Millie Alcock has already managed to establish herself as a major force in just three episodes of the just-released HBO series House of the Dragonbut her initial audition saw the 22-year-old playing a more familiar face than the fiery role of Rhaenyra Targaryen that she currently plays. A prequel to the series will debut in August Game of Thrones presents the larger story and personal conflicts of the Targaryen Civil War. The series, whose first season will consist of 10 episodes, is based on the novel by George Martin Fire and blood.
The series follows characters such as Princess Rhaenyro Alcock, Paddy Considine’s beleaguered King Viserys I and “Rogue Prince” Damon Targaryen in Matt Smith’s diabolically charismatic version. The story expands the history of Targaryen rule over Westeros to a time that takes place two hundred years before audiences first saw Ned Stark decapitate the ranger in Game of Thrones the first season. Only three series House of the Dragonthere was a lot of politics, bloodshed and dragons the young princess Rhaenyra in the center for twists and turns and betrayals ahead.
Originally associated with a dragon, the princess, with distinctive white hair that flows after her flight, seems to have the most in common with her other namesake of game of thrones – Daenerys Targaryen. Talking to The Official Game of Thrones Podcast. Alcock revealed that her audition for the role was actually playing Arya Stark in a scene Game of Thrones season 1. See what she had to say below:
I didn’t really know what it was until I was at an audition with a friend of mine and he said… “oh shit, that’s a scene from Game of Thrones”… It was a scene with Arya Stark Needle from when if… To be honest, I was like, well, I don’t understand. I got angry. I was like damn, if only it was something a little smaller… I was defeated
It’s impressive to hear how scared Alcock was of what was needed recite a scene from Game of Thronesgiven how comfortably and confidently she has positioned herself among a host of big names House of the Dragon, but it certainly underscores how much weight the original series’ reputation still holds in the television world, despite Season 8’s goates’ssssssssssssssssss. For fans and actors alike, names like Arya Stark have become household names in fantasy, and the wait to do them justice remains overwhelming. Alcock’s recollection of the audition now seems facetious, but the expectations of such a large and often intense fandom must still be high.
Comparing the image of the character of Rhaenyra and Alcock with counterparts in the Game of Thrones becomes more telling given the information about her audition. Despite her familial and aesthetic ties to Daenerys Targaryen, her defiance of tradition, her desire to fight, and her penchant for adventure and exploration give Rhaenyra perhaps a more obvious resemblance to Arya. Given these characteristics, using a scene in which an excited Arya appears to wield her first sword, the hopes for the future beyond her expected station on the horizon seem fitting for finding the perfect person to capture Rhaenyra’s own inner fire. If the initial sections House of the Dragon it’s safe to say that Alcock’s performance will help Rhaenyro became an equally popular figure on screen as the formidable Stark she was so afraid to portray during her audition for the series.