Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon adds two more cast members

House of the Dragon. Photograph by Courtesy of HBO
House of the Dragon. Photograph by Courtesy of HBO /

According to new updates from the official House of the Dragon Twitter account, the upcoming and highly anticipated Game of Thrones prequel series has added two more cast members to its growing roster. The official description of the two roles

The new roles have officially been shared on the House of the Dragon website at HBO. Milly Alcock has been cast as a young Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen while Emily Carey will play a young Alicent Hightower. Eve Best and Olivie Cooke play the older version of the two roles, respectively.

You’ll recognize Alcock from her roles in shows like The Gloaming, Reckoning, and High Life. Carey is no stranger to playing younger roles in big-budget projects, she previously portrayed young Diana in Wonder Woman and young Lara Croft in Tomb Raider. She also starred in the long-running British medical drama Casualty.

Who are the actresses playing in House of the Dragon?

Per the official website, Alcock’s role has been described as “the king’s first-born child, of pure Valyrian blood, and she is a dragonrider. Many would say that Rhaenyra was born with everything…but she was not born a man.”

Carey’s role is listed as “the daughter of Otto Hightower, the Hand of the King, and the most comely woman in the Seven Kingdoms. Alicent was raised in the Red Keep, close to the king and his innermost circle; she possesses both a courtly grace and a keen political acumen.”

Carey and Alcock’s roles are listed as recurring, which likely means that there will be flashbacks used on the series to an earlier time period. The decision to tell the story in two different time periods is unique to the franchise, as flashbacks were used sparingly in the flagship series.

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House of the Dragon is expected to debut in 2022 on HBO.