Emilia Clarke : Why Daenerys Rape Scene on Game of Thrones was a Good Thing

Seeing as Game of Thrones Season 6 is almost upon us, and seeing as you’ve been binge watching all 5 seasons for the past month – we’re not judging – then you probably remember this scene quite vividly.

The show has excited so much controversy over the past 5 years, most of all with the rape scene from the last season. You probably know what scene I’m talking about; the time when Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon) consummated his marriage to Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) by raping her. Now you either thought this scene was so badass and so “GoT”, or you got so pissed off by it because “it didn’t happen in the book”.

No matter what you thought about it, the show has had more than its fair share of rape and assault scenes. But which scene was the mother of all? Everyone agrees it’s when Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa) raped his new bride Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) as per Dothraki tradition.


In a recent interview with Glamour, Emilia Clarke went on record to explain this whole scene to the fans, and why she thinks it was actually good for Daenerys’s character. Clarke started off by throwing all the blame about the rape on George R. R. Martin saying “that’s on him”, and that she didn’t quite get it. But she then continued to say that the consensual sex that followed said rape was “genius”. She portrayed Daenerys as a woman who decided she will now be in charge and that no one can rape her again. Also, her storyline after that did a lot to appease the enraged fans. Clarke also said that fans needed that rape scene to feel empathy for the character; she was attacked by her brother then raped by her husband and yet wouldn’t lay on the floor broken. Clarke thinks that Daenerys’s actions in later on seasons say, “F**k all of you, I’m gonna rule the world!”

We can’t wait to see if Daenerys does finally decide to take action on that “rule the world” promise in the upcoming Season 6. The show will debut in the US on HBO April 24 at 9 p.m.