Olivia Cooke from Ready Player One and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl stars in the upcoming House of the Dragon series. She recently revealed details about her role in the Game of Thrones spin-off.
The House of the Dragon star will play Alicent Hightower in the Game of Thrones prequel show on HBO. Her character will go up agains the famous and powerful House Targaryen for control of the throne. “She’s very complex and I think people are gonna want to see the worst in her,” Cooke told Collider.
Though Cooke added, “What’s amazing about Game Of Thrones, like we saw in the past series, is that one season, you hate a character, and the next, you absolutely love them and will go to the ends of the earth for them.” She described the experience of making the show as “utterly bizarre.”
“We’re in the world of Game Of Thrones, but you can also put yourself in a different headspace as well and know that, for an actor, you don’t have to necessarily follow on from what anyone else is doing,” Cooke continued. “But at the same time after the year or year and a half of fucking 10 years that we’ve had, looking down and just being like, ‘What am I wearing? What am I doing? This is mad.’”
Last week, House of the Dragon production hit pause due to a COVID-19 test coming back positive. “As part of the rigorous testing implemented for all production employees, a Zone A production member on House Of The Dragon tested positive for COVID-19. In compliance with industry guidelines, the production member is in isolation, and close contacts will be required to quarantine,” HBO said in a statement via The Hollywood Reporter.
House of the Dragon is set 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones. It follows House Targaryen and is based off author George R.R. Martin’s novel Fire & Blood, which was published back in 2018.
House of the Dragon is just one of multiple Game of Thrones spin-offs currently in the works at HBO. House of the Dragon debuts sometime in 2022.