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House of the Dragon stars Matt Smith and Paddy Considine praise Rhaenyra and Alicent’s transformation

* Spoilers for House of the Dragon below – you have been warned *

House of the Dragon Stars Matt Smith and Paddy Considine had positive words about the show’s cast change, which fans have mourned over from the show’s start.

The latest episode concludes a journey for actors Milly Alcock and Emily Carey, who play Rhaenyra Targaryen and Alicent Hightower.

In the sixth episode, which will be released on Sunday, September 25, time in the fictional world will jump 10 years ahead and the actors will be replaced by Emma D’Arcy and Olivia Cooke respectively.

Meanwhile, actors Laena and Laenor Valaryon, Nova Fouellis-Mose and Theo Nate, will also be replaced by Nanna Blondell and John MacMillan.

“It was actually brilliant,” Smith, who plays Daemon Targaryen, AND! News cast changes, “because I think they did a great job.”

Milly Alcock and Matt Smith in “House of the Dragon”

(Ollie Upton / HBO)

He added, “It gave you a completely different context for playing age-related stuff.”

Considine also praised the switch, saying, “Yes, I liked it very much. I loved it because they had the same character but [had] different energy. “

Under the leadership of 22-year-old Alcock Rhaenyr, she was 15-17 years old on the show, while Carey’s Alicent, 19, was to be of a similar age.

Fans were devastated by the departure of the stars, especially Alcock, who quickly gained fan recognition for her performance as a young princess.

Milly Alcock and Emily Carey in “House of the Dragon”


“Milly Alcock as young Rhaenyra Targaryen is one of the finest castings ever, and I never get over it,” one complained.

The change is even more shocking by the fact that Aegon II, which is expected to be around 14 years old in the series, will be played by 27-year-old actor Tom Glynn-Carney.

D’Arcy is eight years older than Alcock, who is 30, and Cooke is nine years older than 28-year-old Carey.

House of the Dragon airs weekly sunday in the US, and the UK premiere comes on Sky at 2am the next day. Episodes are then repeated at 9:00 PM on Mondays and will be available to stream on Sky and NOW after they first aired.


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