Game Of Thrones Was Full Of Badass Ladies, But George R.R. Martin Explains Why The Kingdoms In His Books Were Kind Of Against ’Em

game of thrones‘ Westeros wasn’t a great place to live for the show’s eight seasons, and the plethora of badass female characters didn’t mean the kingdoms embraced women as leaders or warriors, with a few exceptions. Dragon House will take viewers back to Westeros in a completely different time, but some things remain the same. A song of ice and fire and Fire & Blood Author George RR Martin explained why the realms of his fictional world of Westeros weren’t too keen on women moving forward.

Dragon House will face the issue of women having (or not having) power, as it is rooted in a chaotic time for the Targaryen family in which King Viserys I intends to hand over the throne to his daughter Princess Rhaenyra. Others believe that Viserys’ brother Daemon should rule, as a woman had never sat on the Iron Throne until this point. George RR Martin spoke about this during the show’s panel at San Diego Comic-Con and noted that his books aren’t any meaner to women than the actual story:

I take inspiration from the story and then take elements of the story and expand it up to 11. Games of Thrones is, as many people have observed, very loosely based on the Wars of the Roses . [House of the Dragon] is based on an earlier period in history called the Anarchy. I don’t think Westeros is particularly anti-woman or more misogynistic than real life and what we call history.

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