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Milly Alcock looks back on ‘House of the Dragon’ after her final episode airs

The actress "changed as a person" after portraying Rhaenyra.

Milly Alcock as Rhaenyra Targaryen in House of the Dragon
Ollie Upton / HBO via Warner Media

Unless House of the Dragon includes flashbacks into the past, and they very well might decide to do that, given Milly Alcock’s popularity in the fandom, yesterday was the last time we saw her as Rhaenyra Targaryen on the HBO prequel series. Now, the actress herself has reflected on her time and explained what it was like to step into such an expansively beloved franchise.

In an interview with Complex, Alcock called her casting a life-changing journey that has transcended every facet of her life.

“It was completely life-changing in every aspect. I feel like I changed as an actor and as a person. I changed physically. I moved across the world, and now I live in London. It’s opened up a potential career for myself. It was completely overwhelming, incredibly challenging, and indefinitely rewarding in every aspect. But it was a battle.”

As to whether Milly might return to the world of Westeros one day, the actress has no idea “what the future holds.” She did say, however, that she’s looking forward to doing something different, maybe an independent film.

“I just wanna do something completely different, you know? I want to do a play. I want to do a film. I want to do an independent film. I don’t know. I just want to make good work ultimately, and hopefully, I’ll find that soon. Or it’ll find me.”

We hope to see Milly Alcock as Rhaenyra again in the future, though the prospects of an out-of-nowhere and incongruous flashback might seem highly unlikely.

With Alcock and Emily Carey handing over the mantle of their characters to Emma D’Arcy and Olivia Cooke, the two thespians will be making their Game of Thrones debut next week on Sunday.

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Jonathan Wright

Jonathan is a religious consumer of movies, TV shows, video games, and speculative fiction. And when he isn't doing that, he likes to write about them. He can get particularly worked up when talking about 'The Lord of the Rings' or 'A Song of Ice and Fire' or any work of high fantasy, come to think of it.