“House of the Dragon”: Olivia Cooke did not agree to having one of her sex scenes removed

“House of the Dragon”: Olivia Cooke did not agree to having one of her sex scenes removed
“House of the Dragon”: Olivia Cooke did not agree to having one of her sex scenes removed

Actress Olivia Cooke revealed that an explicit scene was cut from the second season (REUTERS/HBO)

In the framework of an interview with the magazine elle, Olivia Cookeknown for her role as Alicent Hightower in House of the Dragon, he revealed that a explicit sex scene was eliminated from the second season. The decision was made by Ryan Condalcreator of the series.

Cooke expressed his disappointment, describing the scene as “messy” and “fun to do”, although he accepted Condal’s decision. The star explained that the scene in question It was “carnal” and “animalistic”.

The forces of Rhaenyra Targaryen and Alicent Hightower clash after the events of the first installment. War and dragons in the epic conflict inspired by the “Game of Thrones” universe (HBO Max)

It was a disaster. She wasn’t pretty, and that was a lot of fun to do.”, stated the actress, who showed her partial disagreement with the scriptwriter’s justification for the elimination of the scene.

Ryan Condal argued that the scene did not add novelty to the development of the characters, a position with which Olivia Cooke showed slight discrepancy.

Showrunner Ryan Condal decided to remove the sex scene from “House of the Dragon” (Max)

Despite this elimination, the British artist was satisfied with the intimate scenes that were preserved in the television production.

The intimate sequences present show my character being pleasured in an incredible way and without being gratuitous”, he stated. In his opinion, these moments contribute appropriately to the narrative.

House of the Dragoncompared to its predecessor Game of Thrones, has reduced the number of sex scenesespecially those that involve sexual violence.

“The intimate sequences present show my character being pleasured,” said Cooke about the intimate moments of Alicent Hightower (HBO)

According to previous statements by Miguel Sapochnikco-showrunner of the series, it would not evade sexual violence, although the executive producer Sara Hess He clarified that no explicit sexual violence would be shown. Instead, the violence inherent to the patriarchal system in which the plot takes place would be explored.

I thought there would be more sex scenes in House of the Dragonbut I was relieved that the ones that were included were significant to the plot,” he confessed.

The interpreter also reflected on the fame acquired by participating in the franchise based on the novels by George R.R. Martin, admitting initial concerns about public exposure. However, he assured that the experience has been positive.

The second season of “House of the Dragon” attracted more than 7 million viewers (HBO)

For its part, Matt SmithCooke’s co-star who plays Daemon Targaryen, recalled feeling like it had too many sex scenes during the first season. “I questioned the need for so many intimate scenesbut I understood that my job was to faithfully represent the books,” he commented.

Ryan Condal occupies the crucial role of showrunner in fantasy drama. His decision to remove the aforementioned scene has been seen as a move to keep narrative and character development in a coherent focus.

Despite his differences with this specific decision, Cooke showed respect for the judgment of the creative writer: “It’s your program”, emphasized the actress.

“I questioned the need for so many intimate scenes,” admitted Matt Smith about the work done on the first season of the series (REUTERS/Stephani Spindel)

House of the Dragon began its second season with an audience of 7.8 million viewersAs reported Warner Bros. Discovery. The figure includes both linear and streaming.

This number is lower than the premiere of the first season, which had reached approximately 10 million viewers. The company did not break down the audience by platform, but reported that Max had its best day in terms of users thanks to the premiere of the series.

According to data from Samba TV, 1.3 million households in the United States watched the first episode of the second season on HBO and Maxcompared to the 2.6 million who tuned in for the debut of the first season.

The premiere of the second season in Latin America breaks streaming audience records (HBO)

In the week leading up to the premiere of the second season, the first season achieved a average of one million viewers, the largest in more than a year and a half, suggesting a solid audience base for upcoming episodes.

However, in Latin America, it broke audience records in streamingwith an increase of 30% compared to the premiere of the first season, being the largest launch in the region for Max, as reported by WBD.

The fiction continues to explore the events leading up to the Dance of the Dragonsa significant conflict in the history of House Targaryen, preceding the main events of game of Thrones.

 
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