“But it did happen in the books, only to a different character! And since she’s not in the show it makes total sense that it would happen to Sansa instead!” ah yes because completely different characters with completely different roles in the story are interchangeable like that
(what am I saying, of course they are on this show)
Never mind that D&D are cutting plotlines left and right, even ACTUALLY FUCKING IMPORTANT ONES, so they could easily cut this one. Oh wait, it contains RAPE, of course they couldn’t.
But what makes me hate it so much is not even rape itself, but how this whole storyline shits all over Sansa’s character arc. It is just so unnecessary and redundant. Oh look, our little bird is yet again stuck among the most horrible people of all Westeros! And they are doing horrible things to her! Do you feel sorry for her yet? But she’s ~getting stronger~ for it, so it’s all okay. Endure 10 rapes and get a level in badass. Or something.
Never mind that Horrible Things are not the only thing driving book!Sansa’s development? She doesn’t just magically turn into hardcore Darth Sansa as soon as she gets to the Vale - her growth is a slow and ongoing process, and her interactions with Sweetrobin are an integral part of it, because for once she is in charge - of someone even more helpless than she ever was, someone completely dependent on her, but also someone she could use to her own ends. And this is a situation that gives her an opportunity to grow, until she is finally able to turn the tables and become a player in this game. Not just getting repeatedly shoved into the role of a victim and hit on the head with Horrible Things until she snaps. Even if her current arc in the show ends with her brutally murdering Ramsay and becoming a Queen in the North, it would be so crude and totally missing the point of Sansa’s character that it’s not even funny.
It also wouldn’t be the same thing that happened to Jeyne Poole, so what’s the point of shoving Sansa into her role in the first place? And if she does end up like Jeyne… Oh god, please no.