The stars of House of the Dragon are putting out some controversial casting fires.
With the news that Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, played by Milly Alcock, and Alicent Hightower, played by Emily Carey, would be re-cast as the Game of Thrones prequel series takes a ten-year time jump in the sixth episode, some viewers mourned the loss of the actresses they had barely gotten to know.
“I also think people would have less of a hard time processing the re-casting of the leads if it wasn’t done mid-season,” one fan wrote on Twitter. “Look at The Crown—everyone understands the need to switch out actors every two seasons.”
Another viewer wrote, “She came, she conquered & now she’s gone. The show won’t be the same without Milly Alcock.”
However, two of the series’ leading men found the re-casting process to be quite successful.
“It was brilliant, actually,” Matt Smith, who plays Prince Daemon Targaryen, exclusively told E! News, “because I think they’ve done brilliant work.”
Moving forward, Rhaenyra will be played by Emma D’Arcy and Alicent will be played by Olivia Cooke.
Smith went on to further compliment the decision, explaining, “It gave you a completely different context for the age thing to play off.”
And he wasn’t alone.
Paddy Considine, who plays King Viserys Targaryen, also appreciated the depth it brought to the proceedings.