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Emma D’Arcy (Rhaenyra) responds to criticism of House of The Dragon’s brutal birth scenes

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Game of Thrones prequel House of The Dragon season 1 is finally at an end. Both the pilot and the finale showcased a brutal birthing scene. While in the pilot, Viserys watched his wife Aemma die after being opened up to save the baby, losing both of them in the process, in the finale, we see Daemon ignoring Rhaenyra’s calls during the birth of their baby, and the baby’s death thereafter.

 
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However, the show’s realistic and graphic birthing sequences have also received backlash from some of the fans. Emma D’Arcy, who plays Rhaenyra Targaryen in the series, recently opened up about the criticism in an interview with GQ magazine. D’Arcy said, “I haven’t seen loads of it to be honest. But I take real issue with the idea that we shouldn’t see women in labour depicted with gritty realism, and blood, and placentas. Especially on a show where part of its USP is big, gory battle sequences.”

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“What it feels like is that we want women to conform to a certain image. Which is interesting, insofar as acting is concerned, because, there’s also a lot of fun to be had getting to do the big physical, physically demanding sequences. And it’s interesting that maybe sometimes that is not afforded to female characters.”

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Toni Riley
Toni Riley
29 days ago

I think it’s people’s comfortability levels. Just like they (EMMA) said watching dudes get gutted, beheaded, and castrated is not a big ordeal but having an issue with the struggles of childbirth and seeing what goes on that’s where the line is drawn? Did you notice how in the show EVERYONE heard her screaming but NO ONE (but the septas) were rushing to her aid? Please yall….spare me. As a woman who can, and has, given birth, it is a tough watch; but that’s how it was during those times and this show is all about the importance of succession. Idk. These are my thoughts on the matter.

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