“You’re a man of action, aren’t you?”

Remember how I wrote that ridiculously long and detailed piece to make a fairly basic prediction for Team Sansa?

Now I’ve done something similar with Jaime, and it’s not so simple. Working just with material from S5, it feels like wrestling an octopus.

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Game of Cliffhangers, Continued: What happened to Littlefinger?

I didn’t include this one in my Season 5 Finale Posting Spree, because Littlefinger didn’t appear in the episode, but this is still an open question for the end of Season 5: where is Littlefinger now, and what is he doing?

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Good question in Search Terms

One of the search terms that led someone to this blog today was:

  • how will sansa treat littlefinger after the rape by ramsay

Interesting question, isn’t it?

TBQH, I don’t think Sansa is all that surprised that Ramsay violated her the way he did. I think she knew it would happen, and accepted it as part of the price of whatever she was hoping to accomplish when she accepted Littlefinger’s plan to put her back at Winterfell.

Episode 6 not only gave us Sansa’s second wedding night, but also Littlefinger’s discussion with Cersei, in which he promises to get the lion flying over Winterfell.

So then the real blow-up waiting to happen between Littlefinger and his Little Bird is what she’ll do when she figures out whatever the fuck it is that he’s trying to accomplish with her castle, and how she fits into his plan.

If someone sent her a raven, after the wedding night, disclosing the conversation that Lord Baelish had with the Queen Mother, I think she’d be ready to fuck his shit up, but of course Littlefinger is not so sloppy as to allow any witnesses to such a sensitive meeting.

The consequences to Littlefinger depend on several factors: a) If and when Sansa finds out what role he’s playing in the fight over Winterfell (I think she’ll find out eventually), b) where she is when he next shows his slimy face in the North, c) whether she’s in charge of her castle or a captive of King Stannis, and d) how many and what quality of people she has on her side. If she accepts the services of Team Sansa by then, for example, and Stannis doesn’t have them all under lock and key, then Littlefinger will want to stay the fuck away from Winterfell, lest he should come down with a nasty case of Oathkeeper through bowels.

What can we learn from what happened to Sansa?

Seriously, though, I still want to talk about that rape scene in Episode 6. I’ll get off my previous attitude of snarking at anyone who objects to the scene, and instead talk about what we can gather from the fact that it happened and the way it was portrayed. Amanda Marcotte says many of the things I’ve already said, and some more. I still think there’s space to criticize the way Game of Thrones handles sexual violence. If some people have just had it up to their eyebrows with seeing women get raped and beaten on TV and don’t want to see any more, then I understand their decision to quit watching Game of Thrones. If you’ve decided not to watch anymore because you’ve had more than enough of this shit, then you’re not the intended audience for this post.

I just want to take a close look at Sansa and ask: what kind of story does this encounter tell us?

(This post has ended up longer than I expected. That’s a thing that tends to happen in my writing. Sorry!)

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ASoIaF vs. GoT: It could’ve been so much worse.

I’m hearing people are pissed off about a thing that happened on last night’s Game of Thrones.

This is one of those times when, in fact, the show has taken something really horrible from the books and made it somewhat less horrible. It’s still bad, but the sadism is brought down to a dull roar.

You can tell I’m talking about Ramsay fucking Bolton, yes?


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ASoIaF & GoT, Sixth: “Do you think she’s safe with Littlefinger?”

As much as I’ve been writing about the GoT crew like the Lannisters are my own family, I must now confess to you all that my true favorite is Brienne. When I watched the first season, I was most enamored of Jon Snow and Daenerys, but ever since I saw seasons 2 and 3, it’s been all about the Big Swordswench of the Sapphire Isle. So for this entry, I’m going to show my big stubborn Sapphire Islander some love, and focus on the encounter between her and Sansa in Season 5, Episode 2. This essay will focus on the similarities between books and show, rather than the differences. In this case, I think the common elements are more illuminating than the contrasts.

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