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Milly Alcock Has Come Out In Defense Like Many Other Of Her Character's Relationships To Her Uncle

Milly Alcock, star of House of the Dragon, discusses why she believes Rhaenyra Targaryen's connection with her uncle Daemon is beneficial to the character.

Alcock discussed the fourth episode's heated makeout session between Rhaenyra and Matt Smith's Daemon Targaryen, whose niece/uncle relationship made their actions all the tenser, in an interview with the New York Post.

While incestuous partnerships are not uncommon in the mythology of House Targaryen, Daemon's troubled relationship with King Viserys, his brother and Rhaenyra's father, leads the exiled prince's move on the wide-eyed Targaryen heir to have some sinister undertones. Despite Daemon abandoning her in a brothel, Alcock believes Rhaenyra's experience with him is a step in the right way because she is learning what it is like to be in love.

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"I think it's complicated. I think Daemon is good for her … but whether or not he’s the right thing for her, time will tell," Alcock said. "Rhaenyra is at an age where she can’t tell the difference between platonic love, romantic love, and lust because she hasn’t lived long enough and gone through those experiences. I think that she understands that there's a feeling here [with Daemon], but she's not quite sure where it lands, and how to behave with it and navigate it."

Rhaenyra eventually loses her virginity to Ser Criston Cole (Fabien Frankel), her devoted bodyguard, after Daemon departs. According to Alcock, the princess is drawn to both Daemon and Cole because they appear to be the only ones who perceive her for who she is.

"I fought with [her feelings for Criston] throughout the act," Alcock explained. "I believe she wants to be noticed, and Daemon and Criston Cole are the only two people who truly see her. They both view her for different reasons. Daemon has the upper hand, and Rhaenyra has the upper hand with Cole, which turns her on a little bit. I believe she actually likes him. But I doubt she'd choose him over Daemon in the end."

Source: New York Post

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