The 42-year-old actor was interviewed by The New York Times and was asked about the depiction of sexual assault in the series and if he has any regrets about those scenes.
In the pilot episode, Khal’s wedding night with Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) ends with him raping her. In the book, the sex scene was consensual and author George R.R. Martin has said the rape scene made the pilot worse.
“Well, it was important to depict Drogo and his style,” Jason initially said in response to the question. “You’re playing someone that’s like Genghis Khan. It was a really, really, really hard thing to do. But my job was to play something like that, and it’s not a nice thing, and it’s what that character was. It’s not my job to go, ‘Would I not do it?’ I’ve never really been questioned about ‘Do you regret playing a role?’ We’ll put it this way: I already did it. Not doing it again.”
After the interview was over, Jason confronted the reporter an explained why he did not appreciate the question about Game of Thrones.
Jason said, “When you brought up Game of Thrones, you brought up stuff about what’s happening with my character and would I do it again. I was bummed when you asked me that. It just feels icky — putting it upon me to remove something. As if an actor even had the choice to do that. We’re not really allowed to do anything. There are producers, there are writers, there are directors, and you don’t get to come in and be like, ‘I’m not going do that because this isn’t kosher right now and not right in the political climate.’ That never happens. So it’s a question that feels icky. I just wanted you to know that.”
Jason recently opened up about a big change he’s making for Aquaman 2.