Noble Houses of Westeros sigil and motto medieval style (Part 2)

These are the book covers from ASOIAF german edition, really beautiful

Game of Thrones rant ...
  • Book:Sansa grows into a strong character and understands the role she is the play, but from the safety of the Eyrie where she can blossom and embrace her many strengths.
  • Show:Sansa is used to turn sexual abuse and misogyny into entertainment, because the writers deliberately went out of their way to have her raped by Ramsay.
  • Book:Arianne Martell and the Sand Snakes are both physically intimidating and brilliant tacticians who recognise the potential of putting Myrcella on the throne.
  • Show:The Sand Snakes (minus Arianne, their leader, who got cut) are bitter, uncontrollable side characters who rely on vengeance rather than common sense.
  • Book:Arya faces obstacles on her journey to becoming 'nobody', but otherwise adapts well to her life inside the House of Black and White.
  • Show:Arya is a whiny, annoying child who asks too many questions and sulks because she's had 'such a hard life' and acts like she's a prisoner.
  • Book:Despite opposition from the slavers and the sons of the harpy, Daenerys' people, the ones she saved, remain loyal to their Mysa ... as do her dragons.
  • Show:Daenerys tortures people with dragon fire (using dragons who now hate her) and forces Hizdar to become her husband when it's supposed to be a mutual/political act.
  • Book:Robb Stark's wife, Sir Barristan Selmy, Jojen Reed, Catelyn Stark, Jorah Mormont and Bronn are all alive and contributing to the story.
  • Show:Robb Stark's wife, Sir Barristan Selmy, Jojen Reed and Catelyn Stark are all dead, Jorah is dying from stoneface and Bronn might have been poisoned.
  • Book:Some of the greatest characters of the series, Arianne Martell, Victarion Greyjoy, Euron Greyjoy, Aegon Targaryen and Jon Connington are introduced at this time.
  • Show:None of these people exist. Their storylines have all been given to other characters or completely scrapped, despite their importance in the books.
How Tonight's GOT Episode Should Have Ended
  • *Ramsay begins to rip off Sansa's clothing*
  • Theon:Oh, fuck this.
  • *Theon kills Ramsay*
  • *Theon and Sansa escape*
  • Theon:I don't think your brothers are dead, and I know I can't fix everything I did to wrong you and your family, but please, let me at least take you to someone who I know can protect you.
  • Sansa:Where are we going?
  • Theon:To the Wall. To Jon.
  • *Stannis passes by*
  • Stannis:Hey, can you guys take my daughter back to Wall with you? I don't know why we brought her, and her mother won't stop destroying her fragile developing psyche.
  • Theon:We killed Ramsay, so go straight for Roose.
  • Stannis:Thank you.
  • *Theon takes Shireen*
  • *Theon, Sansa, and Shireen get back to the Wall*
  • *Jon and Sansa have a teary reunion*
  • *Brienne shows up*
  • Brienne:Sorry Sansa, but I'm taking you somewhere where you definitely can't be manipulated to marrying a psychopath again. We can take the Baratheon girl and Greyjoy too, unless he wants to stay here.
  • Shireen:Jon, Melisandre's coming back. She said something about bringing you back to life.
  • Jon:What?
  • *Shireen, Sansa, Brienne, and Pod go across the Narrow Sea*
  • Theon:So...can I take the black?
  • *Melisandre returns, with Howland Reed*
  • Howland Reed:Jon, we need to talk about your parents...
  • FIN
  • Meanwhile:
  • *Littlefinger reaches Stannis-captured Winterfell, in search of a certain Stark...*
  • Littlefinger:Sansa...Sansa...?

Psychopathic killjoy amateur Ramsay Snow leads an expedition through a massive blizzard to attack Stannis, a man who’s been fighting and winning battles since before Ramsay was born. 

And not only does Ramsay succeed, but he fucks Stannis’ shit up so badly that Stannis has literally no option but to try to work some mojo by burning Shireen, his innocent daughter and heir not only House Baratheon, but to the Iron Throne itself. Following the counsel of a sorceress who (show only) didn’t even manage to kill all of the enemies she told him she’d kill for him by burning three leeches into the fire.

Some fans defend these moments by pointing out the show depicts confronting violence in many forms. But this ignores the fact that sexual violence is a real part of many viewers’ lives and is something we still sometimes struggle to confront and punish.

Oberyn Martell getting his skull popped open by an opponent in combat or Robb Stark being shot full of arrows at his own wedding were gory, savage scenes but, for the most part, they depicted an exaggerated form of violence that no one in the audience has ever witnessed or fears happening to them in their own life.

Women however, live with the knowledge that sexual assault is something that could realistically happen to them: one in five women in Australia, and one in 20 men, will experience sexual assault during their lifetime. Watching rape on screen can be a hugely difficult, personal experience in a way that watching cartoonish medieval violence simply is not. When it is inserted into the show unnecessarily purely for entertainment, viewers have a right to question and criticise.