House of the Dragon star advocates for an unpredictable Aegon: ‘Season 2 will be a lot more meaty’

Tom Glynn-Carney adds, “We should never know which way the coin is going to go because it could flip onto any side.”

Aegon II Targaryen, portrayed by actors Jack Gleeson and Tom Glynn-Carney, and Joffrey Baratheon, two real jerks, met at the official Game of Thrones Convention in Los Angeles this past weekend.

The creator of Game of Thrones’ Bran Stark, Isaac Hempstead Wright, was scheduled to speak at the event but misplaced his passport. To the delight of the fans, two of the most despised characters in the Seven Realms ended themselves seated next to one another.

Because of his part in the prequel drama House of the Dragon, 27-year-old Glynn-Carney was keen to do so despite being relatively new to the Game of Thrones community.

The actor told EW before to the event, “I know that playing Joffrey is no easy feat, so I’d love to hear more about his journey through it all.” “The backlash that came with it and the — I don’t know if you could call it negative or unwanted or alternative attention he was given for his betrayal — I just think it’s important for people to remember to differentiate between actor and character.”

In any case, Gleeson would go on to say to a crowd on stage at the Con that he had never had a bad encounter with a fan. However, Glynn-Carney’s assertion is valid: The actor, who played Aegon in House of the Dragon and fathered several offspring, raped a servant girl off camera, and took his half-sister’s crown, has drawn a lot of analogies to Joffrey.

“There’s been a couple of comments thrown about on social media, but I don’t pay attention to them,” she remarked. “It’s a compliment to me, if anything, that I’m doing my job, and it’s having the impact that is required.”

Furthermore, Glynn-Carney’s portrayal differs from that of Game of Thrones’ crazy young king. Glynn-Carney is attempting to make Aegon unpredictable, but you soon have a feel of what Joffrey would do—if given the option, he’ll always grab for the crossbow to impale a favorite character to a wall.

He recalled talking about Aegon’s unpredictable nature during one of his first meetings with season one showrunners Miguel Sapochnik and Ryan Condal. I said that I really desired for him to be always on the verge of collapse. Any side might win the coin toss, thus we should never be certain which way it will land. Though I only want to maintain that type of center of gravity, people are free to make their own judgments.”

However, Glynn-Carney discovers several similarities between Aegon and Joffrey. He said, “They’re unlikable.” “As an actor, it’s a lot of fun to portray their wounded and deeply troubled nature, but I also think [Aegon] is tremendously complicated. He isn’t a blatant psychopath. Though I’m not saying Joffrey is, I think he’s a complex character with a lot of untapped potential for empathy, vulnerability, and other qualities that we don’t see but that I think are crucial to at least hint at because they give him a human side that drives people in different directions.”

Last Friday at the convention, Glynn-Carney said during his own panel that he is already getting ready for the role and that season 2 will begin shooting in March 2023. “I didn’t really get a great run at things [in season 1],” he said to EW. “It felt very fast. I had a couple cameos. Since Season 2 will have a lot more meat, I’m excited about the challenge.”

Glynn-Carney went on to say that he himself is excited to investigate “the constant battle” that Aegon faces “between vulnerability and his darkness.”

He said, “I believe that one breeds the other.” “I believe that the darkness thrives because of his weakness. It’s his coping strategy, his sense of comfort, his safety net, and an addictive coping technique that allows him to block out the world and act aloof. I want to see where we can take him and I want to push it farther.”

A behind-the-scenes glimpse at Paddy Considine’s portrayal of Aegon’s father, King Viserys I Targaryen, is another unique piece from the extra features that will be included in the House of the Dragon home entertainment release that EW can exclusively share.

“He was not the most decisive, and his desire to avoid conflict led him to make some decisions that some people might question,” George R.R. Martin, who co-wrote House of the Dragon with Condal, adds in reference to the reality of the Game of Thrones universe.

On December 20, House of the Dragons: The Complete First Season will be accessible on DVD, Blu-ray, and 4K UHD. Watch the aforementioned video clip.

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