Chastain & DuVernay Talk About Game of Thrones and its Lack of Sensitivity
Game of Thrones isn’t exactly unaccustomed to controversy and complaint. The series has faced dozens of complaints in the last few years. This article contains spoilers for the most recent episode, so consider yourself warned.
Their Portrayal of Rape and Survivors
Following this week’s episode of Game of Thrones, Jessica Chastain took to Twitter to show her displeasure with the series. Chastain revealed that she is particularly upset about Sansa. And their portrayal of her as a survivor of sexual assault left something to be desired, in her mind.
Rape is not a tool to make a character stronger. A woman doesn’t need to be victimized in order to become a butterfly. The #littlebird was always a Phoenix. Her prevailing strength is solely because of her. And her alone.#GameOfThrones pic.twitter.com/TVIyt8LYxI
— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) May 7, 2019
In the episode, Sansa was given the opportunity to meet up and talk with Sandor Clegane, also known as the Hound. You may recall the last time these two crossed paths. He protected Sansa back when she was still a prisoner of the Lannisters.
The Hound commented on how much Sansa has changed since they parted ways, referring not so subtly to her time in Littlefinger’s control (where she was thus raped by Ramsay Bolton). In response, Sansa said that “Without Littlefinger and Ramsay and the rest, I would’ve stayed a little bird all my life.”
This is admittedly one of those lines that fans have been reading into and arguing about since Sunday. There are multiple ways to look at what she said, and not all of them are favorable, or sympathetic, portrayals of survivors.
Ava DuVernay also took to Twitter to voice her concerns about the latest Game of Thrones episode. She was very upset with one of the characters they killed off. Now, character death is sort of what the show has become known for, but in this instance, there’s a different reason for her to be upset, as the show killed off the only woman of color in the series (or at least the only main WOC).
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) May 6, 2019