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So, about two weeks ago, I didn’t watch the latest episode of Game of Thrones. I was in LA, sleeping on a friend’s air mattress, trying to find a place to live. I watched some other tv, wrote some fanfics, and worried and stressed about apartments and paperwork. I read books on the plane. And I thought “I can catch up on this episode later.”

Then this past Sunday there was certainly no time. I was graduating college Monday, there was a ton to prepare, things to pack, people to meet and greet. So I didn’t watch that night.

And then Monday morning I heard people angrily talking about the episode. About Sansa getting raped. And I just thought “... no.”

And I’ve read the articles and seen people on my friends list on Facebook discussing it, and it’s just been ... vile. A man I considered a friend turned out to be a pretty disgusting human being, spewed ignorance, and then shut down a discussion thread and blocked me and some other women from his facebook page. Because we were outraged over the sexual violence on Game of Thrones.

Sansa is one of my favorite characters, but even if she weren’t I’d still be angry about this. I am sick of this. I am sick of women on the show being treated like objects there for shock-value, to be used and abused for entertainment. I’m particularly disturbed that this time it’s an actress who was so recently a minor, and that as soon as she turned 18 they decided to throw her into a scene like that. Are they looking at Maisie Williams with that excited, anticipatory eye now? Kerry Ingram? Are they counting the days until they can strip these girls onscreen?

Even if Sansa turns into a 1970s-style exploitation heroine and kills all the Boltons with her bare hands it won’t be enough. There’s going to be more rape first, because on this show, there’s always time for rape.
There’s no time for Arianne Martell and her plotline, but there’s time for rape.
There’s no time for Jaime’s trip through the Riverlands, but there’s time for rape.
There’s no time for Melisandre to be anything but a cartoonish “evil sexy lady in red” stereotype who cackles about Davos’ sons dying and strips at the drop of a hat, but there’s time for rape.
There’s no time for Wildling culture and history and Val, but there’s time for rape.
There’s no time for Lady Stoneheart and her plot, but there’s time for rape.

Sansa is going to be raped again. Many female characters on the show will be brutalized, tortured, stripped, for an anticipated leering male audience. It sickens me to think what they’ll do for Cersei’s Walk of Shame but I bet the camera will be about three inches from Lena Headey’s boobs the entire time.

I do not want to watch that. I do not need to watch that.

And so, I will not watch that.

I might watch the Team Dragonstone scenes as clips, but even that makes me worried because the plot and Sansa’s are gonna intersect, I just know it. And I’m worried the show is gonna burn Shireen or something equally nasty to her. So I don’t know if I can even manage to watch my favorite characters.

I still count myself as a fan of the books. They have their problems, particularly their racist moments, but I am willing to take the books, and the book fandom, over the show and the show fandom. I have found people willing to discuss the problems in the books, and share fanfics with, and squee about characters with, and I hate that it took the HBO show to get me into the books. That’s not the sort of person I usually am, usually I start with the books and THEN go to the show or movie. I hate that HBO robbed me of forming my own images of some of the characters and situations.

To those still watching the show, I wish you well. But I cannot watch anymore.

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WTF WTF WTF WTF WTF

I keep repeating that to myself.

I have yet to make sense of this mess.

Except for a few good scenes and some scattered dialogue this episode was a trainwreck.

In some cases, I am angry. In some cases, I lack the energy to be angry anymore and I’m just sad and disappointed. Why am I even surprised anymore when they take my favs and turn them into porno cliches or “angry WoC” stereotypes? Why am I even surprised anymore when they beat naked prostitutes? Why am I even surprised anymore when they kill off characters for shock value in lieu of actually compelling writing?

This might very well be the season that makes me quit the show. Last season nearly did it, I don’t know why I stayed. I must have stayed for a reason. There had to be a reason I decided to keep pushing myself through this. There has to be a reason for me to keep watching.

Someone, please, help me remember.

Below are my thoughts typed as I watched:

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SPOILERS for all the books and all the show episodes up to this one.

Really good scene transitions in this episode. And great conversations. And character development.

I mean I love the Boltons but all I’m feeling is FEAR about what they’re gonna do now that the plotlines have gone off the rails. I don’t know where we are. I don’t know who’s safe. And not in a good “ooo, can’t wait for next week!” kind of a way. In a “should I even still be watching this show?” kind of a way.

The “previously on” section is full of weird stuff, like reminding us about way back when Renly was killed and also when Jorah was banished. Oh dear.

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So this episode was mostly setting up stuff for later. Not a lot happened here, just a lot of people moving from point A to point B or setting things in motion that will pay off much later. Establishing some new locations and new stuff, again, for later.

Two things I’ve decided:

1) Shireen Baratheon is a precious cinnamon roll, too good for this world, too pure.

2) I wanna start yelling “SOMONE PLEASE HELP SANSA STARK” ala the rallying cry in the NBC Hannibal fandom for Will Graham between seasons 1 and 2.

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SPOILERS for every season, this episode especially, and some references toA Dance with Dragons. Things will be getting convoluted as the show diverts and keeps up with the books, so basically, if you haven’t read it all and seen it all, don’t read my recaps/ramblings because here there be SPOILERS.

Comments written while watching the episode. Stream of consciousness. I have a complicated relationship with the show so some of this is me complaining, snarking, rambling in a TWoP way, and squeeing over my favs. This is not an in-depth analysis. These are my first impressions:

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SO MANY SPOILERS. ALL THE SPOILERS.

Also, discussion of differences between certain scenes and how they are depicted in the show and the book. Since I just finished the book like, three days ago.

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SEIGE WARFARE.

MEDIEVAL SEIGE WARFARE.

MEDIEVAL FANTASY SEIGE WARFARE.

THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS.

ALSO I’M CRYING.

Spoilers for the episode, and the book Storm of Swords )
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STANNIS. STANNIS AND DAVOS. AND YARA. AND DANY GETTING INTO MORAL DEBATES. OBERYN MARTELL EXISTING. VARYS BEING COOL. TYRION. TYRION. I WANNA CRY AND CHEER.

THIS EPISODE IS SO GOOD. DOES NOT MAKE UP FOR THE MULTIPLE RAPE SCENES IN PREVIOUS EPISODES. BUT I AM NO LONGER WANTING TO QUIT THE SHOW. NOW I AM HAPPY AGAIN.

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Seriously guys why doesn’t anyone seem to have talked about how Davos the Smuggler and Stannis the Scowly first met when Stannis was 17 and Davos was some unspecified age (already married with 2 sons in the family)?

Why is there not an epic “captured by pirates” AU? Where Stannis gets captured by Davos and the most awkward “we’re waiting this war out so I can ransom you to the winner” wait happens and Stannis is all imperious and then he realizes how dangerous his situation is and Davos is a good guy but he’s also listening to his crew who are bringing up some very valid points, like how dropping Stannis overboard would save them all a lot of trouble and possibly save all their lives because regardless of who wins the war they’re probably not gonna pay Davos and his crew for holding Stannis hostage the whole time. And of course, so much sexual tension. Maybe they break the siege together, IDK, Stannis still cuts off Davos’ fingers, but he totally lost his virginity on that boat.

Why have I only thought of this now, during finals, when I have a bad cold and the clock is ticking on all my assignments and I can’t summon the energy to do anything but stay in bed and snuffle and listen to audiobooks?

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FRICK, I wish I had HBO! I really really REALLY want to be able to watch this show without going to youtube or other such places, as I inevitably shall if it's not out on Netflix by the time my work settles down somewhat and I have the time to be watching the show. 

It's just ... WOW. I watched the 15 minute promo and MY GOD! Really great tone and mood and setting! Broadswords! Freaky zombie-Reaver-I-don't-know-whats with amazingly blue eyes that made me want to hide under the bed! Broadswords! Two decapitations in ten minutes! With broadswords! A girl who hates sewing and kicks ass at archery! Boromir! With a broadsword! Gorgeous pseudo-Viking costumes! Accessorized with broadswords! Round shields! BROADSWORDS! BROADSWORDS! BROADSWORDS!

(Is it too obvious why I'm excited about this show? Probably. Shut up, occasionally I am easy to please.)

Also, as a female, apparently I'm not supposed to like Game of Thrones. According to Ginia Bellafante it's "boy fiction" and "too hard" to keep track of all the characters, the sex scenes were added to attract female viewers (which is a blatant lie, apparently they've toned things down from the books!) and I'd be better off watching "Sex in the City reruns."
...
Why the HELL is this idiot on the New York Times' payroll? Why did they publish this laughable excuse for a "review?"
... DID SHE JUST INSULT THE HOBBIT!?!??!
LADY I AM CALLING YOU THE FUCK OUT, LET'S TAKE THIS OUTSIDE!!! ... Now, where'd I leave my wooden stakes? Drat, they're in my other satchel ... I WILL FIGHT YOU WITH MY BARE HANDS, FOR MY RAGE KNOWS NO BOUNDS! NAME YOU SECOND, MINE IS DAYNA FROM THE MADE OF FAIL PODCAST! (Not that I've asked her to be my second, but if I could choose a second for this hypothetical and incredibly silly duel I'm making up for the sole purposes of a lame internet joke, it'd be Dayna, because she is awesome and would probably be better in a fight than me.)

Thankfully, the blogosphere seems to be up in (completely justified) arms about this, as well they should be, and many people with far more time and far better eloquence than myself have written letters to the editor, so that patronizing moron with a job many of us would kill to have won't get away with this. 
(Fun fact, as I'm so out of the loop, I only found out about this today, because of today's Weregeek strip. Shows you where my priorities are: sleep, webcomic check-in, work interspersed with goofing-off, more work, sleep.)

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