In season five of "Game of Thrones," Sansa Stark was raped by her husband, leading to US senator Claire McCaskil demanding for a boycott.
The attacks became aggressive after last season’s controversial rape scene which saw Sansa Stark raped on her wedding night by sadistic husband Ramsay Bolton.
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In an interview with Sunday Times Style, Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa on show, defended the controversial scene.
According to the 19-year-old, the show simply doesn't shy away from the reality of what happened in those days.
"The thing is, Game of Thrones does not shy away from the reality of what happened in those times," she said.
"The oppression of women happened and still happens, particularly in wars and arranged marriages. Why is there so much attention when it happens on television and not when it happens in the real world?"
Following the controversial episode, US Senator Claire McCaskill, declared her disgust, demanding for a boycott.
In an interview with TVLine, Turner also spoke on her character in the upcoming season.
"This is the season where she’s starting to turn things around and people are starting to rally for her,” said Turner. “She’s trying to get people to listen to her. She’s building a group of trusted people that will help her get what she wants, which is — ultimately — revenge.”
Over the past seasons, Sansa has been raped, scorned, orphaned, imprisoned among other things. It would be interesting to watch her character get back at her enemies.
In season one of show, Emilia Clarke who plays Mother of Dragons on show, was coerced into marriage to Dothraki warlord Khal Drogo, and forced to consummate their union on their wedding night.
In a recent interview with Glamour Magazine, Clarke spoke on the controversial one rape scene, and how it affected her character.
The fifth season of show came to an end in June 2014 with the epic death of Jon Snow. "Game of Thrones" returns for a new season on April 24.
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