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'House of the Dragon's New Targaryen Bastard Just Made Things Even More Complicated

'House of the Dragon's New Targaryen Bastard Just Made Things Even More Complicated
'House of the Dragon' Season 2 introduces "dragonseeds," and sets up a complicated twist for the Dance of Dragons.

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In the latest episode of House of the Dragon, the new Targaryen bastard, Ulf the White, is introduced as a self-proclaimed "dragonseed" and alleged bastard son of Baelon the Brave. This makes him an immediate threat to the claim of King Viserys, Rhaenyra, and Aegon to the Iron Throne. Ulf is just one of many dragonseeds being introduced in Season 2, and they are illegitimate children sired by a Valyrian bloodline, typically of Targaryen or Velaryon descent. They are identified by their silver hair or their ability to claim a dragon. As the series gears up for battle, they will be searching for dragonriders to fill out their ranks, and Ulf is expected to answer that call. While George R. R. Martin's prequel text, Fire & Blood, doesn't confirm Ulf's true parentage, his ability to claim a dragon is enough for some. However, their shared blood doesn't automatically make them loyal to House Black, and Ulf is expected to be a big thorn in Rhaenyra's side, making this complicated conflict even more intense.

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