Game of Thrones showrunners have listened to the criticisms directed at Sansa’s Stark rape scene and did make few changes to Season 6 plot, director Jeremy Podeswa told Forbes during a breakfast briefing at Fox Studios, Sydney on Friday.
“The show’s creators Dan Weiss and David 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.”
Podeswa, who directed the controversial episode- Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken, added:
“It was a difficult and brutal scene and we knew it was going to be challenging for the audience. But it was very important to us in the execution that it would not be exploited in any way. To be fair, the criticism was the notion of it, not the execution. It was handled as sensitively as it could possibly be; you hardly see anything. I welcomed the discussion about the depiction of violence on television and how it could be used as a narrative tool sometimes and the questionable nature of that. We were aware ahead of time that it was going to be disturbing but we did not expect there would be people in Congress talking about it.”