How Fans Love-Hate The Cast Changes – Deadline

Dragon House Fans who adored Milly Alcock’s young Princess Rhaenyra and Emily Carey’s young Alicent Hightower didn’t seem to suffer too many whiplashes on Sunday after seeing them replaced by older actresses Emma D’Arcy and Olivia Cooke.

Rather, the 10-year time jump gave viewers the villain they were ready and willing to hate in the game of thrones spin-off on HBO – the small and vengeful Queen Alicent.

For those who haven’t watched the last episode of Westeros, Alicent used being Rhaenyra’s best friend until she marries her best friend’s father, King Viserys Targaryen (Paddy Considine) and begins having her babies. Their hatred for each other was at its height on Sunday as the much older Rhaenyra gave birth to her third son and the Queen demanded an immediate audience with the child.

Why? ‘Cause Alicent knows the father is not Ser Laenor Velaryon, to whom Rhaenyra is officially linked. It was hastily revealed in Episode 6 that the real father is the valiant and loving Ser Harwin Strong (Ryan Corr). Alicent is eager to uncover the truth so that her son – not Rhaenyra’s – ascends the Iron Throne.

But fans don’t seem to care who fathered Rhaenyra’s offspring. They’ve already decided who the real bad guy is here and it’s not Ser Harwin – it’s this woman married to Viserys. Read some of their swear-fueled missives, not for the faint of heart, against the evil Alicent below.

Why such a drastic time jump? There are plenty of breadcrumbs to lay down before the real the drama begins, says showrunner Ryan Condal. “I’m excited about the pacing and structure of the story we’re telling in season one,” he said. The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s very complex. This happens over a long period of time because children have to get married, then grow up themselves, and then have children growing up to tell the story of this unfolding generational war. HBO gave [former showrunner Miguel Sapochnik] the creative latitude to tell this incredibly complex story in a truly patient, character-driven way that sets up a first season to launch you into one of history’s most famous and bloody conflicts of Westeros – otherwise the more.”

Get used to the time jumps, fans. Others arrive. “That’s what makes this HBO content premium compared to what we would have been forced to do at any other outlet,” Condal added. “Most other places would not have had the patience and the audacity to allow us to tell the story we are telling. But that’s how you tell this story properly. We tell the story of a generational war. We’ve got everything in place so that the moment the first sword strike lands, you understand all the players – where they are and why they are. The whole story is there instead of being told to you on display. This way you can see it all happen.

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