Game Of Thrones star Sophie Turner has made a heated defence of the rape scenes her character endured in the hit TV series.
Turner, 21, plays Sansa Stark who was raped by another character, Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon), on their wedding night in season five of the adaptation of George RR Martin’s books.
It prompted outrage from viewers that such a violent scene would be included as entertainment and some even threatened to stop watching the series because they found it so offensive.
But Turner told The Times Magazine: “Sexual assault wasn’t something that had affected me or anybody I knew, so I was pretty blase about the whole thing.
“Naively so. And then I shot the scene, and in the aftermath there was this huge uproar that we would depict something like that on television.
“The more we talk about sexual assault the better, and screw the people who are saying we shouldn’t be putting this on TV and screw the people who are saying they’re going to boycott the show because of it.”
She explained: “This sort of thing used to happen and it continues to happen now, and if we treat it as such a taboo and precious subject, then how are people going to have the strength to come out and feel comfortable saying that this has happened to them?”
Turner, who first appeared in the fantasy series known for its violence and sex scenes in 2011, added that she had learned a lot from the scripts.
She said: “The first time I ever found out about oral sex was from reading the script.
“I was like, ‘Wow! People do that? That’s fascinating!'”
:: Game Of Thrones season seven begins on July 17, airing in the UK on Sky Atlantic and Now TV.