The Targaryen family stands out in House of the Dragon and in Game of Thrones for the distinctive features of those who make it up. One of them is the white hair that those who have pure Valyrian blood inherit. But what other meaning does this characteristic hide?
House of the Dragon is the successful series of the HBO transmission chain created by Miguel Sapochnik Y ryan condalwhich develops in detail the history of the Targaryens some 200 years before the events in which Daenerys (Emily Clarke) attempts to ascend to the iron throne in fantasy drama game of Thrones.
In this prequel, based on the book by George R. R. Martin Fire & Bloodwe meet Viserys I (Paddy Considine), his wife Aemma (Sian Brooke), their daughter Rhaenyra (Emma D’Arcy/Milly Alcock), his brother Daemon (matt smith) and her cousin Rhaenys (Eve Best), all worthy representatives of Valyrian blood with the white skin and silver hair that were historically recognized as distinctive features of their lineage.
In House of the Dragon one of the main conflicts has to do precisely with the lack of this trait in the children of Rhaenyra conceived with her royal guard, Harwing Strong (ryan corr) for which they are considered bastards despite the fact that Valyria blood continues to flow through their veins since they were born from the womb of a true Targaryen.
But why do the Targaryens in House of the Dragon have white hair? Can Targaryens be born with another color of hair? To get to the bottom of this, we’ve gone through the Game of Thrones TV series and taken a look at George RR Martin’s well-worn books, where Targaryens’ hair color is described as not being as light as everyone believes.
Targaryens have white or silver blonde hair because the family hails from old Valyria, where lighter hair and skin colors were extremely common.. Thanks to generations of inbreeding, a custom that persists in the House of the Dragon with the marriage of Rhaenyra and her uncle Daemon, the Targaryens have managed to preserve their distinctive Valyrian characteristics.
Outside of the universe depicted in the book Fire & Blood, George RR Martin may have given the Targaryens such a distinctive hair color to set them apart from their Westeros subjects and to imply that they have a degree of otherworldliness that makes them deserving of the throne, but at the same time hints that they do not belong to the Seven Kingdoms.