Winter is coming, but the sixth season of Game of Thrones may return without one of its recurring features: sexual violence. HBO’s massively popular series has included several rape scenes throughout its five seasons, but criticism reached a fever pitch earlier this year, after the show depicted the brutal rape of a central character—and primarily focused on the scarring impact that rape had on a male character who witnessed it. In an interview with Forbes, director Jeremy Podeswa justified Game of Throne’s use of sexual violence, saying that “the show depicts a brutal world where horrible things happen.” Podeswa noted, however, that series creators Dan Weiss and David Benioff “were responsive to the discussion and there were a couple of things that changed as a result.” Hopefully, the powers that be will also heed our cries to bring back Jon Snow.
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