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sansa ramsay sceneGame of Thrones creators have dismissed recent reports of possible changes in the script due to criticisms. Director Jeremy Podeswa was widely quoted in the media as saying that outrage over Sansa Stark’s rape had led to some adjustments in season 6’s script.

Entertainment Weekly got in touch with Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and Dan Weiss and asked if there is any truth to these reports. Here’s Weiss:

“No. Jeremy is fantastic. It’s hard to know what the context was – whether or not that’s exactly what he said or he said something adjacent to that and the words got shuffled around because whoever typed it up liked the way it sounded better. Who the hell knows? He’s made completely outstanding, wonderful episodes, and is also a wonderful human being. So I have no idea if he said those actual words, but that’s just not a factual statement. I can literally say that not one word of the scripts this season have been changed in any way, shape or form by what people said on the Internet, or elsewhere.”

Benioff adds:

“The thing that’s slightly frustrating is the idea that we’re responding to criticism from last year, so therefore we’re going to beef up the female roles – that’s blatantly untrue. What happens this year has been planned for quite some time and is not a response. We can take criticism – and certainly we’ve gotten our share of it – but hearing people look at a middle chapter of a story and make claims about the story as a whole … it’s not in any way a response to online criticism, or any other type of criticism.”

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