A major change is coming in the sixth season of “Game of Thrones”. Even though majority of the upcoming season’s plot is under wraps, we now know a little bit of what to expect in terms of Sansa Stark’s (Sophie Turner) fate–or any other female character in the show.
In a report by The A.V. Club, “Game of Thrones” season 6 may feature less rape–a potential response to viewers’ outcry of the show’s heavy sexual violence.
The website details that among the scenes that made the show controversial include changing something consensual from the books into something that is not on the TV show as well as that scene with Sansa when she was forced by Ramsay Bolton. Worse, The A.V. Club points out, is that the scene focused more on how the rape was traumatic for Reek (who witnessed it) and less on its impact to Sansa herself.
Despite the outcry over the scene, the website details that Turner herself appreciated what the scene meant to the show and George R.R. Martin (author of the source material) defending the sexual violence as a way of conforming to historical accuracy.
Still, despite Martin’s defense of the issue, it appears that creators of the series are listening to the concern raised by the viewing public.
In a report by Vanity Fair, the magazine scores a statement from director Jeremy Podeswa who directed the episode with Sansa’s rape scene. As the website reports, Podeswa defended his controversial episode by saying that it was dealt with as sensitive as possible and that the violence in that episode was a tone down compared to other scenes in the show.
Nevertheless, despite the director’s firm stance on delivering the Sansa scene, he also divulged that show creators David Benioff and Dan Weiss have taken the concern of the viewing public into consideration and let it “influence them in a way.”
The show’s effort to change the treatment of sexual violence in the film remains to be unseen.
“Game of Thrones” season 6 will be back on air sometime in April 2016 on HBO.