There is little doubt that House of the Dragon is a completely different show on its own although it is also set in Westeros. Still, that didn't stop Emma D'Arcy from getting some important advice from a Game of Thrones star. D'Arcy admitted that they got to meet Emilia Clarke before they started working on the prequel show.
Emma D'Arcy will be playing Rhaenyra Targaryen, the princess who was originally set to inherit the Iron Throne before her father got a male heir. Like Daenerys Targaryen, Rhaenyra believes that the Iron Throne is her birthright and she is the rightful ruler of Westeros. This belief leads to the civil war known as the Dance of the Dragons.
Playing the next major Targaryen queen is a huge thing and luckily, Emma D'Arcy got some great advice from someone who understands that. D'Arcy revealed to Comicbook.com that they got to sit down with Emilia Clarke, thanks to House of the Dragon co-showrunner Miguel Sapochnik.
"Yeah. I mean, so Miguel Sapochnik, one of the co-showrunners, he set me up on a date with, so to speak, with Emilia Clarke," D'Arcy said.
"I'm actually going for dinner. And, God, she was so generous. She gave me hours and she was so candid," they continued. "And she spoke to all areas of that experience. And, I think, very cleverly, held some stuff back. Stuff to do with the release...But I think she was gently preparing me for the incredible stamina that this job requires and sort of priming me for battle, actually, and, yeah, amazing person."
It's great to know that Emma D'Arcy got to sit down and discuss their new role with someone who has gone through it before them. With that in mind, we can't wait to see how it all works out for Rhaenyra Targaryen in the new series.
House of the Dragon premieres on HBO on August 21, 2022.