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Alicent Hightower is one of the most important characters in house of the dragon. With King Viserys II marrying Alicent, that means she will be the new Queen of the Seven Kingdoms. This marriage will propel the story towards the inevitable Dance with the Dragons.

Alicent is a fascinating character who is deeply embedded in the lives of Viserys and Rhaenyra Targaryen. From his family history to his marriage to Viserys and what it ultimately means for Rhaenyra, hollywoodlife is bringing you up to speed on what you need to know about Alicent.

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Alicent Hightower and King Viserys I in ‘House of the Dragon’. (HBO)

Who is Alicent Hightower?

Alicent Hightower is the daughter of Ser Otto Hightower. Ser Otto is the current Hand of the King of Viserys in house of the dragon. After Queen Aemma’s tragic death in childbirth in the series premiere, Otto encourages his daughter to befriend the grieving king.

Alicent is very close to Rhaenyra Targaryen, daughter of King Viserys I. However, their friendship is broken when Alicent becomes Viserys’s second wife.

Who plays Alicent Hightower in dragon house?

The younger version of Alicent Hightower is played by emily carey. The 19-year-old is known for her roles in Victim Y get even. house of the dragon it will eventually jump forward in time several years. when that happens, Olivia Cooke will take on the role of Alicent Hightower.

Olivia notably starred in the series. motel and the limited series vanity fair. The 28-year-old has also had roles in ready player one Y metal sound.

Who does Alicent Hightower marry?

In episode 2 of house of the dragon, King Viserys is urged to marry again so he can have more heirs. Instead of uniting House Targaryen and House Velaryon by marrying the too young Laena Velaryon, Viserys decides to marry Alicent. He announces the news to his little council and to Rhaenyra, who is devastated.

Rhaenyra Targaryen and Alicent Hightower in ‘House of the Dragon’. (HBO)

Viserys previously named Rhaenyra as his successor, but Rhaenyra is well aware of the fight to come. She knows that Alicent is likely to have children with Viserys, which will further jeopardize her right to the throne.

Does Alice Hightower have children?

Yes, Alicent eventually has 4 children with King Viserys I: Aegon II, Helaena, Aemond, and Daeron. This is when things get really interesting. Warning: SPOILERS AHEAD.

as it is written in George R.R. Martin’s fire and blood, the friction around who would ultimately succeed Viserys only intensified when Alicent gave birth to Aegon II. When it was decided that Rhaenyra should marry, Alicent offered the idea that Rhaenyra could marry Aegon II, even though there was a big age difference and they did not get along. Viserys rejected this idea and doubled down on Rhaenyra being next in line for the Iron Throne.

Rhaenyra married Ser Laenor Velaryon and had three children with him: Jacaerys, Lucerys, and Joffrey. After Laenor’s death, she married her uncle, Daemon Targaryen. They had two sons, Aegon III and Viserys II. Alicent took this as a snub that Rhaenyra also named her son Aegon.

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Olivia Cooke will play the adult version of Alicent Hightower. (HBO)

Things took a dark turn when King Viserys I died. Alicent quickly summoned the small council to crown his son, Aegon II, as king. Rhaenyra rejected any kind of negotiation with his half brother. This led to the Dance with Dragons, a civil war between members of House Targaryens over the rightful heir to the Iron Throne. The civil war was brutal, bloody and fierce, thanks to the dragons on both sides.

As we first learned in game of Thrones of Joffrey Baratheon, Rhaenyra was slain and devoured by Aegon II’s dragon Sunfyre while his son, Aegon III, watched. After Aegon II is poisoned by his own would-be followers, Aegon III ascends the throne. His brother, Viserys II, later sat on the Iron Throne. While the Dance with Dragons was not a victory for anyone, Rhaenyra’s bloodline far outlasted Alicent’s in the end.

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