HBO’s Game of Thrones spin-off, House of the Dragon has been met with raving reviews, despite the mixed response to GOT’s final season. 

Unlike those final seasons, House of the Dragon is a direct adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s book Fire and Blood. The series follows the Targaryen family 200 years before Danerys comes back to claim the throne. 

However, one character that didn’t make it across to the show was Daeron Targaryen, the fourth son of Viserys and Alicent. 

Most fans assumed that the character had been cut, but Martin has taken to his blog to confirm otherwise. Discussing the considerable amount of time jumps and cuts, Martin alludes to the fact that just because an event wasn’t in the series, doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. 

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“Yes, Alicent gave Viserys four children,” he confirms. “Three sons and a daughter, their youngest son Daeron is down in Oldtown, we just did not have the time to work with him in this season.”

“There are only so many minutes in an episode… And only so many episodes in a season… It is going to take four full seasons of 10 episodes each to do justice to the Dance of the Dragons, from start to finish.”

The Dance of the Dragons is a massive battle that tears apart Westeros. The climax of the latest episode ‘The Lord of the Tides,’ all but stated the dance is about to start. 

Another son of Viserys and Alicent only worsens things, as Rhaenyra and Daemon make their claim for the throne. 

If you haven’t done so, check out our recap of the episode. Or if that’s a bit much, have a look over some of its greatest memes.

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