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This is what Matt Smith and Paddy Considine from House of the Dragon said about Rhaenyra and Alicent’s recasting




After a 10-year time jump, the decision to recast Rhaenyra and Alicent was praised by House of the Dragon stars Paddy Considine and Matt Smith. Emily Carey and Milly Alcock play Alicent Hightower and Rhaenyra Targaryen in the initial episodes of House of the Dragon.

With that being said, after the last episode, there will be a 10-year jump into the timeline in the upcoming episode where we’ll see Rhaenyra ascending to the Iron Throne.

During the upcoming timeline, it is Olivia Cooke and Emma D’Arcy are going to play Alicent and Rhaenyra. In fact, twins Laenor Valaryon and Laena are also going to replace the older cast.



During a recent interview with E! News, actor Matt Smith who portrays Daemon Targaryen in House of the Dragon, said that this re-casting thing was perhaps a brilliant idea.

It was brilliant, actually because I think they’ve done brilliant work. It gave you a completely different context for the age thing to play off.”

In fact, actor Paddy Considine who portrays King Viserys Targaryen said that re-casting was indeed a good idea. He said that

Yeah, I loved it. I loved it because they were the same character, but they [had] different energy.”

With all being said, Carey and Alcock’s performances in the first five episodes have been so well-received by fans that they’re campaigning for the two actresses to return as Rhaenyra and Alicent in future seasons.

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