“House of the Dragon” star Emma D’Arcy said that Rhaenyra and Daemon’s love is a “grooming situation”.
In episode four, Deamhan, who is in his early 30s, tries to have sex with his 18-year-old niece.
Despite the haircut and age gap, many fans are supporting the relationship.
“House of the Dragon” star Emma D’Arcy has spoken out about the “grooming” relationship between Rhaenyra Targaryen and her uncle Daemon.
During the series, Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock) has a sexual relationship with her uncle (Matt Smith) which almost leads to the two having sex in episode four. At the time, Rhaenyra was 18 and Daemon is in his early 30s.
D’Arcy, who plays Rhaenyra after a ten-year leap in episode six, told the Independent that the problem with their relationship had more to do with their age gap than their blood relationship.
“This is basically a case of grooming,” the 30-year-old actor said. “The idea that a teenage girl is able to consent to that sexual interaction in any way is a mess. There’s no way that power can be distributed fairly in that relationship.”
This is also not the first time that there is an incestuous relationship in “Game of Thrones.”
D’Arcy said: “It’s not something I know a lot about, but I do know that something very electric and erotic can happen between people who share genetic material and didn’t grow up together. That’s always exciting and dangerous, especially when someone’s young. It opens up new perspectives for Rhaenyra, and I don’t know about you, but I find that a very attractive quality in a person.”
In episode four, Daemon takes Rhaenyra to a brothel, and they continue to make out until Daemon pulls the young princess and dismembers the young princess. Although some fans suggested the two had sex in the scene, D’Arcy said they thought Daemon “couldn’t carry on.”
“It’s very much open to interpretation, but I think impotence is a big theme with Demon, so that’s my reading of it,” the actor told the Independent.
Earlier this month, Alcock, 22, told the New York Post that she was “pretty comfortable” filming the scene with Smith, 39.
She said: “Clare Kilner, our director, made sure we didn’t see any of the distillery stuff until we were shooting. So that was the first time we had walked through the distillery, and we he’s being led through the room with all of the So, that was pretty scary. You’re like, ‘This is kind of weird and silly.’ There were extras that we just met and were like, 69-ing for 12 hours. It’s pretty gnarly. We felt pretty overdressed because everyone else was nude.”
New episodes of “House of the Dragon” air Sundays on HBO at 9 pm ET.
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