Ever since it first appeared on television screens five years ago. ‘Game Of Thrones’ has been criticized by the more conservative viewers as violent and inappropriate for television. This has been the source of much debate over the intervening years and is a debate that continues to this day.
In a recent chat with EW George RR Martin, who writes the book series and has had some part in the television shows development over the years defended the shows penchant for violence as depicting the reality of struggle.
Viewers were left shocked when the show deviated from the plot of Martin’s novels by having Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon) rape Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) in a recent episode.
“The books reflect a patriarchal society based on the Middle Ages. The Middle Ages were not a time of sexual egalitarianism. It was very classist, dividing people into three classes. And they had strong ideas about the roles of women.
“Now there are people who will say to that, ‘Well, he’s not writing history, he’s writing fantasy – he put in dragons, he should have made an egalitarian society.’ Just because you put in dragons doesn’t mean you can put in anything you want.
“Most stories depict what I call the ‘Disneyland Middle Ages’ – there are princes and princesses and knights in shining armour, but they didn’t want to show what those societies meant and how they functioned,” he said.