Sophie Turner has been involved in some of the most brutal scenes during her time as Sansa Stark in critically-acclaimed, award-winning HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones. One of those scenes saw her raped by Ramsay Bolton; a scene that still to this day draws criticism.

Sophie Turner will return as Sansa Stark

Sophie Turner will return as Sansa Stark

Now in a new interview with The Times, Turner recalls that scene and talks about how it may have been a positive thing for a lot of people watching.

“The more we talk about sexual assault the better,” she said, “and screw the people who are saying we shouldn’t be putting this on TV and screw the people who are saying they’re going to boycott the show because of it.

“This sort of thing used to happen and it continues to happen now, and if we treat it as such a taboo and precious subject, then how are people going to have the strength to come out and feel comfortable saying that this has happened to them?”

She also spoke out about some of the consensual sex scenes which have been scattered throughout the series.

“I’d be doing a read-through and we’d be talking about very graphic stuff. The first time I ever found out about oral sex was from reading the script,” she explained. “I was like… ‘Wow! People do that? That’s fascinating!’ I guess that was my sex education, being on Game of Thrones.”

Turner returns to Game of Thrones when it returns for its seventh season on HBO in the US on July 16, with the series making its UK comeback on Sky Atlantic on July 17.

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