Following its fifth episode, House of the Dragon is set to jump forward in time, replacing actors Milly Alcock and Emily Carey as Rhaenyra Targaryen and Alicent Hightower to age up the characters.
Emma D’Arcy will take over the role of the Targaryen princess Rhaenyra from Milly Alcock, while Olivia Cooke will play Queen Alicent Hightower following the ten-year time lapse. Next week’s episode, the aptly titled “The Princess and the Queen,” will introduce the new cast members.
Marking the end of her tenure as the younger Rhaenyra, Milly Alcock shared a selection of behind-the-scenes images of herself and her House of the Dragon castmates.
Milly Alcock Bids Farewell To Rhaenyra Targaryen
Taking to Instagram to mark the end of her time as Rhaenyra Targaryen in the Game of Thrones prequel series, Milly Alcock shared a few images from the making of House of the Dragon.
In the photos, Alcock can be seen alongside her fellow outgoing cast member Emily Carey. Other images show stars such as Matt Smith, who plays Rhaenyra’s uncle Daemon Targaryen, and Fabien Frankel, who plays Ser Criston Cole.
Check out Milly Alcock’s House of the Dragon behind-the-scenes photos in the post below:
The change of actors for the older Rhaenyra Targaryen and Alicent Hightower has drawn criticism from some fans who would have preferred to see Milly Alcock and Emily Carey simply aged up to continue in the roles. Alcock has been one of the series’ highlights so far, so it is not surprising fans will be sorry to see her go.
Here is the synopsis for House of the Dragon:
Based on George R.R. Martin’s book Fire & Blood, the series will tell the story of House Targaryen (a.k.a. the House that gave us the Mother of Dragons herself, Daenerys Targaryen) and take place 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones.
Miguel Sapochnik and Ryan J. Condal serve as co-showrunners on House of the Dragon and are executive producing alongside George R. R. Martin. The series features a star-studded cast that includes Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke, Emma D’Arcy, Paddy Considine, Rhys Ifans, Steve Toussaint, Eve Best, and Sonoya Mizuno.
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