House of the Dragon is an American tv show which is a prequel to the highly popular Game of Thrones. We all had complaints about the ending of the Game of Thrones, but this is not why we are here today. The question here is, why did they recast Rhaenyra Targaryen?
In case you are new to the show, it is based on Fire & Blood book by George R. R. Martin. The television show is written by George R. R. Martin, Ryan Condal, Sara Hess, and Charmaine DeGraté.
House of the Dragon is set 200 years prior to the Game of Thrones storyline, so if you are expecting any future cameo of Jon Snow or Tyrion, drop it, it is not going to happen!
Who Plays Rhaenyra Targaryen in House of The Dragon?
Milly Alcock plays the character of Rhaenyra Targaryen in the House of the Dragon up till episode 5, but when the sixth episode featuring Rhaenyra Targaryen aired, fans were in for quite a bit of a shock as the person portraying Rhaenyra was supposed to be Milly Alcock, to the shock, she was replaced by Emma D’Arcy. In case you do not know Emma D’Arcy, she is the star of Truth Seekers, which aired in October 2020.
With six episodes already aired, there are a total of four episodes remaining before the first season of House of The Dragon concludes. It is worth noting that the show is already renewed for a second season.
Was Milly Alcock fired? What went down? From what we know, she was not fired; Milly herself was aware of it that she would only appear and play Rhaenyra in a few episodes. Now, here is why they recast Rhaenyra Targaryen.
House of The Dragon: Why Did They Recast Rhaenyra Targaryen?
The reason behind the change of the character was the time skip in the House of The Dragon series in the 6th episode. Princess Rhaenyra is not a teenager anymore, and it would be unwise if Milly Alcock was still playing Rhaenyra as an adult. This is why Rhaenyra Targaryen was recast as Emma D’Arcy. She is not the only person who is recast; as the show goes, there will be more time skips, and we will see more recasts.
This cast change was needed in order to convey the story more accurately and also needed the actors to portray the characters more accurately; hence the production team had to recast Rhaenyra’s character in the show. After episode 6, the House of the Dragon shows the Targaryen war, also known as ‘The Dance of the Dragons’. When this war happens, Rhaenyra Targaryen’s character reaches adulthood and is no longer a child and teenager.
Where to watch House of The Dragon?
House of The Dragon can be watched on HBO Max online, and if you are not in the USA and you do not have access to HBO Max, your best bet is Disney+. They have the House of The Dragon series airing every week in many countries.