In the House of the Dragon panel, which featured Static Media sister site/Film’s Jacob Hall, Jeremy Mathai, and Ryan Scott at San Diego Comic-Con 2022, novelist George RR Martin was asked why Westeros had concerns to appoint women leaders. The question springs from Martin’s fictional world as well as the House of the Dragon trailers, in which the women poised to take power (see: Rhaenyra Targaryen by Emma d’Arcy, Daenerys Targaryen by Emilia Clarke) stake their claim threatened to take the throne. Martin explained that although this world he is creating takes place in fiction, much of what happens is based on elements from the story. “‘Game of Thrones’, as many people have pointed out, is loosely based on the Wars of the Roses. [‘House of the Dragon’] based on an earlier period of history called The Anarchy.
Martin then loosely explained the story of the anarchy that took place in England and Normandy and in which King Henry I lost his son and sole heir in a drowning accident. He’s then left with only his daughter Matilda to take over – but Henry’s nephew Stephen has other plans and civil war ensues (via Historic UK). While still addressing the question of Westeros’ concerns about female leaders, Martin went on to say that since this is common behavior throughout the story, the show just pulls from it, rather than Westeros being specifically much more sexist.
“House of the Dragon” is slated to premiere August 21 and already has a shot at a second season, according to HBO Max’s chief content officer Casey Bloys (via Variety).