House of the Dragon: Rhaenyra and Daemon’s relationship, explained

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House of the Dragon Episode 4 takes Daemon and Rhaenyra’s relationship to the next level in the only way the Targaryens know how – so if you’re feeling a little confused, here’s a recap of their relationship.

Game of Thrones threw audiences into the deep end with its first ending: as Bran climbs the tower, he looks through a window and sees Jaime Lannister having sex with another woman… who happens to be his sister, Cersei.

Incest is still taboo in George RR Martin’s world, but when it comes to the Targaryens, inbreeding is in the blood—literally and figuratively.

In House of the Dragon Episode 4, after brief encounters on the brink of civil war, a different kind of tension arises in Rhaenyra’s (Milly Alcock) and Daemon’s (Matt Smith) relationship, leading to a rather difficult, potentially disastrous scene for the ruling family.

House of the Dragon Episode 4 spoilers will follow, as well as potential spoilers for future episodes…

House of the Dragon Episode 4: What Happens Between Rhaenyra and Daemon?

In episode 4, Daemon returns home after defeating the Crabfeeder’s army and “crushing the triarchy”, even bending the knee to his brother, King Viserys (Paddy Considine), after his petulant advances in the previous episode.

Amidst Visery’s anger at Rhaenyra for refusing to take a husband, she spends some time with Daemon—her uncle—and tells him she wants to live “not in fear, but in solitude.”

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