During an interview in October 2022 Vultureactress Emma D’Arcy described how they visualized Rainier’s six years on Dragonstone as a time of limbo as she and her family waited in limbo and exile from King’s Landing, and how she used that time to form a new identity.
“What helped me clear up the time jump is that Reynira and her family are in this outpost, sort of a temporary home on Dragonstone,” D’Arcy explained. it’s a space within that gap and through that self-created tribe so that it can make itself known.” D’Arcy was quick to compare the experience to adults who leave their family home and form a new, fragile identity, and how they face challenges when you return to where you came from.
D’Arcy’s comments help explain exactly why and how Reynira has changed so drastically during her time on Dragonstone, and why the character’s more protective, more vindictive side disappears when she returns to King’s Landing in episode nine. While this change may not have happened on screen, the new identity and family that Rainier has established will be hugely important to the story to come, especially since fans witnessed Rainier’s true identity flare up during the season 1 finale. “Dragon Houses” when her son Luceris Velarion (Elliot Griho) tragically dies.
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