Game of Thrones was packed with badass ladies, but George R.R. Martin explains why the kingdoms in his books were a bit of a foe of Em

Game of Thrones was packed with badass ladies, but George R.R. Martin explains why the kingdoms in h ...

While it was difficult for anybody to live in Game of Thrones' Westeros, the plethora of badass female characters did not mean that kingdoms accepted women as leaders or warriors, with some exceptions. House of the Dragon will take viewers back to Westeros in a completely different time, but some things remain the same. Author of A Song of Ice and Fire and Fire & Blood George R.R. Martin explained why the kingdoms in his fictional world of Westeros were against embracing women.

House of the Dragon will tackle the issue of women having (or not having) power head-on, because it is rooted in a tense time for the Targaryen family in which King Viserys I wants to give his daughter Princess Rhaenyra the throne, while others think Viserys' brother, Daemon, should rule, since a woman had never served on the Iron Throne to that point. George R.R. Martin spoke during the show's panel at San

I start with history and apply it to 11. As many have guessed, Games of Thrones is based very loosely on the War of the Roses. [House of the Dragon] is based on an earlier period in history known as the Anarchy. I don't think Westeros is particularly anti-woman or misogynistic than real life or what we call history.

According to George R.R. Martin, the gender imbalance that is being overlooked or rewarded favorably against the men is fairly true to history. Although it doesn't seem to bode well for the ladies in House of the Dragon, the author believes that history is a source of inspiration. Perhaps the fictional kingdoms will be somewhat less oppressive toward Rhaenyra and Rhaenys since they have dragons.

Despite their difficulties, the powerful women of Game of Thrones did not all get happy endings in positions of power. Cersei and Daenerys both died tragically. Sansa went through at least seven hells before she was eventually crowned Queen of the North. Arya left her family after spending most of the series trying to reconnecting with them.

Rhaenyra Targaryen may face her own trials in order to protect her rightful place as the rightful heir to the Iron Throne. This may not be what viewers and HBO Max subscribers anticipated following Game of Thrones, but given that George R.R. Martin based Fire & Blood on a period known as "the Anarchy," viewers should expect a lot of suffering.

The exact difference between the new show and Game of Thrones remains to be seen. The original series came to an end with many critics, but it's still a safe bet that House of the Dragon will be a major success for HBO. George R.R. Martin had a glowing review for the first episode after seeing a rough cut in 2021, though admitted that he's not an objective party to speak on it.

House of the Dragon will be available on HBO on Sunday, August 21st at 9:00 p.m. ET. It's one of many new shows coming to television in the coming weeks, so be sure to keep an eye on what's coming as more anticipated programs debut.