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Are House of the Dragon’s Eggs the Ones Daenerys Hatched on Game of Thrones?

In the latest episode of House of the Dragon titled “The Burning Mill,” Rhaenyra Targaryen (played by Emma D’Arcy) assigns her step-daughter, Rhaena (Phoebe Campbell), an important task. With the war between Rhaenyra and her half-brother Aegon (Tom Glynn-Carney) intensifying, Rhaenyra wants to ensure the safety of her youngest children, Joffrey, Aegon III, and Viserys II. Therefore, she instructs Rhaena to take the children to the Vale and possibly beyond to the city of Pentos in Essos.

Rhaena is visibly upset about being sent away from the action. Yet, she understands the gravity of her mission. Beyond safeguarding the children, Rhaena must also protect a set of dragon eggs. These eggs are of immense importance to Rhaenyra’s cause. If Dragonstone, Rhaenyra’s stronghold, is ever breached, these dragon eggs will symbolize the future of her movement. Moreover, Rhaena doesn’t have a dragon of her own yet, and being around these eggs offers a chance to bond with one.

Some viewers of the episode speculated whether these dragon eggs could be the same ones that Daenerys Targaryen, a prominent character in Game of Thrones, later receives. In Game of Thrones, Daenerys hatches these eggs, ushering in a new era of dragons with Drogon, Rhaegal, and Viserion. Given their significance, fans are eager to see if there is any connection.

However, this theory contradicts commonly accepted lore. Fans generally believe that Daenerys’ dragon eggs originated from a series of events involving Elissa Farman, a character active in Westeros long before House of the Dragon. According to George R.R. Martin’s book Fire & Blood, Elissa lived on Dragonstone with her brother Androw and his wife Rhaena Targaryen—a different Rhaena than the one in House of the Dragon.

The story goes that Elissa and Rhaena were romantically involved. Their relationship soured when Rhaena refused to finance Elissa’s dream of building a ship capable of sailing into the Sunset Sea west of Westeros. Frustrated, Elissa stole three dragon eggs from Dragonstone’s hatcheries and sold them to the Sealord of Braavos. The gold she received helped her realize her dream.

The fate of these dragon eggs remains unclear, but fans speculate that they eventually petrified and came into the possession of Illyrio Mopatis, a merchant-prince in the Free City of Pentos. Illyrio then gifted these eggs to Daenerys Targaryen on her wedding day to Khal Drogo. This chain of events seems to be the most plausible explanation, making it unlikely that the eggs Rhaena is protecting in House of the Dragon will end up with Daenerys.

Despite the intriguing fan theories, the narrative laid out in Fire & Blood appears to be the more likely scenario. While the book does not claim to be an entirely accurate and comprehensive account of Westerosi history, piecing together the information hints at the true origin of Daenerys’ dragon eggs. As such, the eggs currently under Rhaena’s watch in House of the Dragon likely have a different destiny.

Source: Winter is Coming, George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood