For those of you who recently watched this week’s episode of Game Of Thrones, I am sure you have heard about the controversy surrounding it, specifically the ending. After watching the episode myself I am here to offer my opinion on the matter and whether it was as controversial as some people think or not.
Personally, I do not think the ending was as controversial as people make it out to be. Yes, rape is bad and something that needs to be addressed, but there could have been other ways in which the ending would have been more controversial. If the creators wanted to make the scene controversial, they could have shown us Ramsay (Iwan Rheon) raping Sansa on the bed instead of Theon’s (Alfie Allen) reaction to it. I applaud the creators for the way in which they framed the rape scene because it made the audience rely on Theon’s reaction and Sansa’s moans in the background to get a sense of how terrible the act was. Another way in which they could have made it controversial is if they had Sansa fully naked on the screen – this would then fall within the realm of child pornography.
Remember that in this day and age, the actors have more say over the creative process than they did years ago. If Sophie Turner was not willing to take part in the rape scene then she would have said something to the creators – on the contrary, she was actually fine with it.
Social media has been mixed with its reaction to the scene; with some boycotting the series while others not finding any problem with it.
At the end of the day, Game of Thrones is not going away anytime soon. The series has been well known for its controversial content on TV over the years and that is what drew audiences to the show in the first place. If people reacted so negatively as they did to the scene then why were they watching the show in the first place? They should have known from the start that this show does not shy away from explicit content. Shocking as the ending was, I did not react so negatively as others did to it – I was shocked from a creative standpoint. But I guess that everyone is entitled to their own opinion: this is just mine. What did you think about the ending? Was it as controversial as people made it out to be on social media? Let me know in the comments section below.