‘House of the Dragon’ closes a chapter, but not before touching on a painful trope

'House of the Dragon' closes a chapter, but not before touching on a painful trope
Yet the hr could generate just as much buzz for a challenging death that happened, inviting discussion of old concerns and wounds about the way that LGBTQ characters are treated — and more to the point, killed off — in TV dramas.
The advances made in terms associated with greater inclusion have coincided with issue about how those personas are portrayed and the fates that they meet, giving rise to a much-discussed trope known as “Bury Your Gays. inch The particular phrase refers to a brief history in which gay personas have disproportionately passed away as a plot gadget, creating the impact they are more expendable in the eyes of storytellers.
Given that, the “Game of Thrones” prequel potentially waded straight into controversy with its latest episode, subtitled “We Light the Way, inch which again demonstrated, among other things, that within Westeros not much good ever happens in weddings. (The collection plays on HBO, which, like CNN, is an unit associated with Warner Bros. Discovery. )
As part of the plot, Little princess Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock) agreed to a marriage of convenience to Laenor Velaryon (Theo Nate) — a regal merger designed to fortify their respective lines’ hold on power, where they can indulge their own “appetites” elsewhere.
Knowing that Laenor is homosexual, Rhaenyra — previously being reminded by the girl uncle Daemon (Matt Smith) that marriage is merely a political arrangement — reassured him that they would essentially live individual lives, allowing your pet to continue his connection with Ser Joffrey Lonmouth (Solly McLeod). Rhaenyra, meanwhile, had been dallying with a dark night of her own, Se tornar Criston Cole (Fabien Frankel).
Theo Nate in 'House of the Dragon'

At the wedding ceremony feast, Joffrey let it be known to Criston that he is aware of the knight’s relationship along with Rhaenyra, which clearly unsettled and disrupted him. When the event chaotically erupts in violence a short while afterwards, Criston is along with Joffrey, brutally beating him to passing away during the melee. He then flirts with taking his own life, just before Rhaenyra’s budding political rival, Alicent (Emily Carey), intervenes.
Martin’s vision is of a middle ages world where a lot more often cheap. That includes everything from orgies to incest, and through the horrors of childbirth to protecting regal succession even if that means marrying away from under-age girls.
Still, presenting the relationship between Laenor and Joffrey only to dispatch the latter therefore quickly and unbelievably almost immediately prompted questions on Tweets on Sunday night time about whether the “Bury Your Gays” trope applies here. Notably, past discussions from the practice have usually surrounded science hype and fantasy series, including “The 100” and “Buffy the particular Vampire Slayer, inch and more recently, BBC America’s dark spy thriller “Killing Eve. ”
It’s also worth noting that during “Game of Thrones'” heyday some asked when the show had a “gay problem, ” as Vulture put it in a 2016 item citing the number of LGBTQ characters who, up until that point, had fulfilled a violent end.
The particular arc of Laenor’s character doesn’t determine with the latest event. How that tale unfolds could potentially counteract or soften this particular latest turn of events in the eye of those who would criticize it.
For now, though, based on the high-profile nature from the franchise that magnifies almost everything about the series, “House of the Dragon” could face several near-term heat.
HBO declined a request to deal with the episode.