House of the Dragon co-creator Ryan Condal has taken some heat for stepping away from George RR Martin’s portrayal of the Velaryon family, making several members black in HBO’s latest hit.
Martin, in his original book Fire and Blood, described Velaryons as having white skin, ghostly pale hair, and purple eyes.
In the latest Game of Thrones prequel, however, House Velaryon is black – led by Corlys Velaryon (known as Sea Snake), who is played by Steve Toussaint.
Speaking to TheGrill, Condal said the decision to diversify the hit show was not intended to appeal to leftist ideals… before going on to say “it’s 2022”.
“I think it wasn’t that simple,” he said. “I think the reason this choice was a success… is because it was thought through. It wasn’t done just for show or was not done just to tick a box or… to be considered progressive.
“We are in 2022,” he then added, contradicting himself faster than a Joe Biden press conference. “It’s a different time than these shows. We have an incredibly diverse audience that’s not just across America, but in multiple countries that speak all kinds of different languages, that represent… every color under the sun.
“It was really important to see some of that reflected on screen.”
House of the Dragon is different from the original books
What a wild ride that was!
You start off by saying you’re not trying to tick a progressive box that everyone has to tick these days, and then BAM… you say, “Just kidding. We are in 2022, you know.
Look, House of the Dragon is awesome. I didn’t think anything could compete with Game of Thrones – last season not included, obviously – but the first nine episodes of this prequel were awesome.
And, frankly, I didn’t know – and I don’t care – that the characters were different in this portrayal than Martin’s books. I don’t get in the weeds with that stuff, and really, reaaaaaaaaallllllyyyyy do not worry.
I don’t care if you’re black, white or purple. Can you take on the Targaryens? Yes? Sold!
But don’t just sit there and tell me you haven’t tried to tick a box, then immediately tell me what year it is and “it’s a different time.”
As Jo Bennett of The Office once said, “You can’t give me sauce and tell me it’s jelly, because the sauce isn’t sweet!” Is that it, Jim?
Anyway, Condal went on to say that it was a fantasy world and not everyone is white in Never Land, which is certainly true. So there is this.
“It’s a fantasy world. I think if it was historical fiction it would be a more nuanced discussion,” he said. “But I think just because it’s a fantasy world, if we believe in dragons, shapeshifters, and werewolves, we can believe that not everyone in the story is white.”