HBO’s “Game of Thrones” has sparked controversy once again.
Author George R.R. Martin took to his blog on Monday morning to write about the most recent episode, as many viewers of the hit drama were offended by the scene in which Sansa Stark was raped on her wedding night by her new husband Ramsay Bolton — which was actually more brutal in his book, “A Song of Ice and Fire.”
“I am getting a flood of emails and off-topic comments on this blog about tonight’s episode of GAME OF THRONES. It’s not unanticipated,” he wrote.
“There have been differences between the novels and the television show since the first episode of season one,” he wrote. “And for just as long, I have been talking about the butterfly effect. Small changes lead to larger changes lead to huge changes.”
On Sunday night’s episode, Ramsay forced a hysterical Theon Greyjoy, ex-ward of the Stark family, to watch the sexual assault against Sansa but in Martin’s book, Theon is asked to take part in the disturbing act.
HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” now in its fifth season, has been criticized in the past for its portrayal of violence against women. Entertainment website The Mary Sue posted Monday morning that it will no longer promote the adapted HBO fantasy-drama after deciding that it is too sexually violent to cover.
“David (Benioff) and Dan (Weiss) and Bryan (Cogman) and HBO are trying to make the best television series that they can,” Martin went on. “And over here I am trying to write the best novels that I can.”
The blog post continues, “And yes, more and more, they differ. Two roads diverging in the dark of the woods, I suppose… but all of us are still intending that at the end we will arrive at the same place.”
“Game of Thrones” airs Sundays on HBO.