Game of Thrones and the rape culture
For years we followed the HBO series based on the books of George R.R. Martin, Game of Thrones, we do research on the series, we search for pictures and we produce our own gifs of the episodes. But things are changing in the universe adapted to the screen by producers and screenwriters David Benioff, D.B. Weiss and Bryan Cogman. Since the beginning of this current season we are finding that there is little story to tell – an attempt to give time to George R.R. Martin to prepare the next books that will be used in the following season? Perhaps. One tactic to keep the show on the air longer since Game of Thrones became the goose that lays the golden eggs to HBO? Probably.
But none of this justifies the folly of producers and writers of the series. We all know that adapting a book for the film language will always be a challenge and a problem. Characters are deleted and have changed their personalities and situations are removed or added to better adapt the story. But what we are seeing in this current season of Game of Thrones is the total alienation of the writers and producers of the series with the Martin’s original work. The universe created by Martin goes far beyond the mutilations, violences, murders, rapes and nudity that we see in every new episode. The world of Game of Thrones on the books is violent and cruel as it is on television, but the actions and reactions of his characters are justified in the text written by Martin.
What the writers, we say, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are doing is throwing Martin’s text on the mass grave of the adaptations for television. The increasingly graphic violence, nudity free, and the notorious misogyny of the writers are trivializing violence against women and practicing the well known rape culture for the sole purpose of shocking the public and increase the discussion around the show. The rape – yes, that was a rape, Mr. Weiss and Mr. Benioff – of Cersei Lannister in the previous season, and the rape of Sansa Stark in the last episode of Game of Thrones, only reaffirm the inability of the writers to follow the original story created by George R.R. Martin.
It is not just the rape of two main female characters in the series. Possibly, if the rape was of secondary characters, the controversy created by the last scene of the episode Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken may not exist. Rape is always rape when the sex is not consensual, no matter the victim, whether Sansa Stark, Cersei Lannister, or any commoner of Westeros. Daenerys Targaryen was raped by Khal Drogo in the first season, but the scene was part of the book. The writers created an entire story arc merged Sansa’s role in TV with that of Jeyne Poole in the books, specially created a rape scene for Sansa that does not exist in the books totally unnecessary. It seems to be the ultimate proof that Game of Thrones is becoming a medicre, fetishistic, misogynist adaptation, objectifying women and using shallow scripts and clichés to keep the audience.
We will continue to publish posts of Game of Thrones here, and produce our summaries of the current episodes in gifs, but if the mind of the writers and producers of the series continue following this depressing and revolting path and denigrating the image of women – to unlike the books that should be based, and Mr. Martin has proven to be an author who respects and exalts the woman in his books – we’ll stop following the series and we will stop publishing posts of Game of Thrones.
And before we forget, f*ck you both, David Benioff & D.B. Weiss!
Dream Gifs Team