House of the Dragon, the first Game of Thrones prequel, is expected to be released this month. Fans who have been hoping for the franchise to grow have had a long wait. In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, the prequel's creators discussed how the series, which is set 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones, will differ from the original show in numerous ways.
Speaking on how female characters would be handled on the show, they especially spoke out about sexual violence that was shown in Game of Thrones and if it will be shown in the new show as well. Sara Hess, a Vanity Fair writer and executive producer, stated, "I’d like to clarify that we do not depict sexual violence in the show. We handle one instance off-screen and instead show the aftermath and impact on the victim and the mother of the perpetrator. I think what our show does, and what I’m proud of, is that we choose to focus on the violence against women that is inherent in a patriarchal system."
Since the first episode of Game of Thrones saw Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) being raped by her Dothraki husband, Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa), on their wedding night, there was some criticism over the show's depiction of sexual assault.
The events leading up to the downfall of House Targaryen, including the internal succession conflict known as the Dance of the Dragons, will be chronicled in The House of the Dragon. The series' primary actors are Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke, and Emma D'Arcy.