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This article contains plot details of the season six finale of “Game of Thrones”
WEAK men will never rule in Westeros again. Or so the finale of the sixth series of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” suggests, as it shows its female characters ascending to the highest reaches of power. It is a rather unexpected outcome given the show’s history of rape, femicide and power structures dominated by men. It may not be a coincidence that this resounding triumph came after both the existent source material had run out and public outcry over the show’s heavy use of sexual violence had reached its zenith. With just the bare bones of a narrative framework provided by George R.R. Martin, the showrunners were free to lay the groundwork for what could be a triumphant ending to the story. How far did criticism from the viewer go towards shaping the narratives of its female heroes?
The screenwriters of “Game of Thrones” have tested their viewers’ boundaries and patience on numerous occasions with gratuitous depictions of violence against women. They have been met at various turns with outrage that, at the time, felt…Continue reading