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Gemma Whelan feels Game of Thrones changed the way women are represented on-screen


Game of Thrones was a show that changed the TV landscape forever, not just for HBO but for everybody. The scale, the production, and the extensive storyline made it a giant never really seen before. Many TV shows like Westworld that came after the start of the HBO hit series accept that it has made difficult things possible for them now. One of the many fronts through which this impact came ahead was its characters. An ensemble of equally complex male and female roles allowed variety and range. As a further development, Game of Thrones star Gemma Whelan (Yara Greyjoy) feels the show changed the way women are seen and represented on-screen.


According to Insider, Gemma talked about the effect Game of Thrones had on female roles in the industry in an interview with Radio Times. The actress who played a fearless, unconventional woman herself on GoT has seen a marked change in the kind of scripts she received after the show released. “When I started out, I wasn’t really woke to the idea of female roles being big, small or whatever. I was just grateful to get work,” she said.

The show didn’t hold back in terms of boldness on screen, whether it’s violence, language, sex, or nudity. It pushed every character, male or female, off the edge since the premise allowed only the survival of the fittest in a world full of power-hungry people. “Game of Thrones really did change things in terms of how women are written and represented. Obviously, it was a fantasy, but the women were painted very realistically nonetheless. Maybe not the murdering side of things, but they were independent and capable of running the show”; Gemma further explained her point.

It’s no surprise then that we see a lot more content lately that’s led by female characters. That’s a primal change Gemma believes has taken place. “Nowadays, a huge part of the writing process is making women front and center,” she said. However, she added that it is not a polar shift, rather a favorable balance of things which were earlier male-dominated. “But that’s not to say that we should forget there are some brilliant male-led things out there, like Succession. There’s space for all of us,” she concluded.


Gemma Whelan has joined the BBC comedy-drama spy thriller series, Killing Eve in its third season as Geraldine. She had earlier shared her excitement about the show and her role opposite acclaimed actress, Fiona Shaw. The first episode of Killing Eve’s season 3 premiered on April 12, 2020, and it’s receiving rave reviews.

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Every big project faces criticism during the course of its completion. Game of Thrones created a lot of controversy with its final season. The epic fantasy is popular among fans and critics alike for the bold concept of the show. The series was voted as the best TV show of the 21st century by Digital Spy readers. Game of Thrones cast members Liam Cunningham and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau shared their views about the controversy on the occasion.

Liam Cunningham (Davos): “They’re challenging the audience with this stuff. Some of the violence in it is jaw-dropping, some of the sex is extraordinary. You couldn’t do it on a network. It reflects the spirit of the books. George is a fantastic writer. And Peter Dinklage is one of the finest actors. But to have a show where basically the lead character is a dwarf, you’ve got incest, you’ve got all sorts of stuff in it. Imagine pitching this to various networks. You’d be on your own in the room pitching it after about two minutes.”

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime): “I think usually as an actor you… build on your own experience. This particular aspect of his character was different. Having a relationship, an intimate relationship, with your own sister… it’s a mouthful. But what is interesting and I think what you can relate to is that you fall in love with someone you shouldn’t fall in love with, or someone it would be really inappropriate but you can’t help yourself.

“Of course, also it is a different world. If you go back a couple of hundred years, the whole idea that royal families would marry cousins – it’s not that far [away].”

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Game of Thrones was a celebration of fantasy, art and medieval culture. The show broke all records of viewership numbers and set the bar for TV shows really high. The fantasy series still holds the record for the most number of Emmy Awards won. Game of Thrones has always been a topic of controversy throughout its run due to its bold scenes. The show’s stars Mark Addy and Sophie Turner explained to Digital Spy why they were important to the storytelling.

Mark Addy (Robert): “I think all of the scenes serve an important function, whether it’s showing you how a character is changing from being a girl to being a woman. Whether it’s showing you how a character is changing from being a submissive person to someone who is more prepared to kind of take control of her own destiny.”


Sophie Turner (Sansa): “I very much remember the first couple of seasons, people really loathed [Sansa]. They really hated her. They found her quite stuck up and a really frustrating character. Then they started feeling sorry for her, because it seemed like the next few seasons were her being beaten and bruised and raped and married – forced marriages – and all of these horrific things happened to her. “

“Slowly, people started to feel sympathy, but it took a while. A lot of people, for a while, were saying that she deserved it. It’s interesting because it really wouldn’t have made Sansa the Sansa she is today had she not gone through those things and had been subjected to so much torture and trauma. It made her the strong, passionate woman that she is. Now, she has a lot of followers, a lot of fans.”

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Game of Thrones ended more than a year ago. The fantasy show turned into a phenomenon in the past decade. Fantasy lovers are still crazy about the series. The show was dubbed as the greatest TV show of the 21st century by Digital Spy readers. Fans are eagerly waiting for the prequel to the series – House of The Dragon. However, the final season of the show was very controversial. It divided the fanbase into two. The cast of the show had their own views, and they talked about them with Digital Spy.

Gemma Whelan (Yara): “I respect and like the fact that it came to an end as and when it did because things can’t go on forever and for me, a very good ending and a place where the showrunners always wanted to end the show.”

Sophie Turner (Sansa): “I was satisfied with how unpredictable the show’s ending really is. It really is so unpredictable the way that it ends up. I’m very satisfied with that.”

Isaac Hempstead-Wright (Bran): “When we got the scripts. I can remember, I was at university in Birmingham, I was reading the scripts in my student halls, and I had to double-lock the door, I was reading through them and then… I think it was episode six, I had to actually pace around the room a little bit, and go, ‘F**k!’.”

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