(Warning - if you aren't all caught up with Game of Thrones season 5 yet, then large, likely-already-ruined-for-you-by-Facebook SPOILERS lie below... Proceed with whatever level of caution that suggests...)
Now, with the fifth season of Game of Thrones proving to be far-and-away its most controversial yet, it's perhaps not overly surprising that interest in some of its most shocking scenes has remained high, long after the final episode of the season aired. After all, many senior creative figures were largely unavailable for comment after some of the more audience anger-inducing episodes - meaning their thoughts on some of the contentious content have only now begun to arrive in print.
Which, of course, is why we're only now hearing...
Exactly What The Director of THAT Sansa Scene Thought About it
And, as it turns out, director Jeremy Podeswa (who directed two episodes of season 5, and will do the same in season 6) has...not all that much to say about the episode in question ('Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken'), for which he was recently nominated for an Emmy. As he told Deadline, when asked about the particularly infamous scene in which Sansa was brutally raped by Ramsay Bolton:
To be honest I can’t speak to that scene too much. I can say that I think the dialogue that came out of that when the show aired was very interesting to me. We expected a certain amount of controversy because people had really felt a strong connection to Sansa and had really seen Sophie (Turner) grow up on the show, like literally grow up.
He did, however, open up about just how aware the production team were about the potentially troubling nature of the scene, and what they did to keep a handle on that:
People are very invested in her as a character so anything that might happen to her is something that is going to affect the viewers a lot. We were very aware of that. All I can say is that we tried to handle it as delicately and carefully as we could. I worked very closely with the actors on it and I guess that’s all I can really say about that subject.
Which...kind of makes it seem as though Podeswa's been told not to talk about it by some of the higher ups (or perhaps his agent). Which, considering the uproar - and long-time fan desertions - that the scene caused, is perhaps not all-that surprising.
Whether his response is enough for those who found the scene distasteful and offensive, however, remains very much up in the air...
What do you reckon, though?