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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Calls Emilia Clarke’s ‘Game Of Thrones’ Rape Scene ‘Degrading’

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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is calling out George R. R. Martin‘s Game of Thrones over a specific Emilia Clarke scene.

The 50-year-old The Silencing actor has made it clear that a controversial scene with Clarke‘s character in the first season of Game of Thrones is “degrading” towards women.

For context, the scene in question is when Jason Momoa‘s character, Khal Drogo, rapes his on-screen wife Emilia‘s character, Daenerys Targaryen, in the first season. The books read that a sexual engagement was consensual, whereas the pilot episode switches that to a sexual assault on Clarke‘s character.

Coster-Waldau told the Time of London, “For Emilia to play that in series one was really tough and degrading because what that character goes through is horrific. She’s sold to a guy who rapes her, but her way of getting through that is a massive journey, right? Cersei, too, was never looked upon as an equal to her brother just because of gender. But then she rises to the top, and you could argue that the way those two women turned out was because of being raised in this horrific way.”

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