Game of Thrones Season 5 was a rough watch, especially for women. We saw Cersei do a very public and brutal walk of shame and witnessed a young Sansa Stark get raped. It was hard. Gruesome. And they sparked a ton of outrage. Many people even vowed to never watch, again. But is their anger misplaced?
Stunning actress Amanda Peet (currently found on HBO's Togetherness) thinks people need to calm down. For all its bad, Peet shares that she believes Game of Thrones has some real feminist aspects, too. And she's also quick to remind fans that her hubby is only airing what someone else (George R. R. Martin) created.
"I think [the anger] really misplaced. They write some of the greatest female characters that are on television," Peet shared with TheWrap. "It's a misogynist world, this world that George R. R. Martin created, but we have to experience it without thinking that people are condoning this."
Peet makes a couple valid points. First, people who are upset with HBO and showrunners over the show need to remember they're adapting it from a book. Talk to Martin about your issues. Not Benioff. More importantly, despite his lust for rape and violence, Martin does also create some great female-led story lines and those scorned women always get their revenge. Remember Dany pouring molten gold over her brother's head? Vindicated!
"It's much more insidious to have middling, ancillary female roles where the women are not part of the plot — where they don't advance anything," Peet said. "Wife roles, girlfriend roles, there are very few of those in Game of Thrones. If someone takes their clothes off and it's a massive part of the plot? So be it."
If you don't like Game of Thrones, don't watch. And if the violence makes your stomach turn, that only means you're human. But give Sansa a chance. We're sure she'll bounce back with a vengeance. Martin's girls always do.
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