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Emma D’Arcy talks about coming up with character storylines during House of the Dragon time skips

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Due to the several time jumps we have witnessed from the beginning of the series, House of The Dragon Season 2 is on the doorstep of a full-blown civil war with the now adult characters. However, even the actors were a bit confused about the story that was missing from the scripts, so they came up with their own strategies to deal with it. Emma D’Arcy (Rhaenyra) recalled how they came up with their story during the time jumps.

How the actors covered the time jumps in Season 1

D’Arcy recently explained to Awards Watch, “We time-jumped so often that I think you have a major responsibility to fill in those gaps. Obviously in season one it was quite nice because there was a whole backstory that was literally written down for me, which was five whole episodes of it, baby! (laughs) I think that’s probably one of the most enjoyable acts of preparation as an actor is getting to chat to your colleagues and to figure it out. It gives you so much the play and it gives you so many given circumstances to draw on, I suppose.”

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Rhaenyra’s journey into motherhood was quite surprising

D’Arcy continued, “I found Rhaenyra’s journey into motherhood quite surprising. I think having feared that role so much because of the fate of her mother, because of this broad fear of incapacitation, of being displaced by the men around her. There’s this giant obstacle heading into motherhood.”

 
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“In fact, as a character who historically struggled to be at one with a court environment, she suddenly builds her own tribe and I actually think it does a huge amount to give her the confidence to take on her own name and stop fighting so hard with this innate fire, this Targaryen desire that’s kind of like an iron rod up her spine. Yeah. I feel like she gets birthed from the family that she creates.”

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