HBO’s big budget fantasy series “Game of Thrones” came under fire last season for its depiction of sexual assault and rape. Specifically two scenes – one involving Jaime Lannister forcing himself on his sister by their child’s deathbed, and the other with Sansa Stark being raped by her twisted new husband – came under heavy fire.
Now, showrunners Dan Weiss and David Benioff have reportedly reacted to the criticism according to Jeremy Podeswa who directed the first two episodes of next season. Speaking with Australian press on Friday (via Forbes), Podeswa says the outcry led to some changes in the upcoming season:
“[Weiss and Benioff] were responsive to the discussion and there were a couple of things that changed as a result. It is important that (the producers) not self-censor. The show depicts a brutal world where horrible things happen. They did not want to be too overly influenced by that (criticism) but they did absorb and take it in and it did influence them in a way.”
The next season is slated to air on the network in April.