I never said GRRM is endorsing these things. Actually I am of opinion he intended to do the opposite. GRRM most likely wanted to use sexual violence in the series to discourage misogyny just like he used war as way to say how he is really against war. However unlike with his anti-war message he went horrible wrong when it came to misogyny, because he didn't do his proper research. This probably goes the same with the portrayal of mental illness.
GRRM portrayal of mental illness is iffy because a good portion of those who have them in this series are often pretty violent and aggressive which enforces the stigma that people with mental illness are more likely to commit crime. This is most likely unintentional on GRRM part (same goes for the disturbing amount of sexual violence on women in this series), but ignorance does not excuse him in my opinion. He should have done some proper research before dealing with these highly controversial subjects.
The reason why I don't like them is because a majority of them have a superiority complex and that irks me a lot. With that said I also feel particularly uncomfortable that GRRM uses mental illness to portray them as 'antagonists' and/or villains.
For me it is, obviously, Sansa. There are many things that I love about Sansa. But what I love the most about her is that despite the horrors she went through Sansa never stops hoping that things might be better. Some people might find this foolishness to hope for 'happy little after', but I consider this to be so crucial in life. Why do we endure the bad things that are happening in our lives? Because we hope that some day that our lives will be better. And if through all hope away in life then what is the point of living? What makes Sansa so strong in my mind is that despite going through her own winter she never stops dreaming of spring.
Perhaps you should look at it from the story perspective. Sansa is, right now, in that apprentice stage (just like Arya and Bran) and that does indicate that she has an important role to play. It is illogical for a writer to spend 25 chapters and development on a character who will do nothing in the end.There is no doubt in mind that Sansa will surprise you
I am sorry, but didn't I say exactly the same? Unless you talking about the first sentences of my post. I was speaking in the broader sense not in that particularly scene. I should have been more specific I guess.
Personally I don't see anything wrong this. Arya is a highborn and since she grew up in a society like Westeros it's only natural to be a classist to a certain degree. Arya shouldn't be judged by this in my opinion, especially since she already tried to be nice in this scene.
Well there is also Sansa. I could totally see her holding the status as leader of the starks temporarily. In all honesty I don't think they would go to war if they didn't have a Stark with them. Though I am confident that Rickon will return. The plan to return may be delayed (like Davos taking Rickon to the wall first and get involved in the dilemma there), but return he shall.
Not only that. One of the reasons why Jaime left King's Landing was because he wanted to search for Sansa.
Sansa Stark is my last chance of honor”, Jaime said. "I will find the girl and keep her safe. For her lady mother's sake. And for yours.”
Now one could say that this might not come to pass, but it may have been foreshadowed that Jaime and Brienne might team up with Sansa. In one of Sansa's chapters in ACOK Cersei questioned Sansa if she believes in knights to which Sansa replies "True knights." Cersei mocks her that perhaps Aemon the Dragonknight and Serwyn of the Mirror Shield might come save her. Jaime is in some ways similar to Aemon the Dragonknight for reasons we already know. If I recall right Serwyn is known for his vivid blue eyes and who else has vivid blue eyes? Brienne of course. This may be far-fetched, but this might be a foreshadow that Jaime and Brienne may team up with Sansa. This strengthens the theory that not only is Sansa might be the younger more beautiful queen, but also Jaime as the Valonqar.