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‘F*cking Love That Comparison’: House of the Dragon Star Olivia Cooke on Fans Comparing Her Character Alicent Hightower to Cersei Lannister

HBO Max’s new show, House of the Dragons is created by Ryan J. Condal and George R.R. Martin. Olivia Cooke is starring in the show, and recently she opened up about why she loves the comparison between her character Alicent Hightower and Cersei Lannister of Game of Thrones. Game of Thrones is known for its powerful female characters.

House of the Dragons
House of the Dragons

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Olivia Cooke’s point of view:

Olivia Cooke
Olivia Cooke

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Olivia Cooke talked about both the characters, Alicent Highwood and Cersei Lannister of House of the Dragons and Game of Thrones, respectively. She said, “I f**king love that comparison because Cersei was my favorite character. Alicent’s got a very dark side to her, but she’s also just striving for what she thinks is good, even though it’s just misplaced.”

She added, “There are times where Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen actor is on one stage and I’m on the other and we’re both surrounded by characters being idiotic, and we know if all these men just f**ked off, and it was just us two, the realm would be fine. It’s the meddling and the peacocking and egos that completely muddy everything.”

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Everything about House of the Dragons:

Matt Smith as King Viserys Targaryen in House of the Dragon.
Matt Smith as King Viserys Targaryen in House of the Dragon.

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In today’s world, the criticisms are to the point. One wrong move and the show can go down, but the House of the Dragon team is very careful about this.

Case Bloys says, “Shows are a product of their time, and there’s a lot more awareness now about what we’re portraying and why- and who’s having the conversations about it.

Patriarchy would rather destroy itself than see a woman conquer the throne- this was becoming the theme of the show in the beginning.

Miguel Sapochnik said, “It wasn’t something where we said, ‘We must make the show about this,’ but rather it’s something where we realized that’s what we had in front of us.”

They talk about the violence in that era.

Miguel Sapochnik says, “In medieval times, giving birth was violence, It’s as dangerous as it gets. You have a 50/50 chance of making it. We have a number of births in the show and basically decided to give them different themes and explore them from different perspectives the same way I did for a bunch of battles on Thrones.”

They say they took a step back in portraying the sexual scenes because sexual violence is still very prevalent now, and so they don’t want to glorify any type of sexual dominance over women.

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Written by Kathakali Sarkar