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Did Rhaenyra Cheat on Her Husband Laenor Velaryon in House of the Dragon? Answered

Here's what you need to know about Rhaenyra's affair in House of the Dragon.

Westeros is full of people with slightly questionable morals and values, and that applies to the members of royalty as well. We got a few revelations in House of the Dragon’s sixth episode surrounding various offspring, and if you’re wondering whether Rhaenyra cheated on her husband Laenor Velaryon, here’s what you need to know.

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Did Rhaenyra Cheat on Laenor Velaryon in House of the Dragon?

Yes, Rhaenyra did indeed cheat on Laenor in House of the Dragon. However, Laenor was very well aware of her cheating, and in the previous episode, we saw that they both had an agreement that they’d allow each other to sleep with whoever they wanted.

Rhaenyra acknowledged that she knew Laenor was gay, and proposed that once they had produced an heir for their respective fathers, they could sleep around as they pleased. So even though Rhaenyra did cheat on him, Laenor isn’t exactly upset about it since he doesn’t even really love her anyway.

Who Did Rhaenyra Cheat With?

That being said, while they do have this agreement in place, things become a bit more complicated when we see that their children look nothing like Laenor. All of their children have dark hair, which is strange considering that both Rhaenyra and Laenor have silverish platinum hair.

This is because Rhaenyra has been having an affair with Harwin Strong, who is the son of Lyonel Strong, the current Hand of the King. This is never explicitly stated in the show, but from the way Harwin talks to Rhaenyra, and how he’s so protective over her kids, plus the little confrontation scene between Harwin and his father, it’s pretty clear that he’s Rhaenyra’s new paramour.

That’s all you need to know about whether Rhaenyra cheated on Laenor in House of the Dragon. Be sure to search for Twinfinite for more news and information on the show, including how long the time jump is, and the meaning behind Alicent’s green dress.

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Zhiqing is the Reviews Editor for Twinfinite, and a History graduate from Singapore. She's been in the games media industry for nine years, trawling through showfloors, conferences, and spending a ridiculous amount of time making in-depth spreadsheets for min-max-y RPGs. When she's not singing the praises of Amazon's Kindle as the greatest technological invention of the past two decades, you can probably find her in a FromSoft rabbit hole.