George R.R. Martin Defends ‘Game of Thrones’ Sexual Violence Against Women In HBO Series

By Bindhu Mol. G | 1 year ago
George R.R. Martin Defends ‘Game of Thrones’ Sexual Violence Against Women In HBO Series

George R.R. Martin defends the sexual assaults on HBO’s “Game of Thrones” as portraying reality of war. Read to know more details.

A recent episode of “Game of Thrones” diverged from the book series and saw Sansa Stark raped. However, Sansa’s assault was not in Martin’s books. It was something done differently by the HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”


This fantasy drama television series created for HBO by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, is an adaptation of Martin’s series of fantasy novels, the first of which is called “A Game of Thrones.”

The American novelist Martin knows very well that viewers were not happy with the sexual assaults on “Game of Thrones,” particularly with what happened to Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) in the recent twist.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, which attempted to get Martin’s point of view on the female characters’ storylines in his bestselling “A Song of Ice and Fire” novels, the author explained why there is violence against women on HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”

“The books reflect a patriarchal society based on the Middle Ages. The Middle Ages were not a time of sexual egalitarianism,” Martin said.

George R.R. Martin said that he is writing about war, which is what all epic fantasy stories are about. He also said, “if you’re going to write about war, and you just want to include all the cool battles and heroes killing a lot of orcs and things like that and you don’t portray [sexual violence], then there’s something fundamentally dishonest about that.”

“Rape, unfortunately, is still a part of war today. It’s not a strong testament to the human race, but I don’t think we should pretend it doesn’t exist,” he added.

There have been differences between George R.R. Martin’s novels and the HBO’s television show “Game of Thrones.” In fact, HBO has dedicated much time in adapting the extremely lengthy and complex novels of Martin, putting their own twists into it.

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