HBO’s ‘House of the Dragon’ Will Highlight ‘Internalized Misogyny,’ Stars Say

When “House of the Dragon” premieres on HBO later this month, it marks a return to all the familiar tenets of Westeros made famous by “Game of Thrones”: Sex, violence, and, of course, dragons.

But the prequel series based on George R.

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Martin’s “Fire & Blood” centers something different from “Thrones”: A pivotal relationship between two women.“House of the Dragon” is about the Targaryen family, war in the seven kingdoms, and the Iron Throne itself, but it is in a very real sense it’s about Alicent Hightower (played in early episodes by Emily Carey and as an adult by Olivia Cooke) and Rhaenyra Targaryen (Milly Alcock; Emma D’Arcy).

As children and teens the girls are bosom buddies and inseparable at court, but the trailer shows them at loggerheads once Rhaenyra contests the order of succession.“We didn’t even know what the project was, let alone the characters,

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