The “House of the Dragon” showrunner didn’t want some characters to be “another white man on the screen,” so he reconsidered them as black.


  • HBO’s first “Game of Thrones” prequel series “House of the Dragon” will premiere on August 21st.

  • Talk to EWCo-creator Ryan Condal explained why the Verarion family is black in television adaptation.

  • He said they “want to find a way to put diversity into the show,” and he didn’t want it to be “Tokenism.”

“House of the Dragon” Is the first of Many planned HBO “Game of Thrones” prequel series It explores more corners and times of the vast fictional universe of writer George RR Martin, Westeros and Essos — and it introduces the first major homes made up of black characters.

and New interview with Entertainment WeeklyCo-showrunner Ryan Condal described this “reimagination” that he and Miguel Sapochnik made in the original book.

“It was very important for Miguel and I to create a show that wasn’t a group of white people on the screen,” Condal told EW. “We wanted to find a way to make the show diverse, but in a way that makes it feel like it’s a retrofit or, worse, Tokenism. There was not.”

House Velaryon stands out in the core political drama of “House of the Dragon.” Talk about a fall from a celebrity in the House Targaryen after the civil war The family was decimated about 200 years before Daenerys Targaryen came to power for generations.

The Berallion family came to Westeros from Valyrian (Essos), even in front of the House Targaryen. They are supported by Corlys Velaryon and Rhaenys Targarien. Actor Steve Toussaint starred as Sir Cory’s Bellarion as HBO adapted the history book “Fire and Blood” from the House Targaryen family in Martin.

As revealed in the EW article, the decision to show House Verarion as the first black family with significant power in Westeros came from Martin himself.

“According to Condal, Martin quickly toyed the idea of ​​drawing Verarion as a black conqueror from the west to Westeros,” EW said. Reporter Nick Romano wrote.

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From left to right, “Game of Thrones” will be starring Nathalie Emmanuel as Missandei, Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Conleth Hill as Valiz, Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen, and Gray Worm. The role of Jacob Anderson.Macall B. Polay / HBO

The lack of diversity both on the screen and behind the scenes of “Game of Thrones” was portrayed by almost all major families of Westeros (Dorn) by white actors.

Some of the usual non-white characters in the show are Missandei (played by Nathalie Emmanuel) and Gray Worm (played by Jacob Anderson), both of whom were enslaved in Essos before Denalis released.Shows, shows, plays Faced with criticism that it would not include anyone with no more color It has nothing to do with slavery, as it inherited the metaphor of the white savior when Denalis came to power in Essos.

Almost all of the show’s color people Considering the inside story that it came from the same place, Summer Isles Except for the nurse’s Missandei.After that, Missandei’s death in Season 8 A new conversation about the treatment of black characters in the show When she was killed in a chain.

Fans have to wait for how this brand new set of characters can be given their own backstory and dramatic arc. “House of the Dragon” will premiere on August 21st. Read everything you need to know about the series here.

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