“There’s something fascinating about the fact that this character couldn’t really have existed on TV 10 years ago. He’s kind of a bad boy, heartthrob, debaucherous, naughty, sophisticated, aesthetic dandy. And he’s certainly gay and attracted to men, but what’s interesting about Eliot isn’t that he’s gay. It’s that he’s Eliot. He has so many of these other qualities that break the mold of what we’re used to seeing on TV. The incorporate ideas about the witty queen or the dandy, but the fact that he’s powerful and he’s a budding ruler and the fact that he is in touch with his femininity — but also there are times when he can be very masculine. There are times when he’s incredibly powerful and incredibly vulnerable. He really covers a lot of ground. [...]
“It would be great to see him have more fully realized relationships with men in both sexual and nonsexual contexts. While I don’t think Eliot is a stranger to fluidity or new experiences, I do hope he gets to have a real relationship with a man soon. I think it’s important to explore Eliot’s sexuality unapologetically, now more than ever. [...]
I hope that we get to explore specific experiences that are relevant to Eliot as a queer character not only in fantasy but also in real life, and I hope that we got there on the show ... you don’t see queer characters in the fantasy genre ever, especially on fantasy genre television shows.
Hale Appleman (Eliot Waugh)
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