House Of The Dragon: Fresh Images Reveal Episode 6 New Set Of Actors And Aged-Up Recast

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After the shocking events in Episode 5 that left everyone at the edge of their seats, House of the Dragon now welcomes a new set of actors who will continue the intriguing story of the House Targaryen.

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

Set 200 years before the events in Game of Thrones, House of the Dragon tells the rise and fall of the Targaryen empire and the blood feud that would lead to the foreboding civil war known as the Dance of the Dragons. Based on George R.R. Martin’s novel, Fire & Blood, the series will now feature the older versions of Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen and Queen Alicent Hightower.

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Emma D’Arcy And Olivia Cooke Finally Appears In House Of The Dragon

HBO recently released fresh photos from Episode 6 showing the aged-up cast following the 10-year time jump. Fans expressed their dread over the impending change of timeline, finally recasting Milly Alcock and Emily Carey and bringing Emma D’Arcy and Olivia Cooke into the show.

Alcock and Carey were able to charter their characters’ positions in the series until mid-season, establishing the conflict that will drive the plot of House of the Dragon. In the trailer of Episode 6, fans have seen their older counterparts as well as new faces.

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Ty Tennant as Prince Aegon II Targaryen

Aside from Rhaenyra and Alicent, fans have also witnessed King Viserys and Queen Alicent’s firstborn son, Aegon II (played by Ty Tennant, son of David Tennant), who has already earned dislike from the audience. Another character that caught fans’ attention is Helaena Targaryen who will be played by Evie Allen. Ser Laenor Velaryon will now be portrayed by John Macmillan, while Laena Velaryon is now played by Nanna Blondell.

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Alicent Hightower and her daughter, Helaena Targaryen

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Episode 6 Trailer Showed Rhaenyra After Giving Birth

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Rhaenyra Targaryen carrying her newborn son

HBO also posted a video clip of Rhaenyra after she gave birth to her son. She was seen immediately walking the halls of Red Keep, right after pushing a baby out of her womb, as requested by Queen Alicent.

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Rhaenyra Targaryen and Laenor Velaryon

The baby is only one of the several children that Rhaenyra and Laenor will have, as mentioned in Martin’s novel. Although, there have been many speculations regarding the true parentage of these children, given that Ser Laenor is gay. Prince Daemon (played by Matt Smith), on the other hand, is married to Laena and now has two daughters, Rhaena and Baela.


Matt Smith has already confirmed that there will be no more time jumps that will happen given the audience’s reaction towards Alcock and Carey’s recasting. Many fans have already gotten used to and loved the duo’s dynamics, and it’s sad to see them leave after such incredible performances. House of the Dragon’s Episode 6 will air this Sunday on HBO Max.

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Written by Ariane Cruz

Articles Published: 2022

Ariane Cruz, 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.