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Why Did Daemon Reject Rhaenyra in the Pleasure House in House of the Dragon? Answered

Here's why Daemon rejected Rhaenyra in House of the Dragon.

The fourth episode of House of the Dragon continues to move the story along at a nice pace, and we even get a few surprising developments involving Daemon and Rhaenyra at a brothel. There’s a lot going on in this episode, and if you’re wondering why Daemon rejected Rhaenyra at the pleasure house, here’s what you need to know.

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Why Did Daemon Reject Rhaenyra in House of the Dragon?

When Daemon takes Rhaenyra to the brothel, he explains that while sex is part of marriage, it’s meant to be enjoyable for both parties. The two start to undress and it seems like they’re about to begin coupling, but when Rhaenyra starts to enjoy it and tries to kiss him, Daemon pulls away and leaves her there.

The reason for him rejecting her is not explained in the episode, but in a behind-the-scenes video, showrunner Miguel Sapochnik states that Daemon rejects Rhaenyra because of his impotence and inability to perform. This impotence stems from a sense of guilt on Daemon’s part, as he realizes that it’s morally wrong to sleep with his own niece.

Going further than that, it’s also stated in the video that Daemon’s intention was to shock and disgust Rhaenyra. However, once she gets over the shock and expresses interest and enjoyment, Daemon has nothing left and feels like he’s lost control of the situation. That loss of control also leads to his impotence, and results in him storming off quickly and leaving her there.

That’s all you need to know about why Daemon rejected Rhaenyra in the pleasure house in House of the Dragon. Be sure to search for Twinfinite for more news and information on the show, including the reason behind Daemon’s haircut, and the White Worm’s identity.

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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.