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‘She’s basically been marital-r*ped for years’: House of the Dragon Fans Defend Alicent Hightower Against Trolls, Claim Men of Westeros are True Villains Due to ‘Medieval Patriarchy’

Alicent Hightower and King Veserys

House of the Dragon has been getting more exciting with the release of every episode. The show has released its five episodes and left with five more. It has represented several conflicts and wars so far. One of the most interesting plots follows two best friends, Rhaenyra and Alicent Hightower. Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen and Alicent Hightower were introduced as inseparable best friends in the first episode. However, their friendship soon gets severed when Rhaenyra’s father, King Viserys, decides to marry Alicent after the death of his wife. 

Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen and Alicent Hightower
Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen and Alicent Hightower

The two characters drift even apart as the show progresses and after Alicent gives birth to a son. Rhaenyra, who was declared the heir, feared that Alicent’s son would cause her to lose the throne. While Alicent fears the same for her son. As the show progresses, many have concluded that Alicent will be the main villain. However, there is a section of people who is defending the character for being a victim of medieval patriarchy.

Read More: House Of The Dragon Star Milly Alcock Thinks ‘Rhaenyra Versus Alicent’ Online Reactions Are ‘F***ing Ironic’

Alicent Hightower in the House of the Dragon

Since the first episode of the show, Alicent Hightower has been portrayed as a dominating character. She follows her father’s orders when he asks her to accompany her amid the death of his queen. Otto Hightower succeeds in his intentions when the King announces his decision to marry Alicent Hightower. 

Alicent Hightower House of the DragonEmily Carey as Alicent Hightower in House of the Dragon

She marries King Viserys, which causes a rift in her relationship with her best friend, Rhaenyra. Even after all this, she has a major role in events leading up to the Dance of the Dragons. 

However, fans of the show have started defending the character claiming that the men of Westeros are the real villains for their medieval patriarchy. Fans are calling out trolls who are bashing Alicent for marrying King Viserys. They pointed out that people need to look for the political angle instead of taking it as soap opera.

House of the Dragon Fans Defend Alicent Hightower

A discussion happened on Twitter about whether the character is the victim or the villain. In the argument of marrying King Viserys, fans said that Alicent did not have a choice. Alicent was bound to obey her father and King Viserys after her marriage. 

Explained Alicent Hightower and Rhaenyra Targaryen In House Of The DragonAlicent Hightower and Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen

They also argued how she did not have the privilege of being a princess like Rhaenyra. Fans said that Alicent can’t allow herself to rebel as the consequences for her would be different from Rhaenyra’s. 

People also pointed out the politics in the show with how Rhaenyra goes back to being friends with Alicent just for politics.

However, there is no doubt that politics has a huge role in the show and should be considered while judging the characters. Alicent Hightowers is trolled from the very first episode for marrying King Viserys. But trolling a character’s actions just because she is a female cannot be justified. 

People even argued that Alicent Hightower is getting trolled for being a woman and doing something she has no control over. However, if roles were swapped with a male character, none of this would have happened. 

Read More: ‘They both married gay men and said ‘You do you’”: House of the Dragon Fans Call Rhaenyra Targaryen a True Scheming Queen After Episode 5, Compare Her to Margaery Tyrell

Milly Alcock and Emily Carey Talk About their Characters

Milly Alcock is playing Rhaenyra, and Emily Carey is playing Alicent Hightower in House of the Dragon. Milly Alcock pointed out in one of her interviews how fans pitting her character against Emily Carey’s is ridiculous and ironic. 

House of the Dragon
A still from House of the Dragon

She said, “Because I think the irony that I’ve kind of found over the show coming out, is that House of the Dragon highlights yes, the patriarchy, yes, misogyny, but also the internalized misogyny that these two women are forced to face. They’re forced to be put at odds with one another by the choices by men.”

House of the Dragon star Milly Alcock Rhaenyra Targaryen
House of the Dragon star Milly Alcock

Talking about her character Emily Carey said in an interview that she is happy with the reaction show is getting. She also says that any hate coming is for the character, and she just moves on from it. But sometimes it can be overwhelming. She said, “I love the buzz, don’t get me wrong, but sometimes it can be overwhelming, and that’s me being completely transparent.”

She also said that she had to delete her Twitter account because it was so loud. She said that she also needed a break from social media for the sake of her mental health. 

House of the Dragon Episode 6 will air on HBO on 25th September. All five episodes of the show are available to stream on HBO Max.   

Source: Twitter

Written by Laxmi Rajput

Laxmi Rajput is a writer at Fandomwire. She finished her Post Graduation in Broadcast Journalism and worked as a Business News writer for a year. But her interest in entertainment and pop culture compelled her to find a way towards Entertainment Journalism. She has worked across various fields and has 2 years of experience in content writing. She likes reading, music, movies, and traveling. She aspires to become a fiction writer in the future.