George R.R. Martin Doesn't Think the 'Game of Thrones' World Is Any More Misogynistic Than Real Life

In less than a month, HBO is taking fans back to Westeros for the first of its super-hyped Game of Thrones companion series, House of the Dragon. The prequel show is set 200 years before the events of GOT, back when the Targaryen family ran the land—and fought a civil war (known as the Dance of Dragons) over exactly which member of the fam deserved to rule.

Over the weekend, members of the cast and creative team behind House of the Dragon hit San Diego Comic-Con for a Q&A to hype the already highly-anticipated series. The panel included series co-creator Ryan Condal, actors Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke, Emma D’Arcy, Paddy Considine, Steve Toussaint, Eve Best, Fabien Frankel, Milly Alcock and Emily Carey and, of course, author George R.R. Martin, who created this whole phenom to begin with.

After a screening of the House of the Dragon trailer, the group fielded questions about everything from the series’ 17 (!!!) unique dragons to the new battle for the Iron Throne and why so few women have ruled Westeros. According to Martin, the answer is equal parts simple and sad: Westeros’ misogyny is a direct mirror of the misogyny of the real world.

“My books are fantasies, obviously, but I do follow history a lot,” he said (per People). “I get inspiration from history and then I take elements from history and turn them up to an 11, obligatory Spinal Tap reference, or to 111.”

Martin went on to explain the exact periods of real-world history he took inspiration from when plotting out both Game of Thrones and House of the Dragon:

Oof. Guess we’ll have to find out how the women of House of the Dragon fair against all the historically-inspired sexism when the show premieres on HBO on August 21.

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