Newswire: Next season of Game Of Thrones might have less rape

It may seem like an ancient controversy, given the internet’s short attention-span, but Game Of Thrones generated quite a lot of strong reactions over the last few seasons due its depiction of sexual violence. There was the time in season four in which the show changed a consensual scene from the books into one that was not, and then earlier this year (in season five) the show played up the emotional toll a rape took on a character who witnessed it—but less so on the woman actually being raped. Lots of people offered their opinions on all of this, with Sophie Turner (who plays the woman in question) appreciating how “messed up” it was and author George R.R. Martin defending the show’s adherence to some kind of “historical accuracy.”

But enough viewers were so vocal about their disappointment in the way Game Of Thrones handled this …

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