Is Emilia Clarke’s Khaleesi in House of the Dragon?

HBO’s ‘House of the Dragon‘ brings the audience back to the world of ‘Game of Thrones,’ filled with political intrigue, backstabbing, war, incest, magic, and dragons. The original series takes place after the fall of Royal House of Targaryen. The war saw most of the members die, while the remaining were driven out Westeros or kept in hiding in the North as a traitor son of Great Lords. Daenerys Targaryen was one of the survivors, played by Emilia Clarke in England. She brings back the dragons to the world, conquers many cities in Essos and earns quite a few titles including the Khaleesi from the Great Grass Sea.

As ‘House of the Dragon’ is a spin-off of ‘Game of Thrones’, many of you might be wondering whether Daenerys or Khaleesi will appear in the former show. This is what we know.

Does Emilia Clarke’s Daenerys Targaryen Appear in House of the Dragon?

As things stand now, it is highly unlikely that Emilia Clarke will appear in ‘House of the Dragon’ or any other ‘Game of Thrones’ spinoffs that are currently in development. As the opening title card of the show states, ‘House of the Dragon’ is set 172 years before Daenerys Targaryen, when her house is at the peak of its power. There are more dragons than ever since the Doom and Valyria. ‘House of the ‘Dragon’ is based on certain sections of Martin’s 2018 book ‘Fire & Blood,’ which serves as a prequel to Martin’s ongoing magnum opus, ‘A Song of Ice and Fire,’ the book series on which ‘Game of Thrones’ is based. So, effectively, ‘House of the Dragon’ is a prequel to ‘Game of Thrones.’

The plot of ‘House of the Dragon’ revolves around the bitter civil war between two factions of the Targaryen dynasty — the Blacks and the Greens. In the books, the Blacks want Rhaenyra Targaryen (Emma D’Arcy as adult and Milly Alcock as young), the eldest living child of King Viserys I Targaryen, on the Iron Throne, while the Greens want to make Aegon II Targaryen (Tom Glynn-Carney), the eldest living male child of Viserys, the King of the Seven Kingdom. The following carnage is called the dance of dragons. Both sides have dragons and use them during the conflict. As the dragons die, so does the carnage. The Khaleesi of the smallest Dothraki Khalasar will climb the funeral pyre to her husband’s deceased husband 200 years later.

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The enormous success of ‘Game of Thrones’ pretty much ensured there would be spinoffs. It was only a matter if time. Besides ‘House of the Dragon’, four live-actions projects and three animated projects are reportedly in development as of August 2022. ‘10,000 Ships’ is supposed to be a prequel and tell the story of Princess Nymeria of Ny Sar, the princess of the Rhoynar who arrives in Dorne with her people to escape the Valyrians. ‘The Hedge Knight’ or ‘Knight of the Seven Kingdoms’ will likely be also a prequel, based on the novella series ‘Tales of Dunk and Egg.’ ‘9 Voyages’ or ‘Sea Snake,’ another prequel, will probably revolve around the exploits of Corlys Velaryon (Steve Toussaint). And then there is the sequel that apparently follows Jon Snow (Kit Harington), tentatively titled ‘Snow.’ One of the animated projects reportedly takes place in Yi Ti, a nation inspired by Imperial China, located in the far east of Essos.

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Interestingly, co-showrunner Miguel Sapochnik told EW in a July 2022 interview that ‘House of the Dragon’ can potentially become an anthology series. “Absolutely. I think that’s one of the interesting things about the Targaryens,” he said. “We’ve chosen a story that’s almost like Star Wars: Episode IV. It’s the New Hope. We can either go backwards or forwards. There’s a lot of opportunities there. I hope we’ve been given the opportunity to set up something.”

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However, asked in a June 2022 BBC interview whether she will ever consider appearing in one of the spin-offs, Clarke said, “No, I think I’m done.” So, unless she changes her mind in the future, we are not going to see Clarke as Khaleesi in ‘House of the Dragon.’ What this means is that after ‘House of the Dragon’ is done with the dance of the dragons, it can go backward or forward in time to depict other events in Targaryen history, including Robert’s rebellion. So, it’s quite possible that we will see the birth of Daenerys Targaryen, which happens toward the end of the rebellion, after the fall of her house.

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