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Every Major New Character on HOUSE OF THE DRAGON

House of the Dragon might not have White Walkers, but the show’s cast is just as sprawling as Game of Thrones‘ was. Houses Targaryen, Hightower, and Velaryon aren’t the only ones destined to find themselves fighting in a civil war of fire and blood. The Dance of the Dragons will ensnare every important family in the Realm. But identifying the many characters of Westeros has never been easy. Fortunately, you don’t need a maester to know who everyone is, not even with all those “new” families. We’ll keep track of every major character introduced on House of the Dragon right here.

New House of the Dragon Characters; Jump to: House Targaryen // House Hightower // House Velaryon // House Strong // House Lannister // House Royce // Other Major Characters (Baratheons, Coles, and More)

House Targaryen

Adult Rhaenyra and her father ing Viserys holding her hand on House of the Dragon
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King Viserys bypassed his brother Daemon and named his daughter Princess Rhaenyra as heir to the Iron Throne. But that was before Viserys had a son with his second wife, Alicent Hightower.

Jacaerys (“Jace”) and Lucerys (Luke) Velaryon
Jacaerys and Lucerys Velaryon in their training gear on House of the Dragon
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The two oldest, black-haired sons of Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen and Ser Laenor Velaryon. However, many believe Jace and Luke’s real father was Ser Harwin Strong.

Jacaerys is Rhaenyra’s heir to the Iron Throne.

Joffrey Velaryon
The baby Joffrey Velaryon on House of the Dragon
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The third, black-haired son of Rhaenyra and Laenor, named after Ser Laenor’s late paramour Joffrey Lonmouth, was also thought to be the child of Harwin “Breakbones.”

Aegon Targaryen (Son of Viserys and Alicent)
Aegon Targaryen in his sparring armor on House of the Dragon
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Queen Alicent gave birth to Aegon, her oldest child and King Viserys’s first born son.

Haelena Targaryen
Halaena Targaryen looks at a bug on House of the Dragon
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The first daughter and second child of Queen Alicent and King Viserys.

Aemond Targaryen
Aemond Targaryen lit uop by dragonflame on House of the Dragon
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The third child and second son of Alicent and Viserys.

House Hightower

Olivia Cooke and Rhys Ifans in the Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon
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Ser Otto Hightower, the first Hand of the King to Viserys I, is father to the Queen and grandfather to three Targaryens. However, he’s not the Lord of his own family. That title belongs to his older, clean-shaven brother, Lord Hobert Hightower, head of one of Westeros’s oldest and most important noble families.

Lord Hobert Hightower
Lord Hobert Hightower on House of the Dragon
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Lord Hightower wants to ensure his great nephew becomes king rather than Aegon’s older half-sister.

House Velaryon

Steve Toussaint as Lord Corlys Velaryon, Eve Best as Princess Rhaenys Targaryen in House of the Dragon
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Ser Corlys Velaryon, husband to Princess Rhaenys Targaryen (The Queen Who Never Was) abandoned his position as master of ships on the small council to fight in the Stepstones with Daemon Targaryen. Two major figures from House Velaryon joined him in the battle. Ser Corlys Velaryon ranks as highly important when it comes to new characters on House of the Dragon.

Laenor Velaryon
Ser Laenor Velaryon as a teen in armor, and as an older man at royal court on House of the Dragon
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Ser Corlys’s oldest son Laenor (previously played by a younger actor) mounted his dragon Seasmoke to help defeat the Crabfeeder. He then married Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen.

Laena Targaryen
Laena Velaryon as a child, teenager, and adult on House of the Dragon
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Lord Strong suggested Laenor as a strategic suitor for Princess Rhaenyra, just as Strong once recommended King Viserys wed Laenor’s older sister, Laena. Ultimately Laena married Prince Daemon Targaryen. The two had twin daughters,  Rhaena and Baela.

Baela Targaryen
Baela Targaryen at a dinner in Pentos on House of the Dragon
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The older daughter of Daemon and Laena’s twins, Baela rode the dragon Moondancer.

Rhaena Targaryen
Rhaena Targaryen holds a dragon egg near a fire on House of the Dragon
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Daemon and Laena’s younger daughter was the only member of the family not to be a dragonrider while they lived in Pentos.

Vaemond Velaryon
Vaemond Velaryon at a war council on House of the Dragon
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Ser Corlys’s brother Vaemond was ready to mutiny against Daemon Targaryen before their side’s victory in the Stepstones.

(Note: In the books,’ Vaemond is Corlys’ nephew, not his brother.)

New House of the Dragon Characters; Jump to: House Targaryen // House Hightower // House Velaryon // House Strong // House Lannister // House Royce // Other Major Characters (Baratheons, Coles, and More)

House Strong

Lord Strong at the Small Council on House of the Dragon
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Lord Lyonel Strong of Harrenhal first served on King Viserys’s small council as master of laws before becoming Hand of the King. He also has two sons.

Ser Harwin “Breakbones” Strong
Ser Harwin Breakbones Strong leers at Princess Rhaenyra on House of the Dragon
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Considered “the strongest knight” in the Seven Kingdoms, Ser Harwin “Breakbones” might not be the biggest knight in Westeros, but we saw how he earned his nickname during Viserys’ royal hunt. He was the only knight to hold the stag with his bare hands. Everyone else rode atop a horse.

Larys Strong, The Clubfoot
Matthew Needham as Larys Strong with his cane on House of the Dragon
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Harwin’s younger brother Larys is known as “The Clubfoot” because he was born with a twisted foot. He cited his foot as the reason he could not go on the royal hunt. Instead, he stayed at the King’s pavilion and quietly sat with the high ladies of the hunt. (That group included Lady Ceira Lannister and Lady Joselyn Redwyne, both creations of the show.)

House Lannister

Jason and Tyland Lannister eat during the king's royal hunt on House of the Dragon
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The widowed Lady Ceira has twin sons, each of whom holds a major position in Westeros.

Jason Lannister
Jason Lannister talks to King Viserys on House of the Dragon
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The older of the twins, the prideful, long-haired Jason Lannister is Lord of Casterly Rock and Warden of the West. Princess Rhaenyra spurned his offer of marriage, which he made after believing Prince Aegon had supplanted her as heir. His assumption also upset King Viserys, who called such talk “treason.”

Ser Tyland Lannister
Tyland Lannister looks worried after speaking to the king on House of the Dragon
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Jason Lannister—who sports a shorter, neater haircut than his older twin brother—replaced Ser Corlys Velaryon on the small council as master of ships. His brother considers Tyland “frightfully dull.”

New House of the Dragon Characters; Jump to: House Targaryen // House Hightower // House Velaryon // House Strong // House Lannister // House Royce // Other Major Characters (Baratheons, Coles, and More)

House Royce

Gerold Royce and Lady Rhea speak from horseback on House of the Dragon
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House Royce of Runestone in the Vale is an old, noble family descended from the First Men. (They also played a meaningful role on Game of Thrones.) Though kings long ago, they are sworn bannermen to House Arryn. The Royce sigil features black iron studs and rune markings on a bronze field, which is where Daemon Targaryen got his uncouth nickname for his late wife.

Lady Rhea Royce
Lady Rhea talks to her husband Daemon Targaryen on House of the Dragon
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Prince Daemon hated his wife, Lady Royce, and the feeling was mutual. He killed the skilled rider (who was obviously much prettier than any sheep) after Lady Rhea fell from her horse. She died without an heir, which led Daemonto appeal to Lady Jeyne Arryn directly for the rights to Runestone.

Ser Gerold Royce
Ser Gerold Royce accuses Daemon of murder on House of the Dragon
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Lady Rhea’s cousin Ser Gerold Royce believes Daemon killed his wife, an accusation he made during a feast for Rhaenyra and Laenor’s wedding. But he was taken aback by Prince Daemon’s plans to claim Runestone as his own. The castle has been House Royce’s seat of power for thousands of years.

Other Major New Characters on House of the Dragon

Lord Lyman Beesbury
Lord Beesbury at the Small Council on House of the Dragon
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Lord Lyman Beesbury served as master of coin under King Jaehaerys. He continued in that role as part of Viserys’s small council.

Lord Jasper Wylde
Lord Jasper Wylde at the small council meeting on House of the Dragon
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Lord Jasper Wylde joined King VIserys’s small council as master of laws.

Lord Commander Ser Harrold Westerling
Lord Commander of the Kingsguard Ser Harrold Westerling sits on his horse on House of the Dragon
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Ser Harrold of House Westerling (House Lannister’s most important bannermen) serves as Lord Commander of King Viserys’ Kingsguard.

Ser Criston Cole
Fabien Frankel in his Kingsguard armor on House of the Dragon
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Criston Cole says his ascent to the Kingsguard is the highest honor anyone in his (minor) family from the Stormlands’ Dornish marches has ever achieved. He was originally the sword protector of Princess Rhaenyra.

Mysaria
Sonoya Mizuno as Mysaria
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Prince Daemon’s paramour hails from the Free City of Lys in Essos. Daemon wanted to make her his second wife, but his brother and the laws of Westeros forbid the marriage. She then became known as King’s Landings “White Worm,” a purveyor of secrets.

Lord Boremund Baratheon
Lord Boremund Baratheon sits nextx to Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen at Storm's End on House of the Dragon
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The Lord of Storm’s End in the Stormlands hosted Princess Rhaenyra during her tour of suitors. Lord Boremund Baratheon is the only son of Lord Rogar Baratheon and former Queen Alyssa Velaryon. (She was first married to King Aenys I Targaryen and was mother to King Jaehaerys I.)

He was also a supporter of his cousin Rhaenys Targaryen’s claim to the Iron Throne before swearing an oath to support Rhaenyra as Viserys’ rightful heir. Boremund has one son of his own, Borros Baratheon.

Grand Maester Mellos
Grand Maester Mellos speaks to Rhaenyra on House of the Dragon
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The first Grand Maester of King’s Landing under Viserys provided the king and his family with subpar/questionable care. His service was bad enough to make us wonder if the Grand Maester Conspiracy theory is absolutely true and House Targaryen should be weary of the order. Mellos also served Princess Rhaenyra Moon Tea, a libation used to end a pregnancy, a vital secret that got out immediately.

Grand Maester Orwyle
Grand Maester Orwyle at a small council meeting on House of the Dragons
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Archmaester Orwyle tried offering King Viserys a different, more effective course of treatment during House of the Dragon‘s fifth episode, but was mostly shut down by his boss, Grand Maester Mellos. Orwyle eventually became Grand Maester of King’s Landing, which earned him a seat in Viserys’s small council.

Qarl Correy
Qarl Correy looks at Rhaenyra on House of the Dragon
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The paramour of Ser Laenor Velaryon.

Lord Caswell
Lord Caswell pays his respects to Rhaenyra, Laenor, and Joffrey on the steps of the Red Keep on House of the Dragon
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Lord Caswell was among the first people to congratulate Rhaenyra and Laenor on the birth of their third son. He asked the couple if there’s anyway he can serve the family.

New House of the Dragon Characters; Jump to: House Targaryen // House Hightower // House Velaryon // House Strong // House Lannister // House Royce // Other Major Characters (Baratheons, Coles, and More)

Originally published on September 6, 2022.

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