Tyrion is put on a hot seat when "Game of Thrones" returns next week. His trial for the death of King Joffrey begins with his father as one of the judges. "Do you wish to confess?" Tywin asks his son as he belives that Tyrion killed the late king.
Yara faces off Ramsay Snow as she tries to save her brother Theon. Meanwhile, Stannis appeals to the Bank of Braavos for money, and he and Ser Davos set sail with a new strategy. Dany meets with supplicants, while those in King's Landing start to worry about her conquest so far.
"The Laws of Gods and Men" will air Sunday, May 11 at 10 P.M. ET on HBO.
George R.R. Martin, whose "Song of Ice and Fire" novels are adapted into the medieval series, recently talked about rape or sexual violence in his books. "An artist has an obligation to tell the truth. My novels are epic fantasy, but they are inspired by and grounded in history," he explained to New York Times.
"Rape and sexual violence have been a part of every war ever fought, from the ancient Sumerians to our present day. To omit them from a narrative centered on war and power would have been fundamentally false and dishonest, and would have undermined one of the themes of the books: that the true horrors of human history derive not from orcs and Dark Lords, but from ourselves. We are the monsters. (And the heroes too). Each of us has within himself the capacity for great good, and great evil."
Responding to criticism that "some of the scenes of sexual violence are titillating," he said, "To me that says more about these critics than about my books. Maybe they found certain scenes titillating. Most of my readers, I suspect, read them as intended."
He went on arguing, "I will say that my philosophy as a writer, since the very start of my career, has been one of 'show, don't tell.' Whatever might be happening in my books, I try to put the reader into the middle of it, rather than summarizing the action. That requires vivid sensory detail. I don't want distance, I want to put you there. When the scene in question is a sex scene, some readers find that intensely uncomfortable... and that's ten times as true for scenes of sexual violence."