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I used to love the game of thrones show (before season 8 obvi). Cersei Lannister was my homegirl and I stanned her so hard. Danaerys was an awesome villain too.

So everybody and their mother won't shut up about how amazing the new HBOMax spinoff is, but I'd really rather not get invested due to the actress playing the leading lady who supposedly claims that she's non-binary, yet doesn't seem to have a problem playing a female character. She also seems to be partaking in the competition enbies seem to be having amongst themselves as to who can have the ugliest haircut and seems to be one of those who mimics the mannerisms of gay men in an overexaggerated manner.

Having said that, she's supposedly a decent actress and someone accused me of being a transphobe for not wanting to watch the show because of her.

I used to love the game of thrones show (before season 8 obvi). Cersei Lannister was my homegirl and I stanned her so hard. Danaerys was an awesome villain too. So everybody and their mother won't shut up about how amazing the new HBOMax spinoff is, but I'd really rather not get invested due to the actress playing the leading lady who supposedly claims that she's non-binary, yet doesn't seem to have a problem playing a female character. She also seems to be partaking in the competition enbies seem to be having amongst themselves as to who can have the ugliest haircut and seems to be one of those who mimics the mannerisms of gay men in an overexaggerated manner. Having said that, she's supposedly a decent actress and someone accused me of being a transphobe for not wanting to watch the show because of her.

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Her comment annoyed me. She is a good actress. Most of the season her character is either pregnant or giving birth. The character is reminded every episode that her right to inherit the throne will be challenged because she is a woman. But her comment about being good at playing women as if it's an unfamiliar experience to her is delusional bullshit. It's a good show. I wish I didn't know she said that because it won't leave my brain when watching her.

If I’m honest she did a good job and the show overall is pretty good.

That said, just knowing what we know about her is SUPER distracting and takes away from it. Especially considering the whole show is centered around what happens to her character because she is a woman getting screwed over in a patriarchal system solely because she is a woman.

It’s just really annoying she doesn’t see the irony.

Nailed it. Rhaenyra can't just opt-out of being a woman to make things easier on King Viserys.

I find it distracting too. Too many thoughts when she's on screen, over analysing lines, and then the confusion with any romantic scenes. Watching her play a mother and hearing the "I'm good at playing women, even though I'm not one" nonsense.

I suppose it's true what they say about how tifs use the non-binary label to give them a false sense of control over misogyny and feel like they've somehow thwarted it. The one on House of The Dragon seems to be taking the approach of coming off super androgynous. Possibly in the hopes of coming across as less of a 'woman' and more of an effeminate man.

I wouldn't let that kind of thing bother me, honestly. I think her acting in the show was okay. Not great. Her range seems to go from irritated to mad. The younger model who plays her before the time gap was much better. She's the reason I really got into the show.

Yeah the younger actress being way better seems to be a recurring thing in this thread.

Yeah. I've seen worse acting, but it's definitely jarring to go from the younger's strong performance to someone who just can't compete.

And is it just me or is there a voice issue with her. Her tone is almost always the same no matter what she's saying, her face barely changes too, has this confused wide eyed look most of the time. Having her come after seeing the stellar performance young Rhanerya actress had, did Emma no favours.

[–] Lilith 0 points Edited

I could see the changes in her, they were just more muted. She probably has more muted emotional expression in general as part of her personality. I guess it doesn't bother me as much because I can read it and find it relatable, so having that one character who is that way, especially when there's an explanation for the mutedness in the plot, can be interesting too - though it is rare to find anyone willing to write that kind of plot and explore that kind of character.

What bothers me is that the entire personality of the character seemed to change without any explanation. It doesn't come across a story trying on purpose to develop that kind of character, which made it a problem of either poor acting or poor casting.

Umm, forget her unfortunate comments and just enjoy the show, I guess? In a few years, she won't be following the fad and will be married with children, probably. It's all so silly.

I have zero interest in this show for a number of reasons, one of which is that I can' t stand watching TRAs acting. I have heard the show is good and she' s decent but knowing that this moron is bragging about how good she is at playing women "for some reasons" (🙄🙄🙄) just pisses me off way too much.

Quite honestly the original Game of Thrones was so sexist to me I couldn't get past two seasons. Like the male gaze just oozed into every scene it was so disgusting (everyone's boundaries are different though no shade to anybody who could get past it and enjoy the cool narrative 😭). I really enjoyed House of the Dragon though. It was a lot less gross even though it still displayed the 'reality' of its patriarchal world. Clare Kilner is a phenomenal director and her episodes stood out to me as my faves. I don't really consider an actor's personal politics or inclinations when I decide to watch a show. I preferred the actress who played the character before Emma D'Arcy took over though. But Emma is all right I suppose 🤷🏽‍♀️

I loved the original Game of Thrones. I had been looking forward to the prequel series, but I decided not to watch it after I heard about this actress being involved. If someone wants to accuse me of transphobia for that, they can go ahead, but it's not good for my mental health to repeatedly and voluntarily expose myself to a woman claiming to be a non-woman.

I was very disappointed to see that they casted someone who doesn't identify as a woman to play a woman whose femaleness is a large part of the difficulties she faces....how can someone who hates being a woman so much she pretends she isn't one be comfortable portraying a woman? Everyone's got a price I guess...

[–] drinkwater 4 points Edited

She's just annoying, and I don't know what others think but I didn't like her performance. I thought the "younger" actress did way better. Way more charisma and charm, compared to that she fell a bit flat for me.

Edit: Lol drop that "someone" what an absolute idiot, you can refuse to watch anything for any reason.

[–] sexyflanders 2 points Edited

Yes, 100%! I thought the same thing about her acting...very wooden and NO chemistry between her and her supposed "love" Daemon. It's very awkward for me to watch her and yes, I wish that the actress who played young Rhaenyra would have just been "aged" to play older Rhaenyra instead.

Right? "Young" Rhaenyra was 20 too from what I know(we all know Hollywood hiring adults so they can have sex scenes with fictional minors🥴). I just think it was a weird casting choice, the actresses are so different, in terms of mannerism and everything, really takes you out. Especially when you consider how the actress who plays Alicent absolutely knocks it out of the park, can't help but compare.

She’s an absolute moron for that comment, but the show is good. And yes, the younger version of her was way better lol, but she’s tolerable in her role.

Bof, still haven't finished watching it. Honestly not sure how qualified she was to act that part if she can't understand how misogyny and patriarchy shaped the character she was meant to be acting (as I don't think she can given her nonsense identity). I much preferred Alicent, both the actresses who play her were good (especially the younger one) and the character is more interesting, I think. Rhaenyra's lapse with the kingsguard, whatever his name was, really changed my view of her, she has no impulse control and strangely oblivious to how the system she lives in works, to think they could get away scot-free (and to think she could get away scot-free with everything she gets up to in that episode... I get she's an angsty teenager testing boundaries or what have you but that is such a modern construct, it didn't ring true for me in the way Alicent's arc does)

I love both shows, but god she’s so annoying that I roll my eyes anytime I read about her lol. But, she is one person in a cast of tens of excellent actors, she’s only in half of the first season, and there are so many characters in this show that I doubt the majority of the focus will be on her, unless they rewrite things. Her acting was what I expected for a Game of Thrones show, but I didn’t get much range from her in season one. She seems like a good fit and I’m curious to see what she does with the character. For me, all of the good things about the show outweigh this singular delusional actress.

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