Without a doubt, one of the biggest tragedies of A Dance with Dragons is the destruction of the relationship between Alyssaint Hightower and Rhaenyra Targaryen, which we saw little of. House of the Dragon. From the very first episode, the question whether these two characters have feelings for each other has been raised. Although there is no official explanation from George RR Martin, The actresses in charge of these papers answered.
In a recent chat with The New York Times, Emma D’Arcy and Olivia Cooke, actresses of the grown-up versions of Raina and Alicent, respectively, talked about, indicating that there is clearly something inside them that wants them to be together, but circumstances have driven them apart. As D’Arcy commented:
“This kind of sexual energy is very present in their early relationship. I think Rhaenyra is primarily motivated by a deep desire to know and be seen. The hurt and pain is so pervasive that I don’t know, at this point, if there is room for conscious interaction with sexual lust, but she certainly longs for the old physical intimacy they shared. It is different from what she shares with her current husband and children. A different form of communication.”
For his part, Cook commented:
“I don’t know if Alicent knows what it’s like to feel these things now. There are layers and layers of repression; Sex and lust are probably a prehistoric sedimentary layer now. From Alicent’s point of view, I don’t think she’s self-aware enough in terms of what she’s feeling, which drives her to go back to Rahenara.”
It is a matter of that Emily Carey, who plays young AlicentAlso acting in an interview diversity:
“I mean, we started that speech. We were in the rehearsal room… I think it was episode 4. It’s not necessarily something we’ve talked about yet. We were making a scene, and Millie and I looked at each other like, ‘Did it look like we were going to kiss? It was really strange!’ And so we talked about it.”
There are only two episodes left in its first season House of the Dragon, It’s very likely that we’ll continue to see how this relationship develops and the friendship is destroyed, until the tragic end of all this dance. Relatedly, HBO defended the lack of lighting in one of its episodes. Similarly, the producer left the series.
This is a true tragedy in the relationship between Alicent and Rhaenyra, and the blame lies with Viserys. If only the king had chosen the kingdom and his position, and not his feelings for Alicent, all this could have been avoided, but as they say: “Love is the death of duty”.
Through: The New York Times