House of the Dragon’s Queer Mistake Is Worse Than You Think

dragon house Episode 5 spoilers follow.

It’s safe to say that no one in Westeros will ever die of old age. There are too many dragons and assassins and torn wombs for this to happen. It is a miracle that anyone survives even after birth, to be outspoken, But in this realm of constant danger, it seems that some people are far more likely to die than others.

Enter Queer. Gay of the Throne, if you will.

game of ThronesAs it is more widely known, Always Killing Everyone has a long history, yes, but when it comes to LGBTQ+ characters, there’s always a homophobic subtext that becomes impossible to ignore.

John Macmillan, House of the Dragon

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In a world where everyone dies, queer men like Oberyn Martell, Lorus Tyrell, and King Renly suffered a more horrifying death than most. LGBTQ+ women didn’t do much better except for Yara, who miraculously marched that pride flag to the very end while every other queer character flies around her. And even it has faced its fair share of (UN) struggles.

But it’s fine, isn’t it? Queer people should be able to live and die just like other characters on TV. Correct? Well, yes, but there are specific examples, even in 2022, where the abuse and cruelty faced by queer people is far greater than what happens to their straight counterparts.

Like in real life, really.

Signal dragon houseA show where gays can defy all odds and be happily in love together, but only for a scene or two, because straight guys.

After teasing (queerbaiting?) Something else between Rainera and Alicent in the first episode, dragon house Became far more preoccupied with incest than homosexuality, allowing it to flourish in ways that LGBTQ+ cannot love. It’s worth noting here that claims of historical accuracy don’t really matter when there are actual dragons flying around as well.

But then, a few episodes later, a young Lenore Valerian was swooping down on one of those dragons, like a rainbow bursting through the clouds, ready to spread joy in queues everywhere. How good.

But this happiness isn’t openly let up, so it’s not until a heavily-coded chat with Lenore Renera That we learn that the young king has developed a “different” taste for meat that other men can enjoy.

Yes, he’s a sausage man, and that’s a problem in Westeros, because… well, for no good reason really. It’s a fictional world where homophobia doesn’t have to be.

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Still, that doesn’t stop Lenore from seeing her boyfriend, Ser Joffrey Lonemouth, every chance she gets…which isn’t for very long, it turns out.

His brief make-out scene, remarkably tinkering in comparison to the full-blown incest that the Targaryens are so fond of, What comes next is quickly overshadowed, so soon we were introduced to the show’s first happy queer couple.

After making plans to shave Lenore for Rainera, which allows him to continue his secret friendship with Ser Kristen Cole, everyone attends a sumptuous festive meal on the main court. It’s a beautiful day, a wonderful time to be alive, in fact, which is why you know someone’s interiors are going to be visible on their exterior, Red Wedding-style.

Solly Macleod, John McMillan, House of the Dragon

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Joffrey, overcoming Gaye’s need to gossip, tells Kristen that he is well aware of Knight’s relationship with Rainera. Is he a little thug, or does he see the two of them as soulmates, bound to a future throne by their secret lovers? Insert “Why not both?” Here mem.

But Kristen doesn’t have it. Overcome with a direct need to punch things, Rainera’s boyfriend grabs Joffrey in front of the court and pats his face with a metal-plated glove until he reaches a pulp. It’s like an elephant stepped on someone’s McDonald’s takeaway, but instead, it’s Joffrey’s face.

Surprisingly, Joffrey the Beaver did not survive this bout of violence. Lenore is left behind to mourn the death of her lover, before being forced to go through the ceremony and marry his beard.

idiom”I want that gay to be erased“It really took on a whole new meaning this week.

But why did Joffrey have to die like this? Kill homosexuals by all means, but when the gay in question is one of the first and only queer people in the entire show, killing them in such a brutal, tragic way reinforces harmful, dated tropes.

It also doesn’t help that Joffrey’s time on the show is so brief. Often, queued characters are introduced into the service of straight characters, and this is a prime example of exactly that.

Despite Solly MacLeod’s best efforts, Joffrey isn’t much of a character in his own right during his brief time on screen. Instead, he is specifically meant to die at the hands of Kristen (and his toxic masculinity), leading other chess pieces such as Lenore, Renera, and even Alicent into the necessary locations ready for the next week. can be visited.

Solly Macleod, Fabian Frankel, House of the Dragon

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Joffrey is a meat puppet and nothing more, yet it is unfair for the show to literally reduce him as if his body is dragged off the court.

In the end our attempts to empathize with Kristen only emphasize what’s wrong with this story. Why should we feel anything but resentment for a character whose insecurities led to violence in a particularly homophobic form?

Morally questionable characters are the bread and butter of this franchise, so there’s nothing intrinsically wrong with Kristen exploring it, but the point is how dragon house Here it frames that morality in its own questionable way.

And it’s even more clear when you consider the wider context surrounding Joffrey’s death. In the source material, Kristen seriously injures Joffrey during a tournament held in honor of the wedding. It is not until later that he died from injuries sustained during this fight, and importantly, that Lenore is with him.

so it means dragon house the team will read fire and blood And thought to myself, “This death is too lenient for someone like Joffrey. Let’s escalate the brutality and finally separate him from Lenore while we’re at it.”

And by “someone like Joffrey” we mean Dorothy’s friend. A gay man, if you will.

oh and it’s not the first time that game of Thrones The franchise has also done a similar stunt.

in the original a song of Ice and Fire Books, Lorus Tyrell has suffered some serious injuries, it’s true. But in the show, Lorus is instead imprisoned and tortured in a medieval form of conversion therapy, before it eventually blew up, like Oberyn’s head being hit by Explosion Mountain.

John Macmillan, House of the Dragon

HBO

And yes, that last sentence refers to another A disproportionately brutal death for homosexuals, in case you were wondering.

you would think dragon house learn more from mistakes game of Thrones Once done, yet here we are again in 2022 having the same old conversation.

That’s not to say that all hope is lost, though.

If Lenore survives these old tropes long enough to become a fully realized character, then there is some room to move beyond all this and embrace the quirks of Peen in the brothel or the quirks beyond this tired ‘Bury Your Guess Trope,

And maybe, just maybe, Lenore might even make it to old age, or at least whatever passes as old age in the deadly realm of Westeros.

dragon house Season one airs weekly on US Sundays HBOand in the UK on Monday Sky Atlantic and now. Season 2 has been announced, game of Thrones season 1-8 Available on DVD and Blu-ray.

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