HBO releases new House of the Dragonepisode 6 images revealing the many recastings that lie ahead. After premiering just one month ago, House of the Dragon begins about 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones during a time when vying for control of the Iron Throne is as contentious as ever. Some major players in the latest Westerosi conflict include the ailing King Viserys Targaryen, Prince Daemon, Princess Rhaenyra, Queen Alicent Hightower, Ser Otto Hightower, Lord Corlys Velaryon, and Ser Criston Cole.
Paddy Considine leads the House of the Dragon cast alongside Doctor Who's Matt Smith, Milly Alcock, Emily Carey, Rhys Ifans, Steve Toussaint, and Fabien Frankel. In the case of Alcock and Carey, they played the pivotal roles of Rhaenyra and Alicent, respectively, charting the characters' early moves in the lead up to the legendary conflict the Dance of the Dragons. It's long been known that midway through House of the Dragon season 1, a 10-year time jump would occur and see these younger actors, along with others recast. Now, House of Dragon episode 6 trailers, clips, and images have revealed looks at some of the older actors who will be joining the show in the next episode.
A few days ahead of its premiere, HBO releases several new House of the Dragon episode 6 images. The photos reveal a look at the multiple aged-up recastings that are coming, with the headliners being Emma D'Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra and Olivia Cooke as Queen Alicent, though there are many other new faces to see. Check out all the images below:
Other than Rhaenyra and Alicent, one of the biggest players above who will have a pivotal role to play in the Dance of the Dragons is Prince Aegon. As the firstborn son of King Viserys and Queen Alicent, Aegon arguably has a stronger claim to the throne than Rhaenyra and poses a direct threat to the Princess. As seen in the image above, the teenage version of Aegon will be played by Ty Tennant (son of Doctor Who's David Tennant), after he was a seen as a toddler in previous episodes. Viserys and Alicent's daughter has grown older as well, with Evie Allen now taking over as Princess Helaena. Rhaenyra's husband, Ser Laenor Velaryon, has also been recast as John Macmillan, while Prince Daemon has married Laena Velaryon who will now be played by Nanna Blondell. Not only do these recastings help move House of the Dragon forward, but they also give an idea of who might grow to become major players in the brewing conflict.
In addition to the several recastings, the House of the Dragon episode 6 images reveal some new young characters who were born within 10-year time jump. They are Daemon and Laena's two daughters, Baela (Shani Smethurst) and Rhaena (Eva Ossei-Gerning). Just as audiences were getting to know many of the show's characters and the actors who played them, House of the Dragon is now recasting a few lead roles and throwing new characters into the mix as well. It will be interesting to see how audiences respond to them. The good news is that once viewers get acclimated to the 10-year time shift, there won't be any more major time jumps in House of the Dragon for the foreseeable future.
House of the Dragon releases new epiodes Sundays on HBO.