Tom Glynn-Carney as King Aegon II Targaryen

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Tom Glynn-Carney as King Aegon II Targaryen

Aegon II Targaryen, also called Aegon the Elder, was the sixth king of the Targaryen family to rule from the Iron Throne. He took over as Lord of the Seven Kingdoms from his father, Viserys I Targaryen. Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, his older half-sister and their father’s chosen heir, argued against his rise. In the civil war that experts called “The Dance of the Dragons,” Aegon and Rhaenyra fought for the throne, and both died.

Helaena was Aegon’s younger sister. They were married and had three children together, but none grew up. Sunfyre, also called “the Golden,” served as his dragon. Aegon chose a three-headed golden dragon as his symbol instead of the red Targaryen dragon that represented his mount during the Dance. The battle flag for Aegon’s allies was his heraldry.

King Aegon II Targaryen Character and Appearance

A non-official source says that Aegon looked a lot like his father, Viserys I Targaryen. He was a good-looking young man, but his eyes and mouth were pouty. Aegon did not have a beard; instead he had a thin mustache. He didn’t look like a fighter in general. He wore the iron-and-ruby Crown of Aegon I Targaryen and carried Blackfyre, the Valyrian steel sword that was named after him.

During the Dance of the Dragons, Aegon got hurt badly and was left bent and twisted. Aegon broke his ribs and hip at Rook’s Rest. He was also burned all over his body, but the worst damage was done to his left arm. His burns turned into scars, and the milk of the poppy he used afterwards made his face swell up. After that, Aegon broke both legs at Dragonstone.

Grand Maester Orwyle noticed that the right leg healed quickly while the left leg did not. He even suggested that Aegon cut off the left leg, but Aegon refused. At first, he couldn’t walk again and had to be carried in a litter or by other people. But near the end of his life, he got strong enough to walk with a stick and his left leg dragged behind him.

Aegon II got mad easily and took a long time to forgive. At age 15, he was known to be a lazy and moody boy who liked to overeat at the table and drink too much ale and strongwine. These were traits he kept as an adult. The wine Aegon liked best was a sweet Arbor red.

Following a string of losses and failures during the Dance, Aegon began drinking more often to relax and drown his fears. Afterwards, he would drink to dull the pain of the cuts and burns he had received. Kaeth, the Grand Maester, said that he was grabbing. During his rule, Aegon never felt happy or at ease.

Many people knew that Aegon had fathered several bastards through sexual relations. He was known to pinch or pet any service girl who got too close to him, even when he was young. The court fool Mushroom says that after his injuries kept him from having sexual relations, Aegon would watch as one of his friends slept with a serving girl or lady of the court. Later, he would cry and call Septon Eustace to forgive him.

King Aegon II Targaryen Birth and Early Life

Born in 106 AD, Aegon was the son of King Viserys I Targaryen and Queen Alicent Hightower, who was his second wife. Other than her two brothers who died when they were young, Aegon had three older half-siblings. Rhaenyra was her sister and had been named Viserys’s heir in late 105 AC, with hundreds of lords and landed knights swearing to protect her rights.

He was named Aegon by his mother after Aegon the Great. The younger ones would be Aemond and Daeron, his brothers, and Helaena, his sister. Even though King Viserys had three boys by this time, he refused to change the succession and chose Rhaenyra to be his heir. He wrote this choice in his will. This was because Aegon and Aemond’s birth put Prince Daemon Targaryen, the king’s younger brother, further down the line of succession. He was not friendly with them.

The king’s wife, Queen Alicent, didn’t agree with his choice to make Rhaenyra the heir to the Iron Throne instead of Aegon. Ser Otto Hightower, her father, was fired as Hand of the King because he kept telling Viserys that Aegon should be his child.

After failing to convince the king to change his mind, Alicent tried to persuade her husband that Rhaenyra and Aegon should marry. Viserys disagreed because the brother and sister were ten years apart in age and had never gotten along. To get Aegon on the throne, King Viserys knew that Alicent was only trying to set up the marriage. He married Rhaenyra to Ser Laenor Velaryon, the heir to Driftmark, instead.

Aegon II Tensions at Court

At court, things got worse as lords started to support either Alicent or Rhaenyra. Many of them supported the laws made by the Great Council of 101 AC, which said that the Iron Throne could not go to a woman. Soon, the two groups were called the “greens” and the “blacks.” The “greens” wanted Aegon to take the Iron Throne, while the “blacks” wanted Rhaenyra to do so.

Queen Alicent and Princess Rhaenyra’s dislike for each other was passed on to their children. Aegon and his brothers did not get along with their Velaryon uncles and thought the three boys stole their “birthright,” the Iron Throne. Prince Aegon told his brother Aemond that he was sure Ser Harwin Strong was the father of Rhaenyra’s three Velaryon boys.

The six boys went to the same feasts, balls, and revels. They also learned and trained together under the same master-at-arms and maesters. Archmaester Gyldayn thought that making Aegon and his brothers hang out with Rhaenyra’s sons even made them dislike each other more.

Before he turned thirteen, Prince Aegon had learned how to ride a dragon and formed a bond with the young Sunfyre. Princess Rhaenyra and Prince Daemon got married after their husbands and wives died. As a jab at Prince Aegon, Rhaenyra had a son in 120 AD and called him Aegon. This made Queen Alicent very angry. As has always been done in the House Targaryen, Prince Aegon the Elder married his sister, Princess Helaena Targaryen, in King’s Landing in 122 AD.

A year later, their first children, twins Prince Jaehaerys and Princess Jaehaera, were born. Two scumbags were also born: a boy that Aegon had with a girl whose maidenhead he had bought at an auction in the Street of Silk and a girl that he had with one of his mother’s slaves. The youngest son of Aegon was born to Helaena in 127 AD. His name is Prince Maelor.

King Viserys tried many times to make Aegon, his siblings, and their Velaryon nephews friendly, but Aegon still didn’t like Rhaenyra’s children. Prince Jacaerys Velaryon asked Princess Helaena to dance at a feast on the first day of the year 127 AD. This made Aegon angry. They had a disagreement and might have fought if the Kingsguard hadn’t stepped in.

King Aegon II Targaryen in the Dance of the Dragons

The First Rule

That year, 129 CE, King Viserys I Targaryen passed away. Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen was still the heir to the Iron Throne. The greens in King’s Landing hid the news of Viserys’s death because she was pregnant at Dragonstone when her father died. They kept the king’s body in his room for seven days while they finished getting ready for Aegon’s wedding. The small council, except for Lord Lyman Beesbury, decided that Aegon should be crowned.

Aegon was not in the rooms he shared with his wife Helaena when Alicent finally called him to the Green Council. The Kingsguard did not find him there. Grand Maester Munkun’s True Telling says that Aegon was found “having fun.” These parties took place at a Flea Bottom rat pit, where wild children fought for the entertainment of onlookers while Aegon, who was drunk and naked, was sex with a young girl, according to Mushroom’s scandalous report.

A Green supporter named Septon Eustace wrote that Aegon was found sleeping with the daughter of a rich trader. Eustace was biased because he wanted to paint Aegon in a good light. Eustace says that Aegon at first refused to be a part of his mother’s plans to crown him, saying that Rhaenyra was the real heir. Ser Criston Cole, Lord Commander of the Kingsguard, told him that Aegon and his brothers would be killed if Rhaenyra took the throne. Eustace says that this is the only thing that made him want to take the Crown.

While the council worked on plans to win over the Great Houses for Aegon, the prince got tired of being kept in the dark and asked to be crowned. The Seven Kingdoms were finally told that King Viserys I had died on the tenth day of the third moon in the year 129 AC, and Aegon was crowned king. The crowning was going to take place at the Dragonpit.

Ser Criston the Kingmaker made the boy king by putting Aegon the Conqueror’s Crown on his head on the right day. He called him king of the Andals, the Rhoynar, and the First Men. Since the old High Septon was in Old Town, it was up to Septon Eustace to bless and anoint King Aegon II.

But King’s Guard Ser Steffon Darklyn ran away to Rhaenyra at Dragonstone with Viserys I’s Crown. Rhaenyra wouldn’t give up her Crown and disputed Aegon’s rise to power. The wealthy towns of King’s Landing, Oldtown, and Lannisport gave Aegon their backing and that of Houses Hightower, Lannister, and Baratheon.

He also looked like a legitimate king with the Conqueror’s Crown, the Valyrian steel sword Blackfyre, and the Iron Throne. When he heard that she had been crowned queen, Aegon wanted the heads of Rhaenyra and Prince Daemon, but Grand Maester Orwyle persuaded Aegon to let him offer Rhaenyra peace terms. Aegon was very angry when Rhaenyra turned down the terms. The realm was split in two as the blacks and the greens fought for the Iron Throne. This was the start of the Dance of the Dragons, a civil war.

In the beginning of the war, Prince Aemond killed Prince Lucerys Velaryon over Storm’s End. Lucerys was trying to convert Lord Borros Baratheon to his mother’s side. Aegon threw a big party for his brother Aemond when he got back from Storm’s End, even though Queen Alicent and her father, Ser Otto Hightower, the Hand of the King, were worried about how bad Aemond’s deeds were.

Prince Daemon did something to get back at Aegon. The heir to Aegon, Prince Jaehaerys, was killed in the Red Keep by Blood and Cheese, who worked for Mysaria, who was Daemon’s spymaster. The part she played in the events that led to Jaehaerys’ death made his sister-wife, Queen Helaena Targaryen, quickly become depressed and crazy.

Cheese was not found, but Blood was caught and beaten to death. Aegon was so angry that he told everyone in the city to hang any ratcatchers they saw. After that, Aegon and his wife slept apart, while the angry king drank.

The greens lost a lot of battles in the riverlands, but Ser Otto tried to get friends by writing letters and buying sellswords. Aegon thought his efforts were inaction and his care was being afraid. With House Velaryon, House Stark, House Arryn, and most of the riverlords behind his sister, Aegon drank too much wine to deal with his rising fears.

King’s Landing was blocked by Corlys Velaryon, Lord of the Tides, so Otto asked the Triarchy and Dalton Greyjoy, Lord of the Iron Islands, for help. Because his grandfather took too long to start a war, Aegon took Otto’s Handship away and gave it to Criston Cole.

The aristocrats who were jailed for being loyal to Rhaenyra were brought before the King’s Justice and told they would be killed if they didn’t submit to Aegon. This was done on Criston the Kingmaker’s advice. The king also wanted to attack Dragonstone, but his advisers told him not to.

Ser Criston went on the attack right away. As the Kingmaker planned, Aegon himself went to Rook’s Rest to fight Princess Rhaenys Targaryen, the Queen Who Never Was, and her dragon, Meleys. He and Aemond killed them both. Rhaenys and Meleys, on the other hand, hurt Sunfyre badly, and Aegon had burns that covered half of his body, a broken hip, and many broken ribs. His armor had melted into his left arm, and he would have to heal over a year.

The poppy’s milk fogged his mind, so he slept nine out of ten hours. For the rest of the year, he didn’t get out of bed, and some say he prayed to die. His mother, Queen Alicent, and his hand, Ser Criston, were the only ones who could wake him up. As Prince Regent and Protector of the Realm, Prince Aemond took over his job. It took Aegon the rest of his life to get rid of the burn scars that covered half of his body.


In 130 AD, Rhaenyra took over King’s Landing and the Iron Throne. In the same year, Aemond and Daemon killed each other in the Battle Above the Gods Eye, and Criston died in the Butcher’s Ball. However, Larys Strong, Lord of Harrenhal, sneaked Aegon and his children out of the city before Rhaenyra could catch them.

While Maelor and Jaehaera were taken to safety, Aegon hid as a smallfolk member and fled on a fishing boat. He later got to Dragonstone and persuaded some black people to defect and help him take the island. Two of them were riding dragons when they faced Princess Baela Targaryen during the fall of Dragonstone. During the fight, Sunfyre and Moondancer fell to the ground. Aegon tried to jump off his dragon’s back, but his legs broke.

He lived with a lot of pain his whole life, but when Grand Maester Gerardys offered him milk of the poppy, he turned it down because of what it did to him while he was recovering from Rook’s Rest. Aegon didn’t trust Gerardys, so he had him fed to his dragon.

On the other hand, the upper torso was saved and hung on the battlements to greet his sister. Aegon made the bastard a member of his Kingsguard because Ser Marston Waters helped him get to Dragonstone and kept him safe. At the same time, Aegon’s wife Helaena killed herself in the capital out of grief, and in Bitterbridge, a mob killed his son, Prince Maelor.

In the year 130 AC, Rhaenyra ran away to Dragonstone after the Storming of the Dragonpit. She didn’t know about Aegon’s coup, so she was caught when she got there, labeled a traitor, and fed to Sunfyre by Aegon while Rhaenyra’s son, Prince Aegon the Younger, watched.

Ser Alfred Broome also wanted to kill Prince Aegon, but the king told him not to. The war went on, though, and Rhaenyra’s followers kept fighting for Aegon the Younger, even though Aegon the Elder had him as a prisoner. But the Velaryon force surrounding Dragonstone stopped King Aegon from returning to King’s Landing.


The Dance of the Dragons was still going on after Rhaenyra died. Aegon II promised to forgive House Velaryon if Alyn Velaryon, Lord Corlys’s son, swore allegiance to him and let him cross Blackwater Bay. On Dragonstone, Sunfyre died from his wounds, and Aegon cried. At first, Aegon wanted to kill Princess Baela Targaryen, but then he changed his mind and said he would kill her if Alyn didn’t show up before the king.

A wedding was planned between Aegon II and Lady Cassandra Baratheon, Lord Borros Baratheon’s oldest daughter, as soon as he got to King’s Landing by Dowager Queen Alicent Hightower. Corlys agreed to swear allegiance to Aegon and was made master of ships at the same time.

News of House Velaryon’s deal with the Iron Throne reached both sides at the same time. Aegon was getting ready to behead Baela again, and Alyn was getting ready to attack Dragonstone. Aegon returned to King’s Landing on the Mouse, a broken-down cog sailed by Alyn’s mother, Marilda of Hull. Mushroom says that Alyn chose that ship as an insult to the king.

Aegon II couldn’t get up on the Iron Throne’s steps, so he ruled from a wooden, padded seat, with a blanket over his bent legs. Even though he was in a lot of pain, he wouldn’t use dreamwine or milk of the poppy again. Instead, he focused on the three fake kings in King’s Landing.

Aegon gave Trystane Truefyre a knighthood before he was put to death. The king saved Gaemon Palehair because he was young, but his followers were hanged. After putting the Shepherd in jail, Aegon cut off his tongue and burned him alive with his followers.

There was a time when Lord Velaryon asked Aegon to forgive the lords who backed Rhaenyra. However, the king had lords of the crownlands brought to him in chains to swear allegiance, pay a large ransom, and become hostages for the Crown, which turned them against him.

At the same time, the riverlords marched toward King’s Landing, and a big group of people from the Vale of Arryn hired ships to attack the capital. Dragonstone had dragon eggs that Aegon tried to hatch, but he failed. Aegon II wanted to end his sister’s line, so Corlys begged the king to marry his daughter Jaehaera Targaryen to the captured Aegon the Younger. Aegon then told the prince that he could either join the Night’s Watch or work for him as a eunuch.

Aegon II’s Death

Armies were closing in on the city, and Aegon II’s lords were planning and arguing, but he didn’t know about it. He was too busy thinking about his marriage to Lady Cassandra Baratheon. It was the king’s order that the Dragonpit be rebuilt and that two statues of his brothers Daeron the Daring and Aemond One-Eye be made.

On the other hand, Lord Kermit Tully of Riverrun and his troops beat Lord Borros Baratheon in the Battle of the Kingsroad. In 131 AC, Lord Corlys Velaryon knew he was going to lose because there were no more green troops, the Lads were marching on the capital, and the Valemen and Cregan Stark, Lord of Winterfell,’s northern army were also coming.

He told King Aegon to step down and join the Night’s Watch, but Queen Alicent Hightower reminded her son of the prisoners, and the king refused. Instead, he told someone to cut off his nephew Prince Aegon the Younger’s ear and send it to Lord Tully as a warning.

After meeting with the small council, Aegon got into his litter and asked to be taken to the royal cell. He was tired. As always, the king had a flagon of sweet Arbor red with him to ease his pain. Ser Gyles Belgrave of the Kingsguard opened the curtains on the litter and saw that Aegon II was dead with blood on his lips.

Lord Corlys and an uninjured Aegon the Younger rode out to meet the front of Kermit Tully’s army and tell them the king was dead. At the same time, Lord Leowyn Corbray, who was in charge of the Arryn troops, saw the Velaryon fleet take down the banner of Aegon II. Since the late king didn’t have any male heirs, his nephew Aegon the Younger took the Iron Throne and married Princess Jaehaera Targaryen, the daughter of Aegon II.

This brought the two lines of House Targaryen together. According to Targaryen legend, Aegon II was sent to the flames, and some people hoped that the bad things that happened during his rule would be burned away with him.

No one knows for sure who poisoned the king, but the people thought to be guilty were arrested during the Hour of the Wolf. The main people who planned to kill Aegon II were Lord Velaryon, Lord Larys Strong, and Ser Perkin the Flea. They feared that war would continue if Aegon II stayed on the Iron Throne. He put them in jail when Lord Stark got to King’s Landing.

Grand Maester Orwyle was put to death for providing the poison, Ser Gyles was put to death for “allowing his king’s death,” and twenty-two other people, most of whom were under Perkin’s orders, were also found guilty. Alysanne Blackwood persuaded Cregan to spare Corlys even though he admitted to being involved. Larys was put to death, and Perkin was sent to the Wall. The figures of Aegon II’s brothers could not be built while the Dragonpit was being fixed.

History would not be kind to Aegon II, even though he is part of the Targaryen line. It is also not kind to Rhaenyra, his half-sister. Grand Maester Kaeth writes in the book Lives of Four Kings that Aegon is “grasping” and compares him to two of the worst Targaryen kings, Aenys, who was weak, and Maegor the Cruel, who was cruel.

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