‘House of the Dragon’ will feature non-binary lead actor Emma D’Arcy

LGBTQ+ representation will be at the forefront of HBO’s next program game of thrones prequel series.

Dragon House will focus on family members within House Targaryen and cover the parents’ “civil war” to rule Westeros. The main storyline will involve King Viserys I Targaryen (played by Paddy Considine) choosing a new heir to ascend his throne.

Among the candidates vying for the position of ruler of the Seven Kingdoms is the character of Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, who will be played by non-binary actress Emma D’Arcy.

D’Arcy is best known for his work on television shows like Hana, Truth seekersand spirit of adventure. They have also acted in films such as 2020 Misbehavior and 2021 Mothers Day.

Rhaenyra is the eldest child of Viserys I, but the character happens to be female. According to the recently released trailer for Dragon House, many characters wonder if a woman can ascend the throne and rule Westeros. As such, the heir apparent is Prince Daemon Targaryen (played by Matt Smith), who is the younger brother of King Viserys I, and thus an uncle of Rhaenyra.

There’s no clear indication if a non-binary actor like D’Arcy was cast as Rhaenyra because the character’s gender identity might show up on the show. It’s equally plausible that D’Arcy simply feels comfortable playing a female role and that her gender identity has nothing to do with the performance. In any case, LGBTQ+ representation in the game of thrones The world of television is still huge.

Dragon House premieres August 21 on HBO Max.

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