A TV series can show many phases in a character’s life, but this also requires a change in the cast when showcasing a character’s progress from childhood to adulthood. This process is what’s been disappointing House of the Dragon fans ever since they learned that two fan favorites would be leaving the show.
Emily Carey and Milly Alcock, both of whom play young Alicent Hightower and Rhaenyra Targaryen respectively, will be leaving the show after their five-episode run in the fantasy drama TV series. This would naturally spark further concerns for the future of the other fan-favorite actors in the series, but Matt Smith assures us that it’ll be alright.
Two House of The Dragon Stars Say Their Goodbyes
House of the Dragon has been hugely successful among the old Game of Thrones fans and new ones alike. The show is getting praised for its brilliantly written plot, convincing performances, and impressive quality of production.
It was, however, the characters Rhaenyra Targaryen (Milly Alcock) and Alicent Hightower(Emily Carey) which caught the eye and love of fans. The show depicts the saddening decline in the relationship between the two who have been friends since their childhood.
But what made the fans much sadder is the departure of the stars who portray them, which was mainly due to the huge skips in time to show what the characters of Rhaenyra and Alicent have developed into, now played by Emma D’Arcy and Olivia Cooke.
The departure of the two actors will be followed by a jump in the timeline of House of the Dragon by 10 full years, which does warrant their departure since they will be too young to portray their respective characters.
Matt Smith Confirms Time Skips Are Being Done With In House of the Dragon
The saddening but necessary departure of two of the most beloved actors in the new GoT spinoff is truly heartbreaking, but does this mean that we’ll be seeing more familiar actors leave their respective roles in the future for House of the Dragon?
Fans no longer have to worry about the shift in the casting of fan-favorite characters anymore, as Matt Smith (Daemon Targaryen) confirms the time skips won’t be a thing anymore during an appearance on the Happy Sad Confused podcast-
“Once we make the jump, we’re in. I’m pretty sure from then on there’s not any big huge time jumps, particularly next season and the one after.”
This comes as news that provides some breathing space for House of the Dragon fans, who would’ve been catching their breaths as they were worried about which cast member will be the next victim of a time skip.
House of the Dragon is currently available for streaming on HBO Max.