“Game of Thrones” actor Iwan Rheon defended the show’s rape scenes, saying they were handled “beautifully.” He added that viewers who find the scenes offensive should instead support real victims of rape.
In a report by Mirror UK, the 30-year-old actor expressed his opinion on viewers who took offense in the rape scenes showed in “Game of Thrones.”
One episode of “Game of Thrones” season five earned the ire of viewers when the role of Iwan Rheon’s Ramsay Bolton forced Sansa Stark to marry him. He then eventually raped her. Sansa Stark is played by Sophie Turner.
A New York Times report even dubbed Iwan Rheon’s character as the “most hated man on television” for his “blightly malicious” role.
Viewers were quick to say that the show is “misogynistic,” but the actor said that they have done the scene in a beautiful light. He then said that people should focus on real victims of rape who were “married off.”
Iwan Rheon’s statement came after a man was sentenced for imprisonment last year under laws on forced marriage.
According to Katie Russell of Rape Crisis England and Wales, Iwan Rheon’s statement was encouraging and can draw light on the issue.
“It’s really encouraging that anyone uses the opportunity offered by being in the public eye to draw attention to this,” she said last night as reported by Mirror UK.
Season 6 of “Game of Thrones” recently premiered with the episode “The Red Woman.” Its official premiere has gathered over 2.19 million viewers, said to be the highest record in Sky Atlantic’s history.