Lesbians and gentlemen, we have finally seen Milly Alcock naked as Rhaenyra Targaryen. Episode 4 of House of the Dragon, titled King of the Narrow Sea, finally gave us the Milly Alcock nude scene we have all been waiting for. Just to be clear, this is such a momentous occasion that even mainstream media has been buzzing over it. Newsweek reported that the Australian actress told them her sex scene with Matt Smith was “interesting” and that she was “very comfortable” with it. This might sound like a nothing comment, but we’ll actually come back to it in a bit because it will be answering a question that everyone who watched the episode probably had – or certainly the cynics among us did. The Independent took a break from highbrow reporting of royal mourners to write two separate articles just to call Milly’s sex scenes in this episode gnarly and uncomfortable.
The New York Post mentioned the intimacy coordinator for the Milly Alcock sex scene with Matt Smith, which is another deceptively important piece of information that we’re going to touch on in a bit. The Metro had this piece that is literally just about the sex scenes in this episode hilariously juxtaposed with a memorial of the Queen in a banner across the top. Esquire had a piece about how “shocking” the incestuous sex scene was “for nearly everyone but the cast,” forgetting that anyone who has read the books knows that the Targaryens have a propensity toward incest. Also, putting aside fantasy worlds, uncle-niece marriages were incredibly common in our own middle ages, which the Song of Ice and Fire franchise has based off of since A Game of Thrones came out in 1996, so the fling between Rhaenyra Targaryen and Daemon is… why the hell am I defending this? Jezebel had their own take on it, which was different to all of the others, if nothing else. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Milly Alcock nude as Rhaenyra Targaryen is something we actually got treated to twice in the episode (kind of). So, all of this talk about her sex scene with Matt Smith’s Daemon Targaryen is a bit of a red herring to the point where I’m not even sure why that’s the major story arc that all of the media outlets focused on. In that scene, two things happen. Or rather, two things don’t happen. Firstly, we do not see Rhaenyra Targaryen naked in it. Matt Smith does undress her, and we even see some pubic mound (full shave, by the way), but no boobs, ass, or pussy lips are visible. The second thing that does not happen is Rhaenyra and Daemon having sex. Yes, their “sex scene” is just a bit of heavy petting and some awkward kissing. Are you feeling aroused yet?
The great news is that mere minutes later, we do get to see Rhaenyra Targaryen nude when she has sex with her knight protector Ser Criston Cole à la Whitney Houston in The Bodyguard. If you haven’t watched the episode, Rhaenyra loses her virginity to him, and House of the Dragon completes its transformation into a late 90s/early 00s teen series. I’m being unkind. All of that blue balling across the first three episodes and the only proper nude scene from the show before this being from Sonoya Mizuno, I am satisfied that we got at least a few flashes of nip and even a frame or two of inner labia out of Milly.
There’s one last point I’d like to make about Milly Alcock’s sex scene with Matt Smith. During the undressing parts – or indeed during all of the shots where parts of her naked body are visible – her face is almost never in the same shot. My philosophy has always been that a continuous pattern of the actress’ face not appearing in the same shots as her body in a nude scene means that a body double is in play. That’s actually what I thought was going on with this scene when I watched it and again when I edited it. I now bring your attention to the points raised earlier about Milly saying she felt “very comfortable” with the sex scene with the Doctor Who actor and the intimacy coordinator specifically for the scene between the two. Unless all of that’s hot air, then that really was Milly Alcock naked in that first scene with Matt Smith. Most of the footage I captured is from the other scene, the one with Ser Criston Cole, which was considerably more graphic. Everything from both of those is down below, so enjoy Milly Alcock nude as Rhaenyra Targaryen from House of the Dragon.
Oh, by the way, spoiler alert.