Michael Hirst, creator of Vikings has slammed Game of Thrones for its gratuitous sex and violence while defending a similar scene in his show.
Vikings has much less nudity when compared to Game of Thrones, primarily due to regulations imposed by US network TV, but it did shock the fans at the end of its third season when it showed a naked french noblewoman being whipped by Count Odo (Own Roe) in his dungeon.
“I feel like a lot of other people that sex in Game Of Thrones and other shows is completely gratuitous and unnecessary and a lot of the violence is gratuitous… It’s largely to shock.”
Hirst meanwhile defended the sex and violence in Vikings calling it is a part of “a big storyline, a big pay-off. It’s part of (Odo’s) character so it’s not gratuitous.”
Vikings Season 4 premiered February 18th on History channel and will be the series’ longest with 20 episodes.