House of the Dragon: why have the actors changed?

The new Sunday episode of the prequel series de Game of thrones, House of the Dragonentitled “The princess and the queen“, Took a 10-year leap into the future and replaced two of its stars. Emma D’Arcy replaced Milly Alcock in the role of Princess Rhaenrya Targaryen and Olivia Cooke took over from Emily Carey in the role of Queen Alicent Hightower. Why has the cast changed? The short answer is that it happened to fit the time jump, but that wasn’t always the plan. Showrunner Ryan Condal explained to The Hollywood Reporter that the original plan was to start House of the Dragon after King Viserys’ death, meaning Rhaenyra and Alicent would already be adults. However, this has left out a large part of the background, too necessary to understand the series and too complex to fill in as the series progressed. This led Ryan Condal to rework the series into the decade-long history that takes place in the show’s first season.

“I’m thrilled with the pace and structure of the story we’re telling in Season 1,” Condal said. “It is very complex. It takes place over a long period of time, because the children have to marry and then grow up and then have children who grow up to tell the story of this generational war being fought. HBO gave [allo showrunner Miguel Sapochnik] the creative freedom to tell this incredibly complex story in a truly patient and character-centric way, which prepares the first season to launch it into one of the most famous and bloody conflicts in Westeros history, if not the most important. “

“It’s what makes this HBO premium content compared to what we would have been forced to do on another channel,” he continued. “Many other places would not have had the patience and the audacity to allow us to tell the story we are telling. But that’s how this story is told correctly. We are telling the story of a generational war. We have organized everything so that, when the first blow of the sword falls, all the protagonists are understood, where they are and why they are. The whole story is there, instead of being told in an exhibition. In this way you can see everything that happens ”.

Somewhere else, Condal commented on the possibility of seeing Alcock and Carey return in the next episodes of the series, which has already been renewed for a second season with Condal as the only showrunner. “I mean, I don’t know,” Condal told a Variety. He added that the younger actors “are not yet part of the story we are telling. It is not something we are doing right now ”.

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: why have the actors changed?