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House of the Dragon’s Milly Alcock reflects on ‘gnarly’ incest scene

It’s a household affair. 

[Warning: Spoilers ahead for episode 4 of “House of the Dragon.”]

In Sunday evening’s fourth episode of the “Sport of Thrones” spinoff “Home of the Dragon,” teen Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen (Milly Alcock) and her uncle Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith) have an incestuous steamy make-out in the course of a crowded brothel.

Though the scene is sure to lift eyebrows amongst viewers, Aussie actress Alcock, 22, informed The Submit that it wasn’t awkward to movie. 

“No, unusually sufficient. [Matt Smith and I] have been simply form of mates. So, it was fairly comfy,” Alcock stated about filming the scene with Smith, 39. “We had an intimacy coordinator, and we labored along with her by means of the rehearsal course of and blocked it out months earlier than.”

Matt Smith as Daemon Targaryen.
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“Home of the Dragon” is about round 200 years earlier than the occasions of “Sport of Thrones,” and it follows Daenerys Targaryen’s ancestors as they scheme over who will succeed the present King (Paddy Considine) on the throne.

King Viserys named his daughter, Rhaenyra, as his inheritor, snubbing his dastardly youthful brother, Daemon. However her place is unsure, since Viserys just lately had a son, who many individuals suppose needs to be the rightful inheritor as an alternative.

Daemon was pleasant along with his niece, however now, it’s a relationship that’s a bit too shut. On this episode, Rhaenyra and Daemon see one another for the primary time in a number of years (since Daemon beforehand angered the King and bought exiled).

When Daemon returns to King’s Touchdown, he and Rhaenyra don disguises and exit for an evening in town. This culminates with Daemon bringing Rhaenyra to a brothel, the place they stroll by means of rooms stuffed with different people who find themselves getting busy, as a wide-eyed Rhaenyra takes all of it in. 

Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock), right, with her dad King Viserys (Paddy Considine) looking at fire.
Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock), proper, along with her dad King Viserys (Paddy Considine).
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“Clare Kilner, our director, made positive that we hadn’t seen any of the brothel stuff till we have been taking pictures,” stated Alcock. “So, that was our first time strolling by means of the brothel, and he’s guiding her by means of the room with all of those different our bodies. So, that was fairly stunning. You’re like, ‘That is form of bizarre and foolish.’”

“There have been extras who we had simply met who have been like, 69-ing for 12 hours,” she added. “It’s fairly gnarly. We felt fairly overdressed, as a result of everybody else was nude.”

Then, Daemon makes his transfer on his niece. Throughout the world of the present, incest isn’t uncommon for the Targaryen household. However, it’s scandalous for Rhaenyra to be getting busy with anybody earlier than she’s married off to somebody that her father approves of — a lot much less, her uncle who’s bought a nasty repute. 

King Viserys (Paddy Consideine) and his younger brother Daemon (Matt Smith) face each other smiling.
King Viserys (Paddy Considine) and his youthful brother Daemon (Matt Smith) are briefly on good phrases once more earlier than Daemon kisses Rhaenyra.
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“I feel it’s difficult, I feel Daemon is sweet for her … however whether or not or not he’s the correct factor for her, time will inform,” stated Alcock, who beforehand informed The Submit that she and Smith had a mutual understanding that the connection is “charged, however beneath the floor.”

“Rhaenyra is at an age the place she will’t inform the distinction between platonic love, romantic love and lust, as a result of she hasn’t lived lengthy sufficient and gone by means of these experiences,” Alcock added. “I feel that she understands that there’s a sense right here [with Daemon], however she’s not fairly positive the place it lands, and the best way to behave with it and navigate it.” 

After their scorching and heavy second, Daemon ditches her. Rhaenyra returns dwelling and finally ends up dropping her virginity to Ser Criston Cole (Fabien Frankel), her sworn protector who stands guard outdoors her door at evening. After reviews of their illicit encounter attain the king, a hungover Daemon then will get exiled for a second time. 

“I wrestled with [her feelings for Criston] the entire time, within the present,” stated Alcock. “I feel that she desires to be seen, and in the end Daemon and Cristan Cole are the one two individuals who actually see her. Each of them see her for various causes. Daemon form of has the higher hand, and Rhaenyra has the higher hand with Cole, and that turns her on a bit.”

“I feel that she genuinely likes him. However I don’t suppose she would choose him over Daemon, in the end.”

“Home of the Dragon” is at the moment airing at 9 p.m. Sundays on HBO.

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