After episode 6, there are no longer any significant time jumps, according to House of the Dragon actor Matt Smith. House of the Dragon tells the story of the beginning of the Targaryen civil war, which occurred nearly 200 years before the birth of Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), and the events of Game of Thrones. Both viewers and critics have praised the writing, performances, and impressive production values of HBO’s newest fantasy series. Despite sharing many characteristics with Game of Thrones, the first season of House of the Dragon has a very different plot because of multiple time jumps.

With Alicent (Emily Carey) having married King Viserys (Paddy Considine) and given birth to a child in the space of only a few episodes, the first few episodes of House of the Dragon used smaller jumps in time to hasten the breakdown of the relationship between Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock) and Alicent. The series is set to experience its biggest change yet after the shocking events of episode 5, with the story moving forward by a full 10 years. As a result of the time jump, new actors Emma D’Arcy and Olivia Cooke will play the parts of Rhaenyra and Alicent, respectively. The episode 6 trailer for House of the Dragon teases that the rift between the two former friends has only gotten wider over time.

The actor who plays Daemon Targaryen, Smith, says that as far as he is aware, the major time jumps in House of the Dragon ended after episode 6. Smith made this revelation in a recent interview with Josh Horowitz on the Happy Sad Confused podcast. While being careful not to reveal too much, the actor teases that after the 10 year jump, viewers will continue to follow that timeline for seasons 2 and 3, and possibly beyond. Smith’s entire statement is included below.

“Once we make the jump, we’re in. I’m pretty sure from then on there’s not any big huge time jumps, particularly next season and the one after.”

Matt Smith Says House of the Dragon's Big Time Jumps are over

Although House of the Dragon has been well received by viewers, many are disappointed that Rhaenyra and Alicent will no longer be played by Alcock and Carey as a result of the time jump. With their compelling performances and the tragic nature of their relationship, the two actors charmed viewers in the first few episodes of House of the Dragon, but episode 6 is expected to bring about some significant changes. Alcock had previously suggested that she might return to the show in season 2, but Smith’s remark suggests that audiences will be primarily focused on D’Arcy’s Rhaenyra and Cooke’s Alicent for the foreseeable future.

The show will benefit from Smith’s assurance that there won’t be any more significant time jumps. Despite the positive reviews House of the Dragon has received so far, frequent time jumps could confuse viewers, particularly when new actors are added to fill outgoing roles. House of the Dragon can now fully commit to its timeline and delve into the dynamics between the older versions of these complex characters since the first five episodes have established backstory and laid the groundwork for future events.

Source: Happy Sad Confused