House Of The Dragon 2022

"House of the Dragon" premiere takes on real-world problems about women's reproductive rights

Aemma Targaryen (Sian Brooke), the queen, is in the middle of a challenging labour in the first episode of the  series

In accordance with tradition, her husband, King Viserys Targaryen (Paddy Considine), is desperate for a son to ensure a male heir to the throne

Medical counsellors suggest the king must choose between losing the baby or sacrificing the mother's life to save it

The king finally decides on the horrific treatment after much agony, and the queen is killed by the blood loss

Due to the restricted instruments of the time, Aemma calls childbirth "our battlefield" in the episode. The Hollywood Reporter's James Hibberd compared it to "Game of Thrones" for weddings

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