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HOTD ‘House of the Dragon’ Director Explained the Horrifying Premiere Birth Scene

HOTD ‘House of the Dragon’ Director Explained the Horrifying Premiere Birth Scene.

Well, that birth scene was about as horrifying as humanly possible.

House of the Dragon viewers witnessed a disturbing sequence in the Game of Thrones prequel’s premiere Sunday night.

Aemma Arryn (Sian Brooke) was set to give birth to a son, which would have provided her husband, King Viserys Targaryen (Paddy Considine), with a desperately needed heir to the Iron Throne.

Complications with the birth resulted in Viserys having to choose between saving Aemma or his child– via a certain-to-be-fatal medieval attempt at a cesarean.

The king chooses to try and save the child and essentially murders his beloved wife (who is fully conscious and terrified).

Afterward, the child dies anyway. It’s precisely the scene director Miguel Sapochnik was alluding to in The Hollywood Reporter’s recent cover story on the making of House of the Dragon. Below are his expanded thoughts on the matter.

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Director Explained the Horrifying Premiere Birth Scene

Director Explained the Horrifying Premiere Birth Scene

” Aemma says, ‘The child bed is our battlefield,'” says Sapochnik, showrunner on the series, along with Ryan Condal.

“We felt that was an exciting way to explore the fact that for a woman in medieval times, giving birth was violence.

It’s as dangerous as it gets. You have a 50/50 chance of making it. Many women didn’t. Also Read, Johnny Depp will Direct His First Movie in 25 Years

The father would choose the child over the mother as a cesarean would kill you if given a choice.

It was a highly violent part of life. We have several births in the show and decided to give them different themes and explore them from different perspectives.

The same way I did for a bunch of battles on Thrones, where each time I tried to put a different spine in each, so it wasn’t just doing the same thing.

I don’t think putting a bunch of violence on screen for the sake of violence does any good in the world.” Also Read, Mohamed Salah Donated $156,634 to help rebuild a church

The scene sets up the show’s central conflict over the matter of the king’s succession, with the premiere concluding with Viserys picking his daughter Rhaenyra Targaryen (played by Milly Alcock in the show’s early episodes) over his mercurial brother Daemon (Matt Smith).

When asked, Considine why his character ended up choosing his daughter over his brother– even though he knows the realm might never accept a woman on the Iron Throne. “

HOTD 'House of the Dragon' Director Explained the Horrifying Premiere Birth Scene
Director Explained the Horrifying Premiere Birth Scene

He understands that Daemon can not be king, and that’s it,” Considine says. “He does not have the temperament. Also Read, Hot Gorgeous Florence Pugh is single now, Confirms her Breakup With Zach Braff

Daemon would burn everything. He’s way too volatile. ‘My next real choice is my daughter, and I’m taking a big gamble because she’s female.

But I trust that there’s something inside of her, that she has the best of her mother,’ who was the love of Viserys’ life.

He feels instinctive that he can entrust her and that she would listen enough to understand what it takes to be a kingdom ruler.

It’s almost like giving your kid a burden and knowing that on the surface looks like a gift but that it’s a curse.

It’s like I’m giving you something that is gon na be the most challenging thing you will ever have to do in your life. I’m burdening you with all this shit.

She’s the only one that he believes in and can trust. I don’t think it’s particularly political, and I don’t think it’s to snub Daemon. I just think he believes she’s the one.”

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