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Milly Alcock and Emily Carey Won't Return for House of the Dragon Season 2

While the show's creator says they aren't "closing the door on anything", the young stars aren't coming back - for now.
  • Milly Alcock and Emily Carey in House of the Dragon. (Photo: HBO)
    Milly Alcock and Emily Carey in House of the Dragon. (Photo: HBO)

    We won't be seeing young Alicent Hightower or Rhaenyra Targaryen anytime soon.

    Episode 6 of House of the Dragon saw the two performers who played young Alicent (Carey) and Rhaenyra (Alcock) replaced by Olivia Cooke and Emma D'Arcy after a 10-year time jump, and unfortunately for fans, we can't expect two see the younger two return - at least not for the foreseeable future.

    Series creator Ryan Condal revealed that for now, they had no plans of utilizing flashbacks and bringing Carey and Alcock. "I mean, look, I don't know. [They] are not a part of the story that we're telling yet. That's not a thing that we're doing right now."

    He noted that Game of Thrones had not leaned on flashbacks as a storytelling device, so he wasn't sure if House of the Dragon might go a different route. "There are things that we haven't fully sorted out," he said. "I'm not closing the door on anything. So there, how's that for an answer?"

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    Jade Budowski is a freelance writer with a knack for ruining punchlines and harboring dad-aged celebrity crushes. She was previously a reporter/producer at Decider and is a member of the Television Critics Association. Follow her on Twitter: @jadebudowski.

    TOPICS: Milly Alcock, HBO, Game of Thrones, House of the Dragon, Emily Carey