Rhaenyra Targaryen: I hope for my father that he will get a son. So long as I can recall, it’s all he’s needed.
Alicent Hightower: You need him to have a son?
Rhaenyra: I wish to fly with you on dragonback, see the nice wonders throughout the Slender Sea, and eat solely cake.
Alicent: I’m being critical.
Rhaenyra: I by no means jest about cake.
Within the Home of the Dragon premiere, Rhaenyra Targaryen, the one little one of King Viserys Targaryen, had less-than-royal ambitions. Ones that could possibly be summed up as flying off with a companion, away from Westeros and her duties, and dwelling it up. She had a dragon for the flight however didn’t have buy-in from her shut pal Alicent, who was not inclined to experience within the sky alongside the princess.
A lot modified within the span of 4 years and as many episodes. Her mom died in childbirth, her father named her inheritor, her greatest pal (and most popular cake-eating companion) was married off to her father and commenced producing kids. Her uncle Daemon initiated her into the extra carnal aspect of King’s Touchdown and she or he adopted up on these classes by beginning a office romantic relationship together with her sworn defend, the Kingsguard Ser Criston Cole. And her father insisted on her getting married to her cousin and fellow dragonrider, Ser Laenor Velaryon. In change for her father eradicating Uncle Daemon’s antagonist Otto Hightower as Hand of the King, Rhaenyra agreed to observe her father’s political matchmaking directives.
After which, issues acquired difficult.
On the go to to the Velaryon stronghold of Excessive Tide, Rhaenyra and her potential fiancé Laenor mentioned the character of their political marriage, and admitted to 1 one other that they had been romantically concerned with others, however agreed to do their responsibility by the wedding and proceed to be with their out-of-wedlock companions. Kind of having their cake and consuming it too.
What might go incorrect?
The Princess and the Modest Proposal
After this profitable negotiation for a polyamorous pre-nuptial settlement, Rhaenyra was shocked by a suggestion from her Kingsguard canoodler, Ser Criston Cole. Figuring out that his princess chafed below her duties and that this marriage was not of her selecting, he had a unique concept.
Criston Cole: I’m asking you to come back with me… away from all this. From the burdens and indignities of your inheritance. Allow us to go away all of it behind and see the world collectively… the place we’ll be anonymous, and free… free to go the place we like, and love as we like. In Essos… you possibly can marry me.
Sadly for Criston, he didn’t know what would assure success in his provide.
Rhaenyra: And eat solely cake.
Okay, possibly she would have nonetheless refused the provide, regardless of the quantity of candy baked items that could possibly be concerned. But it surely couldn’t have damage his pitch.
Rhaenyra turned down this proposed journey, one which was harking back to her dream from years earlier than. She had duties. And though she didn’t get to elucidate this to Criston, she had a future that she’d seen alluded to within the type of flaming textual content on a dagger.
Criston was broken-hearted by the rejection, and sad with the suggestion that he merely be content material with being considered one of 4 members within the royal polycule being arrange.
Rhaenyra had come to phrases with the thought of settling into her position of future queen – securing a wedding to shore up her line for succession, and couldn’t be tempted by the financially-suspect desires of the dreamy Ser Criston.
Or had she actually come to phrases together with her queenly position? Was there another person that would tempt her away on dragonback?
The Prince and the Conceited Proposal
On the dancing at Rhaenyra and Laenor’s betrothal festivities, party-crasher and up to date spouse-murderer Daemon Targaryen minimize in on Rhaenyra’s dance associate Ser Harwin Sturdy to interact in some mild avuncular banter in Excessive Valyrian.
Daemon: Is that this what you need?
Rhaenyra: I used to be not conscious that what I needed mattered to you.
Daemon: This isn’t for you. Laenor is an effective man and a high quality knight. He’ll bore you mindless.
Rhaenyra: Marriage is just a political association, I hear.
Daemon: Mine was not too long ago dissolved.
Rhaenyra: Oh, take me then. Has this not been your objective? I’m not but married, however the hours go swiftly. You’re certainly armed. Minimize by my father’s Kingsguard. Take me to Dragonstone and make me your spouse.
Earlier than Daemon might act on Rhaenyra’s suggestion, Criston Cole and Laenor’s very shut pal Joffrey Lonmouth acquired right into a struggle on the dance ground. After that hurley burley was carried out, King Viserys apparently ordered the marriage moved up by every week and Rhaenyra and Laenor had been married instantly, within reach of Joffrey’s congealing blood.
It’s fascinating that the scene between Rhaenyra and her uncle Daemon was like a darkish mirror of the scene between Rhaenyra and Criston. However within the latter case it’s Rhaenyra proposing the escape from her organized marriage. Was she simply toying with Daemon, or was it that she nonetheless needed to flee from her position as queen? An escape not on an journey with a penniless knight, however with a roguish prince?
Daemon won’t be bringing alongside any truffles (I wouldn’t rule it out although), however he could be bringing alongside the opposite ingredient from Rhaenyra’s dialogue within the godswood with Alicent, a dragon.
This could really feel like a well-recognized scenario to A Tune of Ice and Fireplace readers, and one thing that Sport of Thrones watchers may need seen one aspect of beforehand.
Exiled Knights and Misplaced Loves
Within the years following Robert’s Revolt (nearly 200 years after Viserys Targaryen was named successor over the declare of his cousin Rhaenys’ line) Balon Greyjoy of the Iron Islands declared himself king and tried to secede from the Seven Kingdoms. This effort failed.
On the siege of Greyjoy’s fort Pyke, a northern lord from Bear Island distinguished himself in battle by being one of many first to enter the breach of Pyke’s partitions. (The honour of first into the breach goes to the legendary Thoros of Myr, in fact.)
This fighter was Jorah Mormont, and for his bravery was made a knight. Within the victory celebrations that adopted in Lannisport, the newly-knighted Ser Jorah gained the champion’s laurel at a celebratory tourney and acquired Lord Hightower’s blessing to marry his daughter, the beautiful Lynesse Hightower.
Jorah was quick on particulars when telling his tragic backstory to Daenerys Targaryen, aside from remarking that the 2 weeks it took to sail from Lannisport to Bear Island had been blissful.
However then issues went bitter. Lynesse was used to metropolitan Oldtown. Bear Island was, properly, Bear Island.
Girl Lyanna Mormont: *dying stare*
Lynesse may need thought she was occurring a grand journey with a dashing and profitable knight, however the actuality was not there to help the romanticism. (These particulars can solely be inferred in fact, since Lynesse has by no means had an opportunity to weigh in on her aspect of the story.)
Ultimately, Ser Jorah and Girl Lynesse had been on their solution to Essos. On an journey to see the wonders of the world? Effectively, extra to get away from Ned Stark, appearing as Northern Executioner, searching for to execute Jorah for crimes.
Once I heard that Eddard Stark was coming to Bear Island, I used to be so misplaced to honor that fairly than keep and face his judgment, I took her with me into exile. Nothing mattered however our love, I informed myself. We fled to Lys, the place I bought my ship for gold to maintain us.
His voice was thick with grief, and Dany was reluctant to press him any additional, but she needed to know the way it ended. “Did she die there?” she requested him gently.
“Solely to me,” he stated. “In half a 12 months my gold was gone, and I used to be obliged to take service as a sellsword. Whereas I used to be combating Braavosi on the Rhoyne, Lynesse moved into the manse of a service provider prince named Tregar Ormollen. They are saying she is his chief concubine now, and even his spouse goes in worry of her.”
Dany was horrified. “Do you hate her?”
“Nearly as a lot as I really like her,” Ser Jorah answered. “Pray excuse me, my queen. I discover I’m very drained.”
— A Conflict of Kings, Daenerys I
Actually there are variations between the story of Jorah and Lynesse with regard to Rhaenyra and her overly-optimistic suitor Criston. However the story of Mormont and his spouse provides hints as to what would probably befall the disgraced Kingsguard and his princess, ought to Rhaenyra agree to go away Westeros behind for Essos. Ser Criston has little abilities aside from martial ones, so like Jorah, he would probably offer his sword for service.
And like Lynesse was taken in by a service provider prince, how lengthy would it not be till Prince Daemon would discover Rhaenyra (particularly if she’d absconded together with her dragon Syrax) and persuade her to run away with him?
Jorah: Look, it occurs. (Or in my case, will occur.) However issues are wanting up for me. I’m spending time with the final Targaryen, so it’s not like some Targaryen prince can snatch her up.
Paradoxically, for all of the discuss within the fifth episode of a knight providing to run away with Rhaenyra, and Rhaenyra taunting her prince to abduct her, in that episode a knight does run off with Rhaenrya, or at the very least tosses her over his shoulder through the dance ground scrum. However he’s not whisking her away from her impending marriage, however as a substitute to security the place issues can cool down and the royal wedding ceremony might occur instantly, earlier than every other catastrophe would possibly happen.
That knight was Ser Harwin Sturdy, the son of Lord Lyonel Sturdy, the Hand of the King and a captain within the Goldcloaks. In actual fact, Harwin Sturdy had run into Rhaenyra when she was off dressed like a boy on her Shakespearean journey within the season’s fourth episode with Daemon.
That Harwin appears to at all times be round.
Harwin: I solely got here to the marriage to get a few of that cake.
Rhaenyra: I really like cake too! We’ve a lot in frequent.