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“Emma D’Arcy is getting that Emmy nomination”: House Of The Dragon Fans Praise Emma D’Arcy And Olivia Cooke’s Debut Performance

House Of The Dragon Fans Praise Emma D’Arcy And Olivia Cooke’s Debut Performance

The sixth episode of HBO’s House of the Dragon finally unveiled the older versions of Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen (Emma D’Arcy) and Queen Alicent Hightower (Olivia Cooke). The ten-year time jump required a recast of the younger characters which were fulfilled by Milly Alcock and Emily Carey from Episodes 1 to 5, respectively.

Olivia Cooke as Alicent Hightower and Emma D’Arcy as Rhaenyra Targaryen

House of the Dragon follows the reign of the House Targaryen two hundred years before the events in Game of Thrones. The prequel series is based on George R.R. Martin’s novel, Fire & Blood, which depicts the rise and fall of the most powerful house in Westeros, and the foreboding civil war known as the Dance of the Dragons.

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Fans Loved Emma D’Arcy and Olivia Cooke’s Performance In Episode 6

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Rhaenyra Targaryen carrying her newborn son

Rhaenyra and Alicent’s ensuing feud strengthens now that both of them have children. Episode 6 showed the princess giving birth to her third son, which stirred controversy across the kingdom regarding her children’s true parentage. Alicent, on the other hand, is hell-bent on securing her son’s claim to the throne.

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Olivia Cooke as Alicent Hightower

Fans from Twitter shared their reactions to House of the Dragon’s Episode 6 and raved about D’Arcy and Cooke’s performances:


Before the recast, many have been expressing their dread and doubt about the new actors. Alcock and Carey delivered a very compelling performance and have been equally praised for bringing their characters to life. In a span of just five episodes, the fans have become attached to them that some even suggested using cosmetics to age up the actresses instead of permanently replacing them.

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Rhaenyra And Alicent’s Feud Grows Stronger Each Episode

After the gripping episode last Sunday, fans have finally accepted that D’Arcy and Cooke will carry on the roles from now on – and they did not disappoint! The chemistry between the two actresses has indeed caused tension on screen, and there will be more of that in future episodes.

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Milly Alcock as Rhaenyra Targaryen and Emily Carey as Alicent Hightower

Although, there have been rumors of the possibility that the younger versions of Rhaenyra and Alicent might return in the series. Alcock confirmed that there had been talks, indeed, although she has no idea how the showrunners would execute it. The only possible way of bringing back these two beloved characters is through flashbacks.

Rhaenyra and Alicent’s severed friendship already looks like a hopeless case as the ending of Episode 6 saw Larys Strong (Matthew Needham) seemingly take justice into his hand and orchestrated the death of his father, Lord Lyonel Strong (Gavin Spokes), and brother, Ser Harwin Strong (Ryan Corr), the rumored father of Rhaenyra’s children, by burning Harrenhal. Although Alicent proves to be innocent of this crime, the tragedy will drive more conflict between the princess and the queen.

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Ariane, Senior Content Writer. She has been contributing articles for FandomWire since 2021, mostly covering stories about geek pop culture. With a degree in Communication Arts, she has an in-depth knowledge of print and broadcast journalism. Her other works can also be seen on Screen Rant and CBR.