With the recent success of the new prequel “House of the Dragon,” actress Milly Alcock discusses her love for HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and what she believes is the key to its success.
The 22-year-old actress stars as Rhaenyra Targaryen in the “Game of Thrones” prequel, making her fiery pilot episode debut on top of a flying dragon in King’s Landing. “House of the Dragon” is set 200 years before the original series and is based on George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Fire and Ice” books. The series debuted on HBO Max on August 21.
In a recent interview with The Wrap, the “Upright” star discusses the ongoing success of the “Game of Thrones” prequel and admits that she is an avid fan of the show. According to Alcock, the show’s success is due to the suspense that keeps viewers hooked.
The 22-year-old actress gushed:
“It’s just such a clever show. No one is safe. And I think that that is something that audiences aren’t given a lot of the time. We kind of have this in the back of our mind like, ‘Oh, they’re not going to kill off the main character.’… It’s like, ‘No, Game of Thrones really likes to flip that on its head; that’s why I loved it. I was like, ‘No one is safe.’ It exceeded my expectations every time.”
In the same interview, Alcock discussed her unexpectedly well-received performance as a member of House Targaryen, and she took a moment to appreciate her role in the show.
“I was in Paris, when the premiere came out. I was with Fabian Frankel, who plays Ser Criston Cole, we were doing our last press tour stop. I mean, I’m really surprised because I didn’t think that anyone would notice my performance. I didn’t go into it being like, ‘I’m going to prove myself as an actor.’ I was just kind of like, ‘I’m in this show. I’ve got a good part in the show.'”
The first season of “House of the Dragon” will reportedly have ten episodes that will air weekly. HBO has renewed the prequel series for a second season following its successful premiere, which drew over 20 million viewers.