Game of Thrones Winners and Losers: Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken

Folks, we need to talk about Ramsay.

I remain on the fence about the sexual assault that happened at the end of the episode. On the one hand, I think it was a lazy creative choice. No one’s character is advanced here, except maybe Theon’s, and who cares about him. On the other hand, the arguments where everyone’s mad at the writers for basically not listening to all the complaints when the same thing happened to Cersei last season seem kind of whiny. Like, “Our bullying failed!” And trying to bend the writers to our will is also problematic (not that there aren’t other, legitimate reasons for taking issue with this scene; this is just one argument I’ve heard and one that feels icky to me). In summary, is rape always an off-limits topic on a TV show or in a book or movie? No, I don’t think it has to be. Was it the best choice for this scene? Probably not, but I’ll wait to see how it’s handled in upcoming weeks before I throw down my final verdict.

I would’ve loved to see Ramsay on his best behavior for a few weeks, though, trying to suppress his inner psychopath. That would’ve been riveting television.

Anyway! Here are the winners and losers.

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