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‘Game of Thrones’ Star Emilia Clarke Says It ‘Pains’ Her When People Call Show Sexist

“That’s what’s beautiful about ‘Game of Thrones’ — it’s depiction of women in so many different stages of development,” the actress says

Emilia Clarke is another “Game of Thrones” actress who thinks that the popular HBO series isn’t sexist, because it depicts women from many different walks of life.

“That’s what’s beautiful about ‘Game of Thrones’ – it’s depiction of women in so many different stages of development,” she told Entertainment Weekly. “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.”

In fact, Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen, is sick and tired of hearing people call the fantasy series “anti-feminist.”

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

Last week, Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark, also spoke on the subject of feminism of the show. Turner believes “Game of Thrones,” contrary to popular belief, is actually a feminist series.

“I think that the depiction of women is a nice depiction of women,” she said in an interview with WSJ Cafe. “Back then, women didn’t have half the power they have in the show. This isn’t a popular opinion but it’s definitely a feminist show because as I say, back then women didn’t have the power to control kingdoms and they weren’t becoming the strongest characters in life. In this show, some of the strongest characters are the female characters. But we have to cater to the times they are in so there are these social boundaries put upon them and they break out of them in the show.”

“Game of Thrones” returns for its sixth season on April 24.