While Daenerys was always a prominent character on Game of Thrones, in truth, we saw little of the rest of the Targaryen clan during the HBO series' eight-season run. We saw the Mad King, Aerys II, in brief flashbacks, ranting about burning them all. We saw eldest brother Rhaegar in profile as he married Lyanna Stark. In Season 1, we saw Viserys threaten to release the dragon until Khal Drogo poured a molten gold "crown" over his head. Mostly, we were told that Daenerys was the sole member of a family that had rightful claim to the Iron Throne — or so she thought.
But if you look to the books by George R.R. Martin, as well as the accompanying companion pieces that go into the history of the Seven Kingdoms, fans are treated to a much more detailed look at the history of House Targaryen. So, let's learn everything we need to know about the Targaryens, how they came to be the most powerful dynasty in Westeros - and why they're worth their own prequel series, House of the Dragon.
How House Targaryen Escaped The Doom Of Valyria
'The Doom Of Valyria' Essentially Wiped Out An Entire CivilizationPhoto: Game of Thrones / HBO
The Targaryen Dragons Started Dying Off Centuries AgoPhoto: Random House
Aegon Targaryen Set Out To Unite The Seven Kingdoms