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.
*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.
*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...
*Littlefinger reaches Stannis-captured Winterfell, in search of a certain Stark...*
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.