‘House of the Dragon’: Eve Best talks about the emotional burden and what it was like filming the cruel dragon battle

‘House of the Dragon’: Eve Best talks about the emotional burden and what it was like filming the cruel dragon battle
‘House of the Dragon’: Eve Best talks about the emotional burden and what it was like filming the cruel dragon battle

This article contains spoilers

This article contains spoilers for episode 2×04 of ‘House of the Dragon’.

The first dance of the dragon dance took place in the fourth episode of the second season of ‘House of the Dragon’ entitled ‘The Red and the Gold Dragon’. The Battle of Rooks Rest has pitted the Blacks and the Greens against each other for the first time. thus officially beginning the war for the Iron Throne, something that, as became clear at the end of the third episode, was already inevitable.

Faced with the advance of the green troops led by Ser Criston Cole (Fabien Frankel), Rhaenyra Targaryen (Emma D’Arcy), encouraged by her council, decides to send a dragon to defend Lord Staunton’s small castle. It is Rhaenys (Eve Best) who volunteers for such a task on the back of her dragon Meleys.


Battle between Meleys and Fuegosol in ‘House of the Dragon’ (Max)

They end up being the great heroes and victims of the conflict. After decimating Cole’s troops, to everyone’s surprise King Aegon II (Tom Glynn-Carney) appears on Sunfire, who is seriously wounded by Meleys. That’s when Aemond (Ewan Mitchell) and his gigantic Vhagar, by whose fire the king falls.

The spectacular battle concludes with The dragons fought until Vhagar finally bit Meleys’ neck.who looks at Lady Mercaderiva for the last time before falling on the castle, killing them both. This is how we say goodbye to one of the best characters in the HBO series.

The Queen Who Never Was

Eve Best has spoken about the spectacular episode, who in an interview for Variety has explained how difficult it was to record the fight when feeling “extremely” out of his “comfort zone. “I asked for more cushions because I needed more protectors on my knees to feel better equipped to deal with all that.“, he narrated.

The scene involved complicated movement as several assistants used huge leaf blowers to simulate wind, making it nearly impossible to hear anything, including the director’s instructions.You can barely think straight. You think ‘I have this really intense moment for Rhaenys and I have to focus’but you only hold on to life in some cases“, the actress recalled.

Beyond the physical exhaustion, the main thing was convey the emotional burden of leading a suicide mission after having tried to avoid war at all costs. To do so, he had long conversations with the director of the episode, Alan Taylor, and with the showrunner of the series, Ryan Condal, as he assured Deadline.

“That is his journey, the core of his story: the woman being overlooked for the benefit of the man, the woman who is clearly more qualified for the jobIn fact, when we started shooting, Sara Hess, Ryan’s co-head writer, came right up to me and said, ‘There’s a lot of Hillary Clinton in her.’ And it’s so true. The person who is clearly the smartest, the most experienced, the most qualified, the most temperamentally and intellectually suited for this job being pushed aside because of her sex, and then see what happens again with RhaenyraThere was a strong feeling of ‘not in my presence, this history must not be repeated, we have to change it’.

In this way, Eve Best has shown herself very proud with Rhaenys’s last breath: “For her to say ‘I’m going to be the one to do this’ is very brave because she knows there’s no way to survive that. The choice to go back and go with Vhagar, that’s an absolute kamikaze mission. For me, that’s when I felt it was a very samurai thing. It was that last act of the noble warrior“.

 
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