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Blood and Cheese in the book is propaganda against Rhaenyra, says Ryan Condal

Blood and Cheese in House of the Dragon is false history, says Condal.



Blood and Cheese scene from House of the Dragon Season 2 premiere
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Ryan Condal, the showrunner of House of the Dragon, discussed the portrayal of the infamous Blood and Cheese event from George R.R. Martin’s book Fire and Blood in an exclusive interview with He explained that the scene in the series was adapted to fit the show’s vision and practical production constraints while emphasizing the idea that historical accounts can be biased.

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Condal explains the themes of propaganda in Blood and Cheese

Elio M. García Jr. and Linda Antonsson, who run and have helped George R.R. Martin write many of his books, interviewed showrunner Ryan Condal regarding House of the Dragon Season 2. You can watch the full interview here: interviews Ryan Condal for House of the Dragon Season 2

The Blood and Cheese scene is brutal and clear-cut in Fire and Blood. The scene plays out very differently in the show than in the book. However, Condal suggested that this account may be a form of propaganda against Rhaenyra Targaryen. Condal said:

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“I understand the scene from the book is one of the most spelled out things. But when we started considering the production practicalities, the reality of getting two very small children of that age to act, which you cannot do. So we would have had to radically age up the children, and then you run into the problem of things that you can actually expose children to on set. So if you were playing a scene with a knife to the child’s throat, you would have had to be doing a lot of double work and cutaways and things like that.”

“Not to say that you totally couldn’t do it. It just really hampered our ability to approach the scene. So we decided to just sort of open it up and say, okay, well, if we were just going in with this is the concept and with the idea that the events of Blood and Cheese, as chronicled in the history, were somewhat of a, call it a propaganda against Rhaenyra, what is the most awful version that Alicent would have recounted to historians, or that would have gotten around the castle to impugn Rhaenyra and Daemon as the blackest of villains and their, their weird, incestuous whatever black magic is going on over there on Dragonstone.”

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Ved Prabhudesai is an avid enthusiast of all things pop culture. He has a special interest in the field of animation and art, with a background in Fine Arts and Digital Media Arts. He has begun his first into the field of Entertainment Journalism with Wiki of Thrones, and has been writing for them since 2023. He also has experience working as a screenplay writer, animator and comic book artist. His hobbies include holding discussions and organising events focused around pop culture, dissecting the importance of media in today's world. He began reading A Song Of Ice And Fire shortly before Game of Thrones debuted on HBO. He has followed the series religiously and has spent hours reading Wikis learning about Targaryen history and possible plot points we will see in the Winds of Winter.


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