‘There is still hope’ for Rhaenyra, Alicent Friendship, says Ryan Condal

At the end of the House of the Dragon season, it seems that Rhaenyra (Emma D’Arcy) and Alicent (Olivia Cooke) are hopelessly at odds. How can you be friends with someone who defied her husband, your father’s wishes that you succeed him as ruler? And basically put your nephew on the throne. But, creator and showrunner Ryan Condal says there’s still hope for Rhaenyra and Alicent in House of the Dragon Season 2.

[Warning: This article contains spoilers for the House of the Dragon season finale.]

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Condal was a guest on the House of the Dragon podcast on October 23 to discuss the season finale. Looking ahead to House of the Dragon season 2, Condal offered Rhaenyra and Alicent some hope to fix the fences.

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At the end of the House of the Dragon season finale, Aemond’s (Ewan Mitchell) dragon ate Luke (Elliot Grihault). Even losing a son to one of Alicent’s sons, Condal believes Rhaenyra could still find her childhood friend, Alicent.

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“I think there’s still hope, even with Luke dead,” Condal said on the House of the Dragon podcast. “The problem moving forward is that Alicent and Rhaenyra no longer have control of Alicent and Rhaenyra. Now we are dealing with their sons and what we know from the story is that the war is often fought by angry, testosterone-laden 16 to 22 year olds, the sons of people trying to keep their power.

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There could be a war in Westeros for the succession of King Viserys (Paddy Considine). Viserys named Rhaenyra his successor, but after her death Alicent claims he named their son Aegon on his deathbed. However Alicent and Rhaenyra work things out, their sons and daughters are in the fight in House of the Dragon season 2.

“The barn doors have somehow been opened and you have all these people, Aemond and Aegon and Jace and Luke and Raena and Baela, they don’t have that old story that Rhaenyra and Alicent had together when they got together. loved and read books together. What they know is those ingrained sides that were formed by their parents and taught to them from an early age.

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Condal also cited some scenes from Season 1 that will bear fruit in House of the Dragon Season 2.

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“Alicent grabs Aegon’s face when he gets caught up in a compromising situation at that very famous Red Keep window and she tells him he’s the challenge and they’re coming to get him and kill him,” said Condal. “When you say that to a 14-year-old, and it’s probably not the first time you’ve had this conversation with him, it does something for a developing brain. That’s the drama of this story.”

Condal added that these forces were also set in motion before the time of Alicent and Rhaenyra.

“It’s not even Alicent’s fault,” Condal said. “It’s actually his father’s fault and Viserys’ fault. They didn’t even realize it was their fault at the time, but again, that’s why this is a Greek tragedy.

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Source: https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/house-of-the-dragon-season-2-still-hope-for-rhaenyra-alicent-friendship-ryan-condal.html/