HBO Exec Says 'Game of Thrones' Sex and Rape Scenes Are Not 'Gratuitous'
HBO programming director Michael Lombardo has addressed the often controversial sex scenes and violence on "Game of Thrones". Speaking at the Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival, he defended the level of violence and graphic scenes on the hit series.
"I personally don't see myself as a libertine," he said. "I don't think [graphic scenes] have ever been without any purpose." Believing that showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss "are two very sober, thoughtful men," he explained, "They have books as a map. Which involve wars, violence, sex. We have certainly not given them an edict or a note that they need to tone down the sexual content in the show."
Addressing a rape scene involving incestuous siblings Cersei and Jaime Lannister in season 4, Lombardo said, "I appreciate there was some controversy and it generated a conversation about what consensual sex is and isn't." He insisted that they never showed "sex and violence that's gratuitous," but "at the same time we don't want to be a censor that inhibits the authentic organic creative process by policing how many breasts should be on a show."
Lombardo noted that HBO "is an adult service" and "our subscribers pay a fee for uncensored shows." He claimed, "My job is to be in business with responsible creative forces. And if I am doing that I trust their decisions about what is appropriate for the character or not. And I feel we made the right choice with Dan and Dave and they continue to try to be responsible."
"As long as I feel that [violence] isn't the reason [people] are watching the show, that it isn't a show trying to attract viewers with sex and violence, I am not going to play police," he stated.
More Game of Thrones News
- Bob Dylan Called 'Arrogant' for Ignoring Nobel Prize Win
- 'Doctor Strange' Star Tilda Swinton Wants Her Own Marvel Movie
- Jay-Z Makes History as Nominee for 2017 Songwriters Hall of Fame
- Police Called to Larsa and Scottie Pippen's House Before Divorce Announcement
- Did Madonna Just Clap Back at Lady GaGa With This Meme?
- Leonardo DiCaprio to Play the Man Who Invented Rock and Roll in Sam Phillips Biopic
- Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie to Sell Their Chateau Miraval in France Amid Divorce
- Director Tim Miller Leaves 'Deadpool 2' Due to Creative Differences