Game of Thrones was a remarkable show, with tonnes of memorable scenes. From the breath-taking scenery to the vicious dragons, the show proved to be the wonderland of fantasy lovers. However, there were a few scenes that were disturbing to the fans and cast alike. (For example, the rape scene of young Daenerys and the pivotal and brutal scene of the Red Wedding.)
George R.R. Martin, in the book Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon written by Entertainment Weekly editor James Hibberd, revealed that the scene when Daenerys is sexually assaulted was not in his books. The showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss hadn’t consulted him about it.
“Why did the wedding scene change from the consensual seduction scene … to the brutal rape of Emilia Clarke? We never discussed it. It made it worse, not better,” Martin said. Emilia mentioned about the issues she was having with the wedding night scene to showrunner Dan Weiss.
Benioff defended the change. “Here’s a girl who is absolutely terrified of this barbarian warlord she’s being married off to, it’s the last thing in the world she wants, yet somehow by the end of this wedding night, she seems to be in a completely joyful sexual relationship with him. It didn’t entirely work for us.”
“Also, in the second episode she has to go back to the less consensual, rougher relationship,” Weiss said. “In the book that works, but we just didn’t have that amount of time and access to the character’s mind. It turns too quickly. It was something the actors themselves felt wasn’t gelling.”
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