*Minor Spoilers for House of the Dragon Episode 4 – King of the Narrow Sea*
House of the Dragon raised some eyebrows with one of the scenes involved during the fourth episode of the series titled King of the Narrow Sea. The episode found the legal heir to the Iron Throne Milly Alcock’s Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen returning back to King’s Landing after a failed tour to find a suitable husband. If the politics involved didn’t make us nostalgic about Game of Thrones, the prequel definitely ensured that the series lived up to its name with its depiction of incest and sexual content.
Among the alleys of King’s Landing, a scene involving an incestual relationship between Rhaenyra and her uncle Daemon Targaryen turned heads for the bold depiction.
Milly Alcock And Matt Smith Were Quite Comfortable Filming the ‘Disturbing’ Sexual Scene
Before the shooting of the episode, the duo had an intimacy coordinator that made both of them comfortable months prior to the shooting. The episode titled King of the Narrow Sea sees the return of Matt Smith’s Daemon Targaryen return to King’s Landing after defeating the vicious Crabfeeder and consequently becoming the king of the free cities.
Speaking to NYpost, here’s what the 22-year-old actress had to share about the scene in the brothel.
No, strangely enough. Matt Smith and I were just kind of mates. So, it was quite comfortable. We had an intimacy coordinator, and we worked with her through the rehearsal process and blocked it out months before.”
The actress went on to further reveal that this was the first time that the duo had seen the brothel set and the body doubles and extras “going at it”.
“Clare Kilner, our director, made sure that we hadn’t seen any of the brothel stuff until we were shooting,” said Alcock. “So, that was our first time walking through the brothel, and he’s guiding her through the room with all of these other bodies. So, that was quite shocking. You’re like, ‘This is kind of weird and silly.’”
She went on to further reveal some activities that the extras were involved in,
“There were extras who we had just met who were like, 69-ing for 12 hours. It’s pretty gnarly. We felt pretty overdressed, because everyone else was nude.”
The scene however doesn’t end well as Daemon left Rhaenyra frustrated in the brothel following which she had to sneak back into the castle in the dead of night, which was further followed by a shocking intimacy between the Princess and Ser Criston.
Milly Alcock’s Answer To Picking Daemon Or Ser Criston
Ser Criston Cole and Daemon Targaryen are both in the love-playing field of the current heir to the Iron Throne Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen. The recent episode saw Matt Smith’s Daemon Targaryen leaving Rhaenyra in the pits of the brothel while she sneaked back into the castle with the help of Ser Criston Cole. The duo later shared an intimate scene that was answered by Milly Alcock during her interview. When presented with the choice between Ser Criston Cole and Daemon Targaryen, here’s what she had to say,
“I think it’s complicated, I think Daemon is good for her … but whether or not he’s the right thing for her, time will tell, I wrestled with her (Rhaenyra’s) feelings for Ser Criston the whole time, in the show,”
She further continued,
“I think that she wants to be seen, and ultimately Daemon and Cristan Cole are the only two people who really see her. Both of them see her for different reasons. Daemon kind of has the upper hand, and Rhaenyra has the upper hand with Cole, and that turns her on a bit.”
The episode garnered a rating of 8.7/10 on IMDB and is considered to be a turning point in the history of the Seven Kingdoms. The 5th episode of House of the Dragon is slated for a release date on 18th September 2022 and will be available to stream on HBO and HBO Max.