Editor’s Be aware: The next article incorporates spoilers for Episode 1-5 from Home of the Dragon and for the ebook Fireplace & Blood.When House of the Dragon began airing, many followers of the supply materials Fireplace & Blood shortly identified the important thing variations between the ebook and the present. Whereas some modifications had been questioned, many made sense in adapting a narrative advised by means of totally different views and unreliable narrators. One of many key modifications within the present was the addition of the friendship between Rhaenyra Targaryen (Milly Alcock) and Alicent Hightower (Emily Carey). Their friendship grew to become the middle of a lot of the battle because the starting of the collection. This addition added a spine to the battle between the 2 characters and provides layers of depth to the upcoming struggle between these two ladies.
In Fireplace & Blood, the story of the Targaryan civil struggle – also referred to as the Dance of the Dragons – is advised by means of a number of accounts of the occasions and makes use of fictional unreliable narrators. It’s not advised like A Music of Ice and Fireplace by means of novels that alternate between characters’ factors of view however as an alternative acts like a ebook that would exist in Westeros as a historic piece of writing. And so, due to that, the present had plenty of liberties concerning adapting the textual content.
The Modifications to Alicent and Rhaenyra’s Relationship Begin on the Very Starting
When the collection begins, Alicent and Rhaenyra are two younger women in King Touchdown, having grown up collectively on the Crimson Maintain. That is the place the primary vital distinction between the ebook and the present seems. Whereas Rhaenyra and Alicent are the identical age within the collection, that isn’t the case within the ebook. When the present begins, each Rhaenyra and Alicent are 14 years outdated, whereas within the ebook, they not solely have a nine-year age hole however Alicent is alleged to be 18 years outdated when she marries Viserys within the ebook whereas Rhaenyra was solely 9 years outdated.
Whereas the animosity between Alicent and Rhaenyra could be very a lot on the core of the civil struggle that might result in the close to extinction of the Targaryen bloodline, it’s by no means given context exterior of “they don’t like one another.” The present takes a extra thrilling route and provides the writers many choices on organising the upcoming struggle. By making the 2 characters the identical age, Home of the Dragon can domesticate this friendship between them that was not current within the novel.
Rhaenyra and Alicent had been portrayed as greatest pals who merely needed to interrupt away from the conference in entrance of them. The primary episode made it clear that their bond is robust, each needing and leaning on one another in occasions of want. There have been plenty of speak concerning the romantic undertone that the connection had in the direction of the beginning of the collection, with Emily Carey herself talking about it in interviews the place she admits that whereas they did deliberately play it that manner, it as extra about the truth that at that formative age, understanding the distinction between a romantic or platonic relationship might be tough.
The Breakdown of Their Friendship Begins When Alicent Marries Viserys
However at its core, the connection was additionally of two younger ladies who needed to interrupt freed from their worlds and had been damaged aside by their fathers and their fathers’ ambitions. Rhaenyra and Alicent breakdown of their friendship is a response to their surroundings. Her father, Otto Hightower (Rhys Ifans), makes Alicent go to Viserys (Patty Considine) after his spouse’s loss of life to type an emotional reference to him, and she or he has no actual selection however to marry him and provides him kids. By the tip of the present, she would possibly develop into the villain within the eyes of many, however she is a product of her father’s ambition originally, a pawn with no say in what she desires.
And however, you could have Rhaenyra, who by no means forgives Alicent – or her father to a lesser extent – about not solely the wedding, however the clear implication that her greatest pal hid the truth that there was a begin of a relationship along with her father. The second Viserys states that he’ll marry Alicent, it’s the begin of the breakdown of their relationship, one that’s based mostly on Rhaenyra feeling betrayed.
Alicent Breaks Their Friendship When She Arrives in Her Inexperienced Costume
With the reveal of Criston Cole’s (Fabien Frankel) affair with Rhaenyra, Alicent turns into the particular person the ebook describes. The thought is that Rhaenyra may need slept with somebody earlier than marriage and lied to Alicent about it breaks them aside. The second Alicent arrives on the marriage ceremony sporting her father’s home colour, inexperienced, she picks her facet and absolutely dissolves any friendship that may have lingered between her and Rhaenyra.
The arrival in the green dress – at what some name the Inexperienced Marriage ceremony – is one a part of two factions. The Greens, those that will help Alicent’s son Aegon for the throne, and the Black, those that will help Rhaenyra’s declare to the throne.
Creating this friendship and giving background to what’s going to unfold following the ten-year time soar in Episode 6, Home of the Dragon provides extra to the animosity between Alicent and Rhaenyra. Whereas Alicent can nonetheless be perceived as a villain, there may be context. Earlier than, within the ebook, Alicent was nothing greater than a power-hungry girl who needed to place her son on the throne. Alicent is extra fleshed out and a product of her father’s ambitions; she isn’t simply energy hungry, there may be far more there.
And that is the place the concept of what may have develop into a romantic relationship – or perceived as one – is fascinating. As a result of each Alicent and Rhaenyra’s actions will result in the beginning of the autumn of their bloodline, or the Targaryen dynasty, these had been two younger ladies who had been torn aside and reacted the one manner they knew. Whereas quite a bit is occurring on the present, and lots of different actions have implications concerning the upcoming civil struggle, one factor is obvious. The breakdown of the 2 teenage women’ friendship is on the core of all of it, the beginning of all of it, as a result of if Viserys merely did what many believed was the correct selection and married Laena Velaryon, then possibly, the Dying of the Dragons would by no means have had occurred.