Martin Defends Controversial Rape Scene in 'Game of Thrones'


Sophie Turner and Iwan Rheon in a scene from "Game of Thrones" (HBO photo).

LOS ANGELES - George R.R. Martin went on his blog today to defend a brutal rape scene in last night's episode of HBO's "Game of Thrones."

Scores of viewers of the hit show went on social media to report they were offended by the scene in which Sansa Stark was raped by her husband Ramsay Bolton on her wedding night. The incident did not occur in the original books.

“There have been differences between the novels and the television show since the first episode of season one,” he wrote in his blog. “And for just as long, I have been talking about the butterfly effect. Small changes lead to larger changes lead to huge changes.”

Martin added: “David (Benioff) and Dan (Weiss) and Bryan (Cogman) and HBO are trying to make the best television series that they can... I am trying to write the best novels that I can.”

He added that although they differ more and more, that in the end, they will all "arrive at the same place."

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