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House of the Dragon’s Emily Carey Breaks Down the Changes Made to Alicent Hightower Throughout the Series

 In the second episode, there was a time jump of six months, and at the end of the episode, we saw Viserys I (Paddy Considine), who was being pressured to remarry, announce his intention to marry Alicent Hightower (Emily Carey), the daughter of his Hand, who has now risen to prominence in the kingdom.

When the show progresses, we will see further time leaps as the actors Emma D’Arcy and Olivia Cooke take over their respective roles to portray older versions of Rhaenrya and Alicent, respectively.

Carey, who plays a younger version of Alicent, recently discussed the character’s development in an interview with the official Quest of Thrones podcast. She discussed how Alicent went from being a naive young girl to a serious competitor in this game for the Iron Throne.

Because “in a way like we’re playing two completely distinct people,” Carey stated that portraying Alicent allowed her a great deal of “creative flexibility.”

She also said that she and Cooke had been told not to exchange notes regarding their respective views of the character. The reasoning behind this was that ten years is a very long time for a person to develop, and it would be inappropriate for them to compare notes. She disclosed that,


In the same way that Emma and Milly (Alcock) didn’t talk at all about the character or the work, neither did Olivia and I. Neither of us ever brought it up. We were kind of cautioned against doing so because it would be literally the same as if we were playing completely different characters. Do you realize that ten years is a very significant amount of time?

Within the Targaryen family, there will soon be a division known as “Green” and “Black,” and it will affect the realm of Westeros.

These “Greens” and “Blacks” are references to the house colours of Alicent Hightower and Rhaenyra Targaryen, respectively, who will contend for the crown as the season unfolds. According to the books written by George R. R. Martin, during a great tournament that takes place in King’s Landing, Alicent wears green as the colour of Hightowers, and Rhaenyra wears black and red as the colours of house Targaryens.

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These colours eventually become the names of the two factions that compete in the tournament. At the beginning of the series, the two ladies are introduced as friends.

As the series progresses, the focus shifts to the roles that each woman plays in the realm. To paraphrase what Carey has said, “You’re seeing them go from basically children into adult ladies.” A significant amount of maturation is still required. And so, sure, they dealt with us as if we were distinct characters.

Olivia Cooke, who is best known for her role as Alicent Hightower in House of the Dragon, played the part.

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