Why we need to skip the books completely, and get on with it.
After the episode, in which Ramsay Bolton raped Sansa, the show’s fate is more compromised than ever. I, like many was forced to reevaluate and review my stance on the show thus far.
Whilst we all obligatory feel the need to idolize and admire the show in its popularity, it’s time to burst the pop culture balloon and put a few thoughts out there.
Whilst the social status of both HBO productions and George R. R. Martin’s literature combined is cause for a huge hype, Game of Thrones risked a massive come down through its recurrent degradation of the female body. Whilst nudity is proudly embraced on the show - although its non-equivalences between genders should be clue enough- this season thus far, has perpetuated the tiresome abuse of the female body for one episode too many. The level of violence on the show has reached a point in which the plot line has been stunted past its mini-series limitations, and taken it to a new level of unnecessary, and degrading.
As historically accurate as you want to be - in a world of Dragons and White Walkers - we have to remember that this is a tv show. Created for entertainment, rape need not be part of the medieval circumstance category, or any category. When we classify rape as entertainment, we allude to the idea of Hollywood having a sociopathic, sexist agenda; exaggeration intended.
It is only the long awaited union of two of our protagonists; Daenerys and Tyrion, that keeps the show going, as a chess piece FINALLY makes it way across the board.
Watching the following two episodes after this ‘event’, tainted what should’ve been an exciting moment in which we all said ‘finally’ - second to a ‘it’s about damn time’ should the Starks ever reunite - with a suspicion, that this was a tactical move on the writers’ part to apologize for a controversial, inexcusable moment.
As faithful as some wish the series to be to the books, each new realm of entertainment gives an opportunity to make changes, and this should’ve been one of them.
The show needs to become progressive, not a habitual cycle of degrading women in the midst of a slowly moving plot line.
The show is not redeemed by reprising Daenerys’ power through the advisement of Tyrion, nor can it have us reminded of our fandom in the near-death of Jon Snow this week.
In an action between every man and woman in the north and norther-er, the scene felt a bit oversaturated and less clear about what it’s intent was; in typical Game of Thrones fashion. To add, I’ve completely given up on trying to determine where Ayra’s future is headed; casting has closed on this potential Queen (or was I the only one wishing for that to happen?). Only slightly placated by the sword that cannot be broken, I was half expecting the wandering Targaryen Dragon to sense Jon’s fan-rumored (theory that I will stubbornly ship forever) Dragon blood, and burn the White Walkers.
Of course this is a situation that embraces a show-making parallel glory, in which Jon snow emerges naked and unburnt from it all...one can dream, I haven’t read the books (I tried, I failed).
So, Game of Thrones, keep us entertained, not bored and disgusted.