Warning: this story contains spoilers for episode 5 of Dragon House.
Just a week later Dragon House Fans celebrated Westeros’ first black, gay dragon rider, they’re now calling out the show and accusing it of homophobic tropes.
In the most recent episode of the HBO series, viewers were officially introduced to Laenor Velaryon’s (Theo Nate) male partner Joffrey Lonmouth (Solly McLeod) and witnessed the deep love the pair had. one for the other.
But by the end of the episode, Joffrey is said to be dead in one of the show’s most gruesome murder scenes to date.
The premise of the most recent episode saw King Viserys I (Paddy Considine) arrange a politically strategic marriage between his daughter and heiress, Rhaenyra Targaryen (Milly Alcock) and Laenor.
The two youngsters aren’t so interested in marriage to each other because Laenor’s heart is with Joffrey and Rhaenyra has her own lover, Ser Criston Cole (Fabien Frankel).
The couple come to an agreement that they will get married and have an open relationship where they will keep their current lovers.
Criston, who also serves as Rhaenyra’s protector, seethes at the idea of her marrying someone else and tries to encourage her to elope with him, but becomes enraged when she disagrees. .
Later, at the welcome dinner for Rhaenyra and Laenor’s wedding festival, Joffrey discovers that Criston is the princess’s lover.
He approaches her with a proposal, saying that they could work together to protect their loved ones during their marriage and thus ensure that they would always be close to them.
But a clearly upset Criston goes after Laenor and violently attacks her in the middle of the reception beating her face to a bloody mush.
It was this scene that sparked outrage among viewers of the show who accused Dragon House to rely on a trope known as “Bury Your Gays”.
The trope asserts that LGBTQ characters are being killed off in TV and film at a much higher rate than other characters because they are seen as more consumable.
Critics also claim that the trope is problematic because often these characters are the only positive LGBTQ representation in the TV show or movie.
“In any event, Dragon House is homophobic and I would give a MAJOR triggering warning for homophobia-induced MURDER for the final episode,” one fan wrote on Twitter.
Another added: “Wow, like this Dragon House really went for the homophobia/misogyny one-two punch this week. I don’t even know why I’m surprised anymore.”
And a third commented: “[tw: homophobia] must be a record for introducing a character’s homosexuality in the same episode where you brutally murdered him thanks to the dragon house!!”
Dragon House and its predecessor Game of Thrones (GOT) are no strangers to controversy when it comes to their treatment of LGBTQ+, people of color, and poor characters.
Often they face torture, incest, rape, and violence at unprecedented levels compared to other characters.
A large number of GOTS openly gay characters have not only been killed off, but faced gruesome deaths in the process, like Renly Baratheon (Gethin Anthony) and Pedro Pascal’s eternal beloved, Oberyn Martell.