Star The two Alicent and Rhaenyra performers from “House of the Dragon’s” lack of interaction with their more senior peers is explained by Emily Carey. In the Game of Thrones prequel series, Carey portrays a younger Alicent Hightower, and Milly Alcock portrays a younger Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen. Based on George R.R. Martin’s 2018 book Fire and Blood, the HBO series, which is set 172 years before the original series, will follow the demise of the once-powerful House Targaryen. The series will examine the forebears of several significant Game of Thrones characters, particularly the illustrious Hightower and Targaryen families because it is set roughly two centuries before the events of A Song of Ice and Fire.
Teenage girls When the story begins, Rhaenyra and Alicent already have a close friendship, which grows even closer once Rhaenyra’s mother dies and gives them still another thing in common. Rhaenyra’s father, King Viserys, makes the announcement that he plans to wed Alicent at the end of episode 2, even though the young heir was never involved in the conversation. The former childhood best friends, who will shortly age up by 10 years when the show’s time skip occurs, will have a heated argument as a result of this occasion. Olivia Cooke and Emma D’Arcy, the new Alicent and Rhaenyra actors, will portray quite different iterations of the characters that viewers were first introduced to, which appears to have been just as important to the “House of The Dragon“ set as its plot.
Emily Carey talked about how she came up with the younger and older versions of Alicent in an interview with HBO’s The Official Game of Thrones Podcast: House of the Dragon. The actor disclosed that because the child and adult versions of Alicent and Rhaenyra are so dissimilar from one another, it was advised that they do not interact. Why, as she explains below:
I had so much creative freedom in this role, in a sense, it’s like we’re playing two completely different characters. Me and Olivia didn’t talk at all about the character or the job, in the same way Emma and Milly didn’t, we were advised not to, because it is like we’re literally playing completely different people. 10 years is a really long time, you know? You’re seeing them go from practically children into grown women, there’s a lot of growing up to do, so yeah, they treated us like different characters. It didn’t feel like I was playing a younger version of a character that I’m so used to doing at this point, maybe one day I will be the main one and someone will be playing younger versions of me.
Despite Carey’s claims that her portrayal of Alicent from “House of the Dragon” is not “the primary one,” she has made an impression with her performance thus far, garnering much praise for both her and Alcock’s interpretations of the complex young ladies. Although little Alicent and Rhaenyra may soon be leaving audiences, Cooke and D’Arcy are renowned performers who are likely to provide something fresh to their roles. Without any communication between the four stars, Alicent and Rhaenyra will undoubtedly feel very different in the ten years that separate their adolescence from adulthood. The tremendous power conflicts that go place all around females in the “House of the Dragon” universe compel them to mature extremely quickly.
“House of the Dragon” appears to have a promising future based on the ratings for its first two episodes. The network instantly renewed the show for season 2 as a result of the series premiere boasting HBO’s greatest debut in history. Given that there is already a time gap in “House of the Dragon” season 1, flashbacks are not necessary. However, the possibility exists that Carey and Alcock will return in “House of the Dragon” season 2 as young Rhaenyra and Alicent.