'Game Of Thrones' Director Jeremy Podeswa On How They Shot Sansa's Rape Scene, Teases Season 6
"Game of Thrones" director Jeremy Podeswa opened up about the controversial rape scene involving Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) and Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon) in the show's season 5 episode "Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken."
Podeswa, who earned an Emmy nomination for directing the episode, told Deadline that they tried to film the rape scene as cautiously as they could, because they knew from the start that it might not sit well with some of the viewers.
"We expected a certain amount of controversy because people had really felt a strong connection to Sansa and had really seen Sophie grow up on the show, like literally grow up," said the Canadian director. "People are very invested in her as a character so anything that might happen to her is something that is going to affect the viewers a lot."
"We were very aware of that," he reiterated. "All I can say is that we tried to handle it as delicately and carefully as we could. I worked very closely with the actors on it, and I guess that's all I can really say about that subject."
In the same interview, Podeswa -- who was tapped to direct the first two episodes of show's upcoming installment -- teased that every main characters "got an amazing storyline" in season 6. He added that the world of "Game of Thrones" is becoming smaller and smaller when the show returns next year.
"I think the way the characters converge is something that started last season, where characters who have never met before were suddenly meeting, and the worlds are coming together, and the world is getting a little smaller in a way. That happens more and more this season," said the Podeswa, who has also directed episodes of "True Detective," "Boardwalk Empire" and "American Horror Story."
Podeswa also revealed that the pacing of the first two episodes of the upcoming season is going to be fast. "One thing I can say about the first two episodes of the season is that there's not a lot of laying pipe or laying track," he said. "We just get right into the story and it's very propulsive narratively -- the whole season is -- and it's heading towards a destination that is very exciting."
"It's really exciting," said Clarke of season 6. "Next season, I've said this before, but there's a lot of season where you need to [rightly so] kind of need to set the scene. And you have a couple of episodes where you're like, 'OK, feeding information, I get it. We're finding out about this person. And we know about that person. And oh, there's that person.' But this season coming up, that we're about to film, there's none of that."
"It's just go, go, go, go. Shocking moment to shocking moment. Epic moment to epic moment. It's mental; it's epic," teased the 28-year-old actress, who plays Daenerys on the series.
"Game of Thrones" season 6 is expected to premiere on HBO in April next year.