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Why Did the White Hart Appear Before Rhaenyra in House of the Dragon?

Here's why Rhaenyra got to see the white hart in House of the Dragon.

The third episode of House of the Dragon is filled to the brim with symbolism and plenty of imagery that likely serves as foreshadowing for future events. Among them is the white hart, which served as a big object of interest for multiple parties this episode. Here’s why the white hart appeared before Rhaenyra in House of the Dragon.

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Why Did the White Hart Appear Before Rhaenyra in House of the Dragon?

The Targaryens and their entire posse had ridden out to the Kingswood for a grand hunt in celebration of Aegon’s second name day, and it was said that the white hart was in the vicinity. This was regarded as a good omen and a sign of great things to come for Viserys’ reign and Aegon’s potential claim to the Iron Throne.

However, Viserys only manages to capture and kill a regular brown stag, while the white hart shows up before Rhaenyra elsewhere in the woods instead. It can be inferred that the white hart’s appearance here is a sign of legitimacy to Rhaenyra’s own claim to the Iron Throne, and symbolizes that she should be the rightful heir instead of Aegon.

While it seems unlikely that Rhaenyra will ever actually be the first queen of Westeros, the white hart’s appearance seems to imply that she’s the only one among the contenders who deserve to be queen and will likely be more competent than the rest of them. Contrast this with the fact that Viserys and Aegon only got a brown stag for their hunt, and the message becomes clearer.

That’s all you need to know about why the white hart appeared before Rhaenyra in House of the Dragon. Be sure to search for Twinfinite for more news and information on the show, including where the Stepstones are geographically, and who is in the Kingsguard at this point in time.


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Zhiqing Wan
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.