Warning: Spoilers up ahead!
As the Game Of Thrones seasons have progressed, viewers have increasingly become outraged at the sheer brutality inflicted on its characters. From kings and queens right down to the peasants and paupers, characters have repeatedly become victims of situations outside of their control, subjected to unforgiving blood baths in front of our eyes.
Yet, as the finale of the most recent GoT season confirmed, it was the women who have had it the worst, being routinely humiliated, raped, tortured and murdered. So much so, that as the final episode hit our screens, the show's producers were overwhelmed with criticism for seemingly employing violence with wild abandon. Take Cersei's rape at the hand of her brother Jaime Lannister, for example:
Similarly, many found Sansa Stark's sexual assault scene at the hands of husband Ramsey Bolton too horrendous to watch, with one viewer actually saying:
Yet, if you thought that all of the scrutiny has fallen on deaf ears in the HBO studio offices, you're wrong. In fact, it now looks like the showrunners are reacting to what viewers have to say and taking it on board for the upcoming season, set for release in April 2016.
"It did influence them in a way"
According to Forbes, Jeremy Podeswa recently voiced some opinions while speaking to press in Australia and claimed that changes are underway for next year. In particular, he said that:
"[The show's creators Dan Weiss and David Benioff] were responsive to the discussion and there were a couple of things that changed as a result."
Yet don't expect Game Of Thrones to descend into the realm of PG quite so soon, as Podeswa continued:
"It is important that (the producers) not self-censor. The show depicts a brutal world where horrible things happen. They did not want to be too overly influenced by that (criticism) but they did absorb and take it in and it did influence them in a way."
Let's just hope that they take some of the criticisms on board and adjust accordingly.
'Game Of Thrones' Season 6 is set to air in April 2016 on HBO. Here's the only teaser we have so far: