The Star Of House Of The Dragon Responds To Fans' Unflattering Aegon/Joffrey Comparisons
House of the Dragon actor Tom Glynn-Carney discusses the parallels between Aegon and Game of Thrones' Joffrey Baratheon.
The actor who plays Aegon Targaryen on House of the Dragon, Tom Glynn-Carney, recently addressed the ugly similarities fans have made between his character and Game of Thrones' most despicable figure, Joffrey. Glynn-Carney told The Hollywood Reporter that House of the Dragon showrunners Ryan Condal and Miguel Sapochnik told him his character is the most similar to Joffrey from the original series.
However, the actor defended his role, arguing that Aegon is not completely wicked. "He's not an outright psychopath; he's far more complex... His decisions are motivated by anxiety, uncertainty, and wrath. He's just terribly confused and mentally ill," Glynn-Carney explained. According to the actor, while Aegon might be a terror, he is actually pretty vulnerable.
This was clear in Episode 9 of the blockbuster HBO drama, in which Aegon was elevated to the throne. In the episode, Aegon repeatedly stated that he has no desire to be king. Still, Alicent and Otto Hightower's political ambitions forced him to sit on the throne, pitting him against Rhaenyra Targaryen, who was supposed to inherit the throne from her father, Viserys. One of the most striking similarities between Aegon and Joffrey is that they were both named kings at relatively young ages.
The sort of king Aegon aspires to be will most likely be seen in the second season of the program, which is scheduled to recreate the Targaryen civil war, known as the Dance of the Dragons. Recently, author George R.R. Martin stated that he is pleased with House of the Dragon thus far, but that it will require at least four seasons to adequately convey the narrative from his novel, Fire & Blood.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter