HBO’s House of the Dragon is set to arrive in a few weeks, and fans are excited to see how the series will handle sexual violence against women.
The prequel to the Game of Thrones series will be set three centuries back as they depict the rise and fall of the House Targaryen, leading to the devastating events of the civil war called Dance of the Dragons. Just like in the original series, the main struggle of the characters here is to fight for the Iron Throne.
House Of The Dragon Writer Confirms No Sexual Violence On-Screen
In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, Sara Hess, writer and executive producer of the series, explains how House of the Dragon will handle sexual violence against women. Hess also clarifies that there will be no depiction of explicit violence on-screen.
“I’d like to clarify that we do not depict sexual violence in the show. We handle one instance off-screen and instead show the aftermath and impact on the victim and the mother of the perpetrator. I think what our show does, and what I’m proud of, is that we choose to focus on the violence against women that is inherent in a patriarchal system.”
House of the Dragon’s depiction of female characters will largely differ from that of Game of Thrones. Remember that in the first season of the original series, Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) was abused by her husband Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa). The same thing happened to Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) when she was violated by Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon) after their wedding.
Sexual violence against women is a very serious matter, and it must be dealt with utmost care. Now that there is an assurance from the producers that House of the Dragon will properly handle this issue, fans can only wait until the series arrives on HBO Max this August 21.