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How Princess Diana’s Funeral Impressed House of the Dragon’s Somber Procession

O brother, the effect art thou? The same twins Ser Arryk Cargyll (Luke Tittensor) and Ser Erryk Cargyll (Elliott Tittensor) face off towards every in the climax of episode two of House of the Dragon season two, “Rhaenyra the Merciless,” leaving every twins needless as the bloodshed begins to escalate in Westeros. Soundless Looking out at hosts Hillary Busis, Richard Lawson, and Chris Murphy unpack the compounding effects that the ask-for-an-ask violence has on the Hightowers, the Targaryens, and the electorate of Westeros. Plus, “Rhaenyra the Merciless” director Clare Kilner drops by the podcast to discuss filming Prince Jaehaerys Targaryen’s funeral procession scene and returning to the director’s chair for House of the Dragon for season two.

After Prince Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith) unwittingly causes the death of Prince Jaehaerys, Queen Rhaenyra Targaryen (Emma D’Arcy) is awoken in her mattress chambers by Ser Arryk of King’s Landing, who has been despatched by Ser Criston Cole (Fabien Frankel) to infiltrate Dragonstone to impersonate his same twin brother, a member of the Queensguard, and cancel the queen. Fortunately for Rhaenyra, Ser Arryk’s assassinate role is foiled by Ser Erryk at the relaxation capability minute. They duel to the death, with Erryk murdering his have brother after which taking his have life almost right this moment after. “That was as soon as the worst reboot of Father or mother Trap I’ve ever viewed,” says Murphy.

Delivery air of the Dragonstone, Dowager Queen Alicent Hightower’s (Olivia Cooke) family is falling extra into disarray as her effort-stricken son King Aegon II Targaryen (Tom Glynn-Carney) grows increasingly petulant and bloodthirsty after his young son’s death. He like a flash publicizes battle on Rhaenyra and Dragonstone and hangs the total rat catchers in King’s Landing, noteworthy to the chagrin of his grandfather Ser Otto Hightower (Rhys Ifans). After chastising King Aegon for his rash and bloodthirsty decision, Otto is formally eliminated as Hand of the King, and modified by one Ser Criston Cole.

Aegon’s rashness looks as despite the truth that this will seemingly enjoy a negative affect on Westeros writ mighty, despite the truth that “it’s no longer repeatedly obvious in Westeros how important it’s miles to enjoy the make stronger of the folk,” says Busis. Lawson concurs, noting the episode’s level of curiosity on the laypeople’s reaction to the feuding between the Hightowers and the Targaryens. “All these folks are monstrous. Don’t the locals know that?” he says.

The episode, at 72 minutes, turned out to be the longest of the season. Despite its supersized size, there had been darlings that Kilner had to cancel in clarify to craft the episode—most critically for the length of Prince Jaehaerys’s funeral procession. “We shot so noteworthy footage for the funeral,” says Kilner. “And we knowing, Oh my goodness, we’ve obtained to enjoy that first beat before setting off on this procession, which is fully heartbreaking and truly aggravating. Alicent and Helaena had to address every person gazing and taking a examine.”

Kilner says that she pulled some photography from Princess Diana’s funeral to transient the extras for the scene, which was as soon as shot in Spain. “I grew up in Argentina, so I teach Spanish,” she says. “I teach to them to search out out what interior most expertise of effort you’ve had, and to elevate that with you and for everyone to truly individualize it, so as that it’s no longer perfect one crowd doing one thing.”

Kilner directed quite loads of episodes in season regarded as one of House of the Dragon, and speaks at size about what it was as soon as love returning to the Game of Thrones prequel series for season two. “What is so nice about coming encourage for season two is you enjoy got the belief of the actors, the showrunner, and the writers,” she says. “So you might perhaps be in a discipline to be a tiny bit extra courageous when there’s longer scenes. Typically you utilize to must lose the formality.”

But perfect on fable of she’s a broken-down House of the Dragon director doesn’t indicate that she was as soon as in a discipline to continually divulge aside Luke and Elliott Tittensor, the same twins that performed Ser Arryk and Erryk. “I love these boys so noteworthy, nonetheless they fabricate examine so identical, and I smooth salvage them mixed up,” she says. “We had been in a extraordinarily mountainous 2d of the scene, and we obtained half way thru and I perfect ran in and quietly stated, ‘Be wide awake you’ve obtained to cancel the queen.’ And he’s love, ‘Clare, it’s Elliott.’ All americans perfect burst into laughter. And I didn’t fabricate that as soon as. I’m ashamed to remark I did that twice.”

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