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 for anybody to live during the eight seasons of the show, and the plethora of badass female characters didn’t mean that kingdoms embraced women as leaders or warriors, with some exceptions. House of the Dragon will take viewers back to Westeros in a completely different era, but some things remain the same. A Song of Ice and Fire and Fire & Blood author George R.R. Martin explained why the kingdoms in his fictional world of Westeros weren’t too keen on women getting ahead. 

House of the Dragon will face the issue of women having (or not having) power head-on, as it is rooted in a chaotic time for the Targaryen family in which King Viserys I intends to give his daughter Princess Rhaenyra the throne. Others believe Viserys’ brother, Daemon, should rule, as a woman had never sat on the Iron Throne to that point. George R.R. Martin spoke during the show’s panel at San Diego Comic-Con about that and noted that his books are not any more unkind to women than real-life history was:

I get inspiration from history, and then I take elements from history and I turn it up to 11. Games of Thrones is, as many people have observed, based very loosely on the War 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 more anti-woman or more misogynistic than real life and what we call history.


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