Analysis Game of Thrones

The “Rape for Empowerment” Trope

It’s an old truth of fiction: if you want to make a female character suffer, rape her. If you want to make a male character suffer, rape a female character he cares about. And rape is pretty much the default threat in most genre or “gritty” fiction. I read mostly young adult fantasy, and almost every …

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Analysis Game of Thrones

Quitting Game of Thrones

After some careful thought, I have decided not to review Game of Thrones on this site any longer. My patience for this show has run out. I’m tired of the cycle of blind optimism followed by plotlines that literally make me feel nauseous. I’m tired of all the rage I go through — from finding …

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Game of Thrones: Kill the Boy

Kill the Boy was a relatively quiet episode of Game of Thrones, focussing on a few plotlines in satisfying detail. Compared to last week’s offering, it was radically uneventful, with very little bloodshed, but everything felt tenser, weightier, as the show dug deeper into three particular plotlines — Sansa’s, Jon Snow’s and Daenerys’ — and gave them …

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