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Larys’ deleted scenes from House of the Dragon Season 1 would explain his world view, says actor Matthew Needham

“But it’s nice to sort of just play with that a little bit more in this season,” he says.



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Just a week before House of the Dragon Season 2’s release, the cast attended the show’s premiere in London’s Leicester Square. At the event, actor Matthew Needham revealed that some scenes from season 1 were deleted, which would have given fans more insight into his intriguing character. Needham plays Larys Strong, the ‘Clubfoot’ advisor to Queen Alicent and the head of House Strong.

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Matthew Needham says cut content would have added depth to Larys’ character


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In an interview with, Matthew Needham spoke about his character’s scenes being reduced in Season 1. He mentioned the difficulty of including a lot of scenes in a show with a limited timeframe. He also spoke about what he looked forward to in Season 2 from his character. When asked about people perceiving his character as a villain, Needham said:

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‘I understand why fans think that. He hasn’t shown many redeeming qualities. I don’t believe anyone is just a “villain,” and I wanted this season to flesh him out more, to show different sides to him. Some scenes in the first season didn’t make it, understandably,’

‘They’re trying to condense a 30-year time frame. But this season, I wanted to show more of his complexity.’

Needham revealed the cut scenes would have shown Larys being abused and ridiculed, offering viewers a better understanding of his challenges.

“Yeah there were things we filmed. I mean, there were scenes where you sort of see him being abused and made fun of, and you sort of get a sense of what he was up against by the world and I which sort of explains, I think, his sort of… world view and his relationship with his brother. But, you know, I get why, you know, you’ve got like 60 minutes or whatever. But it’s nice to sort of just play with that a little bit more in this season.”

Larys Strong is set to become the Master of Whisperers to King Aegon II and the Greens. House of the Dragon Season 2 will premiere on June 16 on HBO and Max.

Read More: Matthew Needham on Larys: “It’s nice to play a quiet person who watches”

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