In case you’re wondering why they switched actors house of the dragon, because there was a significant jump in time in episode 6 “The Princess and the Queen”. That game of Thrones Prequel already used time jumps; The biggest we’ve seen so far is three years in the future. However, there is a full decade between episodes 5 and 6. Find out what the time warp means for the story and how it should be more “extreme” than what the HBO series showed.
‘House of the Dragon’ Episode 6 jumps 10 years into the future
The Princess and the Queen jumps 10 years into the future house of the dragon timeline. Emma D’Arcy is now playing Rhaenyra Targaryen and Olivia Cooke is Alicent Hightower. In the past ten years, Rhaenyra has left Ser Criston Cole (Fabien Frankel) and given birth to three children: Jacaerya, Lucerya and Jeoffrey. Dissimilar to their father, Laenor Velaryon (John Macmillan), Alicent assumes the children are by Harwin “Breakbones” Strong (Ryan Corr).
Speaking of Alicent, she also has three children with King Viserys (Paddy Considine): Aegon, Helaena, and Aemond. Other major plot points to note from the 10 year time skip in Episode 6 are:
- Rhaenyra and Alicent have seats on the small council.
- Viserys’ decision to make Rhaenyra his successor is complete.
- Alicent has two allies: Ser Criston Cole and Larys Strong (Matthew Needham).
- Daemon (Matt Smith) and Laena (Nanna Blondell) have twin girls Baela and Rhaena and are expecting a third child, but Laena dies by suicide after commanding her dragon, Vhagar, to set her on fire.
House of the Dragon executive producer Miguel Sapochnik found the episode 6 time jump “worrying.”
As a guest The official Game of Thrones Podcast: house of the dragon, Executive producer Miguel Sapochnik admitted he was concerned about using such a large time jump. “The time jumps were there from the start,” Sapochnik explained. “I’d like to say they were a bit more extreme than they are now.” That makes sense when you think about it Fire & Bloodthe starting material for house of the dragon. The book spans 150 years of Targaryen history, so we can certainly expect even more time jumps in the remaining episodes.
Sapochnik explained: “If I remember correctly, the ages ranged from maybe 12 or 13 years to 20, 22 years later. It was immediately worrying that we were doing a season with so many time jumps like this.”
Sapochnik believes “time jumps can be distracting [and] confusing” for an audience. “It’s rare that people say, ‘I love this time warp,'” he added. Still, Sapochnik believes that if there’s something to worry about, it’s worth venturing into.
The time skip required a cast change on House of the Dragon
Many viewers knew the Princess Rhaenyra and Queen Alicent recast was coming thanks to the initial house of the dragon teasers However, that hasn’t prevented some confusion from developing among fans. Behind the scenes, Sapochnik saw this confusion coming, but hoped that with the biggest time jump and “Drop[ping] everyone in it,” it would be easier for viewers to understand.
“We knew we had to recast our actors [and] that would confuse everyone anyway [but] We can’t avoid it, so we have to go for it,” he admitted. Will there be more time jumps in future episodes of? house of the dragon? Tune in to ET HBO at 9 p.m. Sunday nights to find out.
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