A time jump coming in an upcoming episode of House of the Dragon is going to result in some young members of the cast being replaced by older actors to age them up in accordance with the storyline. The characters impacted — that’s Rhaenyra Targaryen, Allicent Hightower, Lena Velaryon, and Laenor Velaryon — were cast as recurring guests, rather than series regulars, so it isn’t exactly a surprise, but now that the show is real, and people are getting excited for it, the idea of some of the characters changing between episodes hits a little different.
Milly Alcock, who plays Rhaenyra, will be replaced by Emma D’Arcy after the series’ fifth episode airs. Emily Carey’s Allicent will be replaced by Olivia Cooke. Leana (Nova Fouellis-Mose) and Laenor (Theo Tate) Velaryon will be replaced by Nanna Blondell and John MacMillan.
HBO gave House of the Dragon a straight-to-series order for 10 episodes, and after the first episode aired, renewal talk immediately kicked up. Miguel Sapochnik and Ryan Condal serve as co-showrunners for the first season, although Miguel Sopochnik won’t return for season two. Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin co-created the new prequel series, one of several in development, with Condal, based on Martin’s book Fire & Blood. The show’s cast also includes Paddy Considine, Matt Smith, Steve Toussaint, Rhys Ifans, Eve Best, Sonoya Mizuno, and Fabien Frankel.
House of the Dragon premiered on HBO on August 21st and is now streaming on HBO Max’s ad-free tier. However, HBO has now released the first episode of House of the Dragon for free on YouTube. The show’s popularity is a bit surprising after the angry response to the GoT series finale a few years back. Many fans swore off the series at the time while others petitioned HBO to reshoot the ending. All seems to have been forgiven now and for those who haven’t had a chance to see the debut episode, you can watch it for free… but there is an age restriction as the show contains violence, nudity and graphic scenes.