House of the Dragon: the showrunner on the possible return of the young actors

One thing that separates House of the Dragon from his predecessor, Game of thrones, is the use of multiple time jumps and the replacement of young actors with older counterparts. As the fans got used to seeing Milly Alcock and Emily Carey play the princess respectively Rhaenyra Targaryen and the queen Alicent Hightower, House of the Dragon replaced them with actresses Emma D’Arcy And Olivia Cooke in episode 6 on Sunday, entitled “The princess and the queen“. It may be the last time viewers see Alcock and Carey in House of the Dragon? According to the showrunner Ryan Condalyounger actors may return in the next few seasons.

“I mean, I don’t know,” Condal told Variety. Condal will be the only showrunner of the second season after Miguel Sapochnik announced that he would be leaving House of the Dragon after the first season. He also confirmed that the writing of the second season has begun, but the young girls Rhaenyra and Alicent “are not yet part of the story we are telling. It is not something we are doing right now ”.

However, not all hope is lost. Condal admitted that while “Game of Thrones wasn’t a flashback series“, House of the Dragon may be“ a little more imaginative ”in telling its story. So, if House of the Dragon decides to travel to the past in the next few episodes, Milly Alcock and Emily Carey may return.

“There are things that we haven’t fully resolved yet,” he said. “I’m not closing the door on anything. So, what do you think of it as an answer? “.

One thing House of the Dragon has closed with is the time jump. It’s been 10 years between episodes 5 and 6, where we are introduced to Emma D’Arcy’s Rhaenyra giving birth to her third child. However, Olivia Cooke’s Queen Alicent orders to see the baby immediately, in order to check if Rhaenyra’s husband, Laenor Velaryon (John MacMillan), is her biological father. When Alicent finds brown rather than white hair on the baby’s head, she knows the baby is the fruit of Rhaenyra’s relationship with Ser Harwin Strong (Ryan Core).

“We wanted them to look alike enough not to be one of those tropes that make you believe they are the same person,” Condal said of casting the actors of Rhaenyra and Alicent. “But in the end we needed great actors. It was certainly a process. As good as Emma D’Arcy and Olivia Cooke are, they weren’t the people who would start the story. It was certainly something we insisted on a lot. I believe we have succeeded. All four gave a stunning performance at the show. I’m really proud of all of them ”.

House of the Dragon, which serves as a prequel to the events of game of Thronesadapts George RR Martin’s 2018 novel Fire and Blood to bring the beginnings of House Targaryen to the screen.

The series airs every Monday on Sky.

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House of the Dragon: the showrunner on the possible return of the young actors