Olivia Cooke has said there won’t be ‘egregious graphic violence towards women’ in the hotly-anticipated Game Of Thrones prequel.
The actress, 27, who plays Alicent Hightower the queen of Westeros in House Of The Dragon, explained how she wouldn’t ‘feel comfortable’ being in a show which had lots of violent scenes just to ‘get viewers’, in a new interview with The Telegraph.
She also revealed that a script for the new HBO show, which is slated for 2022, ‘has changed a lot from the first few seasons’ which saw multiple shocking scenes.
Changes: Olivia Cooke has said there won’t be ‘egregious graphic violence towards women’ in the hotly-anticipated Game Of Thrones prequel, House Of The Dragon
Olivia told the publication: ‘I wouldn’t feel comfortable in being a part of anything that has just egregious graphic violence towards women for no reason whatsoever, just because they want it to be tantalising in a way that gets viewers.
‘I was lucky enough to read the script before, and it has changed a lot from the first few seasons. I don’t think they’d be in their right minds to include any of that any more.’
The British star, who has also been in ITV’s Vanity Fair and TV show Bates Motel, also admitted she’s a ‘bit nervous’ for the prequel after the finale of Game of Thrones was hated by some fans, however added it’s impossible to please everyone.
Game of Thrones included several shocking scenes against both men and women, with some causing viewers to make the show change how they showed violence.
Fire is coming: The hotly-anticipated show is set to start filming in April and is set 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones
After character Sansa Stark, played by Sophie Turner, was raped by Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon) in an episode which aired in May 2015 director Jeremy Podeswa, who directed the episode, said ‘a couple of things had changed’ in light of the response from viewers.
Sansa had been raped on her wedding night with some viewers saying the scene – which did not feature in the novels – was gratuitous, played for shock value and serving no narrative purpose.
The episode followed other controversial scenes, including one in which Cersei Lannister was raped by her brother Jaime at the foot of their dead son’s funeral altar.
Another rape came only episodes in to the first series, when Daenerys Targaryen was raped by her husband, Khal Drogho, with whom she subsequently fell in love.
Graphic content: Game of Thrones featured numerous violent scenes, with many of the leading female characters being raped (Pictured Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in GOT)
While in penultimate episode of series three viewers watched as a grisly end came to the King of the North, his mother and pregnant wife, in what was dubbed as the one of the most gruesome scenes in TV history and referred too as the Red Wedding.
Olivia will play the character of Alicent Hightower, the queen of Westeros and wife to King Viseryes Targaryen the first who will be acted by Paddy Considine.
Other stars lined up to appear in the prequel include Rhys Ifans as Otto Hightower and Emma D’Arcy as Rhaenyra, who is the king’s heir.
Doctor Who’s Matt Smith has also been cast as Prince Daemon Targaryen, Rhaenyra’s uncle, while the part of Aegon II Targaryen, Princess Rhaenyra’s younger half-brother, has yet to be filled.
Last month, British actress Olivia confessed to Variety that she had never watched the hit HBO series when she first auditioned for House Of The Dragon.
‘When I read the script, I hadn’t seen any Game of Thrones,’ she explained. ‘But then I binged it and now I’m obsessed.’
Olivia added that she knew in October that she was going to star in the series but had to keep it a secret for two months until HBO’s official announcement.
As for her character, she shared: ‘I’ve had one sort of preliminary fitting when they just draped some fabric on me but that was it.’
It comes after it was reported that the Game Of Thrones prequel will start filming in April.
The update was given by HBO and HBO Max Chief Content Officer Casey Bloys during a TCA panel on Wednesday, Deadline.com reported.
Set to star: Details about the new prequel remain a closely guarded secret although several leading characters have been cast including Paddy Considine, left, as King Viserys Targaryen and Matt Smith, right, as Prince Daemon Targaryen
The network has previously announced that the series is set 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones and charts the history of the House Targaryen.
Details about the 10-episode season remain a closely guarded secret although several leading characters have been cast.
Bloys said at a recent TCA event that the fantasy world created by George R.R. Martin provides plenty of opportunities for Game of Throne spin-offs.
‘He’s got a lot of road maps in terms of history. So one of the great things about House of the Dragon is that it’s an established history that leads you to Game of Thrones the show, and there is a lot of little branches. There is a lot of opportunities and stories to tell,’ Bloys said.
The fantasy drama is slated to debut on HBO Max sometime in 2022.
A long wait for fans: The fantasy drama is slated to debut on HBO Max sometime in 2022