Who are the Greens and Blacks in House of the Dragon?

Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers for Episodes 1-7 of House of the Dragon and Fire & Blood.house of the dragon is currently racing towards a civil war that will tear the empire in two. Related to fire and blood through George RR Martin, the two sides of the fractured House of Targaryen that contend for the Iron Throne are commonly referred to as the Greens and the Blacks. This may be confusing for those who have not read the source material. So who are the Greens and the Blacks, and which side has the advantage?


Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen (Emma D’Arcy) was married by her father, King Viserys (Paddy Considine) as heir to the Iron Throne. Although no woman had ever ruled, the king had no other surviving children and an unpopular and unpredictable brother, leaving him little choice. Until a few years later his new wife Queen Alicent (Olivia Cook) bore him a son, Prince Aegon Targaryen (Ty Tennant). Many of the men of Westeros expected that on Aegon’s second name day, the king would replace Rhaenyra as heir with his firstborn son, Aegon. He did not, and instead continued to support his daughter Rhaenyra’s succession for the remainder of his reign. After his death, two sides will fight for the throne, those who support Rhaenyra and those who support Aegon, but why are they called the green and the black?

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The now iconic scene in Episode 5, “We Light the Way,” in which Queen Alicent wears a green dress to Princess Rhaenyra’s wedding, is a slight variation on a scene in fire and blood which shows us where the Greens and the Blacks got their names from. In the book, this takes place at the celebration of the fifth wedding anniversary of King Viserys and Queen Alicent. Princess Rhaenyra wears a red and black dress to symbolize House Targaryen and hence her side of the war is known as the Blacks. Queen Alicent, who usually wears the colors of the house she married into on such an occasion, instead chooses a green dress in honor of her family – House Hightower. Their side of the war is henceforth referred to as the Greens.


Who is on the side of the Blacks and Rhaenyras?

On the side of the blacks, they fight for the rights of Queen Rhaenyra Targaryen and her heir Prince Jacaerys Velaryon (Leo Hart) will be the men of the realm, cherishing their honor and refusing to take back their sworn oaths to honor and defend their rights of succession. Rhaenyra currently has 3 sons, their heir Jacaerys ‘Jace’ Velaryon, Lucerys ‘Luke’ Velaryon (Harvey Sadler) and Joffrey Velaryon, all by Ser Harwin Strong (Ryan Corr) before his untimely death. Also on their site is Daemon Targaryen (MattSmith) her uncle and husband and his daughters by poor Lady Laena; Baela (Shani Smethurst) and Rhena (Eva Ossei Gerning). Once her greatest rival for the throne, Prince Daemon is now her greatest ally and will be of great help in all future affairs.

The Velaryons are loyal to Rhaenyra, even after the death of Lady Laena and the supposed death of Ser Laenor (John MacMillan). Lord Corlys (Steve Toussaint) chooses Rhaenyra and her sons even though he knows they don’t share his blood because they share his name. He’s still trying to preserve the legacy of his family home, and with no legitimate children to carry his name on, he’s left to support his “grandchildren.” With Daemon firmly siding with Rhaenyra, the choice becomes easier as the blacks are also the side that will defend his granddaughters. House Velaryon brings the full might of their ships and wealth to Rhaenyra, making them nearly impossible to defeat on the water. Princess Rhaenys Targaryen (Eva Best) and Lord Corlys Velaryon are very influential figures in the realm and their support, strategic planning skills, money, ships and dragons are vital to Rhaenyra’s campaign.

Although Mysaria aka the White Worm (Sonoya Mizuno) will side with the blacks. This is important because it gives blacks eyes and ears in King’s Landing and Red Keep while roaming Dragonstone. With the combined forces of Rhaenyra, Deamon, and the Velaryon families, they will prove difficult to defeat.

The blacks have a far greater number of dragons, together they currently have 5 dragon riders; Rhaenyra Targaryen on Syrax, Jace Velaryon on Vermax, Daemon Targaryen on Caraxes, his daughter Baela Targaryen on Moondancer, and The Queen That Never Was Rhaenys Velaryon on Meleys. They will also reside on Dragonstone, where many wild and riderless dragons (including Ser Laenor’s Seasmoke) are known to roam free, which they can take advantage of if they find some brave souls willing to try and tame them.

Who sides with Green and Alicent?

On the side of the Greens who fight for the rights of King Aegon Targaryen and his future heirs will be the Houses of the realm who would rather break their vows than lend their support to a woman. Aegon’s most ardent supporter is his mother Queen Alicent, and though less supportive his sister Princess Helaena Targaryen (Evie Allen) and his brother Prince Aemond Targaryen (Leo Ashton) are still on his side. The Greens have the support of the most powerful and influential members of King Viserys’ small council. The Hand of the King Ser Otto Hightower (Rhys Ifans), bringing all of House Hightower with him, and Lord Commander of the Kingsguard Ser Criston Cole (Fabian Frankel).

Larys Stark (Matthew Needham) the new Lord of Harrenhal is clearly siding with the Greens, and his discretion and willingness to do whatever is necessary will be valuable in the war to come. Larys is a manipulative genius who plans many moves in advance, and his loyalty to the Greens may still depend on them being able to give him what he wants.

To cement his claim to the throne, in true Targaryen tradition, Prince Aegon is betrothed to his sister Helaena so that they can produce more Targaryen heirs over time. Rhaenyra already has many sons, and Aegon must quickly sire some of his own if he is to persuade the undecided Houses of Westeros to join him. Although seemingly inferior, the Greens have an edge when it comes to closeness. Her chosen ruler Aegon, his mother Queen Alicent, the Hand of the King and Lord Commander Cole all reside in the Red Keep along with the current King Viserys. After his death, they will be in the best place to act quickly and quietly to secure Aegon’s position.

The Greens may have fewer dragons, but with Aegon’s younger brother, Aemond, bonding with the dragon Vhagar, they’re not much outnumbered. Vhagar is by far the strongest and largest of the remaining dragons, twice the size of Rhaenyra’s dragon, Caraxes. Aegon Targaryen rides his dragon Sunfire and his sister Helaena is associated with Dreamfire, although she doesn’t ride often.

Who is not registered?

Undeclared are the remains of King Viserys’ small councilor, Grand Maester Mellos (David Horovitch), Captain of the ships Ser Tyland Lannister (Jefferson Hall) and Master of Coin Lord Lyman Beesbury (Bill Paterson). These men and all the Houses, Great and Lesser, of the Seven Kingdoms will soon be called upon to make their choice. Some will be influenced by promises of future benefits, royal marriage and prosperity; Others by their loyalty, duty and honor; and some will seek to remain neutral to avoid the terrible price this war will cost all concerned.

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