Game of Thrones Director: Rape Scene Criticisms Have Influenced Season 6 Writing

Jeremy Podeswa sansaGame 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.”



  1. Really? They cave in because of a bunch of butthurt book readers? As a book reader myself, I’m somewhat appalled. Sorry, but stepping back from your work because public opinion might not agree with it (actually, the only ones I’ve ever heard to whine about Sansa’s storyline last season are either hardcore fangirls of hers or book zealots who complain about Jon’s eyes not having the right color or shit) does not precisely show any presence of backbone in these guys…

    1. Wasn’t fans who were butthurt you idiot, It was just sensitive lil bitches in society such as womens rights campaigners and shit like that, The makers didn’t give a shit about the fandoms opinion but when it gets to congress serious risks of the episode becoming banned are possible

  2. That was a brutal scene. You know what was more brutal? Practically everything else that ever happened in the show.
    I love the books, but Game of Thrones is one of the very few things where I like the show over the books. Every change they make is either a change for the better, or simply a change because the change translates better in video format.

    The people who threw a hissy fit over this are not the people you want to be pandering to. They’re people who apparently think that it is okay to:
    Behead people.
    Castrate men.
    Crucify children.
    Flay an old woman.
    Rape an entire village of old women “till they die”.
    Show one girl’s rape on her wedding day.

    But not have an “off camera” marital rape of a pretty rich white girl.
    The only ones who threw a fit over this were people who were already in the middle of trying to push an agenda, and were grabbing onto any possible thing that happened to tie into their debate. They’re not fans, fans are still watching the show. They’re whiners and manipulators.

    1. It is sad to see blanket statements about those who object to that rape scene. I found each brutal scene in the show heart wrenching. That scene really hit home, for me however, because I have experienced that kind of brutally personally. Many “real fans” grasp that those kinds of things happen, in reality and fantasy. It was not a scene that many could stomach . The fisting brothel scene, early in the series, disturbed me to the point that I opted to start reading the books. When I know something particularly unpleasant, to me, is coming however I opt not to view it again. With that said, I have mot missed an HBO episode.

      Do everyone a favor and speak of what you actually know, rather than assuming you know why another fan objects to what they see. Your accusations about the motives of those who objected to the scene are unnecessarily inflammatory . Please learn to disagree without being disagreeable.

  3. Sansa rape was not the issue. We can discuss if it was worth it (because it’s not in the books). But what I consider it was brutal was the fact they focused on the suffering of Theon than in the suffering of Sansa. Why I care so much about “suffering”? Because that is what rape is about. Suffering, power. And you are taking the role of the victim from Sansa. And that, in real life, is a terrible, terrible thing.

    1. Would you have rather seen Sansa being raped? Than Theon’s face? Theon’s face was merely an exaggerated reflection of what the audience was going through during the rape. No one felt sorry for him, and no one was meant to, the audience was primarily concerned about Sansa. If anything it was pulled off really well on the directors’ part.

  4. I hope it does get off to an amazing start because last season’s first couple of episodes where a major let down. There are only 10 episodes to a season its needs to come screaming out of the gates or more episodes need to be added!!

  5. I can’t believe this. You Americans can be very weird from time to time. It’s just a tv show. Yeah it is brutal and it should be . It is for the audience 18+ and if you as an adults can’t handle that, then watch pokemon or something. How can you criticize like that only by your sympathy for one character in the entire show? I don’t know. I just hope you didn’t ruin season 6.

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