Natalie Dormer admits 'Game of Thrones' isn't for TV watchers who crave escapism.
The blonde beauty, who stars as Margaery Tyrell on the HBO series, knows the popular fantasy drama is unlikely to appeal to people who wish to put their everyday concerns behind them, because of its graphic depiction of sex and violence.
Natalie explained: "All I know is that I turn on the news, and it's covering a boy drowning off the coast, or children being shown beheading videos. The horror of human nature is prevalent in our world, and I appreciate that some people want to turn on the telly for escapism - but if that's what you want, don't watch 'Game of Thrones'.
"I choose fantasy to vent, to process complex political, sexual and social politics at the safe distance of fiction. For me, that's what art should be."
Natalie, 34, also thinks the programme's increased levels of nastiness can help to trigger important debates.
She told the Sunday Times magazine: "I think the fact it can start a conversation about the statistics of rape and how much it happens within the family [is a good thing]."
The English actress said it's important to expose people to the harsh realities of the world they live in.
She shared: "I find parts of the show difficult to watch, but I don't think we do young people any favours by sheltering them."