Milly Alcock made a huge impression on audiences in the first two episodes of House of the Dragon with her portrayal of King Viserys’ daughter, Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen. She will soon be replaced by Emma D’Arcy as the older iteration of Rhaenyra, but Alcock has already had the opportunity to show off some of the best costume designs House of the Dragon has to offer. A special costume appears in the final scene of Episode 1 “Heirs of the Dragon”.
During the episode, King Viserys must weigh his options in choosing a successor after his wife and son Baelon both died in childbirth. His currently named heir is his brother, Daemon Targaryen, who falls out of favor in the small council of Viserys and loses the king’s support when he publicly proclaims Baelon “heir for a day”. An enraged Viserys promptly replaces Daemon with Rhaenys in the line of succession, ending the episode with a coronation ceremony to make her his heir.
In this sequence, Rhaenyra’s costume reflects her Targaryen pride. It consists of red, black and gold, the colors worn by her father at his big tournament. It’s a bad omen, but it looks very cool. She stands out in the throne room of the Red Keep, especially next to the dark and menacing Iron Throne she will one day inherit. However, this outfit will later foreshadow Rhaenyra’s descent into full Targaryen madness as the royal succession does not go her way.