Iwan Rheon, who played the role of Ramsay Bolton on Game of Thrones, has slammed the critics of the controversial rape scene in Season 5 involving him and Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark).
“I think if more people put their effort into the charities that help women in the world today deal with the horror of rape, and less effort in social media about a fantasy show, then maybe things could change.”
Rheon added that he thinks that the show’s writers did a good job handling the scene and ‘if it had been someone else [than Sansa], there would have been no mention of it.’
“They didn’t oversexualise it or make it too gratuitous. They didn’t trivialise it and I thought it moved the characters forward. I think it could have been done in a much more brutal way. I think it’s because it was Sansa. She’s a character that everyone loves and, apart from Theon Greyjoy, has had the worst time of it on the show. If it had been someone else, there would have been no mention of it. There are so many rapes on the show. A lot of people do get raped and nobody bats an eyelid. There’s much less talk of burning children, for instance.”
The 31 year old Welsh actor echoed Natalie Dormer’s comments about the show being true of violence happening in the world today.
“It’s a true depiction of the world that we have created on the show. It’s also true of what happened in the world that the show is hypothetically based on. And it’s true of what’s still happening in the world today.”
Rheon also shared his experience during the filming of the scene and praised his co-star Turner.
“I was dreading it. I couldn’t sleep… That particular scene, for such a young actress, she dealt with incredibly well.”