Warning: SPOILERS for House of the Dragon season 1, episode 4.
Dragon House season 1, episode 4 looks very familiar to game of thrones in a meaningful way. Almost 200 years before the events of game of thrones, Dragon House has the difficult mission of working as both a prequel and a spiritual successor to game of thrones. Based on George R. R. Martin Fire & Blood, Dragon House share a lot with game of thrones in terms of sets and creative teams, but it wasn’t until Episode 4 that Dragon House really mentioned some game of thrones‘ defining features, which include violence, disturbing couples and sex scenes.
Although it is a prequel to game of thrones long time co-created game of thrones director Miguel Sapochnik, Dragon House has so far tried to find its own tone rather than imitate the original show. For instance, Dragon House has many time jumps, a narrative trick rarely used in Game of Thrones, but it is essential for the stories of Rhaenyra, Daemon and Alicent. Dragon House also follows a smaller character set than game of thronesnot to mention the many existing dragons, all of which give the show a distinct tone distinct from game of thrones.
Still, Dragon House is game of thrones‘ successor, and ‘King of the Narrow Sea’ makes that clear. One of game of thronesThe defining traits, especially in the early seasons, were the abundance of sex scenes, many of which were visually and/or thematically unsettling. Whereas Dragon HouseThe first episode of featured a few sex scenes, these were either background shots or very brief moments. Dragon House season 1, episode 4, on the other hand, had three prominent sex scenes, all of which were central to the episode. Not only that, but two of the three Dragon House Episode 4 sex scenes were very uncomfortable. Daemon and Rhaenyra are uncle and niece, and Viserys and Alicent don’t seem to share any real intimacy, besides the age difference in the two. Still, the nervousness of Westeros and the problematic side of its medieval setting were part of game of thrones‘ the visual identity, which now finds an echo in Dragon House.
How House of the Dragon Sex Scenes Compare to Game of Thrones
Compared to game of thrones‘ first seasons, Dragon House has so far been moderate in terms of sex scenes. For instance, Dragon HouseEpisodes 2 and 3 of did not feature any sex or nudity scenes. It was something rare for the first seasons of game of thrones, which reportedly features sex and nudity in nearly every episode. In fact, a major difference between game of thrones sex scenes and Dragon House these is that the latter have so far been essential to the story while the former were sometimes free, especially in game of thrones season 1.
Rhaenyra’s relationship with Daemon and Ser Criston Cole are pieces of the puzzle that will lead to the Dance of the Dragons. As such, more than a shock value or a gimmick to emulate game of thrones‘King of the Narrow Sea’ sex scenes represent redefining moments for the Dragon House ground. Essentially, the graphic scenes of game of thrones were used to distinguish the show from other similar works of high fantasy, which its successor, Dragon House, don’t have to worry.
Dragon House airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on HBO and streams on HBO Max.