House of the Dragon Star Emma D’Arcy Stole the Role of Rhaenyra Targaryen From Olivia Cooke

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Since the release of its first episode, House of the Dragon has been gaining constant popularity. The show has not just won over the audience but has also received positive reviews from critics. Along with the show, the characters have also left quite an impression on viewers, and one of those characters is Rhaenyra Targaryen. Milly Alcock played the young Rhaenyra Targaryen in the first five episodes, and Emma D’Arcy took over the role of adult Rhaenyra Targaryen in the sixth episode of House of the Dragon.

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Emma D’Arcy House of the Dragon

The cast of House of the Dragon has also been a topic of discussion among its fans. While fans did not want Alcock to leave the role at first, they are now impressed with how Emma D’Arcy has taken over the character. Not just D’Arcy fans are also loving Olivia Cooke as the adult Alicent Hightower. 

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Emma D’Arcy And Olivia Cooke Both Auditioned for the Role of Rhaenyra Targaryen 

Fans are loving Emma D’Arcy and Olivia Cooke in their respective roles in the Game of Thrones prequel. The actors have been doing an amazing job with Rhaenyra Targaryen and Alicent Hightower’s roles. But according to a new report, there would have been a possibility that Cooke might have been the Targaryen princess. 

A recent report has revealed that Olivia Cooke auditioned for the role of both Rhaenyra Targaryen and Alicent Hightower. The Bates Motel star was asked to read the lines for both characters, and she did amazingly well.

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Olivia Cooke and Emma D’Arcy

Showrunner Miguel Sapochnik said she was amazing in her audition, and he wanted her on the show. The casting director of the HBO show, Kate Rhodes James, said that Olivia Cooke auditioned for both roles, but James found her more suitable for the role of Alicent Hightower. 


After this, Emma D’Arcy auditioned for the role and was cast in the how. The actress recently shared what made it possible for them to do a great job with their audition.

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Emma D’Arcy had Not Watched Game of Thrones Before Auditioning for the Show

Emma D’Arcy, who is currently playing Rhaenyra Targaryen in House of the Dragon, recently talked about their audition for the show. The Wonderlust actor said they had not watched Game of Thrones before auditioning for the show. They also shared their audition would not have gone well if they had watched the show earlier.

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Emma D’Arcy as Rhaenyra Targaryen

The actress shared that she was aware of the show but did not have the opportunity to watch it. Emma D’Arcy said, “I hadn’t seen it before I auditioned, which I honestly think is the only reason I’m able to do the job. There’s no way I’d have made it through the audition process if, at that time, I had the love for the show that I have now. I think I’d have buckled under the pressure.”

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Emma D’Arcy was also aware of the source material of the popular show and claimed to have read Fire & Blood before the production started. But they had not read the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series. The Truth Seekers star said they had only read the book, which was related to the show they are doing.

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House of the Dragon

Whether they knew it or not, Emma D’Arcy is doing a great job with their role. There are only three episodes left in the first season of the show. The studio has already renewed the Game of Thrones spinoff for a second season. There is no doubt that fans would be excitedly waiting for season two also and will be eager to follow up the story of the House Targaryen.

House of the Dragon is also available to stream on HBO Max. New episodes of the show premiere every Sunday on HBO. 

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