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  1. Travy1991

    GRRM vs #metoo

    It all depends on how it's handled. I think George R.R. Martin has a better grasp on writing about sexual harassment, rape and the role of women than the showrunners do. Both the show and the books are pretty unflinching when it comes to depicting uncomfortable and appalling acts of violence, murder, rape and abuse of power. However, Martin really delves into these things in a more in-depth way than the show does. He does have the luxury of being able to take his time and give us the viewpoints of several diverse female characters and paints them as complex characters with many contradictory motives and personality traits. He doesn't try to suggest that such and such character needed to be raped to become a stronger person (looking at you showrunners) and there are long visceral passages of abused women in the books - that while difficult to read and sometimes more graphic than the show - really show the horrors and after-effects of war. It's explored in a meaningful way. Meanwhile, the show has depicted rapes that didn't exist in the book such as Dany and Drogo (which I'd imagine was changed because they wanted to shock viewers out the gate by their gritty pilot and doubling down on Dany's misery), Jaime and Cersei (to hit viewers over the head with how toxic / dysfunctional they are) and Sansa and Ramsay (to have Sansa "experience a gothic horror story" and really become a hardened woman). Not to mention the attempted rape scene they threw in there so Sam could be a hero for Gilly. They stopped with these needless rape scenes after Season 5 but only because it got so much backlash. This isn't to mention quick montages of guards smacking women about or women being raped with breasts exposed in the background while "compelling minor villain" Karl "Fooking" Tanner makes a badass monologue in the foreground. This isn't to say that I think Benioff and Weiss are gleefully writing rape scenes, just that they're more intent on creating a badass entertainment show without really looking at the optics. I think Martin is keenly aware and has studied issues like this and is much more careful and reflective on how he writes such harrowing things. Martin's not perfect - a few times, some of his writing about Dany's body / sexuality is a little creeper-y but some of the writing about her body / sexuality is quite progressive. As for them killing a POC character like Missandei off in the show, I don't think George will go that same route. For one thing, Missandei isn't Dany's mostly silent, barely developed galpal like she is in the show. She's an advisor taken into Dany's service but most of Dany's arc in ADWD is how isolated she is. Also while Martin could certainly do better on POC and especially given Essosi characters that aren't Melisandre a POV, he does have several minor women of colour still alive in the books like Missandei, Irri, Jhiqui and Sarella as well as various Summer Islander women. I highly doubt the beheading of a chained black woman will be used as a plot device to drive Dany mad in the novels.
  2. It seems unlikely as they've made her a regular this season. Of course, they could troll us but I'd sooner see them add a popular character like Oberyn to the main cast and shock the show viewers rather than adding a likeable but not hugely interesting character like Gilly. And of course, Sam needs to put his pink mast somewhere. :P
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    How would you rate episode 404?

    Nice stereotyping there, sir. So if a teenage boy likes cats, he's most likely gay? You are as dumb as you think Tommen is. I think the show is going in the right direction with Tommen. He's a sweet, innocent older boy who is very naive and clearly infatuated with Margaery. This way the show is keeping Tommen close to his book counterpart while making the necessary changes to accommodate the actor's older age. The only point I agree with you about is the cartoonish evil guys at Craster's. Drinking from Mormont's skull was silly and OTT but I really want to punch the actor playing Karl in the face so he must be doing something right. Anyway, that was a fantastic episode! Love the changes they have made with Bran's clunker of a storyline (for the most part) and that final shot with the White Walkers was absolutely stunning. Bryan Cogman is fantastic and the show feels very fresh with the changes they made this episode.
  4. Game of Thrones renewed for Season 5 and 6! Awww yeah!

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