‘House of the Dragon’ star Milly Alcock considers ‘pretty gnarly’ incest scene

‘House of the Dragon’ fans are going crazy over the show’s hot steamy sex scenes In Sunday night’s fourth episode of the “Game of Thrones” spinoff “House of the Dragon,” teen Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen (Milly Alcock) and her uncle Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith) have an excessively close steamy make-out in the middle of a crowded brothel.

Although the scene is bound to raise eyebrows among viewers, Aussie actress Alcock, 22, told The THT that it wasn’t awkward to film.

“No, strangely enough. [Matt Smith and I] were just kind of mates. So, it was quite comfortable,” Alcock said about filming the scene with Smith, 39. “We had an intimacy coordinator, and we worked with her through the rehearsal process and blocked it out months before.”

“House of the Dragon” is set around 200 years before the events of “Game of Thrones,” and it follows Daenerys Targaryen’s ancestors as they scheme over who will succeed the current King (Paddy Considine) on the throne.

King Viserys named his daughter, Rhaenyra, as his heir, snubbing his dastardly younger brother, Daemon. But her position is uncertain since Viserys recently had a son, who many people think should be the rightful heir instead.

Matt Smith smirking with blonde hair.
Matt Smith as Daemon Targaryen.
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Daemon was friendly with his niece, but now, it’s a relationship that’s a little too close. In this episode, Rhaenyra and Daemon see each other for the first time in several years (since Daemon previously angered the King and got exiled).

When Daemon returns to King’s Landing, he and Rhaenyra don disguise and go out for a night on the town. This culminates with Daemon bringing Rhaenyra to a brothel, where they walk through rooms full of other people who are getting busy, as a wide-eyed Rhaenyra takes it all in.

Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock), right, with her dad King Viserys (Paddy Considine) looking at fire.
Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock), right, with her dad King Viserys (Paddy Considine).
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“Clare Kilner, our director, ensured that we hadn’t seen any of the brothel stuff until we were shooting,” said Alcock. “In this way, that was our most memorable time strolling through the whorehouse, and he’s directing her through the room with these different bodies. In this way, that was very surprising. You’re like, ‘This is somewhat peculiar and senseless.'” There were additional items who we had recently met who were like, 69-ing for 12 hours,” she added. “It’s really amazing. We felt pretty embellished, in light of the fact that every other person was naked.”Then, Daemon takes action on his niece. Inside the universe of the show, inbreeding is entirely typical for the Targaryen family. In any case, it’s shocking for Rhaenyra to get going with anybody before she’s offered to somebody that her dad supports — considerably less, her uncle who has a terrible standing.King Viserys (Paddy Consideine) and his younger brother Daemon (Matt Smith) face each other smiling.
King Viserys (Paddy Considine) and his younger brother Daemon (Matt Smith) are briefly on good terms again before Daemon kisses Rhaenyra.
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“I believe it’s confounded, I think Daemon is really great for her … however whether he’s the correct thing for her, the truth will come out at some point,” said Alcock, who recently let The HT know that she and Smith had a common comprehension that the relationship is “charged, yet entirely deep down.”

“Rhaenyra is at an age where she can’t differentiate between non-romantic love, heartfelt love, and desire, since she hasn’t resided adequately long and gone through those encounters,” Alcock added. “I believe that she comprehends that there’s an inclination here [with Daemon], yet she’s not exactly certain where it terrains, and how to act with it and explore it.”

After their hot and heavy moment, Daemon discards her. Rhaenyra gets back and winds up losing her virginity to Ser Criston Cole (Fabien Frankel), her sworn defender who stands monitor outside her entryway around evening time. After reports of their illegal experience arrive at the lord, a hungover Daemon then gets exiled for a second time.

“I grappled with [her affections for Criston] the entire time, in the show,” said Alcock. “I feel that she needs to be seen, and at last Daemon and Cristan Cole are the main two individuals who truly see her. The two of them see her for various reasons. Daemon sort of has the high ground, and Rhaenyra has the advantage with Cole, and that turns her on a little.”

“I feel that she really loves him. Yet, I don’t figure she would pick him over Daemon, at last.”

“House of the Dragon” is currently airing at 9 p.m. Sundays on HBO.

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