House of the Dragon: will the series be as brutal as Game of Thrones?

House of the Dragon: will the series be as brutal as Game of Thrones?

House of the Dragon

In the course of this year, the starting shot for the production of the new HBO series "House of the Dragon" will be given - the first real offshoot of "Game of Thrones". Since the project was announced, many fans have been wondering whether it will be in the same vein as the main series, especially in terms of violence. Actress Olivia Cooke (Ready Player One) recently gave an initial answer to this question in an interview with The Telegraph.

Cooke will star in "House of the Dragon" in the role of Alicent Hightoiwer. It is the daughter of Otto Hightower, the hand of the King of Westeros. According to the statements of the actress, there will also be some brutal scenes in the new series. But above all, the (sexual) violence against women will almost completely disappear - much to their relief.

"I wouldn't feel comfortable being part of something that shows such cruel violence against women - without one for a certain reason, but only because it causes a sensation or draws viewers in a way. (...) Fortunately, I was allowed to read the script beforehand, in comparison to the first seasons (of Game of Thrones) it is changed a lot. I don't think they would be in their right mind if they did something like that again. "

Unfortunately, Cooke did not reveal further details about the content of the series during the interview. So far it is only known that "House of the Dragon" is set about 300 years before the events of "Game of Thrones" and will focus on House Targaryen. The scripts are based on the book "Fire and Blood" by the author George R.R. Martin.

Source: The Telegraph

How HBO's House Of The Dragon Will Be Different From Early Game Of Thrones Seasons

HBO’s Game of Thrones prequel series, House of the Dragon, isn’t expected to premiere until 2022 but the cast and crew are already hard at work on the new show. Although the series is a prequel to HBO’s mega-popular show that ended in 2019, House of the Dragon star Olivia Cooke is revealing how different the prequel is compared to its predecessor.

Olivia Cooke, who will play Alicent Hightower in House of the Dragon, spoke to The Telegraph about the new series. Cooke praises the fact that there have been a lot of changes from the first few seasons of Game of Thrones, noting that the writers won't include certain topics any more. Cooke explained:

I wouldn’t feel comfortable in being a part of anything that has just egregious graphic violence towards women for no reason whatsoever, just because they want it to be tantalising in a way that gets viewers. I was lucky enough to read the script before, and it has changed a lot from the first few seasons. I don’t think they’d be in their right minds to include any of that any more.

Game of Thrones has been criticized for its depiction of sexual violence against characters (most often women) and the series is also known to have a decent amount of nudity. However, it seems times have changed and the writers have taken note on how to better approach the scenario and to not make it all about degrading characters just to get viewers.

HBO did have another Game of Thrones prequel in the works before House of the Dragon was announced that also would have served as a GOT prequel, but was ultimately scrapped due to a “troubling pilot.” It seems that House of the Dragon will stick around, as the studio has already been getting fans hyped up for the new series, showing new concept art and sharing when the series would finally go into production.

Plus, this is a way to stick to the Game of Thrones franchise for a while. 2022 may seem like a long ways away, but fans can always relive Game of Thrones either from George R.R. Martin’s books or by watching all eight seasons on HBO Max or on digital.