Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen on HBO’s hit show Game of Thrones addressed some of the persistent criticism of how women are treated on the show. Controversial plot lines in the fifth season, involving Sansa Stark and Cersei Lannister in particular, have drawn the ire of fans and critics. Speaking on EW Morning Live on Entertainment Weekly radio, Clarke said “Obviously it’s never nice hearing criticism about something that you, and you know everybody else, puts their heart, soul, blood, sweat, and tears into. But in the same breath, it’s a shocking show so it’s going to invite commentary.” She also suggested that the story shouldn’t be taken too seriously, saying, “I think the thing that’s important to remember is that sadly, first and foremost, it’s a story that we’re telling that is make-believe … so whilst there is a political commentary that people can take from the show … I think not taking it too seriously is the key here.” Previously, actress Amanda Peet, wife of Game of Thrones co-creator David Benioff, had also come to the defense of the show, saying the writers created “some of the greatest female characters on TV.”
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