Game of Thrones ruled the entertainment industry for years. The show, which is based on George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, has a huge fan following worldwide. The fan’s love for the show’s wondrous world is still alive even after more than three years since the show’s finale. Now, the show’s prequel House of the Dragon is all set to bring the world back to life with a few changes. According to HBO’s executive, Kara Buckley, the prequel will be ‘creatively appealing.’ However, the fans are not that happy with its creativity, especially the changes that have been incorporated into it by its creators.

House of the Dragon to introduce a new family

House of Dragons Game of Thrones
House of the Dragons

Even though the series centers around a civil war that took place in the Targaryen family 3000 years before the events of Game of Thrones, the show will introduce a new family, House Velaryon. The Velaryons have the blood of Old Valyria in their veins and are as powerful and wealthy as the Targaryens. However, they command ships rather than dragons. They have a history with the House of Dragon since they helped Aegon “The Conqueror” Targaryen to acquire control over Westeros.

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House of the Dragon to include people of color in significant roles

Steve Toussaint as Lord Corlys Velaryon in House of the Dragon Game of Thrones
Steve Toussaint as Lord Corlys Velaryon in House of the Dragon

In the books, the Velaryons are described as having pale skin with silver hair and purple eyes. However, the show’s creators, Ryan Condal and Miguel Sapochnik decided to change the characters’ race and appearance to make the show more diverse. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Ryan Condal stated,

“The world is very different now than it was 10 years ago when [Game of Thrones] all started. It’s different than 20 years ago when Peter Jackson made The Lord of the Rings. These types of stories need to be more inclusive than they traditionally have been. It was very important for Miguel and me to create a show that was not another bunch of white people on the screen, just to put it very bluntly.”

“Long, long ago, when he was conceiving of this world, [Martin] himself had considered the idea of making Velaryons a race of Black people with silver hair that essentially came from the other side of the ocean and conquered Westeros. That’s a fascinating idea, and that always really stuck with me because it’s such a stark image. I just thought, ‘Well, why couldn’t we do a version of that now?'”

Fans react to the inclusion of people of color in the Game of Thrones Prequel

Lord Corlys Velaryon (Steve Toussaint) and Rhaenys Targaryen (Eve Best)
Lord Corlys Velaryon (Steve Toussaint) and Rhaenys Targaryen (Eve Best) in House of the Dragon
The creator’s decisions were not met well by the fans. Several fans took to Twitter to protest the change of race.

The creator’s decision to diversify the cast was a good move, and hopefully, the inclusivity will continue in Game of Thrones’ future spin-offs as well. Moreover, it is not just tokenism since the black family is portrayed in a position of nobility and not as villainous characters such as pirates or mercenaries who only seek to cause chaos. As for fan reactions, some people are always offended when creators decide to diversify the casting, and it is not always possible to please everyone.

House of the Dragon comes out on August 21 on HBO.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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