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What Would House Of The Dragon Look Like If Alicent And Rhaenyra Ruled Together?

"Game of Thrones" managed to create a lasting legacy that far surpassed what anyone could have expected back when the series first began. Based on the dark fantasy novels by George R.R. Martin, the series went on to become the most-watched show in HBO's history as a network (via Variety). Furthermore, it has also spawned a highly successful spin-off in the form of its prequel series "House of the Dragon."

While the first season of the show was already incredibly popular, despite going up against Amazon's own fantasy series," The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power," it would seem that Season 1 of "House of the Dragon" is mainly concerned with providing the table-setting for the civil war that will inevitably lead to the fall of House Targaryen. However, even as their characters are at each other's throats in the series, Emma D'Arcy and Olivia Cooke think that Rhaenyra and Alicent would rule better together.

Emma D'Arcy and Olivia Cooke would like to see the two rule together

Emma D'Arcy and Olivia Cooke sat down with Vulture to talk about Season 1 of "House of the Dragon" and how Alicent and Rhaenyra's close friendship has morphed into a bitter rivalry that has divided the kingdom of Westeros. For their part, though, Cooke and D'Arcy have admitted to imagining an alternate reality where the two queens rule together instead of fighting one another.

"This is the ultimate scenario," D'Arcy said. "Rhaenyra brings that quite masculine leadership and fiery decisive thing people seem to like. But Alicent actually has the skill set required to manage and plan ahead." Cooke quickly agreed, saying: "Patience, and a bit more methodical. It'd be yin and yang. It'd be so good."

Since so much of "House of the Dragon" is about gender politics, it would indeed be a compelling solution to have the two queens put aside their differences and rule together rather than beginning a costly civil war that will unquestionably take an unforgivable toll on both sides. Sadly, though, as anyone who has seen Season 1 of "House of the Dragon" will well know, there has been far too much blood spilled, and trust eroded for the two to find a compromise at this point in the story. After all, the book that the series is based on is called "Fire and Blood" for a reason.