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Olivia Cooke as Alicent Hightower in the second season of HBO series House of the Dragon
Olivia Cooke is 'riveting' as Alicent Hightower
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The first episode of "House of the Dragon" season two may not be the kind of "all-guns-blazing" opener to entice new fans, said Rebecca Nicholson in The Guardian. But the series "worms its way into your mind" with its "deceptive gentleness", and gradually draws you in "almost by stealth". 

It is "more mannered, more sombre" than its predecessor "Game of Thrones", and, "astonishingly for a cod-medieval series about icy blonds arguing over whose dragon is more fiery", it's "more subtle". But it nevertheless amounts to "unmissable and thrilling television".

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Irenie Forshaw is a features writer at The Week, covering arts, culture and travel. She began her career in journalism at Leeds University, where she wrote for the student newspaper, The Gryphon, before working at The Guardian and The New Statesman Group. Irenie then became a senior writer at Elite Traveler, where she oversaw The Experts column.