Pretty much from the start we have known that ‘Game Of Thrones’ is not a show for the squeamish.
But HBO still seem to be constantly under fire over the level of sex and violence that is seen in what is perhaps their most successful fantasy show on television.
During his recent appearance at the Edinburgh television festival HBO’s President of programming Michael Lombardo found himself defending the series. And even pointed out that when compared to the books. The TV series has been toned down.
“I personally don’t see myself as a libertine. I don’t think [graphic scenes] have ever been without any purpose. Dan [Weiss] and Dave [Benioff] are two very sober, thoughtful men,” he said. “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.”
Addressing controversy over a rape scene between Jamie and Cersei Lannister shown during the most recent series, Lombardo said that HBO provides an “adult service”, which paying subscribers expect to receive “uncensored shows” for.
“I appreciate there was some controversy and it generated a conversation about what consensual sex is and isn’t,” Lombardo said. “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.”