‘Game Of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke ‘pained’ by accusations show is sexist

Clarke plays Daenerys Targaryen in HBO epic

Emilia Clarke has responded to accusations that Game Of Thrones is sexist.

Clarke plays Daenerys Targaryen in the series, which has offended some viewers and critics with graphic depictions of violence against women and rape scenes. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Clarke argued that Thrones shows its female characters in many different positions, not just as victims.

“There’s so much controversy,” she said. “Yet that’s what’s beautiful about Game of Thrones – it’s depiction of women in so many different stages of development. There are women depicted as sexual tools, women who have zero rights, women who are queens but only to a man, and then there are women who are literally unstoppable and as powerful as you can possibly imagine.”

“So it pains me to hear people taking Thrones out of context with anti-feminist spin – because you can’t do that about this show. It shows the range that happens to women, and ultimately shows women are not only equal, but have a lot of strength.”

The Game of Thrones team have already promised that S6 is “the best yet” and contains the biggest battle scene to date.

With the show set to return to screens in the US and UK on April 24, fans are split between avoiding spoilers and actively trying to work out what the new episodes will bring. A number of spoilers have leaked ahead of S6, most recently when Ian McShane talked about the fate of his character after joining the cast for the new episodes.

McShane is not the only cast member to give away secrets this year. Sophie Turner revealed that her character Sansa Stark won’t be killed off in the series while Emilia Clarke may have revealed the fate of character Jon Snow at a recent awards ceremony.