Happy Wine Wednesday! Candi returns this week to close out our coverage of House of the Dragon. As I previewed in my discussion with Maddie in our Season 1 wrap-up, I wanted to create a separate space to discuss the show runner's decision to cast Black actors to portray the Valeryons while also deciding not to introduce race into the writing. The decision was at times both frustrating and amusing. It also created moments that felt both intentionally and unintentionally Black as f*ck and that's what Candi and I get into this week.
Some moments are light - like Black ass names and crab boils. And some moments are a little heavy - like character erasure. We also talk about how many fans took their cues from the writers, which meant you can find a million and one posts about Aemond while having to go to great lengths to find appreciation for characters like Laena, Baela, and Rhaena - it's not like the show gave any of them a lot of material.
Candi shares her thoughts about the season as a whole and of course we get thirsty.
As always - we drink, we know things, we use adult language, and we have a good time!
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You can also find my conversation with Maddie about the HotD pilot here and our Season 1 wrap up here.
Until next Wine Wednesday!