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Who is the Father of Rhaenyra Targaryen's Sons in House of the Dragon?

**Warning – Spoilers ahead for House of the Dragon**

House of the Dragon Episode 4 was an uncomfortable watch for most as Daemon led his niece Rhaenyra into debauchery and we explain who the father of Rhaenyra’s sons are in the books.

The latest entry, Episode 5, saw Viserys propose marriage between House Targaryen and Velaryon and Ser Criston also confessed his love for Rhaenyra. Alicent said a tearful goodbye to her father and her trust in the Princess soon grew cold by the end of the episode.

Created by George R. R. Martin and Ryan J. Condal for HBO, House of the Dragon will serve as a prequel to Game of Thrones starring Paddy Considine, Emma D’Arcy, Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke, and more, following the beginning of the end for House Targaryen including the family’s war known as the Dance of Dragons.

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House of the Dragon Episode 4 Recap

Alluding to Daemon the weight of her responsibilities as a future, female heir, Rhaenyra is led by her uncle into the night to relieve some of that pressure.

Daemon soon takes Rhaenyra to a brothel where the pair are on the brink of coupling before Daemon storms off.

Left unsatisfied, Rhaenyra returns to her room and begins teasing Ser Criston Cole and the pair eventually sleep together.

Rhaenyra’s affairs soon reach the King and Queen’s ears, but the Princess swears to Alicent that she never slept with Daemon, but conceals the truth about her night with Ser Criston.

The entry ends with Rhaenyra being offered a tea, which is implied to be a concoction for birth control.

House of the Dragon – Cr. Photograph by Ollie Upton / HBO, 2022. Warner Media, LLC

Who is the Father of Rhaenyra’s Sons?

**Spoilers Ahead**

In George R.R. Martin’s source material, Ser Harwin Strong, Rhaenyra’s sworn shield, is the father of Rhaenyra’s sons.

The pair were rumored to have had an affair during Rhaenyra’s marriage to Ser Laenor and it was clear that her children looked nothing like the Velaryon.

We already know from Episode 5 that Rhaenyra and Laenor had an agreement to see other people outside of their lawful duty as husband and wife, and after bedding Ser Criston in Episode 4, the knight refused to lay with the Princess again.

The Episode 6 preview has already shown Rhaenyra’s children, therefore, it is expected that House of the Dragon will follow the source material and showcase Rhaenyra’s affair with Ser Harwin. 

How Many Episodes are in House of the Dragon?

House of the Dragon has ten episodes to air within its first season and has settled into the release pattern of airing every Sunday until the end of October.

Going by the release schedule outlined below, the House of the Dragon finale will air on Sunday, October 23, 2022.

Below we have included the release dates of the show to mark in your calendar alongside the episode titles:

  • Episode 1: The Heirs of the Dragon – Sunday, August 21, 2022
  • Episode 2: The Rogue Prince – Sunday, August 28, 2022
  • Episode 3: Second of His Name – Sunday, September 4, 2022
  • Episode 4: King of the Narrow Sea – Sunday, September 11, 2022
  • Episode 5: We Light the Way – Sunday, September 18, 2022
  • Episode 6: The Princess and the Queen – Sunday, September 25, 2022
  • Episode 7: Driftmark – Sunday, October 2, 2022
  • Episode 8: The Lord of the Tides – Sunday, October 9, 2022
  • Episode 9: The Green Council – Sunday, October 16, 2022
  • Episode 10: The Black Queen – Sunday, October 23, 2022

By Jo Craig – [email protected]

House of the Dragon is now streaming on HBO Max.

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Being a pop culture writer and a proud geek of all trades, Jo loves to dissect fandoms and marvel at their insides. The entirety of The Lord of the Rings, superhero origins, the Ghost of Tsushima score, the Wings of Freedom, and the endless search for a sleepy Tyranitar are but a few of Jo's passions, with a penchant for contributing to the geek culture community.

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