryon, one of the oldest and most staunch allies of the Targaryens, and one of the few houses in Westeros that can lay claim to Valyrian blood – although they are not dragon riders. Despite the house’s vaunted location in Westeros, it was not one of the wealthiest or most important houses in the Seven Kingdoms until Ser Corlys took over. The Velaryons have always had a reputation for their naval prowess (often serving as captains of ships for their Targaryen kings), but Lord Corlys went further in seafaring than anyone in his family ever did.

In his early years, long before he became Master of Driftmark, the family seat of House Velaryon, Corlys sailed the seas on a ship known as the Sea Snake – giving him the nickname he would keep for the rest of his life. Corlys sailed all over the known world aboard the Sea Snake. These adventures would later be mythologized as “The Nine Voyages” and took him to the strangest and most superstitious corners of the world. Ultimately, however, Corlys’ main takeaway from these voyages was 14 ships full of treasure and gold from Essos, making his home one of the richest in Westeros.

After his travels, when he became Master of Driftmark – a position also known as Lord of the Tides – Corlys married Rhaenys Targaryen and began his service at the Iron Throne, including aiding Rhaenys’ father, Aemon, in a war. against the Myrish, and eventually served on the small council as captain of ships, and that’s where we join him House of the Dragon.

Who is Rhaenys Targaryen?

Rhaenys and Corlys at the joust.  She is looking at him and he is sitting.

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Rhaenys Targaryen is the daughter of Aemon Targaryen, granddaughter of Jaehaerys Targaryen and one of the future heirs to the Iron Throne. However, during the Great Council of 101, the Empire chose to place her cousin Viserys on the throne instead, setting the precedent for male succession in Westeros and dooming Rhaenys to forever be “The Queen Who Never Was”. are called.

Aside from harboring justifiable anger at her claim to the Seven Kingdoms being rejected, Rhaenys is also a fierce dragon rider whose dragon is Meleys, and she’s as much at home in armor as she is in court dress.

The couple also have two children, Laenor and Laena, who are both dragon riders. Without getting into spoilers for the story ahead, all four of them will play a very important role as House of the Dragon marches towards its inevitable and violent end.

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