Brace Yourselves, Because the Cast of ‘House of the Dragon’ Is Changing in a Big Way

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Remember in 2019 when you were like I’ll never watch another show from the Game of Thrones universe again, this finale was trash. Yeah, same, and now I’m out here planning my entire week around watching House of the Dragon on Sunday night, all of which is to say: life comes at you fast!

But don’t get too attached to the characters, because four of them are being fully recast mid-way through the season. Whomst? That’d be Rhaenyra Targaryen, Alicent Hightower, Laena Velaryon, and Laenor Velaryon—aka all the younger characters who will be aging into adults as the season progresses.

Co-creator Ryan Condal tells Insider that the decision was made “early on,” explaining “It’s a conceit but I think it does work, having watched it a bunch of times. The people that are truly children in this are the ones that get recast. And the people that are already adults when we meet them, we age them up through hair and makeup, and sometimes the actors change their voice.”

Emma D’Arcy will be taking over the role of Rhaenyra from Milly Alcock, while her best friend turned step-mom (help) Alicent will be played by Olivia Cooke—who inherits the role from Emily Carey.

Meanwhile, Nanna Blondell has been cast as older Leana (currently played by Nova Fouellis-Mose), and John Macmillan has been cast as Laenor (currently played by Theo Tate).

HBO has already released a photo of Olivia and Emma in action and honestly, the resemblance to their predecessors is uncanny!

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