‘House Of The Dragon’ Creators Say Women Were OK With That Traumatic Birthing Scene

The premiere episode of “House of the Dragon” proved Sunday night time that — very similar to “Game of Thrones”— issues are going to get fairly bloody.

However one scene within the first episode of the brand new HBO collection appeared excessively disturbing.

Warning: Spoilers for “House of the Dragon” beneath!

Within the collection premiere, King Viserys (Paddy Considine) is compelled to make a life-altering resolution for his spouse, Queen Aemma Targaryen (Sian Brooke), who’s having a really sophisticated labor. Viserys has to decide on: Permit each Aemma and her unborn baby to die, or attempt to save the kid with a medieval cesarean, which is able to kill Aemma.

Viserys opts to avoid wasting his unborn son, who he hopes will sometime be his inheritor.

The present then options graphic scenes of Aemma being minimize open and bleeding to dying — with out her information or consent.

Co-showrunner Miguel Sapochnik informed PopSugar that he screened the scenes for a number of ladies earlier than deciding to maintain them within the present.

“We did make a point of showing it to as many women as possible and asked the very question: ‘Was this too violent for you?’” Sapochnik informed PopSugar. “And unanimously, the response was ‘no.’ Often the response was ‘If anything, it needs to be more.’”

“We shouldn’t be shying away from this thing that’s happened because it’s raising a point that seems to hit a real trigger for women, which is this idea of choice. She doesn’t get to choose.”

Queen Aemma Targaryen sits along with her daughter, Princess Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock).

Sapochnik additionally mentioned that intercutting that scene with scenes of males jousting in a contest was meant to indicate the parallels between males’s and girls’s struggles in Westeros on the time.

“One’s fighting on the battlefield, the other’s fighting for survival — sometimes from the person closest to her.”

Sadly, each Aemma Targaryen and her new child son die in the long run. Viserys finally names his daughter Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock) as his inheritor.

Regardless of the graphic scene, “House of the Dragon” has proved to be an enormous success for HBO. Practically 10 million viewers within the U.S. tuned in to the opening episode of the “Game of Thrones” prequel on Sunday, the most important viewers for an unique collection premiere within the cable big’s historical past.