There is nothing quite like a Reddit poll to inspire strong fan opinions. With a show like House of the Dragon, you can bet there will be some entertaining discussions. And, when the topic of the poll is favourite characters, it is inevitable that things will erupt into an enjoyable storm of clashing views.
The reason HotD and similar shows prompt such detailed discussions from fans on this topic is a testament to how well they are written. There are few obvious “heroes” and “villains,” with each character having their strengths and weaknesses. None are perfect. But not all bad either.
It is important to note that the poll has not been finalised at the time of writing. However, given the current sway of votes, it is unlikely there will be much change between now and the final result. The top six contenders, from a previous poll, are Daemon, Rhaenyra, Alicent, Aemond, Halaena, and Rhanys. Fans have expressed surprise that these are their finalists for the covered “top” character position, but here we are.
So, what’s the verdict? The results may surprise you…
6. Rhaenys Velaryon
Coming in last we have The Queen that Never Was. Fans are of the view that Rhaenys is a disappointing character overall. And they still don’t seem to be over that infamous “dragon burning all team green scene that never was…”
5. Helaena Targaryen
The only daughter of King Viserys and Queen Alicent, Helaena was a surprising entry, given we have not seen much of her in season one. While it is true, she does have a larger role in the books, and likely, future seasons, it remains an anomaly that she appears here so soon.
4. Alicent Hightower
Fans have been divided on Alicent ever since she started cosying up to King Viserys. From there, she has flipped back and forth between sympathetic character to villain, and deciding to love or loathe her feels like an impossible task.
3. Aemond Targaryen
Another surprising entry, given he is responsible for the death of young Lucerys at the end of season one. One of the most heartbreaking scenes, as even seasoned Game of Thrones fans, still rightly shudder at the death of a child. Yet he comes in at number three, showing that HotD fans enjoy their evil characters.
2. Rhaenyra Targaryen
It should not be a shock that Rhaenyra made this list. Starting as a doe-eyed young girl determined to make her father proud, she evolved into a deceitful, opportunistic, power-hungry, and possibly sex-addicted young woman. But her love for her father and her children remains devout, making it impossible to stay mad at her for too long.
1. Daemon Targaryen
Anyone who wants to pause for a “wtf” moment, feel free. Yes, Daemon is currently ranked as the top HotD character by Reddit fans. Their love of villains continues as there is no denying that Daemon is a nasty piece of work. While commentary suggests it is Matt Smith’s brilliant portrayal that has earned Daemon this crown, the overall results of this poll so far prove that villains are fans’ “top” HotD characters.