There are some good reasons why King Viserys I of Westeros won’t exile his brother and send him to the Wall, despite the fact that it is obvious that “House of the Dragon’s” Prince Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith) will be a constant threat to the realm after his brother King Viserys I (Paddy Considine) chose his daughter to be his heir over Daemon himself. In the new Game of Thrones prequel series, Viserys finds it difficult to send Daemon to the Wall.
After six months have gone since the first episode of “House of the Dragon,” in which King Viserys selected his daughter Rhaenyra as his heir, punishing Daemon for his festivities after the King’s wife and the new boy died in childbirth, Rhaenyra has been named the heir. Currently, Daemon has relocated to Dragonstone, the Targaryen family’s historical residence in Westeros. Daemon brought his personal army of City Watch warriors with him after his brother appointed him Commander of the City Watch. He also kidnapped a dragon egg from King’s Landing with the intention of giving it to his firstborn child in accordance with House Targaryen tradition (despite his acts of dissent which have been seen as near-treasonous).
In “House of the Dragon,” King Viserys inquires as to what course of action the King’s Small Council would like him to take against Prince Daemon: “What would you have me do: send him to the Wall, put his head on a spike?” Unfortunately, this reveals King Viserys’ mixed feelings toward his long-protected brother. Daemon is a very unexpected person, even if it’s not unheard of for nobles to don the black and join the Night’s Watch. Viserys still has feelings for Prince Daemon despite his erratic personality and attempts to antagonize him. Prince Daemon is not likely to agree to a forced exile, either.
How will Viserys deal with the daemon issue?
Viserys sent his Hand Otto Hightower and a group of warriors to Dragonstone to meet Daemon, but it was a miscalculated move that would have ended in bloodshed. Instead, Daemon was only persuaded to return the egg and stand down as a result of Princess Rhaenyra’s disobedient behavior and the power of her dragon (for now). Therefore, the issue and danger that the King’s brother presents continue (especially now that Daemon and Lord Corlys have formed an alliance). Viserys hasn’t done much to hurt Daemon, so it makes sense that his brother would be the one to bring him down.
In any case, it is impossible to send Prince Daemon to the Wall. Daemon would resist exile in addition to having his own dragon, which would make subduing him considerably harder. As a gesture of weakness from the Iron Throne, the King banishing his own brother would look terrible. Furthermore, despite Viserys’s current dedication to negotiating agreements and promoting peace in the “House of the Dragon,” it also makes sense that he has some apprehension about what his brother is actually capable of (and rightly so).
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