The Game of Thrones series has always been synonymous with sex and violence (no drugs or rock n' roll quite yet, but there's still time), and not always positively. But Natalie Dormer, who plays Margaery Tyrell, has been quick to defend the controversy
"Do you want to be a queen?" "No, I want to be the queen." Margaery Tyrell has gained a reputation as one of the most cunning and ambitious characters in a world of cunning and ambitious characters on HBO's Game of Thrones, and she will do anything to get her way. In fact, lasting five seasons in such a ruthless storyline is a testament to this. With a potential for three more seasons, we could be seeing much more of Margaery. The actress who plays her, Natalie Dormer, recently spoke to The Telegraph ahead of the release of her new show, The Scandalous Lady W, on the BBC, and they managed to slip in a few questions about the blockbusting juggernaut that is Game of Thrones. Discussing the topic of women's roles both in film and in real life, she was asked whether TV’s fixation with sex ever makes her uncomfortable. Dormer shared: “I think sex and romance is a huge part of human motivation. So long as it’s informing the story then I don’t see what the problem is. Obviously no one likes gratuitous sex or gratuitous misogyny, the same way people shouldn’t like gratuitous violence. But I think Thrones is quite good in that way. The violence is quite naturalistic. It’s not hyper-stylised. It’s not glamorised. And the sex is quite real and dirty as well. It’s about those raw, visceral qualities of human life that make good drama.”.
As for Margaery's storyline, Dormer stresses that as long as it is a necessary aid to the story, then filming erotic scenes doesn't concern her, and she has certainly never been pressured into a sex scene by a script. “There are sensitive men in the industry as well – writers, directors, producers. It’s not just men against women. David Benioff and Dan Brett [the Thrones showrunners] are liberal-minded Americans who believe in equality. And we’re all serving the story.” In other words, without the level of sex and violence we see on the show, there is no way that the team could have even come close to creating something worthy of George Martin's epic book series, A Song of Ice and Fire. If you have somehow missed the violence or have no idea what we are talking about, you can follow our link here to take a look at Game of Thrones' top five bloodiest scenes. Do you think the level of sex and violence in Game of Thrones is a bit too extreme?