Published On: Sun, Aug 7th, 2022

‘House of the Dragon’ Creators Promise No Explicit Sexual Violence in Series

Matt Smith and Emma D'Arcy in House of the Dragon (2022) as Targ trash

While HBO’s Game of Thrones was a global juggernaut of a series, it was not without its criticisms. And chief among them was the show’s reliance on graphic sexual violence. Season after season, viewers were exposed to graphic rape scenes, to the point that we as a website stopped covering the show. So when House of the Dragon was greenlit to series, we were naturally hesitant to watch and review the series.

Our concerns grew after co-showrunner Miguel Sapochnik told The Hollywood Reporter that the series would still feature sexual violence as a plot point, saying they “carefully, thoughtfully and [we] don’t shy away from it. If anything, we’re going to shine a light on that aspect. You can’t ignore the violence that was perpetrated on women by men in that time. It shouldn’t be downplayed and it shouldn’t be glorified.” It’s disappointing, especially considering that as a fantasy series, House of the Dragon never existed in any time. Apparently you can fill a story with dragons and sorcerers, but you can’t imagine a world in which men don’t rape women?

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