Something I’ve never understood about the HBO Games of Thrones adaptation is the portrayal of Daenerys’ wedding night,
I’m not going to claim that the book version is a model for healthy relationships, Daenerys is 13 year old girl sold into marriage by her brother (ageing her up was one of HBO’s better choices), so it’s still dubious. However Book!Daenerys gets the chance to consent, Book!Drogo does start undressing his bride and feeling her up but he’s gentle and it’s Dany who initiatives the move to actually having sex. Book!Daenerys gets the chance to say yes. While arousal is a physical reaction and does not mean a character isn’t raped in the book it reads as a sign that Daenerys has at least some interest in what is to happen and prepared to go along with it.
Now if Khal Drogo had simply continued to simply use Dany for sex while she lives unhappily I wouldn’t have an issue with the tv series’ portrayal. However both Khal Drogo and Dany are shown to develop romantic feelings for each and while Dany learns sex skills to please Drogo she does seem to enjoy later sex scenes too. They end up with a happy relationship. That isn’t something I can see developing from the tv portrayal of it but it is something I can see happen from the book.
The TV version also makes Khal Drogo less sympathetic. Yes, he’s a violent warlord but it really just makes the following scenes of their relationship awkward (and seriously, you do want to upset us with his death, right?) as well as not really making sense. We know he can enjoy less violent sex and Dany’s already been given to him so he doesn’t get much out of the TV portrayal. Plus, it only further stigmatises the Dothraki and their “uncivilised” nature which is already racially charged.
So, all I can say, is why?
Why change it?
Is it supposed to be “edgier”?
Game of Thones need hardly need that with everything else we’ve seen.
Is it supposed to more sexier?
I can’t speak for everyone but the any girl I’ve spoken to prefers the book scene as a fantasy to the tv scene. Have a look down the Khal Drogo tag and what refers to his relationship with Daenerys and you’ll see it’s their later happy and mutually-affectionate relationship people want.
There is sexual violence in the ASoIaF universe and there are people who will. in a fictional universe, enjoy reading about it but in this case it seems like an unnecessary addition and one which messes up the dynamic of the couple.
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