Olivia Cooke, who plays Alicent, analyzes the complicated relationship between the two characters in House of the Dragon. Is it love or fear?
Although it has not been long since the successful series of HBO Max, ‘The House of the Dragon’ ended, for the thousands of fans, it gives us the feeling that it was an eternity ago. The desire for a second season makes a dent in our spirit. In order to enliven this seemingly eternal wait, it is important to dedicate a portion of it to unraveling aspects of the plot that have made us hang together.
And it is that the prequel to ‘Game of Thrones’ has been like a cyclone and has swept the audience with it. He has set a very high bar for other proposals in the fantasy genre such as ‘The Rings of Power’. Although the person writing to you insists: There is room for both, and the one and the other proposal have nothing to do with it.
Olivia is a 29-year-old British actress who began her career in 2012 and is enjoying her well-deserved international recognition thanks to roles such as the series ‘Bates Motel‘, and for performances like the one made in the film’Me, him and Raquehe’. He is currently at the peak of his professional career thanks to his addition to the cast of this prequel.
The actress was born in Oldham, Greater Manchester, he wanted to address the indescribable relationship between his character, Alicent, with an old love of his avowed enemy Rhaenyra Targaryen, Ser Criston Cole, In a recent interview to the media Variety.
“I think there’s a bond that’s initially created by both of them feeling hurt by Rhaenyra’s actions. It’s developed into a really cursed bond where she’s incredibly appreciative of his loyalty and he’ll in return do anything for Alicent because she saved his life and gave him another chance.”
“It’s hard because I don’t think it’s love, but appreciation for what he will do for her, and he will be completely forgiving when Alicent asks him for something. He has no one like him in the palace. But I don’t think she realized how far her loyalty would go when she kills Lyman Beesbury in front of her.
Alicent Hightower is compared to Cersei Lannister
Another peculiarity that the viewers of the series have is that they constantly compare their character with Cerceis, and this is not surprising. Both must function in a domineering and cruel patriarchy, both are queens who have forged their own path to power based on cunning and difficult decisions. Although there is a significant difference between the two, one of them may not be such a despicable being. The end justifies the means?
“Alicent is just surrounded by these fucking psychopaths. It’s claustrophobic and scary trying to live in that intense paranoia and fear for the rest of your life. That’s the reason that drives her to make these decisions.”
Alicent and Criston’s strange relationship has a background that shows what happens between them in ‘The House of the Dragon’. As Olivia points out, “Cole shines a light on her, he’s a virile man and that’s the only image she’s had of him in her life, she’s probably very confused about their relationship”.
Something strange blossoms between them and the actress is not sure what Alicent’s true feelings are. Considering how far Cole takes his loyalty to the Queen Mother, it’s completely understandable that he wants to keep him happy and content. We have already seen her fulfill the most morbid desires of another of her admirers and faithful servants.
“I think it’s an appreciation of his duty and his loyalty, but it’s also a fear for him.”
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