Since the release of House of the Dragonthe prequel to Game Of Throneslast August 26, a resemblance strikes fans of the universe of George RR Martin: that of Rhaenyra Targaryen with Daenerys (Emilia Clarke), heroine of GoT.
His dazzling blond hair, his “Dracarys”, launched from the first episode, were enough to make the comparison for the public between the two characters. However, Milly Alcock, who plays the role of Rhaenyra, does not find that there are so many similarities.
“We have the same wig and we both say Dracarys, but other than that I don’t feel like our two characters really look alike. I get why people see similarities: they’re two Targaryens who claim the Iron Throne and are challenged for it. But the way they see the world, and the tools they use to get what they want are fundamentally different to me..”
Arguments difficult to dispute. Daenerys does not have the same privileges as Rhaenyra at the start of Game Of Thrones. She is the only remaining heiress of the Targaryens and starts with nothing. Rhaenyra is the daughter of the current lord of the seven crowns Viserys Targaryen and wants to prove that she is the one who must succeed her father and become the first woman to sit on the Iron Throne. “Rhaenyra was born with privileges that Daenerys doesn’t have,” insists the 22-year-old actress.
“I’m not even sure Rhaenyra really wants to sit on the Iron Throne. I think she mostly wants change, and validation from her father who has become her only family. The Iron Throne is the symbol of their bond and his love for her. So I think it’s a bit more complex than just wanting the power“, adds Milly Alcock.
200 years later, Daenerys shows more determination to want to recover the Throne, even if it means burning everything in her path. As a reminder, House of the Draken focuses on recounting the beginnings of the fall of the Targaryen dynasty with the wars of succession to access the Iron Throne until a civil war named “The Dance of the Dragons“.