HBO’s Home of the Dragon on Sunday left many followers disturbed with a storyline that concerned a middle-aged king being requested to marry his very younger niece.
Within the second episode of the Sport of Thrones spin-off collection, the story picks up a half a yr after the occasions of the premiere. King Viserys Targaryen (Paddy Considine) remains to be grieving the deaths of his spouse and new child little one when he’s requested by Lord Corlys Velaryon (Steve Toussaint)—husband of the king’s cousin Princess Rhaenys Targaryen (Eve Finest)—to marry his daughter, Woman Laena (Nova Foueillis-Mosé).
Viserys, although, has misgivings about marrying Woman Laena. Not solely is he nonetheless deeply saddened in regards to the lack of his spouse, however Laena is 12 years outdated. Many followers of the present have taken to social media to share their anger in regards to the age hole, despite the fact that Viserys opted to take an older bride. (“Older” on this case is a woman only some years extra aged than Laena.)
“I really like home of dragons and GOT, however the little one bride scenes simply make me cringe so unhealthy!” learn one tweet typical of the response.
One other viewer wrote, “See the kid they informed the king to marry. She’s a babyyyyyyyy. A small little one.”
“He is a grandpa compared to her,” one other Twitter person stated. “What sort of a father presents slightly little one for marriage?”
One individual stated, “They actually tried to marry off that child. Horrible occasions for women. Horrible.”
“Woman Laena seems like she simply rolled out of Bippidi Boppodi Boutique at Disney World for her date with Viserys,” one other individual mused, referencing the Disney park attraction the place younger kids costume up as princesses and knights.
Different viewers had been upset that Viserys’ eventual selection for a bride, Alicent Hightower, was not a lot older.
“King Viserys repulsed by the 12 yr outdated Laena simply to commit himself to the 15 yr outdated Alicent 5 minutes later,” wrote a fan.
The unique Sport of Thrones was famous for its frequent controversies, which frequently concerned intercourse and/or violence. Home of the Dragon has to this point carried on in the identical vein, and the primary episode supplied up loads of nudity.
The present’s method has paid off with excessive scores; HBO introduced final week that the debut pulled in round 10 million viewers on the primary night time. That quantity has since doubled for the biggest premiere viewers within the channel’s historical past.
Days after the debut episode, HBO renewed Home of the Dragon for a second season.
Newsweek reached out to HBO for remark.