More House of the Dragon characters are being recast in episode 8

House of the dragon
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House of the Dragon is recasting even more characters – and, yes, that means another time jump is coming.

House of the Dragon episode 8 will see new actors step into the roles of Alicent’s children Aegon, Helaena, and Aemond. Rhaenyra’s boys, Jacaerys and Lucerys, will also be recast.

HBO has already confirmed Tom Glynn-Carney (Dunkirk) will play Aegon, while Phia Saban (The Last Kingdom) and Ewan Mitchell (High Life) take on the parts of Helaena and Aemond respectively. Jacaerys will be portrayed by Harry Collett (Dolittle) and newcomer Elliot Grihault is playing Lucerys. It is not yet known who is playing Alicent’s youngest son, Joffrey.

The show has already undergone several time skips, with new actors also joining the show as older versions of major characters. Most notably, Olivia Cooke and Emma D’Arcy have replaced Emily Carey and Milly Alcock as Alicent and Rhaenyra.

The Hightowers in House of the Dragon episode 8

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Glynn-Carney has already opened up about his take on Aegon – including what appears to be exploring a more complex side to the character than the rebellious teenager we’ve glimpsed so far in both King’s Landing and Driftmark.

"It’s definitely one of the darker roles I’ve played," Glynn-Carney said in an interview with Wonderland (opens in new tab). "It’s a very, very complex character. One minute we love him, then the next we hate him, but I’m really enjoying that sort of back-and-forth aspect of the role. It’s a tricky thing to play, but it’s rewarding in so many ways."

The trailer for the next episode, meanwhile, reveals several years have passed since Rhaenyra and Daemon’s wedding, with the Hightowers and Targaryens taking opposing sides in an impending civil war. 

We’ll have to wait and see how these new players are introduced to the show in the remaining episodes. Check out our House of the Dragon release schedule to make sure you don’t miss a moment.

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