House of the Dragon Season 2 Casts Alys Rivers, Ser Simon Strong, and More

House of the Dragon Season 2 has found its Alys Rivers. The second season of the Game of Thrones prequel has added four new cast members who will play important roles in the HBO series.

Variety confirms that Gayle Rankin, Simon Russell Beale, Freddie Fox, and Abubakar Salim have joined the cast of House of the Dragon Season 2. Gayle Rankin was confirmed to play Alys Rivers, a wet nurse at Harrenhal who eventually becomes Aemond Targaryen's lover. The casting of the woman who is described as a wood witch is an exciting one for fans who have read George R.R. Martin's Fire and Blood.

Simon Russell Beale has been cast as Ser Simon Strong, the castellan of Harrenhal during the Dance of the Dragons. The knight was defending the castle when Daemon Targaryen tried to take Harrenhal during the civil war.

Freddie Fox will portray Ser Gwayne Hightower, son of Otto Hightower and brother to Alicent Hightower. The character previously appeared in the first season during the tourney in the premiere episode but was played by an unnamed actor.

Abubakar Salim will play Alyn of Hull, a sailor of the Velaryon fleet who tries to become one of the dragonriders for Team Black. In the book, he is a dragonseed who eventually becomes legitimized and becomes known as Alyn Velaryon.

The casting announcement comes at the perfect time considering that House of the Dragon Season 2 has been filming Harrenhal scenes in the past week (via Redanian Intelligence). With that in mind, we could get more updates on production soon.

A recent report also suggested that House of the Dragon Season 2 has cast Blood in the deadly Blood and Cheese duo. Line of Duty actor Mark Stobbart has reportedly been confirmed to play Cheese. The report also suggests that Stobbart will be filming his scenes until September this year.

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