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‘Some people didn’t like me’: House of the Dragon’s Criston Cole Actor Fabian Frankel Revealed How Game of Thrones Fans Mistreated Him

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Being part of a big and successful franchise such as Game Of Thrones, public attention is one thing that a star cannot escape. Be it the titular main protagonist, a supporting character, or straight up a side irrelevant one, there are people who will notice you for your performance and presence. Although this is a good thing for the stars as more fame and praise mean more opportunities for them in the future, the reception and reaction are not always a garden of daisies.

Milly Alcock and Fabien Frankel as Rhaenyra and Ser Criston Cole
Milly Alcock and Fabien Frankel as Rhaenyra and Ser Criston Cole

This is what this star from House Of The Dragon has gone through after being cast in a role of a character in the series.

Fabien Frankel, who plays the knight Criston Cole in the recently released House Of The Dragon shares his experiences with the fans and how they received his character.

What Playing Criston Cole In House Of The Dragon Is Like?

In an appearance on The Tonight Show, Frankel talks about how some fans hated his character before the series premiered, due to their familiarity with the book. He recalls being at San Diego Comic-Con and overhearing someone tell their friend they hated him, which ended up good preparation for the fan response to Cole’s heel turn at the season’s midpoint.

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Fans hated Criston Cole since the beginning

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‘I sort of had an inkling that some people didn’t like me. We went to Comic-Con, and I remember all the actors were lined up and I heard a guy go like, ‘That guy plays Criston Cole, I hate that dude.’ And I was really confused, I was like, ‘Wow, already? It hasn’t even come out yet.’ Said Frankel as he recalled his latest experience at the San Diego Comic-Con.

As is with Game Of Thrones fans, they have heavily opinionated reactions to each character and they let them know it. Tyrion Lannister was one such character that received a lot of attention, both positive and negative, which proves that fans do feel strongly about what/who they don’t like in a particular show.

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Why The Hate for Criston Cole?

WARNING: Potential HOTD season 2 spoilers ahead !!

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House Of The Dragon season 2 can bring the civil war

If you were an avid reader of Fire And Blood, your hatred towards the character was kind of justified. Ser Criston Cole was a knight from House Cole who rose to become Lord Commander of the Kingsguard for Viserys I Targaryen. His relationship with Viserys’s daughter, Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, was first friendly and then adversarial. He is the perpetrator who convinced Aegon The Elder to claim control of the Seven Kingdoms after his father died, which was something that wasn’t meant to happen as Rhaenyra was always groomed to be the successor. This leads to the civil war between Aegon II and his elder half-sister, Rhaenyra known as The Dance Of The Dragons.

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House Of The Dragon is currently streaming on HBO and HBO Max.

Source: ScreenRant



Written by Deepak Bisht

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