Game of Thrones changed a Daenerys scene and made it ‘worse,’ says George R.R. Martin

Daenerys Targaryen.


A brand new behind-the-scenes e book about HBO’s Game of Thrones is throwing out all kinds of recent embers, together with that Thrones creator George R.R. Martin was sad with Daenerys and Khal Drogo’s marriage ceremony evening within the pilot.

“Why did the marriage scene change from the consensual seduction scene to the brutal rape of Emilia Clarke?” Martin asks creator James Hibberd for Hearth Can’t Kill a Dragon (through Insider). “We by no means mentioned it. It made it worse, not higher.”

Within the present, Drogo (Jason Momoa) wipes a tear from Dany’s (Emilia Clarke) face and undresses her as she weeps. Within the e book, Drogo permits Dany to unbraid his hair and massages her earlier than asking for her consent.

Benioff and Weiss defended the change.

“This is a woman who is completely fearful of this barbarian warlord she’s being married off to, it is the very last thing on this planet she needs, but one way or the other by the tip of this marriage ceremony evening she appears to be in a totally joyful sexual relationship with him. It did not solely work for us,” Benioff says within the e book.

The writers defined the unique scene could not work for the present, as a result of it was too jarring with Drogo assaulting Dany in a while.

“Within the second episode she has to return to the much less consensual, rougher relationship,” Weiss added. “Within the e book that works, however we simply did not have that period of time and entry to the character’s thoughts. It turns too rapidly. It was one thing the actors themselves felt wasn’t gelling.”

This is not the primary season 1 scene Martin has known as consideration to within the oral historical past, after the eighth and last season of the fantasy present ended final 12 months. He picked Robert Baratheon’s hunting scene as his least favorite of the present, its shortcomings a results of funds.

Hearth Can’t Kill a Dragon is now out there for buy.

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Jennifer Bisset