Matt Smith is not the first member of the team of House of the Dragon in commenting on the debate regarding the number of sexual scenes, although on the other side one of the showrunners of the series, Miguel Sapochniktold Variety that the spin off he had no intention of walking away from depictions of sexual violence.
Sapochnik emphasized in the interview that he and fellow showrunner, Ryan Countythey approached the cases of sexual violence in the new program with “care” and “thoughtfulness”.
game of Thrones previously attracted much criticism for its depictions of sexual violence, including the controversial rape of some of its female characters, for example when the series portrayed the rape of sansa stark (interpreted by Sophie Turner) by Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon) on their wedding night.
Although many critics considered that the scene was gratuitous, even Rheon said in a later interview that filming the brutal scene was the “worst day” of his career, Turner herself assured that she does not agree with the criticism, since the multiple episodes of aggression and cruelty that his character faced on the popular show inspired her to become a real-life advocate for women’s rights.
“I think the negative reaction (from the audience) was wrong because those things happened. We can’t rule that out and not put it in a tv show about powerAnd that’s a very powerful way to show that you have power over someone.”
Once again, on the other side of the coin, Emilia Clarkewho played Daenerys Targaryenshared that she felt uncomfortable with nudity and felt unprotected during the filming of the first seasons, because HBO it did not mandate that privacy coordinators be hired on sets until 2018.
doWhat will House of the Dragon hold for us in that sense? We will only know until the series reaches hbo max next Sunday, August 21.