Emma D’Arcy, star of House of the Dragon, spoke about what it’s like to take Milly Alcock’s place as Rhaenyra Targaryen.
The reign of Emma D’Arcy on House of the Dragon is just getting started. To commemorate the event, they opened up about their personal thoughts regarding the relationship between Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith) and the much younger Rhaenyra Targaryen (formerly Milly Alcock), as well as their fears about the attention they will soon receive.
Milly Alcock played Rhaenyra Targaryen in the first episode of House of the Dragon. She lost a lot of her innocence as she matured from a teenager to a young lady over the course of five episodes.
But this was really a setup for what was to happen next—D’Arcy was actually the first to be cast in the part and was always supposed to portray an older version of the character. The series’ coverage of the Dance of the Dragons takes place in Rhaenyra’s thirties, thus some type of time leap was unavoidable, even if it was vital to establish the connection between Rhaenyra and Alicent (Emily Carey, later Olivia Cooke), as well as to describe the events leading up to the main tale.
D’Arcy discusses how fans may feel about their new interpretation of the character, as compared to Alcock’s, in an interview with the Independent. “Isn’t that complicated?” They assert. It’s a challenging moment to address an audience. They meet me in a state of sadness, having lost someone they had just spent five hours with, since they only get me after they lose Milly. I am aware of it, for sure.
However, D’Arcy also acknowledged that they took solace in their relationship with co-star Matt Smith, saying, “We had a nice conversation the other day, and he mentioned it’s kind of like the curse from Doctor Who.” You must renew yourself. And yes, regrettably, Rhaenyra will undergo a total physical transformation in a few hours [episode six had not yet aired at the time of the interview].
Regarding Matt Smith, D’Arcy also discussed their opinions on Daemon Targaryen’s relationship with his niece, Rhaenyra, who is significantly younger than the rebel prince and almost had a sexual encounter with him in episode 4 of House of the Dragon. They state plainly, “This is basically a grooming scenario,” even as D’Arcy adds, “It’s not something I know a lot about, but I do know that something very electric and erotic can happen between people who share genetic material and don’t grow up together.”
It is absurd to think that a young girl could agree to such sexual activity in any manner. Power cannot possibly be divided equitably in such relationship. Numerous experts and curious readers who meticulously examine every aspect of the series and books, keen to analyze the motives of the characters, have expressed similar views.
The article presents D’Arcy as a dedicated thespian who is eager to play a major part in House of the Dragon but who is also modest and willing to go on with their theatrical job. In the event of spoilers, they even decline to share their thoughts on specific topics. Daemon and Rhaenyra say, “I can’t give you that answer because I know what happens!” in response to questions about themselves. It’s best to let the fan fiction authors handle it. I’m going to read.
It’s interesting to note that D’Arcy also mentions in passing Miguel Sapochnik, the co-showrunner of House of the Dragon, leaving the popular show after season 2. “Oh, yeah, I had a conversation with some members of the team, and yeah, it’s a shame,” they hesitantly reply. It is what it is, really. It’s an interesting reaction, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that Sapochnik and HBO are at odds. Nevertheless, it embodies D’Arcy perfectly: polite and circumspect, just right for their royal turn in House of the Dragon.