Daenerys Targaryen

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Daenerys Targaryen
A Song of Ice and Fire character
Daenerys Targaryen with Dragon-Emilia Clarke.jpg
First appearance Novel:
A Game of Thrones (1996)
"Winter Is Coming" (2011)
Created by George R. R. Martin
Portrayed by Emilia Clarke
Game of Thrones
Aliases Dany
Daenerys Stormborn
Mother of Dragons
Breaker of Chains
The Unburnt
Gender Female
Title Daenerys of House Targaryen, Queen of Westeros
Queen of Meereen
Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea
Family House Targaryen
Spouse(s) Khal Drogo
Children Rhaego (son)
Relatives Aerys II Targaryen (father)
Rhaella Targaryen (mother)
Rhaegar Targaryen (brother)
Viserys Targaryen (brother)
Nationality Westerosi

Daenerys Targaryen is a fictional character in the A Song of Ice and Fire series of novels by American author George R. R. Martin, and its television adaptation Game of Thrones.

In 2013 Emilia Clarke received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her portrayal of Daenerys in the TV series.[1]


A blue, scale-covered dress worn by Daenerys in the TV series Game of Thrones.

Daenerys Targaryen is the daughter of King Aerys II Targaryen and is one of the last survivors of House Targaryen.[2][3] She serves as the third-person narrator of thirty-one chapters throughout A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, and A Dance with Dragons. Thirteen years before the events of the series, she was born on Dragonstone in the midst of a storm, earning her the nickname 'Stormborn'. Shortly thereafter, Dragonstone was conquered by Robert Baratheon, and Daenerys and her brother Viserys were smuggled to Braavos. They spent the following years wandering the Free Cities.[2]

In A Game of Thrones (1996), Daenerys was brought to Pentos and forced into marriage to Khal Drogo, a Dothraki warlord, in her brother's hopes of buying Drogo's Khalasar to conquer Westeros.[2] Gradually, Daenerys learns the Dothraki language and customs, and gains enough confidence in herself to oppose Viserys. At that time, Daenerys befriends Jorah Mormont, an exiled Westerosi knight. Daenerys eventually conceives a child believed to be the long-prophesied Dothraki conqueror, and plans to name him Rhaego after her brother Rhaegar. After Drogo kills Viserys for threatening his wife, Daenerys sees herself as true heir to the Targaryen dynasty, and thus responsible for reclaiming the throne for herself and her deceased family's honour. Shortly thereafter, while Drogo's Khalasar are raiding a village, Drogo is wounded by one of his own men who don't agree with Daenerys having the authority to command them around, and Daenerys requests Mirri Maz Duur, a Maegi or priestess of a temple the Dothraki have sacked, to heal him; but Maz Duur kills the unborn Rhaego and places Drogo in a catatonic state out of spite because of the Dothraki men raiding her village. Daenerys does not want her husband to suffer any longer and smothers Drogo. She has a funeral pyre prepared for him including the three unhatched dragon eggs she received as a wedding present and she also has Maz Duur tied to one of the beams, the pyre is then set alight. After attempting self-immolation, Daenerys emerges from the fire unharmed with three hatched dragons, which she names Drogon, Rhaegal, and Viserion; whereupon Drogo's Khalasar swear allegiance to her.

In A Clash of Kings (1998), Daenerys's Khalasar follows a comet into the Red Waste, a stretch of barren land, and continue to the merchant city of Qarth, where she visits the 'House of the Undying' (a priestly school) to discover her future. There, Daenerys learns that the Warlocks of the House of the Undying intend to keep her prisoner; whereupon Drogon burns the tower to the ground. Eventually deciding to follow the advice of a masked woman to go east to reach west, Daenerys searches for a ship and is saved from an assassination attempt by an older Westerosi man called Arstan Whitebeard, sent by her former host Illyrio. Illyrio having sent three ships to take Daenerys back to Pentos, she claims the ships as her own.

In A Storm of Swords (2000), she goes to Slaver's Bay to purchase an army of 'Unsullied' slave soldiers, in exchange for Drogon; but reclaims Drogon and uses the Unsullied to conquer the city, whereafter she frees every slave in Astapor and decides to end the slave trade. She later conquers the city Yunkai, with the help of Daario Naharis, a mercenary. As she marches on the city Meereen, she learns that Arstan Whitebeard is Barristan Selmy, a knight who betrayed her father, and that Jorah is spying on her for Robert Baratheon, and sends them on a near-suicidal mission to capture Meereen. When Barristan asks to be forgiven, she names him Lord Commander of her Queensguard; but when Jorah refuses to ask forgiveness, she expels him. Upon learning that Astapor and Yunkai cannot maintain her peace, she remains in Meereen to practice rulership.

Throughout A Dance with Dragons (2011), she struggles to rule against nightly killings, attempts to restore the slave trade, and a plague. When Drogon is accused of homicide, she is forced to chain her dragons Rhaegal and Viserion, but Drogon escapes. Her advisers suggest she marry Hizdahr zo Loraq to bring peace, and she agrees to the marriage if he can stop the killings for ninety days. During those ninety days, she takes Daario as a lover. Hizdahr successfully ends the killings, and Daenerys marries him. At his request, she reluctantly resumes the slave trade on the condition that those already freed are not enslaved again; reopens Meereen's fighting pits; and attends the opening day's fights. The blood and noise of the pits attracts Drogon, who is immediately attacked; whereupon she escapes with him and thereafter stays in his lair in the Dothraki Sea. Returning to Meereen, she falls ill and begins to hallucinate; but remounts Drogon, and is later found by Khal Jhaqo, formerly a captain of Drogo's Khalasar.

TV series casting[edit]

The role was originally played by Tamzin Merchant in the pilot, but the first episode was re-shot with Emilia Clarke.[4]

Family tree of House Targaryen[edit]

Maekar I
Aegon V
Jaehaerys II
member of
House Baratheon
Aerys II
Viserys III
Daenerys I


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