Lord Varys Posted October 11, 2022 Share Posted October 11, 2022 1 hour ago, Raksha 2014 said: Daemon has given Rhaenyra two children, fairly recently and she is carrying a third. Just because they're not sneaking off to have sex while visiting her horribly sickened father doesn't mean that they still don't have strong emotional and sexual feelings for each other. I think Daemon loves Rhaenyra as much as he's capable of loving any woman. He eventually becomes interested in Nettles (either paternally or romantically; but Rhaenyra takes it for the latter); but I imagine that if he hadn't been killed, they would have reconciled. The only one of Daemon's marriages or romances in Fire & Blood that seemed to hold him was his relationship with Laena Velaryon. House of the Dragon seems to be going out of its way to make Daemon & Rhaenyra its central romantic couple; so it will be interesting to see if Daemon pays attention to Nettles. To be clear, I don't like the 'romantic couple' interpretation of Daemon-Nettles. I think this works better as them being father and daughter or otherwise close relations. (For the show I think it could be great to have Nettles as a natural daughter of Viserys whose mother Alicent destroyed in in ten year gap. His great affection for the girl could be very intriguing due to his close relationship to Viserys.) But rewatching 7 & 8 I didn't really see much 'Rhaenyra passion' on Daemon's side. He doesn't talk about his feelings at all, never says he loves, never shows any initiative at all. To me it looks like he flies with Rhaenyra because he literally has nothing better to do, and has no idea what else he should do. Daemon seems only emotionally involved or *there* as a character, when confronted by Viserys stuff. All the other time he is pretty much aloof, a cynical bystander who may even get off from watching how the Targaryens and Velaryons rip each other apart. There are lines Daemon could said to explain what he sees in Rhaenyra, why he wants her. She says things ... but he doesn't. He never even says that he always wanted an incestuous family match - which I think is what he wanted, and what he could told her about. Idealizing his incestuous parents and grandparents, hoping to be paired with Aemma or a younger aunt, loathing the fact he never had a sister to marry, etc. Daemon reveals he is in a midlife crisis and doesn't like how his life turned out ... but he doesn't say that he desires to marry Rhaenyra nor does he believe that this would make him happy. It didn't make him unhappy, as we see in episode 8. But I'm not sure he is more happy in that marriage than he was in the Laena marriage. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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