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Olivia Cooke (Alicent) says Aegon II usurped Rhaenyra’s throne in House of the Dragon Season 2 premiere interview

Emma D’arcy and Phia Saban also discussed the new season on the “Green Carpet.”



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The stars of House of the Dragon celebrated the second season premiere. Olivia Cooke, Emma D’Arcy, and Phia Saban were among the cast members who attended. The cast gathered for the red carpet premiere event on June 3 at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. With high buzz for the release of season 2, they gave interviews and provided some insights into the upcoming season. Fans eagerly awaited the event, anticipating more drama and intrigue from the new episodes. Moreover, the excitement was palpable as the actors hinted at surprising plot twists and deeper character developments.

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Olivia Cooke comments on Alicent and Rhaenyra’s bond

In the interview, Olivia Cooke revealed her character Alicent’s deep fear and turmoil. She is terrified because her son, Aegon has usurped Rhaenyra, who was once her best friend. Now, Alicent, who used to be queen, has no power. Additionally, she grapples with the knowledge that her son Aemond has killed Lucerys, Rhaenyra’s son, and there is no coming back from that. This act has completely severed their relationship and pushed House Targaryen to the brink of civil war. Cooke’s insights highlight the intense personal and political conflicts driving the new season, as Alicent navigates a treacherous landscape filled with betrayal and impending chaos.

Emma D’Arcy talks about Rhaenyra’s paralyzing grief

Emma D’Arcy described how Rhaenyra feels almost paralyzed by the devastating loss of her son Lucerys, nearly unable to act. Since the showrunners, Sarah and Ryan, crafted a season where grief powerfully drives the narrative, it makes the war deeply personal. D’Arcy believes Game of Thrones and House of the Dragon are at their best when they intertwine personal and political elements. Also, they gave us a teaser about the upcoming season:

You know as ever, Rhaenyra is surrounded by people who are kind of endlessly critical of her… of her choices, of her sort of war strategy, of her potential ability as a ruler and umm… she is I think she spends series 2 looking for other kinds of solutions.

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Phia Saban sums up House of the Dragon Season 2

Phia Saban, who plays Helaena Targaryen in House of the Dragon, described Season 2 in three words: rats, blood, bugs. Her description hints at the dark and intense themes that fans can expect in the upcoming season. Consequently, it adds to the anticipation and intrigue surrounding the series. In the interview, she said:

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Oh goodness, I would say Rats… Blood… and Bugs. Yeah, sounds disgusting actually. Don’t watch it.

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Ojas Goel is not a writer by profession but one by heart. His love for Game of Thrones and its intricate world urged him to voice his opinions on the show and remain connected to the developments that follow. He particularly resonates with Tyrion Lannister as he likes the way he thinks and gets out of tricky situations. The Starks are also among his favorite characters since they prove that honesty and honor takes people further in life than debauchery and betrayal. Ojas is a BCA graduate and loves to dive into the tech intricacies in his free time.


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