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asoiaf  →  Charlize Theron as Rhaenyra Targaryen.

After her mother died, King Viserys proclaimed Rhaenyra his heir, having all the lords of the Seven Kingdoms swear fealthy to her, promising to honor and defend her rights of succession. However, when the King died, the Hand of the King defied his will and instead crowned Rhaenyra’s half-brother, Alicent’s son Aegon II, who was ten years younger. When news did reach her, she went into a black fury and was hastily crowned with her father’s crown by her husband and uncle, Prince Daemon Targaryen; thus starting the Dance of the Dragons. After the Storming of the Dragonpit, Rhaenyra fled King’s Landing. Terrorized and despairing, she grew grey and haggard and was forced to sell her crown to raise the coin to buy passage on a Braavosi merchant ship. Once she reached Dragonstone, Rhaenyra was betrayed by Ser Alfred Broome, whose men slew the remainder of her Queensguard. Her half-brother Aegon II then had her fed to his own dragon, Sunfyre.

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asoiaf  →  Elle Fanning as Daenys the Dreamer.

When Daenys was still a maiden, she had a powerful prophetic dream, showing the destruction of Valyria. Her father, Lord Aenar Targaryen, moved his family and all of their belongings to Dragonstone, an island in the narrow sea off the eastern coast of Westeros. With them, they took five dragons. When the Doom of Valyria came twelve years later, House Targaryen was the only family of dragonriders which survived.

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asoiaf  →  Freya Mavor as Baela & Rhaena Targaryen.

Lady Baela Targaryen was a daughter of Prince Daemon Targaryen and Lady Laena Velaryon. Her twin sister was Rhaena Targaryen.
Towards the end of the civil war known as the Dance of the Dragons, Baela was able to escape from her bedchambers as the door was being smashed down. She managed to reach Moondancer in the stable where the castle dragons were kept. There she loosed her chains and strapped a saddle onto her. As Aegon II flew over Dragonmont’s smoking peak and made his descent, Baela rose up to meet him. The dragons fought in the pre-dawn sky, eventually slamming into the ground still fighting. Aegon jumped from the saddle twenty feet from the ground but Lady Baela stayed with Moondancer all the way down. Burned and battered, she still found the strength to undo her saddle chains and crawl away from her dragon as Moondancer coiled into her death throes.
Rhaena however was chosen to accompany Prince Joffrey Velaryon to Gulltown for their protection, although they were told it was to defend the Vale of Arryn against King Aegon II Targaryen’s dragons. Rhaena brought three dragon eggs with her to the Vale where she prayed nightly for their hatching. Eventually she bonded with the dragon Morning, towards the end of the Dance.

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asoiaf  →  Emilia Fox as Rhaenys Targaryen.

Known as The Queen Who Never Was, Rhaenys had a traditional Targaryen beauty. She was fifty-five years old during the Dance of the Dragons and was still as fierce and fearless as she had been at twenty-two. She wore steel and copper armor which flashed in the sun. When the Dance of the Dragons began, Rhaenys sat on the black council of Queen Rhaenyra Targaryen. The blacks’ plan was for Rhaenys to fly overhead on Meleys to keep the greens from attacking their ships with dragons. Yet it had been a trap and she’d snatched the bait. Against one, Meleys may have won but she stood little chance against both dragons. They met a thousand feet above the ground and all three beasts went spinning to the earth. From the ashes, only Vhagar rose unharmed. A body believed to be Rhaenys was later found beside the carcass of her dragon, but so blackened no one could be sure it was her.

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asoiaf  →  Rebecca Ferguson as Helaena Targaryen.

During the Dance of the Dragons, Daemon Targaryen sent out two killers who forced her to decide which one of her sons should die, leaving Helaena Targaryen as a broken woman; unable to look at her surviving son, knowing that he had been her choice. On the twenty-second day of the fifth moon of 130 AC Helaena, at the age of twenty-one, jumped from her window in Maegor’s Holdfast at sunset. She died on the spikes below, with her throat impaled. While some called it suicide, by nightfall that same day rumors were already being told in King’s Landing that she had been murdered at the behest of Queen Rhaenyra. That same night, King’s Landing rose in a riot, with men and women shouting for justice for Helaena and her dead sons.

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asoiaf  →  Claire Danes as Gael Targaryen.

Gael was the youngest of the children of Alysanne and Jaehaerys, and her mother’s favorite. She disappeared from court in 99 AC, and was said to have died from a summer fever. However, she had actually committed suicide by drowning herself in the Blackwater Rush. The reason for her suicide was that she had been seduced and abandoned by a traveling singer, who had left her pregnant. In her grief, Queen Alysanne would die within a year after Gael’s death.

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asoiaf  →  Amanda Seyfried as Maegella Targaryen.

Maegelle was given to the Faith of the Seven, and eventually became a septa. She was known for her compassion, and her gift for healing. Maegelle played a role in the Second Quarrel, when her father, King Jaehaerys I, chose Maegelle’s brother as his heir over Maegelle’s niece. This decision angered Queen Alysanne, as she felt there was no reason to favor a man over a woman. She brought the two back together, solving the Quarrel in 94 AC. Maegelle nursed children afflicted with greyscale, but became afflicted with greyscale herself and died.

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asoiaf  →  Rosamund Pike as Rhaenys Targaryen.

A bolt from a scorpion pierced the eye of Meraxes, and the great dragon and the queen who rode upon it fell from the sky. In her death throes, the dragon destroyed the castle’s highest tower and part of the curtain wall. Whether Rhaenys Targaryen outlived her dragon remains a matter of dispute. Some say that she lost her seat and fell to her death, others that she was crushed beneath Meraxes in the castle yard. A few accounts claim the queen survived her dragon’s fall, only to die a slow death by torment in the dungeons of the Ullers.

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asoiaf  →   Cate Blanchett as Good Queen Alysanne.

Jaehaerys decided to pass over his granddaughter Rhaenys, the only heir of his deceased eldest son Aemon, in favor of his son Baelon. Alysanne believed there was no reason to favor a man over a woman, and thought that, if Jaehaerys believed women to be of less use, he would have no need of her.

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asoiaf  →  Katheryn Winnick as Visenya Targaryen.

She was a warrior, more comfortable in ringmail than in silk, with her long silver-gold hair in braided coils or bound in rings. She wielded the Valyrian steel sword Dark Sister. Visenya was described as having a “harsh beauty” and was reputed to have dabbled in sorcery. While her sister Rhaenys was the flirt, she was the seductress.

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asoiaf  →  Travis Fimmel as Aegon the Conqueror.

Aegon was an enigma to his contemporaries. Armed with the valyrian steel blade Blackfyre, he was counted amongst the greatest warriors of his age, yet he took no pleasure in feats of arms and never rode in tourney or mêlée. His mount was Balerion the Black Dread, but he flew only to battle, or to travel swiftly across land and sea. His commanding presence drew men to his banners, yet he had no close friends, save Orys Baratheon, the companion of his youth. Women were drawn to him, but Aegon remained ever faithful to his sisters. As king, he put great trust in his small council and his sisters, leaving much of the day-to-day governance of the realm to them … yet did not hesitate to take command when he found it necessary. Though he dealt harshly with rebels and traitors, he was open-handed with former foes who bent the knee.

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asoiaf  →   Stellan Skarsgård as Maegor the Cruel.

Tyanna took over Maegor’s care, and on the thirtieth day of his coma, he awoke. He mounted Balerion and without a warning flew over the Sept of Remembrance on Rhaenys’s Hill, where he unleashed the Black Dread’s flames, which consumed the Sept and all within in dragon flame. Those who tried to flee were slain by archers Maegor had placed around the hill. The screams of burning and dying men were said to echo in the streets of King’s Landing and for it was claimed for seven days a pall hung over the city.

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asoiaf  →   Sir Ian McKellen as Jaehaerys the Wise.

Jaehaerys ruled for fifty-five years, becoming the longest-ruling of the Targaryen kings, which led to him also being referred to as the “Old King”. Jaehaerys brought to the realm a time of great peace and prosperity, aided by his beloved sister-wife, Good Queen Alysanne. The young Jaehaerys, who loved to read became acquainted with Barth, who attended the King’s books and records. Jaehaerys eventually raised him to be his Hand of the King, an office no commoner had ever held before, nor would hold after. With Barth’s aid, Jaehaerys reformed the realm more than any king who lived before. It was during Jaehaerys’s reign that the Night’s Watch castle Deep Lake was built, which was paid for by his wife’s jewels and built by men Jaehaerys sent north. Jaehaerys’s entire reign is remembered as the most prosperous period in the history of the Targaryen monarchy. His reign brought peace, stability, and justice to the Seven Kingdoms. Jaehaerys is possibly the best king that Westeros ever saw, and is regarded as such by many historians and laymen.