Game Of Thrones Cast Defends Sex Scene Controversy; Season 5 Sees Geographical Expansion
The Season 5 opener of the epic series “Game of Thrones” premiers on Sunday and will see a geographical expansion as the show moves into the southernmost Westeros kingdom of Dorne, which according to David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, executive producers of the show, is home to “passionate and hot-blooded” people who “are very good at loving and hating.”
Kit Harington, who plays Jon Snow, said, “Everyone is at their lowest.
“This year, you’re going to see some of the most horrible things and darkest places. Parts of my story are a horror.”
The trailer for Season 5 hints at a possible meeting between Tyrion and Daenerys, each of whom has ties to the Iron Throne.
Benioff and Weiss add, “To have characters we’ve gotten to know so well and bring them together for the first time (is) a wonderful opportunity.”
They express their doubts as to how the show’s conclusion will differ from that of the novels. George R.R. Martin is currently writing the sixth book – “The Winds of Winter” – of the series, A Song of Ice and Fire.
Benioff and Weiss said, “George does a lot of figuring out as he goes and he hasn’t written the books yet. We’ve got definite ideas about how we see the show ending.
“There will be both similarities and discrepancies, no doubt, which we think is a gain for both the series and the books, because it means that neither will spoil the other.”
The show also found itself in a heap of controversy over a sex scene that many critics say resembled rape. However, Lena Heady and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who play Cersei and Jaime Lannister, told Entertainment Weekly that their intention was not to make it look so.
Coster-Waldau said, “All these emotions going through them, it was never intended to be something where he forced—it wasn’t a rape, and it was never intended to be. But it’s one of those things where you can’t [publicly] say ‘it wasn’t rape,’ because then everybody goes, ‘How can you say it wasn’t rape?!’ But that was definitely not the intention.”
Alex Graves, the director of the episode, and Coster-Waldau, further said that although the sex depicted in the scene wasn’t consensual in the beginning, it became so in the end. Several writers reinforced the notion that consensual sex cannot be called rape.
According to TIME, Martin has apologized to people, despite the book portraying the scene as consensual.
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