Ser Criston Cole, played by Fabien Frankel in HBO’s House of the Dragon, has seen some significant changes throughout the course of the season. Rhaenyra Targaryen (Milly Alcock/Emma D’Arcy), to whom he initially swore devotion, was the object of his loyalty before Alicent Hightower won his support (Emily Carey, Olivia Cooke).
Because of Frankel’s outstanding portrayal, Cole rapidly transformed from a fan favorite to a villain that everyone loves to detest. Frankel sat down with the New York Times to talk about his character and his experience living in the universe established by George R.R. Martin as House of the Dragon nears its season finale. It turns out that when the actor initially read for the part, he had no idea what he was auditioning for.
He recalls, “I received an email from my agency that stated ‘Untitled HBO Television Series. He was informed that he would be going in for a Clint tryout. “After my audition, all I learned was that they were seeking someone that resembled Jason Momoa a little more. That most definitely wasn’t me, and I didn’t give it much more thought after that.” Of course, Jason Momoa played Khal Drogo, the commander of the Dothraki army, in the first season of Game of Thrones.
Fortunately, six months later Frankel received a proposal from HBO. “I’m curious to see whether they changed their casting requirements or couldn’t find someone who resembled Jason Momoa because of this. If I have the chance to question them, I will.” Regardless matter how fans feel about the character, viewers should be pleased with HBO’s choice since Frankel does a fantastic job portraying Criston Cole.