LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 15: Emma D'Arcy attends the "House Of The Dragon" Sky Group Premiere at Leicester Square on August 15, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
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Emma D'Arcy 'Takes Issue' With Criticisms Of House Of Dragon's Child Birth Scenes
The “House of the Dragon” season debut has passed, giving fans time to discuss, reassess, and debate the stories and subjects of the popular “Game of Thrones” prequel series. Following in its predecessor’s footsteps, “House of the Dragon” isn’t afraid to show violence; however, it differs with its examination of misogynistic violence and childbirth being its own battlefield.
Many fans were critical of the violence depicted in the show, particularly the often terminal results of medieval childbirth. “House of the Dragon” star Emma D’Arcy responded to the criticism, saying they “take real issue with the idea that we shouldn’t see women in labor depicted with gritty realism, and blood, and placentas,” as “we want women to conform to a certain image.”
Given that a significant selling point of “Game of Thrones” is the “big, gory battle sequences,” D’Arcy took further issue with the criticism. They added, “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.”