The House of the Dragon cast members is putting out some contentious casting blazes.
Some viewers lamented the loss of the actresses they had only just begun to get to know when it was revealed that Milly Alcock’s Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen and Emily Carey’s Alicent Hightower would be replaced when the sixth episode of the Game of Thrones prequel series jumps forward ten years.
Another fan speculated on Twitter that the recasting of the leads would be easier to accept if it hadn’t happened in the middle of the season. Everyone recognizes the necessity of changing performers every two seasons—just look at The Crown.
One more viewer said, “She arrived, won the battle, and left. Without Milly Alcock, the program won’t have the same feel.”
However, the recasting process was deemed to be extremely successful by two of the series’ leading males.
Actor Matt Smith, who portrays Prince Daemon Targaryen, exclusively told E! News, “It was amazing, actually, because I believe they’ve done a brilliant job.” In the future, Olivia Cooke will portray Alicent and Emma D’Arcy will play Rhaenyra.
It gives you a completely different background for the age thing to play off, Smith continued to praise the choice. He wasn’t alone either.
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The actor who plays King Viserys Targaryen, Paddy Considine, praised the depth it gave the proceedings.
He answered, “Yeah, I enjoyed it. They had the same character, but distinct energy, which is why I enjoyed them.
Laena Velaryon, who was formerly played by Savannah Steyn, will now be portrayed by Black Widow’s Nanna Blondell, and Laenor Velaryon, who was formerly played by Theo Nate, will now be played by John MacMillan.
The time jump will introduce Aegon Targaryen, Viserys and Alicent’s first son, who will be portrayed by Tom Glynn-Carney, to House of the Dragon fans.
Watch D’Arcy and Cooke take on the parts of Rhaenyra and Alicent in House of the Dragon, which airs on HBO every Sunday at 9 p.m.
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