House of the Dragon’ time jump: Here’s what the characters look like now.


We’ve now reached the halfway point in House of the Dragon, and you know what that means? It’s time for a time jump.

We’ve known it was coming for a while now. Although we started the show with one set of actors, it’s been clear since the first official images and the trailers that an older cast would be replacing certain key players at some point down the line. While the series’ first time jump between episodes 2 and 3 was three years keeping all but one of the same actors, this time, the time jump is a solid 10 years, so it wouldn’t make sense for everyone to look exactly the same.

With episode 5 ending in a big (and typically dramatic and bloody) wedding, the timing of the jump makes sense — but who exactly is being replaced, and by whom?

Milly Alcock is being replaced by Emma D’Arcy. Credit: HBO / Mashable Composite.

It’s going to be difficult for some to swallow, as Rhaenyra Targaryen has already become something of a fan favourite. The Princess of Dragonstone and heir to the Iron Throne is probably the most prominent figure that will see a change in the latter half of Season 1, with actor Milly Alcock handing the dragon reins to Emma D’Arcy, who’s starred in the likes of TV shows Wanderlust and Truth Seeker.

Queen Alicent Hightower, once BFFs with Rhaenyra, appears to be growing further and further apart from the princess (although going from childhood friend to stepmother will probably do that, not to mention all this Iron Throne heir business). Emily Carey plays a young Alicent for the first half of the series, but now the role will be taken up by Ready Player One and Sound of Metal star Olivia Cooke, who recently confirmed in an interview that the time jump has done nothing to repair things between Alicent and Rhaenyra — especially after wearing that green dress to her wedding.

Laena Valeryon.

Savannah Steyn is being replaced by Nanna Blondell. Credit: HBO / YouTube / Game Of Thrones / Mashable Composite.

The eldest of the Velaryon children, Laena Velaryon is actually about to have her second actor transition. In episode 2, as a 12-year-old girl, she’s played by Nova Foueillis-Mosé, having a very awkward conversation with King Viserys when her parents, Lord Corlys Velaryon and Princess Rhaenys Targaryen, want to arrange their marriage. In episode 5, a few years later as a teen, she’s played by Savannah Steyn, flirting with Daemon Targaryen at her brother Laenor’s wedding to Rhaenyra; and now — post-time jump — she’ll be played by Red Dot‘s Nanna Blondell.

Based on the episode 6 preview, it looks like Laena will have a major role in what’s to come.

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