Sunday, June 19, 2022

GAME OF THRONES' [Violent] Teen Sex Storyline | Daenerys Targaryen (13/16) & Khal Drog (30)

Years ago, while walking up 9th avenue in Manhattan, I overheard a man say to his companion, "The only reason people like Game of Thrones (GOT) is because of the violence and sex."

Unlike a lot of people, we never got into GOT; however, over the years, we've seen a number of images and clips of Daenerys Targaryen and Khal Drog; however, we were unaware that Daenerys was a nymphet when she was given to Khal. 

In the pilot of the HBO series, Daenerys is reported to have been (approximately) 16-years-old when the age-gap marriage was violently consummated. But in George RR Martin’s Song Of Fire And IceDaenerys was a whopping 13-year-old nymphet who was sexually assaulted - repeatedly. 

JJ Rankin elaborated in the Screen Rant post "How Old Is Daenerys Targaryen & 9 Other Things You Didn't Know About Her" (AUG 04, 2020):

In the books, Daenerys is just 13 years old when she is married off to a Dothraki warlord named Khal Drogo, in exchange for an army for Viserys, Dany’s older brother who wanted the Iron throne.

But in the TV series, Dany is depicted to be slightly older, and is believed to be 16 years old when she meets Khal. 

(Per Katie Baillie's Metro post "Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow are HOW old in Game Of Thrones?(26 Aug 2017), Daenerys was 17 in the streaming series: "Daenerys [...] is 17 in the HBO series, which can be worked out from the fact the first season is set 17 years after Robert Baratheon’s rebellion.")

And per Kim Renfro of Insider, Khal was approximately 30-years-old when he "consummated" the age-gap marriage. 

Recently, Daenerys and Khal's violent wedding night has been discussed, because some writers wonder if House of the Dragon, GOT's prequel, will have less rape scenes.

For example, Emma Baty asked on Cosmopolitan "Will the New ‘Game of Thrones’ Be Any Less Cruel to Women?" (MAY 5, 2022). Baty posted:

I’m talking about the many, many rape scenes. The complete lack of agency for female characters. The disproportionate physical abuse of women compared with men.

Allow me to further refresh your memory with some specifics: A very young Daenerys Targaryen is sold into marriage, raped by her husband, and then…falls in love with said husband. 

Nonetheless, per GOT's wikipedia page, the series: 

"[...] was nominated for thirteen Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series (Tim Van Patten for "Winter Is Coming"), and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (David Benioff and D. B. Weiss for "Baelor"). It won two [...]

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