Unlike Game of Thrones, its little sister House of the Dragon will not contain scenes of sexual violence.
Only three years after the most reviled ending in series history, perhaps even more hated than Lost, the Disappeared, the The magical universe of George R.R. Martin will once again be adapted in series with House of the Dragon, a Game of Thrones prequel adapted from the novel Fire and Blood.
While several sequels and prequels were considered, including Bloodmoon, the canceled White Walkers spin-off, the producers ultimately settled on the idea to adapt this novel which traces the fall of House Targaryen and the events that led to the disappearance of the dragons. If the fiery trailer for House of the Dragon announces many similarities with the original series, including stories of family, betrayal, the quest for the Iron Throne and above all epic battles, the spin-off will differ on one central point: violence against women.
If, when you think of Game of Thrones, we often remember the battle scenes, blood is not the only element to have participated in the glory of the most popular series of the 2010s. Indeed, GOT is blood, but also a lot of sex, sometimes incestuous, and often without consent, as evidenced by the numerous rape scenes. Sara Hess, executive producer of House of the Dragon spoke about sexual violence in the new series during an interview with Vanity Fair:
“I want to make it clear that we will not be showing any sexual violence on the show. Instead of showing a scene of sexual violence head-on, we will instead show the aftermath and impact on the victim and the abuser's mother. Our series, and I am proud of it, illustrates violence against women as a subject inherent in the patriarchal system. There are many historical or story-based series that romanticize sexual relationships or marriages between powerful men and women who are not of consenting age, even if they seem “ok”.
We decided to bring these topics to the fore, and assume that the female leads in the first half of the series are coerced and manipulated by men. These manipulations are not necessarily perpetrated by those we define as rapists or abusers, but often by often well-meaning men who are unable to recognize that their actions can be traumatic and oppressive, because the system in which they live normalizes these actions. It's less blatant than rape, but just as insidious. »
The producer therefore explains that even if sexual violence will not be shown frontally, women will still be mistreated and abused in House of the Dragon. Not explicitly illustrating the rapes does not mean that the women in the series will live in peace, far from it, since according to Sara Hess, they will be subject to numerous abuses of power and sordid manipulations perpetrated by men of power.
For those worried about not rediscovering the sadism of GOT, House of the Dragon , which lands on OCS on August 22, 2022, promises battle scenes as bloody and destructive as the original series.