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“We are untroubled by the pestilences that afflicted common men”: Why Daemon Targaryen Won’t Get Greyscale Despite Having the Crabfeeder’s Blood on Him, Explained

Why Daemon Targaryen Won’t Get Greyscale Despite Having the Crabfeeder’s Blood

Daemon Targaryen, the rebellious brother of King Viserys Targaryen got the Crabfeeder’s blood on him during the final battle at the end of episode 3 in House of the Dragon. The case now remains about whether the fictional disease called “greyscale” affects the treacherous brother or not.

Since greyscale is from the now destroyed city of Valyria from whence the disease emerged, it is now a question of whether or not the disease affects the royal blood of the last surviving family from Old Valyria.

Matt Smith as Daemon Targaryen in House of the Dragon.
Matt Smith as Daemon Targaryen in House of the Dragon.

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Greyscale Unaffected On Daemon Targaryen’s Royal Blood

It was back at the beginning of Game of Thrones that the elder son of Aerys Targaryen aka The Mad King Viserys Targaryen fled the capitol along with a young Daenerys Targaryen. It was briefly addressed in George R.R. Martin’s book A Dance With Dragons about Daenyrs remarking about a point made by her brother Viserys Targaryen about how they are different from common men.

The Greyscale disease is the deadliest in House of the Dragon.
The Greyscale disease is the deadliest in House of the Dragon.

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“We are untroubled by the pestilences that afflicted common men,” said Viserys Targaryen which seemingly refers to the Greyscale disease that spread throughout all the seven kingdoms from the city of Old Valyria.

A theory states that after the prophesied Doom of Valyria, the Greyscale disease originated among those ruined walls. Since the Targaryens have the old blood of Valyria flowing through their veins, it would not be a far stretch to imagine that Matt Smith’s Daemon Targaryen is immune to the disease.

Another example of a Targaryen escaping the painful illness of Greyscale is the Mother of Dragons herself, Daenerys Targaryen (played by Emilia Clarke). Back in season 5, Daenerys’ advisor Ser Jorah Mormont was affected by Greyscale when he and Tyrion Lannister tried to cross through the ruins of Old Valyria. After showing a rock-hard layer on the wrist of Ser Jorah, he shook the hand of Daenerys with fans worried about her health.

But the disease seemed to never appear on the Queen of the Seven Kingdoms making it a valid argument regarding the Targaryen’s immunity against the disease. This could very well mean that Daemon Targaryen, though being smeared on by the blood of the Crabfeeder, is out of the danger zone…for now.

House of the Dragon Broke Viewership Records

Daemon Targaryen on the battlefield in House of the Dragon.
Daemon Targaryen on the battlefield in House of the Dragon.

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The series, working as a prequel to the world-famous Game of Thrones was expected to perform average much like the disappointing ending of the final season of Game of ThronesHouse of the Dragon, however, exceeded all expectations when a whopping 25 million people decided to tune in on the premiere episode of the series which created a record for HBO.

The series currently sits atop an IMDb score of 8.8/10 with an 85% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. Every week, millions of people tune in to the series to watch the chaos unfold for the seat on the throne. The next episode titled “King of the Narrow Sea” will release on 11th September 2022, available on HBO.

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