Milly Alcock, Emily Carey Felt Like They’d ‘Kiss’

  • Milly Alcock and Emily Carey said they felt like they were going to kiss after filming a “House of the Dragon” scene. 
  • The episode 4 scene sees the characters reconnecting in friendship while sitting on a bench. 
  • Rumors have swirled about their characters having a romantic relationship on the hit HBO “Game of Thrones” spin-off.

Milly Alcock and Emily Carey — who starred as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen and Queen Alicent Hightower in the first half of HBO’s “House of the Dragon” — said it felt like they were “about to kiss” after filming a scene in episode four. 

In the scene, the pair, who were once best friends, reconnect while sitting on a bench after a series of obstacles push them away from each other. 

“I remember in rehearsal at the end of the scene, we were like, ‘Did you feel like we were about to kiss?’” Carey told  New York Times in a joint interview with Alcock. 

“And I was like, ‘Yeah!’” Alcock added. 

“Yeah, dude, it felt like we were going to kiss,” Carey continued. “That was really strange.”

Rumors have swirled about Rhaenyra and Alicent having a romantic relationship on the show. Alicent ultimately marries Rhaenyra’s father, King Viserys Targaryen. 

When asked whether there was sexual tension between the female characters, Carey said there was an “undertone” in the script that “could be played,” but that it wasn’t necessarily intentional.  

“If you want to see it, you can. If you want to pretend it’s not there, you can also do that,” Carey said. 

She added that their relationship is “just a closeness between two young women that cannot be verbalized, especially in the world they live in.”

“I don’t think they fully understand the feelings; it’s just all-consuming love,” she said. 

Alcock and Carey have now finished their run acting on the show after episode five aired Sunday night. Next Sunday, a time jump in the plot replaces Alcock and Carey with actors Emma D’Arcy and Olivia Cooke, respectively. 

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