Doing Justice to Helaena Targaryen and the Women of Westeros – a House of the Dragon video essay

I’m looking forward to House of the Dragon. The turbulent, fascinating history of the Targaryen family is sure to make for excellent drama. However, there’s one thing I want most from the show: justice for Helaena Targaryen, a fairly minor character in the Dance of the Dragons who I find to be emblematic of some of A Song of Ice and Fire‘s most problematic tropes.


Thursday January 01, 1970

In this video essay, I discuss my hopes for Helaena’s character in the spin-off, delving into A Song of Ice and Fire’s portrayal of motherhood and tendency to fat shame women. In the course of discussion I also deconstruct my personal feelings towards about Lady Stoneheart.
Enjoy!


Thursday January 01, 1970

So, what do you think? And is there a particular character you’re excited to see adapted in House of the Dragon? Tell us below.
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