While Game of Thrones has been chastised for its excessive violence against women, Olivia Cooke is confident that this will not be a problem in the prequel series.
Alicent Hightower in House of the Dragon is played by the actress from Sound of Metal. She tells the Telegraph that she “wouldn’t feel comfortable in being a part of anything that has just egregious graphic violence towards women for no reason whatsoever, just because they want it to be tantalizing in a way that gets viewers. I was lucky enough to read the script before, and it has changed a lot from the first few seasons [of Thrones]. I don’t think they’d be in their right minds to include any of that anymore.”
Cooke is also aware of the public’s reaction to the Game of Thrones finale, which left her “nervous.” Still, she continued, “you’ll “never satisfy everybody, so I’ve just got to ignore the stuff.”
House Targaryen is the focus of House of the Dragon, which takes place approximately 200 years before Jaime pushes Bran out of a tower. Paddy Considine, Emma D’Arcy, Matt Smith, Sonoya Mizuno, and Rhys Ifans star in the film, which will be directed by Ryan Condal and Miguel Sapochnik.
The show is set to debut on HBO in 2022.