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House of the Dragon: what happens to Aemond Targaryen, according to the books

Warning, spoilers ahead for the TV show 


Aemond in House of the Dragon© HBO
Emmy Griffiths
TV & Film Editor
Updated: October 26, 2022
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Warning, spoilers immediately ahead! House of the Dragon is back for season two, where the two Targaryen factions have dealt with the aftermath of the horrific death of Queen Rhaenyra's second son Lucerys at the hands of his uncle, Aemond Targaryen, who caused Luke's death after losing control of his dragon, Vhagar.

Judging by the look on his face, Aemond immediately realised that his hand in Luke's death will have major consequences – and indeed it does, as Daemon sends assassins to kill Aemond - who instead murder his nephew, Prince Jaeharys instead. But what is Aemond's ultimate fate, according to the books? Find out here…

WATCH: The devastating moment Aemond and Vhagar kill Lucerys and Arrax

Aemond's killing of Lucerys does not go well with his mother, Alicent Hightower, or the Hand of the King Otto Hightower. Meanwhile, his brother, Aegon, was thrilled by the news. 

Aemond Targaryen loses an eye© HBO
Aemond kills Luc while on dragon back

Queen Alicent went pale when she heard what he had done, crying, 'Mother have mercy on us all.' Nor was Ser Otto pleased. 'You only lost one eye,' he is reported to have said. 'How could you be so blind?' The king himself did not share their concerns, however,  Aegon II welcomed Prince Aemond home with a great feast, hailed him as 'the true blood of the dragon,' and announced that he had made 'a good beginning.' - Fire and Blood by George RR Martin. 

Tom Glynn-Carney in House of the Dragon© HBO
King Aegon is Aemond's elder brother

In season two episode one, Alicent sends a letter to Rhaenyra apologises for the loss of her son, but Daemon seeks his own justice, ultimately killing King Aegon's eldest child and beginning the civil war between the two Targaryen dynastis in earnest. 

Queen Alicent falls out with her old best friend Rhaenyra© HBO
Queen Alicent apologies to Rhaenyra for the death

How does Aemond Targaryen die?

So how does Aemond's story end? While plenty happens between the events of the season one finale and his ultimate demise, Aemond is ultimately killed by his uncle, Daemon, in a battle on dragon back. While Aemond had chained his belt to Vhagar's saddle, Daemon rode freely on Caraxes and as the dragons fought one another, he leapt from his dragon to Vhagar to deal the killing blow, knowing that it would also lead to his demise. 

Have you been enjoying season two?© HBO
Have you been enjoying season two?

Unable to escape the saddle, Aemond was killed by Daemon, before the pair are both plunged on dragon back into the lake, with Aemond's body eventually found still chained to the dragon. Daemon's body was never found, leaving his survival unclear.  

Discussing the events of season one, Aemond was the character that everyone was talking about, with one writing: "SO VISERYS WAS RIGHT IN SAYING CONTROLLING DRAGONS IS AN ILLUSION BECAUSE LUCERYS DIDNT WANT ARRAX TO FLAME VHAGAR AND AEMOND DIDNT WANT VHAGAR TO EAT THEM LIKE A CHICKY NUGGET BUT SHE DID AND NOW THE WAR IS REALLY STARTED." 

Aegon, Aemond and Helaena Targaryen in House of the Dragon© HBO
Aegon, Aemond and Helaena Targaryen in House of the Dragon

Another fan wrote: "It was a stellar performance by Ewan Mitchell. props to whoever casted him as Aemond coz dude stole the show & won my respect. he is the only person in this show who has gotten my complete attention."

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