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I’m Done With Game of Thrones

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Readers, I’ve missed you. I started this thing called a full-time job at the beginning of June and it is kicking my ass. All of my downtime is spent sleeping and marathoning Gravity Falls.

But you don’t need to hear about that. Unless you want my opinions on Gravity Falls, which I will happily spew at you in another post. No, today is dedicated to my thoughts on Game of Thrones and the weirdness it is spawning.

For those that follow the show and read the books, you probably already know what I’m talking about. For those that only follow the show, Laura Hudson actually does some really cool recaps with comparisons between show and book, and may help make my thoughts a bit clearer.

My problem starts with Sansa Stark. Specifically, Sansa’s Black Lady from Sailor Moon transformation in her mannerisms and change of dress.

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So Feathers. Much Evil.

First off: it’s a nifty dress. The details are beautiful, even if the necklace is so clunky compared to the elegance of the rest of it. (It also resembles the collars of the slaves of Mereen, but I may just be reading too much into that.) But while being pretty, it’s not subtle.

The show writers have started deviating from the books. The first season was almost scarily faithful to the source material, but somewhere in season two they started mixing things up, adding and subtracting, to make things flow better narratively for film. The book series isn’t even over, so unless Martin is sharing plot details with the lead writers about overarching character plots, they’ve got to make certain things up as they go. Sometimes we get cool new stuff. The rest of the time we mostly get gratuitous torture and rape scenes.

Anyway. Sansa Stark. She’s gone from a pawn to a major player, seemingly Littlefinger’s second in command in his plans to rule the Vale. This is awesome considering that, in the books, she is more Mind Raped than anything else. So a Sansa who comes out stronger from her misfortunes is so exciting, but…

I don’t think the writers can pull it off.

This season has left a bad taste in my mouth. From Ramsay Bolton’s torture scenes, to the bands of marauding wildlings and various other bandits raping and slaughtering people, to Cersei and  Jaime’s Ambiguously Consensual Rape scene, I don’t really want to watch this damned show anymore. It’s something I do almost begrudgingly now, and I remember being so excited at the prospect of HBO adapting this series back when it was first announced. (What was that? 2008? I know I said HBO should be the one to do it at least in 2007. Anyway!) But it is draining to follow now. I can already see the outcome of Sansa’s storyline, where she becomes twisted and cruel and everything she grew to hate about women like Cersei rather than learning from Margaery’s examples. Sorry, but I’ll pass.

Purple-haired Pepper Potts.

3 Comments

  1. ChurchTucker

    June 18, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    (It also resembles the collars of the slaves of Mereen, but I may just be reading too much into that.)

    You’re not, but they do that EVERYWHERE in Essos. Check out Daario’s neckwear.

    • Rachel

      June 19, 2014 at 1:31 AM

      I didn’t think so, which is why I found it strange for Sansa’s Westerosi fashion.

      • ChurchTucker

        June 19, 2014 at 5:27 PM

        Presumably, Lys or Braavos or something is the Paris of this universe.

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