‘Game of Thrones’ is known for its horrific and shocking storylines, but recently, a specific rape plot which was not part of the ‘GOT’ books has generated a ton of anger towards the show. In light of the controversy, the author of the series, George RR Martin, is speaking out.
Spoiler alert! Do not read on if you are not caught up with Game of Thrones, but on the May 17 episode, Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) was horrendously raped by another character. It was particularly controversial because the storyline had not appeared in the books on which the series is based, causing many viewers to lash out and claim it was uncalled for. However, the book’s author, George RR Martin, is weighing in on the series diverging from his books– and what he has to say might surprise you.
George is actually defending the TV show for taking plot liberties, which includes those involving rape. “HBO are trying to make the best television series that they can,” George wrote on his personal blog on May 18. “And over here I am trying to write the best novels I can.”
George was also adamant that, though the upswell in anger has certainly increased since the most recent assault storyline, there have been divergences in plot between the books and series since the beginning. “There have been differences between the novels and the television show since the first episode of season one,” he continued. “And for just as long, I have been talking about the butterfly effect. Small changes lead to larger changes lead to huge changes. HBO is more than forty hours into the impossible and demanding task of adapting my lengthy (extremely) and complex (exceedingly) novels, with their layers of plots and subplots, their twists and contradictions and unreliable narrators, viewpoint shifts and ambiguities, and a cast of characters in the hundreds.”
Before signing off (and disabling the comments on the post, which isn’t something he always does), George left his readers with one final thought. “In the meantime, we hope that the readers and viewers both enjoy the journey. Or journeys, as the case may be,” he wrote. “Sometimes butterflies grow into dragons.”
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— Casey Mink