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House of the Dragon

Highlights

  1. Critic’s Notebook

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    In the first episode of “House of the Dragon,” King Viserys (Paddy Considine) attends to Queen Aemma (Sian Brooke) before he approves a deadly C-section in an attempt to save his heir.
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    The Many Violations of the Violent Birth Scene

    Does the gory surprise C-section in “House of the Dragon” represent a grim historical reality, an urgent political statement or a worn cultural cliché?

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