One of the biggest draws of Game of Thrones is its relative realism and shock factor. However, the show has increasingly been criticised for its handling of rape, especially after the rape of a significant character in Season 5.
It appears all that outcry reached the right ears, with Game of Thrones director James Podeswa revealing during a Fox Studios Australia briefing that creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have made a few changes that ought to make the depiction of rape more palatable in Season 6 and beyond. He state:
“[They] were responsive to the discussion and there were a couple of things that changed as a result… It is important that (the producers) not self-censor. The show depicts a brutal world where horrible things happen. They did not want to be too overly influenced by that (criticism) but they did absorb and take it in and it did influence them in a way.”
This is good news for fans who’ve had issue with the more shocking elements of Game of Thrones, but considering this is not the first time that the show has been accused of going too far in its depiction of sexual violence, we’ll have to take a wait and see approach to see just how much Benioff and Weiss changed.
Were you one of those put off by the rape scenes? Let us know in the comments below.
Here’s Who Plays Who In The Witcher Netflix Series
There are up to 50 actors in the promising Netflix Series, least of which is Man of Steel’s Henry Cavill as the iconic White Wolf.
Henry Cavill wasn’t kidding when he expressed a desire to join Netflix’s The Witcher.
The British actor, best know for playing Superman in the Man of Steel and Justice League movies, is a fan of both the fantasy novels and CD Projekt’s RPG series, letting it be known that he would love to play Geralt of Rivia. His wish has come true.
Freya Allan (Into the Badlands) will star alongside Cavill as Ciri, Geralt’s adoptive daughter in The Witcher series, while badass sorceress Yennefer will be played by Anya Chalotra (The ABC Murders). Yennefer is also Ciri’s mother figure and Geralt’s true love.
Jodhi May (Game of Thrones) takes the helm as Queen Calanthe, with Bjorn Hlynur Haraldsson (Fortitude) serving as the the knight Eist, her husband. Adam Levy (Knightfall, Snatch) plays Mousesack the druid.
Tissaia (MyAnna Buring, Ripper Street, Kill List) leads the magical academy at Aretuza, where novice sorcerers Fringilla (Mimi Ndiweni, Black Earth Rising) and Sabrina (Therica Wilson-Read, Profile) are training.
Also joining the cast is Millie Brady (The Last Kingdom, Teen Spirit) as the outcast Princess Renfri.
It seems like a good mix of newcomers and star talent. In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, showrunner and executive producer Lauren Schmidt Hissrich revealed that the cast is currently up to 50 actors, and over 200 people auditioned for the Ciri role alone.
Are you satisfied with the casting for The Witcher Netflix Series? What changes would you make?
George R.R. Martin Didn’t Want Game of Thrones To End
Season 8 marks the end, but it didn’t have to be so.
If Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin had his way, the show wouldn’t end after eight seasons, revealing to Variety that the unpopular decision laid solely with showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
Martin would have liked to see it continue for several years yet, stating:
“We could’ve gone 11, 12, 13 seasons. David and Dan have been saying for like five seasons that seven seasons is all they would go. We got them to go to eight but not any more than that. There was a period like five years ago when they were saying seven seasons and I was saying 10 seasons and they won, they’re the ones actually working on it. I know all of the actors, as great as they are, all the actors are anxious to get on and play other roles. They don’t want to spend their entire lives playing one role and that’s fine, that’s great, we had such an amazing cast.”
HBO is in Martin’s camp and is so keen to extend the life of its flagship series that it has began work on several spinoff series.
Tentatively titled The Long Night, the first of HBO’s spinoffs takes place thousands of years in the past and chronicles the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour.
Netflix Is Turning Diablo Video Game Into Animated Series
It’s yet another vido game adaptation for the popular media services provider.
Netflix is bringing another video game franchise to the small screen after the success of its Castlevania series, and it’s Diablo.
A twitter post by Boom! Studios founder Andrew Cosby confirmed that an animated adaptation of Diablo is in the works.
Created by Blizzard in 1996, the Diablo franchise is set in the Kingdom of Khanduras, where a lone hero (the player) fights to rid the world of Diablo, the Lord of Terror. It was succeeded by the critically-acclaimed Diablo II in 2000 and Diablo III in 2012.
Cosby is credited with creating the TV series Eureka, which ran for five seasons between 2006 and 2012, and penned the script for the Hellboy reboot.
How do you want the Diablo animated series to turn out? Share your thoughts in the comments below.