HBO Exec Defends Sex And Violence In 'Game Of Thrones'

Joseph Medina

Michael Lombardo, HBO president of programming, has recently come out and defended the television series Game Of Thrones and its use of sex and violence.

Game Of Thrones is no stranger to the occasional (read: prevalent) bout of good old-fashioned sex, violence, and nudity--and often even at the same time. Yet last season, Game Of Thrones audiences were treated to something a bit more controversial than the average scene, as it involved the rape of a character. While this wasn't the first shocking thing to grace the screen, it appears to have been a catalyst for further controversy for the show, for months after the internet blew up over this deviation from the book, Michael Lombardo, president of programming at HBO, saw fit to respond to those who believe the scene to be gratuitous, The Guardian reports:

I appreciate there was some controversy and it generated a conversation about what consensual sex is and isn't. People responsible for programming have two responsibilities. To be responsible, not to have sex and violence that's gratuitous. That is certainly not who we are. 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.

Apart from the specific shocking scene, Lombardo also discussed the use of sex and violence in the rest of the show as well.

I don't think [graphic scenes] have ever been without any purpose. Dan [Weiss] and Dave [Benioff] are two very sober, thoughtful men. 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.

Thoughts on this? Is the sex and violence in Game Of Thrones simply too much, and did the rape scene last season simply push it over the edge? Was Lombardo right to respond to this?

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