The topic on many people’s minds on Wednesday, May 20, continued to be the last scene from Sunday’s “Game of Thrones.” More fans have spoken out against the scene.
Yet, as pointed out on Wednesday by Ross Douthat for The New York Times in a opinion piece he titled “The Ones Who Walk Away From Westeros,” fans on both sides of the debate are right.
Fans like Alexei Beltyukov know that, on one hand, it is true that the scene wasn’t in the books. Sansa never married Ramsay Bolton. As a result, she should have never been placed in that situation. Additionally, the scene makes it seem like the show’s creatives are obsessed with gratuitous violence.
On the other hand, GoT is depicting a feudal-style society in which men often marry young brides and then take their marital rights without the consent of their wives. “Game of Thrones” has also never shied away from historically accurate violent scenes. In fact, this scene was mild in comparison to many others over the last few years. Viewers aren’t subjected to anything other than seeing Sansa’s face and then Theon’s face as he is forced to watch. Some have argued that the slaver’s discussion earlier in the episode about what they were going to do to Tyrion was more blunt and horrifying.
Either way, many fans have dropped the series from their schedules because they want to see more positive events on TV.