The Dragon’s House reached the middle of the season and, from the sixth episode, will feature big news in the story. That’s because the series will go through a ten-year time jump, which drastically changes things both in the story and in the cast itself.
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Following the structure of a good soap opera, the second phase of the series will work on all the relationships that were developed in the first stage. Thus, all that bullshit that was planted during the first episodes will germinate from now on – especially those related to the succession of King Viserys (Paddy Considine). As might be expected, Rhaenyra and Alicent’s rivalry will come to a head and things will go up in flames. Literally, since we’re talking about the dragon family.
But all this comes with a change of cast. Although some characters keep the same actors as the previous phase, such as Viserys himself and the diabolical Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith), others will undergo complete transformations. So, see how the characters of The Dragon’s House after the time jump.
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The most obvious change in this new phase is the change of the protagonist. In the first five episodes, Rhaenyra was played by Australian Milly Alcock, who played a princess who was still learning to play the game of thrones. But, after a decade, she is played by Emma D’Arcy and this also implies a transformation in her behavior.
Much more seasoned of palace intrigue, he follows with his motto to do what he wants while fighting with nails, teeth and dragon breath to defend his rightful right as heir to the Iron Throne. And, most importantly, she is far from being a naive, good girl.
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King Viserys’ second wife was played by young Emily Carey in the first phase. And, even more than Rhaenyra herself, the Hand of the King’s daughter arrived very naive at the Red Keep and had to learn the hard way to survive the lies and bullshit that come with the crown and the Iron Throne.
But, after 10 years, we will see an Alicent much more aware of her role and everything that is at stake. Played by actress Olivia Cooke, we’ll see a queen who will fight for her son Aegon II’s traditional right to take over the Seven Kingdoms — even if it means clashing with her old friend and starting a civil war.
As said, we are not going to have an actor change in the case of King Viserys. But he will be very different at the beginning of this new phase. After all, he wasn’t a young man at the beginning of the series, and ten years later, we can say that things are starting to fall apart — literally.
In addition to being aged and tired, his illness continues to advance to the point that he starts the new episode without an arm. With that, the expectation of his death already begins to hover around the Small Council and the succession bickering intensifies.
You can barely remember Aegon in the first phase of The Dragon’s House. Even because he was born in the middle of the season and appeared only as a small baby without much prominence. However, he will be fundamental not only in the second phase, but throughout the rest of the season.
So much so that you can expect to see a new cast swap soon. Starting in episode 6, he will be played by Ty Tennant — son of Doctor Who actor David Tennant. And, apparently, he didn’t inherit his father’s charisma and will come to the series with that hateful Joffrey Baratheon look. In other words, prepare to hate him.
Later, when Aegon grows up and starts to really fight for the throne with Rhaenyra, he will be played by actor Tom Glynn-Carney, who has not yet had his Targaryen look released by HBO.
Rhaenyra’s wedding was the big twist of Episode 5. Not just for the way the ceremony ended, but for the simple fact that she was forced to marry a cousin, Laenor Velaryon, son of the Sea Serpent.
At the beginning of the series, he appears only as a child at times, but the biggest highlight is already in his teenage phase, in which he is played Theo Nate. And this arranged marriage and full of escapades will remain in the new phase and the dragon tamer will be played by John Macmillan — who will continue having fun in his own way.
Remember little Laena? She begins the series by being offered by her father to marry Viserys even though she is just a little girl. Thank the gods, common sense crossed Viserys’ mind—but not Daemon’s. Upon finding the daughter of the Sea Serpent already in her teens and played by Savannah Steyn, Matt Smith’s character has already spoken and secured yet another dragon for her side.
In this second phase, she will continue alongside Daemon and will be played by Nanna Blondell. And, like everyone who messes with the devilish Targaryen, things should heat up for her.
The Dragon’s House it’s in the HBO Max catalogwith new episodes released every Sunday.
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