Actor Ewan Mitchell’s Comments on Prince Aemond’s Anime Villain Vibe

Actor Ewan Mitchell's Comments on Prince Aemond’s Anime Villain Vibe
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HBO’s House of the Dragon is a spin-off series related to Game of Thrones. It premiered back in 2022, and the series, whose first season consisted of 10 episodes, was welcomed by both critics and fans. Because of that, it was soon renewed for a second season, which premiered Sunday, June 16, 2024, to great reviews as well, and will consist of eight episodes.

The second season of the House of the Dragon series has been expanding the story, of course, but one character has recently been in the focus due to his development in the series. Several notable moments have increased the character’s popularity, which is why we are not surprised that we are talking about him again.

The character in question is Aemond Targaryen and while a lot of our recent reports have been focused on his shocking nude scene, actor Ewan Mitchell sat down for an interview with Vulture and discussed his character, revealing several important details.

We have already reported on the nude scene and the reactions to it, but now it is time for us to see what else we can find out about Aemond from the guy playing the villainous character in the series. In case you haven’t been following social media, you might not know that Aemond has been compared to an anime villain. In a talk with Vulture, Mitchell himself commented on these comparisons:

I can’t remember the exact wording, but I remember seeing someone post a GIF of Prince Aemond’s sapphire-eyeball reveal and saying, “This is the most anime-looking motherfucker who has ever appeared on a live-action television show.” There’s an otherworldly air to him.

So much of the work is done through the costume and the long hair and the eyepatch — because of the talents of makeup designer Amanda Knight and our costume designer, Caroline McCall. By taking one look, you can make a rough assumption that he’s probably going to be the bad guy.

But for me, bringing that otherworldly texture to Aemond, I never watched Game of Thrones, because I wanted to present something fresh. I drew on other aspects of pop culture, with ’80s horror icons like Michael Myers: a character who walks so slow but always catches up to Jamie Lee Curtis. Aemond hijacks the show and turns it into a horror sequence in the skies above Storm’s End at the end of episode ten of season one.

It’s this idea of inevitability, something more like an energy as opposed to an actual human being. That’s the image Aemond wants to co-opt, that he’s godlike. He operates on a different plane. It comes from that cold exterior he’s cultivated over the years, down to the sapphire stone in his eye socket. You don’t know what is going on behind his eye.

There really is something very “Final Fantasy villain” about him: elegant but frightening.

You don’t know what he’s thinking. People who sit back and smile, don’t say much — they’re the people whose brains you want to pick, but at the same time, you don’t know where you stand.

Source: Vulture

We can actually agree with the comments that Aemond definitely could be a persuasive anime villain, especially in an isekai anime, which has been a popular genre for some time now. Do you agree? Or do you not see Aemond as an anime character? Let us know in the comments below!

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