Hey all! Long time no post, I know, but today I have something to actually write about.
Recently I had watched the second season of The Dragon Prince, a Netflix show I’ve been really enjoying. The first season was a lot of fun and the second season really hit me emotionally. I love it so much!
But there was one part of the show that seemed to…well it didn’t bother me, but it did give me pause for a moment.
There’s a long flashback story told by the chief antagonist/villain Viren (one of my favorite characters) where we see a pair of WLW (Women loving Women) Queens. We even give an on screen lip-to-lip kiss. But then, in a heroic fashion, they die; killed by a dragon.
I’ve seen some people call this an example of Bury Your Gays trope. For those who don’t know what this trope is referring to the simple version is when a queer character dies in the story or reaches another kind of tragic ending (really this is a very simplified explanation of the trope you can research more if youre interested). With that definition I can’t say that the Queens don’t fall into this pattern…
Or can I?
For me, this trope needs characters, and I don’t see the Queens as characters. They are simply props for Viren and the plan he’s trying to put into action. So when they died I didn’t find to too, for lack of a better term, problematic when that happened.
As the series goes on I would like for there to be more LGBTQ characters who are actual characters and have growth and a story, not just props used in another’s plan.
Now, this reading has its own problems, introducing your first LGBTQ characters being already dead isn’t a good look considering how people view queer rep, but I still don’t see this particular instance fall into the Bury Your Gays trope.
This is subject to change as the show goes from here, but these are my feelings about it as the moment.
Let me know what y’all think, about this trope or about the show as a whole.
Thanks for reading!