During season five of Game of Thrones, some viewers and critics were shocked by the rape of Sophie Turner’s Sansa Stark character. There was a report that shorwunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss were changing their plans for season six in response to critics, but they said this week that this isn’t the case.

Back in December, Forbes quoted director Jeremy Podeswa as saying that the producers “were responsive to the discussion and there were a couple of things that changed as a result.” Podeswa added:

“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.”

Weiss told Entertainment Weekly though that Podeswa is great, but what he said was “just not a factual statement.” Weiss said:

“No… Jeremy is fantastic. It’s hard to know what the context was – whether or not that’s exactly what he said or he said something adjacent to that and the words got shuffled around because whoever typed it up liked the way it sounded better. Who the hell knows? He’s made completely outstanding, wonderful episodes, and is also a wonderful human being. So I have no idea if he said those actual words, but that’s just not a factual statement.”

Benioff added that it is “blatantly untrue” they have reacted to criticism of season five.

Game of Thrones, which is based on George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire novels, is back on HBO on April 24.

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