‘House of the Dragon’ Showrunners Didn’t Want ‘Another Bunch of White People’ in ‘Game of Thrones’ Spinoff

We wanted to find a way to put diversity in the show,  but we didn’t want to do it in a way that felt like it was an afterthought or, worse, tokenism.

~ Ryan Condal, Co-showrunner


“House of the Dragon” is already righting a “Game of Thrones” misstep.

The upcoming spinoff prequel series has a more racially diverse cast, including an elite Black family comprising the House of Velaryon, a central ruling family with deep political ties in Westeros.

Co-showrunners Ryan Condal and Miguel Sapochnik set out for a “reimagining” of George R.R. Martin’s original books when bringing them to the screen. The spinoff premieres August 21.

“It was very important for Miguel and I to create a show that was not another bunch of white people on the screen,” Condal told Entertainment Weekly. “We wanted to find a way to put diversity in the show, but we didn’t want to do it in a way that felt like it was an afterthought or, worse, tokenism.”

“Game of Thrones” was previously slammed for its lack of POC actors and portrayals of slavery.

As the EW piece reported, author Martin “toyed early on with the idea of depicting the Velaryons as Black conquerors who came to Westeros from the west,” which Condal immediately saw as the future of the series.

“Once we had that idea, it just felt like everything fell into place,” Condal explained.

The House of Velaryon’s claim to the throne is rooted in Rhaenys Targaryen’s marriage to Corlys Velaryon aka the Sea Snake (Steve Toussaint), with the Targaryens ruling the skies and the Velaryons leading the seas. Per EW, the ruler of Driftmark, House Velaryon’s ancestral seat, inherits the name Lord of the Tides and is often granted a place among the ruling Targaryen king’s Small Council.

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Synopsis:

Emma D’Arcy, Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke, Rhys Ifans, Eve Best and Steve Toussaint talk about the ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel ‘House of the Dragon,’ returning to the world of Westeros, wigs and winged dragons.


House Of The Dragon | Official Teaser ~ Video via HBO Max

200 Years before the fall of the throne. A dynasty reigned.

Synopsis:

Set 200 years before the events of “Game of Thrones,” “House of the Dragon” chronicles the fall of House Targaryen and the events preceding the Targaryen civil war, also known as the “Dance of the Dragons.”

Dreams didn’t make us kings. Dragons did.

It is based on George R.R. Martin’s book “Fire & Blood.”

The spinoff premieres August 21.

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