The somewhat tarnished legacy of “Game of Thrones” is often blamed for the series’ controversial ending. In the years since HBO’s hit series aired its 2019 finale, there’s been no shortage of criticism and outrage to prove just how many opinions about the age-old cultural phenomenon have become sour. But while it’s undeniable how the series ended, I’d like to point out another culprit that has plagued the series throughout its eight seasons: its over-reliance on sexual violence and degradation. frequent by women.
In the bumpy and messy world of Westeros, everything is on the table. Decapitation, hanging, occasional skull fractures – but nothing used to illustrate the brutality of the world quite like sexual violence. For the most part, this reminds us how bleak the world of Thrones can get or show off the vile nature of the show’s male villains. During a season 4 visit to Craster’s Keep, abused women are used as a suit of dress — a sharp reminder that yes, the man who drinks alcohol out of his skull is very, very bad. . Another scene of season 4 that differs from the book’s description of the meeting between Cersei and Jaime. Result scene read clearly as sexual assaultbut the episode’s director argued otherwise.
For many, the rape of Sansa Stark was a breaking point, and the backlash has grown to such an extent that Thrones actually seems to have cooled it down about the sexual assault. But as we prepare to return to the spooky world of Westeros, fans are having a nauseous feeling that HBO will re-read this controversial land. Should we expect more of the same form of “House of the Dragon”? Thankfully, it seems the answer is no. The commercials behind the prequel take a new approach to addressing sexual violence.
‘We don’t depict sexual violence in the show.’
Nearly two weeks ago, “House of the Dragon” co-presenter Miguel Sapochnik rekindled the long-standing outrage of Thrones when he told The Hollywood Reporter that, compared to “Game of Thrones”, the prequel series “shortened” its depiction of sexual violence but that “violence against women still abounds in the world.” His words are ambiguous enough that fans suspect the prequel will still highlight rape in a similarly morbid way. That certainly didn’t help as Sapochnik added:
“[We] don’t dodge it. If anything, we’ll shed some light on that aspect. You cannot ignore the violence that men perpetrated against women during that time. It should not be demeaned and should not be glorified. “
That’s about refusing to condone or “downplay” the violence that sounds horrible in the same way that “Game of Thrones” showrunners would defend the show’s gratuitous depictions of rape:’all just to show the real experience of women. ‘ (The medieval realism was important to the zombie/ice dragon performance, of course.) Needless to say, this explanation was not particularly well received. Producer and executive producer Sarah Hess of “House of the Dragon” stepped in to clarify. In conversation with Vanity FairHess went into detail about the prequel’s approach:
“I want to make it clear that we don’t depict sexual violence on the show. We deal with an off-screen case, instead showing the consequences and impact on the victim and the perpetrator’s mother.”
Westeros Violence and Women
“House of the Dragon” focuses on Targaryen rule in Westeros, as King Viserys I prepares to name an heir to the throne. The civil war that followed involved conflict between his daughter and his wife, between other powerful lords hoping to control the kingdom. Once again, Westeros will be shown in all its glory and ferocity – now with more dragons than ever before! With all that blood, violence is inevitable. And with many women front and center, they will not be exempt from damages. But as Hess explains, when they mentioned the show featured “violence against women,” it wasn’t necessarily sexual or even physical.
“I think what our program does, and what I’m proud of, is that we chose to focus on violence against women inherent in a patriarchal system,” said Hess.
Hess explained that the series will unravel the complex relationships between young female leads and the adult men in their lives:
“There are many ‘historical’ or history-based shows that romanticize powerful men in sexual/marital relationships with real women who haven’t reached the age of consent, even if they’re not. willing.’ We brought that to the screen and we didn’t shy away from the fact that our female leads in the first half of the show were forced and manipulated to do the will of the chief men. This is not necessarily done by people we define as rapists or abusers, but often men of good will who cannot see that what they are doing. to do is hurtful and oppressive, because the system they all live in normalizes that. It’s less obvious than rape but also insidious, albeit in a different way.”
“House of the Dragon” premieres August 21, 2022 on HBO.
https://www.slashfilm.com/951181/house-of-the-dragon-wont-depict-sexual-violence-only-one-instance-off-screen/ House Of The Dragon won’t depict sexual violence, just ‘a case of looks’