The Game of Thrones spinoff series, House of the Dragon, has captivated fans with its intense storyline and captivating characters. However, not everyone from the original show is eager to tune in. In a recent interview, actress Lena Headey, who portrayed Cersei Lannister, revealed that she has not watched the spinoff. She expressed that it would feel “too weird” to see the new show after being so closely involved with the original. Headey’s sentiment raises the question of whether other cast members share the same stance.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, known for his role as Cersei’s brother and lover, Jaime Lannister, also confessed to not having seen House of the Dragon as of April. He expressed his willingness to wait a couple of seasons before binge-watching it. Coster-Waldau’s response indicates a certain level of detachment from the new series, perhaps as a way to distance himself from the iconic characters he portrayed for so long.
Emilia Clarke, who played Daenerys Targaryen, offered her perspective on the matter. She admitted that she “just can’t” bring herself to watch House of the Dragon. Clarke compared it to attending a school reunion that is not from her graduating class, implying that the spinoff does not hold the same sentimental value for her. Her avoidance suggests a similar sentiment to her co-stars, emphasizing the difficulty of letting go of the original show’s impact.
Headey further elaborated on her feelings towards Game of Thrones, stating that while she does not miss the show itself, she does miss the relationships she formed with the cast and crew. She mentioned experiencing a “weird grief” from those connections, but ultimately, she does not miss it. Headey acknowledged the tremendous influence Game of Thrones had on everyone involved and emphasized the lasting impact it will always have.
House of the Dragon enjoyed a successful first season, garnering a sizable audience of approximately 29 million viewers per episode. The series seemed to live up to fans’ expectations, leaving them eagerly anticipating the second season. However, it has been announced that Season 2 will have eight episodes, two fewer than the first season. This change may raise concerns among viewers about the show’s pacing and storytelling.
While some Game of Thrones actors might not be following the latest spinoff, House of the Dragon, HBO has already announced plans for other related projects. A spinoff centered around Jon Snow is currently in development, further expanding the Game of Thrones universe. It will be interesting to see whether the original cast members will choose to engage with these future ventures or maintain their distance from the ever-growing franchise.
The cast of Game of Thrones has varying reactions to the spinoff series, House of the Dragon. Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Emilia Clarke have all expressed their hesitation or disinterest in watching the new show. Whether it be due to a sense of detachment, avoidance of nostalgia, or simply not feeling the urge to engage, these actors have chosen to distance themselves from their iconic characters. As House of the Dragon continues its journey, it remains to be seen if the cast’s opinions will change or if they will maintain their critical distance from the spinoff.