Spoilers for House of the Dragon will be found below.
As we saw in Game of Thrones, even when Targaryens don’t know that they’re committing incest, they end up, well, committing incest. That was the case with Daenerys and Jon Snow, and in House of the Dragon, the show’s only getting started but laying it on thick. The Targaryens are gonna Targaryen, and this time, they’re doing so with eyes wide open. As with George R.R. Martin’s source material, Rhaenyra and Daemon (her uncle) can’t help themselves. The attraction has been apparent since the pilot episode, and once Daemon returned (in his short-haired incarnation) and noticed that Rhaenyra was wearing the necklace that he gave her, it was on.
This led to a secret getaway passage and an underworld and “the bowels of a pleasure den” (as Otto Hightower later reported to King Viserys, who was incensed as hell, to which Daemon responded that he wished to marry his niece, which feels like a dig against his brother more than anything) and these two in make-out mode. This was only the beginning of Rhaenyra’s “hot girl summer” episode.
Daemon done gave Rhaenyra a little taste now sis abt to have a hot girl summer #DemThrones
— Shannon (@Shanno22) September 12, 2022
House of the Dragon Episode 4: Rhaenyra’s Hot Girl Summer
— Ayanna (@plaataanos) September 12, 2022
rhaenyra is in her hot girl summer era. yes it’s with her uncle. what about it??
— linnae (@substantialrat) September 12, 2022
People didn’t even quite realize the extent of what Rhaenyra would do after leaving Daemon, but they did respond with fervor to the Daemon aspect.
RHAENYRA AND DAEMON MAKING OUT OH MY GOD OH MY GOE WOAH WOAH WOAH WTF #HOUSEOFTHEDRAGON
— cam thee alien superstar ♡ (@itscammieg) September 12, 2022
— ℂ𝕖𝕣𝕥𝕚𝕗𝕚𝕖𝕕 𝕃𝕠𝕧𝕖𝕣 𝔹𝕨𝕠𝕚 (@truck_yo_chick) September 12, 2022
— Black Girl Nerds (@BlackGirlNerds) September 12, 2022
— anthony (@IceCreamTony) September 12, 2022
— Nyra (@___Ny_ra___) September 12, 2022
That wasn’t all of the fun for Rhaenyra in this episode. After Daemon’s physicality didn’t, uh, work, she hooked up with Ser Criston. She might be a Targaryen, but she sure has the spirit of an Arya.
— Corito (@OyyyeeeCorito86) September 12, 2022
Rhaenyra said if she can’t get Daemon she’ll get the next best thing #HouseOfTheDragon
— out of context house of the dragon (@oochotd) September 12, 2022
— twiggy’s groove. (@elektramurdocks) September 12, 2022
— Aezula Graey (@JeanGreyfire) September 12, 2022
— Carl ‘Carlos’ Scott (@realcarlscott) September 12, 2022
Viserys decided to put an end to all this fun, unfortunately. He declared that Rhaenyra would marry Laenor Velaryon, so we’ll see how that works out!
HBO’s House of the Dragon airs on Sundays at 9:00pm EST.