The last Targaryen princess, Daenerys is the daughter of the Mad King, Aerys II, who was born on Dragonstone after his death. Born during a storm, she was known as Daenerys Stormborn afterwards. Spirited away by loyal men with her brother, Viserys, in the years since the fall of House Targaryen they have fallen into a mean life, constantly moving for fear of the Usurper’s assassins while Viserys seeks some means to win back the Iron Throne. She is a very young woman, very beautiful in the inhuman way of the Valyrians, with silver-gold hair and purple eyes, and she has never known anything else than her brother’s domineering ways and obsession with the Seven Kingdoms.
Daenerys has been aged for the show. In the novels, she is 13 when she is first introduced. In Game of Thrones, she is 15 years old. Contacts to give her violet eyes were tried in the pilot, but proved more trouble than they were worth.
Forced to marry Khal Drogo by her brother, Daenerys finds life among the Dotraki difficult at first, but eventually develops the will and strength to survive and even thrive. Her growing influence and confidence causes a deepening rift with the impatient Prince Viserys, who ultimately threatens her and her unborn son Rhaego (prophesized to be a greater conqueror, the Stallion Who Mounts the World) in the Dothraki holy city of Vaes Dothrak. Viserys is killed by Khal Drogo, and afterward Drogo leads the khalasar to raid among the peaceful Lhazreen. A wound he takes from a Dothraki warrior, Mago, becomes infected and a Lhazreen maegi, Mirri Maz Duur, is asked by Daenerys to heal him.
Unfortunately, the wound grows more serious until Drogo is near death. Dany’s bargain with Mirri to save him shatters the khalasar, takes the life of her infant son, and leaves Drogo mindless. She smothers the khal and then places Mirri on the funeral pyre, burning her alive. The three eggs she received from Magister Illyrio are placed on the pyre as well. As the exile knight Ser Jorah Mormont pleads with her, she walks into the fire. The next morning, the Dothraki find her miraculously alive… and in the possession of three living dragons, the first seen in more than than a century. Ser Jorah and her remaining Dothraki followers swear themselves to her.