Although House of the Dragon places women at the center of its narrative, this does not mean that it ignores the effects of patriarchy, misogyny, and violence on women.
Writer George R. R. Martin has previously defended the program against sexism charges by arguing that “history” is more “misogynistic” and that his use of historical events may give his work a sexist appearance to some viewers.
Star of the HBO series “House of the Dragon” Milly Alcock Addresses Misogyny
In a Newsweek interview, Milly Alcock, who plays Rhaenyra Targaryen when she is younger, also discussed how misogyny is portrayed in House of the Dragon.
Alcock stated that the themes of misogyny and patriarchy were essential to explore, citing the friendship between her character and Alicent Hightower (Emily Carey, later Olivia Cooke), and the way its fallout leads to the Dance of the Dragons in Martin’s books.
According to Alcock, who spoke to Newsweek, “I think [their friendship is] really central to the main themes of the show, which are patriarchy and misogyny.” “Because in the end, despite how complex their relationship is and how much internalized misogyny these two women must battle, the choices made by men lead to the end of their friendship.
And because they don’t live in the modern world that we do, they don’t have a word for that or a comprehension of what [their] struggle is, which ultimately underlies everything in the show.