‘House of the Dragon’ Will Not ‘Depict Sexual Violence’ On Screen

“Sport of Thrones” ignited outrage throughout its eight-season run for ceaselessly depicting sexual violence towards ladies, most notoriously in a fifth season episode through which Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) is raped on her marriage ceremony evening. Whereas confusion has surrounded whether or not HBO’s prequel sequence, “Home of the Dragon,” will characteristic the identical graphic violence, author and govt producer Sara Hess advised Vainness Truthful level clean that “Dragon” will “not depict sexual violence” by any means onscreen.

“Home of the Dragon” director and co-showrunner Miguel Sapochnik confused followers final month after telling The Hollywood Reporter that the sequence “pulls again” on depictions of sexual violence when in comparison with “Sport of Thrones” however “violence towards ladies remains to be very a lot a part of the world.”

“[We] don’t shrink back from it,” Sapochnik stated. “If something, we’re going to shine a lightweight on that facet. You possibly can’t ignore the violence that was perpetrated on ladies by males in that point. It shouldn’t be downplayed and it shouldn’t be glorified.”

Sapochnik’s feedback left the prequel sequence’ relationship to sexual violence towards ladies considerably ambiguous. And but Hess made issues clear: “I’d prefer to make clear that we don’t depict sexual violence within the present,” she advised Vainness Truthful. “We deal with one occasion off-screen, and as an alternative present the aftermath and influence on the sufferer and the mom of the perpetrator.”

“I feel what our present does, and what I’m happy with, is that we select to deal with the violence towards ladies that’s inherent in a patriarchal system,” Hess added, noting that “Home of the Dragon” will showcase violence towards ladies that isn’t strictly sexual.

“There are a lot of ‘historic’ or history-based exhibits that romanticize highly effective males in sexual/marriage relationships with ladies who had been really not of an age to consent, even when they had been ‘keen,’” Hess continued. “We put that onscreen, and we don’t shrink back from the truth that our feminine leads within the first half of the present are coerced and manipulated into doing the need of grownup males. That is finished not essentially by these we’d outline as rapists or abusers, however usually by usually well-meaning males who’re unable to see that what they’re doing is traumatic and oppressive, as a result of the system that all of them reside in normalizes it. It’s much less apparent than rape however simply as insidious, although otherwise.”

“Home of the Dragon” debuts on Aug. 21 on HBO.

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