In a recent interview with The Telegraph , Olivia Cooke, who will play Alicent Hightower , stated that House of the Dragon avoided including scenes of sexist violence, while also ensuring that, if that were the case, it wouldn’t have felt comfortable. in being part of the project:
I wouldn’t feel comfortable being part of something that has only blatant violence towards women for no reason. Just because they want it to be tempting in the sense of winning over viewers. I was lucky enough to read the prequel script beforehand, and it has changed a lot since the first few seasons [of ‘Game of Thrones’]. I don’t think they are in their right mind to include anything else like that.
The interpreter, who has seen the entire Game of Thrones after obtaining her lead role in the prequel ‘spin-off’ House of the Dragon , refers to a series of scenes that were controversial during the transmission of the original series: the rape of Daenerys after her marriage to Khal Drogo in the first season or that suffered by Sansa ( Sophie Turner ) after her marriage to Ramsay Bolton ( Iwan Rheon ). Both, in the eyes of many, completely useless for the plot without adding anything more to the story that could not have been told without them.
The decision not to include this kind of scenes of violence against women answers the question that always arose on the table when a scene of these characteristics generated controversy among the audience: can the story be told without moments like this? According to Cooke, the new series team and HBO are willing to develop this new series without including them and become an example for the industry in this regard.
Filming for House of the Dragon , which will be set 300 years before the events narrated in the original fiction and will focus on the Targaryen family, will begin in April before its premiere in 2022 on HBO Spain.