With the first five episodes, half of the first season of “House of the Dragon” is over. A few things will change from episode 6 – for example, two of the main actresses will be exchanged. The reason for this is a huge change in the narrative.
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As 2019″Game of Thrones” caused disappointment among series fans worldwide with its final season, it was unclear whether potential follow-up projects still had a chance. But “House of the Dragon” proved the opposite: A huge success became the series that tells the prehistory of House Targaryen in the fictional continent of Westeros. In addition to a lot of applause from critics and the public, the ratings are also record-breaking.
Now half the first season is over and the series is changing in a big way: Episode 6 exchanges two leading actresses and recast their role. Why such a big and really risky cut so early in a new series? This has to do with the original book – it requires several large leaps in time.
Effective immediately: Two “House of the Dragon” stars will be replaced
In “House of the Dragon” have always been larger time jumps used, sometimes more than a year. But between episodes 5 and 6, this jumping is reinforced by history: The series skips ten years – and therefore has to be reassigned. Because the younger characters are now more than grown up all of a sudden and therefore cannot be played by the same actors. Two main characters are affected: heir to the throne Rhaenyra Targaryen and her friend Alicent Hightower.
Milly Alcock and Emily Carey have previously portrayed them, but that’s over now. From episode 6, Emma D’Arcy takes on the role of Rhaenyra, while “Bates Motel” star Olivia Cooke slips into the character of Alicent. The older roles, including King Viserys (Paddy Considine), Prince Daemon (Matt Smith) and Ser Harold (Graham McTavish), will remain on board and will not be recast.
Big risk: is “House of the Dragon” suffering from the line-up changes?
Already in the planning phase of “House of the Dragon” the series makers had to decide on the means of time jumps in order to be able to reasonably adapt the book “Fire and Blood” by the author George RR Martin, which spanned many years. Now, however, this decision could well take revenge – because right now Milly Alcock became an absolute sensation with “House of the Dragon”. and is so far the fan favorite par excellence.
It is therefore unclear how fans will react to the line-up changes. Could it hurt the popularity of the series at all? It will depend on how well the new actresses make the characters their own – and whether the story can keep the level of the first five episodes after the big time jump.