Actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who played Jaimie Lannister on Game of Thrones, spoke against Emilia Clarke’s character’s treatment in the first season of the mega-hit show.
Coster-Waldau shared his discomfort with the wedding night scene, where Clarke’s character Daenerys Targaryen was raped by Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa), despite the same scene being consensual in George R.R. Martin’s original books.
In an interview with The Times, Coster-Waldau said, “For Emilia to play that in Series One was really tough and degrading, because what that character goes through is horrific.”
Martin had also spoken on the topic and said it was never discussed with him. “Why did the wedding scene change from the consensual seduction scene that excited even a horse to the brutal rape of Emilia Clarke?” he says (via Winter is Coming). “We never discussed it. It made it worse, not better.
GOT maker, DB Weiss, responded to Martin’s statements and replied, “[We] just didn’t have that amount of time and access to the character’s mind. It turns too quickly.
“It was something the actors themselves felt wasn’t gelling. They weren’t able to find an emotional handhold.”
Since then, both Weiss and David Benioff have admitted they would do some things differently on the show if given the option.
“There definitely are things [over the course of the show] we would do differently,” Benioff said. “I don’t know if there’s anything I would want to discuss publicly.”
Weiss added, “Prince once said something about how any record you listen to that you think is terrible, somebody worked themselves to the bone to make it.
“So many people work so hard on any aspect of a thing. So when you say something critical it can sound like you’re blaming somebody else. And really the only people who are to blame are us – and I sure as hell don’t want to blame us.”