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

*Spoilers for house of the dragon below – you have been warned*

house of the dragon Stars Matt Smith and Paddy Considine both had positive words about the show’s cast change, which fans have bemoaned since the series began.

The latest episode marked the end of the journey for actors Milly Alcock and Emily Carey, who play Rhaenyra Targaryen and Alicent Hightower.

In episode six, out Sunday, September 25, time will jump forward 10 years in the fictional world and the cast will be replaced by Emma D’Arcy and Olivia Cooke, respectively.

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

“It was actually brilliant,” said Smith, who plays Daemon Targaryen. E! news of the cast change, “because I think they did a brilliant job.”

Milly Alcock and Matt Smith in House of the Dragon

(Ollie Upton / HBO)

He added: “It gave you a completely different context for age to play off.”

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

Led by 22-year-old Alcock, Rhaenyra was aged between 15 and 17 on the show, while 19-year-old Carey’s Alicent was set to be a similar age.

Fans were distraught by the stars’ departure, particularly Alcocks, as she quickly won fan favor for her performance as a young princess.

Milly Alcock and Emily Carey in House of the Dragon

(HBO)

“Milly Alcock as a young Rhaenyra Targaryen is one of the most perfect casts of all time, I’ll never get over it,” complained one.

The change is made even more staggering by the fact that Aegon II, who is said to be around 14 on the series, will be played by 27-year-old actor Tom Glynn-Carney.

D’Arcy is eight years older than Alcock at 30, while Cooke is nine years older than Carey at 28.

house of the dragon airs weekly on Sundays in the US, with the UK premiere arriving on Sky the next morning at 2am. The episodes will then be repeated on Mondays at 9 p.m. and can be streamed on Sky and NOW after their first broadcast.

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/house-of-dragon-matt-smith-milly-alcock-emma-darcy-b2171562.html House of the Dragon stars Matt Smith and Paddy Considine praise Rhaenyra and Alicent’s recast

JOE HERNANDEZ

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