With Season 6 of Game of Thrones just around the corner and HBO keeping as tight-lipped as they can about potential spoilers, fans are wondering what might shock them this year. But for Alfie Allen (who plays Theon Greyjoy), there is one scene in particular that he hated shooting.
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The actor who plays Theon Greyjoy, Alfie Allen, recently revealed to News.com.au his worst day ever on set for Game of Thrones. Considering this is a character who had his manhood removed by Ramsay Bolton, once tried to feel up his own sister, and also betrayed the family who raised him, there was plenty of moments to chose from. But it was the scene from Season 5 involving the rape of Sansa Stark that really upset him.
“I don’t really want to talk about it all that much — but the Season 5 scene that was the wedding night between Ramsay and Sansa — was a horrible day to shoot.”
It certainly caused a furor on social media, with many Game of Thrones fans vowing HBO had finally gone too far. This is something HBO often hears from their fan base. After all, they also showed incest, incestuous rape, the slaughter of the Starks, and a beheading of a main character, so they will go to places audiences often feel uncomfortable with.
For Alfie Allen, while it was a grossly uncomfortable scene to shoot, it was also fitting with the perceived time frame of the show. While Game of Thrones is set in a fictional location in a time all of its own creation, it does draw heavily from era such as the dark ages. The rape of a woman on her wedding night is something that did occur in those times. Having a witness to the consummation of a union was also common place, especially when it came to royalty or prestigious lines. However, just because it was something that was accepted as happening, doesn’t make it any easier on the viewer–or the actors playing the characters concerned.
Even though Season 5 contained the most brutal scene he ever had to film, he wouldn’t change it either. As he told Stevivor during his trip to Melbourne, Australia, to promote the upcoming release of Season 5 of Game of Thrones on DVD and BluRay, the story arcs for both the characters has been a fascinating journey.
“It’s interesting to me because both of their journeys have been quite similar; they’ve both set out of Winterfell with delusions of grandeur. Sansa left to go to King’s Landing and become Princess or Queen and marry King Joffrey, who she thought was amazing, and things just spiraled out of control. The exact same thing happened with Theon; he went out to become King of Salt and Rock. To have those characters meet up after all of the horrible stuff they’ve been through, I thought, was very clever.”
And, for the actress who played Sansa Stark, Sophie Turner, she told Entertainment Weekly after the airing of the rape scene that she was initially disappointed Sansa would have to go through this upheaval. However, she was also excited to see the progression of her character, especially in relation to the interaction between Sansa and Theon, a character who had so thoroughly betrayed her family but was now such a broken version of himself.
For Iwan Rheon, the actor who plays the sadistic Ramsay Bolton, he suspected the scene could have played out a lot worse than it did. In a recent interview with The Telegraph, he addressed the scene directly saying that he thought it was not too gratuitous and managed to move the characters forward.
As for hints on what will happen in Season 6 of Game of Thrones, most actors involved with the show have been tight-lipped, with the exclusion of Ian McShane. While he has managed to accidentally drop a swath of spoilers about the upcoming season of Game of Thrones, HBO has tightened the reins when it comes to advance copies of Season 6 episodes, according to Forbes, in an effort to keep plots under wraps on a show that has finally gone beyond the literature it is based on.
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Season 6 of HBO’s Game of Thrones premieres on Sunday, April 24, 2016.
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