‘Game of Thrones’ Creators Address Controversy About Being Brutal
“Game of Thrones” almost swept the Emmy Awards this year by winning 12 total awards which is by far the highest number of awards won by any show in a single year. The show has also managed to win the award for the “Outstanding Drama Category.” This is the first time any fantasy/sci-fi show has won in the drama category, too.
“Game of Thrones” season 5 attracted negative comments and controversies because of its content. While George R.R. Martin’s novels did not mention some of these sequences, there are some present in the show which attracted controversy.
The sixth episode of the show had the rape scene of Sansa Stark, and in the Episode 9, the sacrificial burning of Shireen Baratheon was shown. None of these events are present in the novels. This made people believe that the show’s creators are getting brutal with their creativity.
While the episode directors have addressed the issue in the best possible manner, Dan Benioff and D.B. Weiss, creators of the TV show, feel that the issue is unsolved. Benioff mentioned in an interview, “We never set out to offend anyone,” adding, “To try to offend anyone would be juvenile, but to be afraid to offend people would be cowardly. There were people saying they were never going to watch again. We’re just trying to tell the story the best we can. This means a lot, it’s a very nice feeling.”
With “Game of Thrones” doing well in the Emmy Awards the creators can relax and concentrate more on their creativity.