Mexican Officials Threaten Legal Action Over ‘House of the Dragon’ Banners

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The controversy over the House of the Dragon banners has gotten bigger than whether you support Team Black or Team Green. Over the past few days, HBO has ramped up the promotion for the second season of the Game of Thrones prequel by displaying banners for the two factions over important worldwide landmarks. Mexico’s Chapultepec Castle, which displayed Team Black banners on Monday (June 10), however, doesn’t seem to be all happy about the decision.

It’s not about choosing sides, however. It’s about the banner itself. Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History said in a statement that “the reproduction of images of this site for use in promoting this series has not been authorized,” and “for this reason, the INAH legal department will take all necessary legal measures, because this constitutes an improper use of images of a historical site.”

The statement also said the images had never actually hung on the site, and had been generated by “image editing software or artificial intelligence.”

Promotion for the show saw numerous other banners in different locations across the world, from Spain and Brazil to Singapore, and different points in New York City choosing a side between Team Black and Team Green.

Season 2 of House of the Dragon is set to premiere on Sunday, June 16th, and will see Team Black and Team Green face off against each other in what is known as the Dance of the Dragons. The Targaryen civil war, which took place generations before Game of Thrones, pits the Black faction, led by Queen Rhaenyra Targaryen, against the Green faction, led by King Aegon II.