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Alfie Allen: 'Game of Thrones rape scene was horrific'

Published 14/03/2016

Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy and Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark – photo Helen Sloan/HBO
Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy and Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark – photo Helen Sloan/HBO
Alfie as Theon

Alfie Allen recalls how "horrible" it was watching Sophie Turner act out a rape scene for Game of Thrones.

The British actor, and younger brother of pop star Lily Allen, stars as Theon Greyjoy in the fantasy series, which is currently in its sixth series. It's known for its violence as well as its explicit sex scenes, and when both were combined it left Alfie feeling shook up.

“I don’t really want to talk about it all that much - but the Season five scene that was the wedding night between Ramsay and Sansa - was a horrible day to shoot,” he told news.com.au, referring to a scene in which Alfie's alter ego watches as Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon) rapes Sophie's Sansa.

“Sophie Turner is just such a mature, amazing lady that brings life and light on to the set in so many ways but it was a hard day. It really was a horrible day but Sophie really dealt with that issue very, very well.”

It was this horrendous scene, as well as another involving burning a child princess at a stake, which caused viewers to voice their concern over the show taking things too far in 2015. Looking back, the 29-year-old understands how both triggered such an uproar, but sticks to his opinion that Ramsay and Sansa's is more traumatic.

“To be honest I thought people made more of a furore over the Sansa scene,” he added.

“But how do you compare them - the burning of a child to what happened in that room with Ramsay and Sansa? I guess with that scene, it happens off camera and what you don’t see is always going to be more terrifying when you just leave it to the imagination.”

Alfie also noted that the "blood, gore and violence" featured reflects human nature, and that those who can't handle watching it on TV shows should avoid the news.

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Maisie Williams as Arya Stark – photo Macall B. Polay/HBO
Maisie Williams as Arya Stark – photo Macall B. Polay/HBO
Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark – photo Helen Sloan/HBO
Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Nathalie Emmanuel as Missandei and Jacob Anderson as Grey Worm – photo Helen Sloan/HBO
Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen – photo Macall B. Polay/HBO
Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy and Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark – photo Helen Sloan/HBO
Nathalie Emmanuel as Missandei – photo Helen Sloan/HBO
Isaac Hempstead-Wright as Bran Stark and Max von Sydow as the Three-Eyed Raven – photo Helen Sloan/HBO
Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth – photo Helen Sloan/HBO
Jonathan Pryce as the High Sparrow – photo Helen Sloan/HBO
Michael McElhatton as Roose Bolton and Iwan Rheon as Ramsay Bolton – photo Helen Sloan/HBO
Patrick Malahide as Balon Greyjoy – photo Helen Sloan/HBO
John Bradley-West as Samwell Tarly and Hannah Murray as Gilly – photo Helen Sloan/HBO
Dean-Charles Chapman as Tommen Baratheon and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister – photo Helen Sloan/HBO
Gemma Whelan as Yara Greyjoy – photo Helen Sloan/HBO
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister and Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister – photo Helen Sloan/HBO
Iwan Rheon as Ramsay Bolton – photo Helen Sloan/HBO
Liam Cunningham as Davos Seaworth – photo Helen Sloan/HBO
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister – photo Helen Sloan/HBO
Maisie Williams as Arya Stark - photo Macall B. Polay/HBO
Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen – photo Macall B. Polay/HBO 
Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister and Conleth Hill as Varys – photo Macall B. Polay/HBO
Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister – photo Macall B. Polay/HBO
Natalie Dormer as Margaery Tyrell and Hannah Waddingham as Septa Unella – photo Helen Sloan/HBO
Carice van Houten as Melisandre – photo Helen Sloan/HBO

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