Who is Laenor Velaryons Dragon Seasmoke in the House of the Dragon?

Who is Laenor Velaryons Dragon Seasmoke in the House of the Dragon? ...

This article contains spoilers for House of the Dragon episode 3.

Tout seems to be going Craghas Drahar, otherwise known as The Crabfeeders way towards the end of House of the Dragon episode 3.

The Triarchy's mute, grayscale-stricken leader has the Seven Kingdoms fighting force right where he wants them. House Velaryon and House Targaryen's allied soldiers are exhausted three years of fighting in the Stepstones, seemingly having made no difference in one way or another. Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith) approaches the Crabfeeders cave, waving a literal white flag of surrender. Then, as the Triarchy prepares to appre

Theo Nate emerges from the grey ash-filled sky on the back of his dragon Seasmoke and wastes thousands of Triarchy men's blood. The deadly distraction proves enough to allow Daemon to cut Crabfeeder in half with his Valyrian blade Dark Sister, putting an end to the conflict once and for all.

The sudden emergence of Laenor Velaryon as a dragonrider is particularly unmooring, given the fact that we havent properly encountered Laenor nor his dragon Seasmoke before this climactic moment. Let's take a minute to get to know both as they will be key players in the future.

Who is Laenor Velaryon?

Laenor Velaryon has been a part of House of the Dragon since the very beginning, although he was mostly cast in the background before the events of episode 3 Second of His Name. He is the younger brother of Laena (Nova Foueillis-Mose), who was last seen being offered up to King Viserys I (Paddy Considine) as a child bride.

Laenor and Laena have been a bit too young to be included in the House of the Dragons story until now. Only during the episodes of episode 3 are a young Laenor revealed to be a powerful warrior and a major boon for his house. Actor Theo Nate will continue to portray Laenor for the time being before the role is eventually ceded to older actor John Mcmillan, similar to Rhaenyra and Alicent in the House of the Dragons run.

Laenor's ageing raises the possibility that he will become the king of Dragonstone someday. However, before that, Laenor has always been a major chesspiece in this game of thrones. In George R.R. Martin's Fire & Blood, it was actually a seven-year-old Laenors claim that was considered for the throne rather than Rhaenyss.

Laenor Velaryon is a big name: blessed with a royal mother, an uber-rich father, and apparent dragonriding abilities. So, what do we know about that dragon?

Who is Seasmoke?

House of the Dragon flirts a little with its viewers (particularly those who haven't read Fire & Blood) and refuses to reveal Laenor's dragon until the final moments of episode 3. In reality, Laenor has been raising his dragon, named Seasmoke, all of the time.

Laenor was born in 94 AC (After Conquest) and claimed the young dragon Seasmoke when he was about seven years old. The sea portion of the name probably comes from House Velaryons seafaring heritage and sea-horse sigil. Seasmoke is somewhat small compared to his fellow dragonkin (of whom House of the Dragon has now introduced three, with 14 more to go). Still, he is agile and useful in a fight.

While Laenor was able to claim Seasmoke, who knows why his last name is Velaryon and not Targaryen, and may only the latter be dragon riders? Well, thats not necessarily the case. House Targaryen is of Valyrian descent and somewhere in the family's distant bloodline is a dragon jockey or two.

Let us not forget that Laenor is the father of House Targaryen. His mother was the Old King Jaehaeryss granddaughter, so half of his blood is from the Targaryens. Hell, if Rhaenys were chosen as Jaehaeryss heir, Laenor might be expected to continue the family.

Laenor Velaryon was granted access to the young dragons on Dragonstone because of his Targaryen heritage, which is where he developed his friendship with Seasmoke. This is an excellent attribute for any two dance partners.

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