Since the beginning of the show, women’s portrayal in Game of Thrones has been constantly in question and has been surrounded by controversy. A report that came almost a month before game of thrones talks about Emilia Clarke’s take on the women’s portrayal on the show. In an interview to the EW magazine, Emilia said, “It pains me to hear people taking Thrones out of context with an anti-feminist spin.” Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen on the show added that “ultimately show’s women are not only equal but have a lot of strength.”
Game of thrones is a show which works on brutality, gore and tell-tales rather than sexism and anti-feminism but some people clearly fail to understand that. There have been various complaints about how the female characters in Game of thrones have been sexualized in order to twist the plot. The scene that have sparked most hullabaloo till date is the wedding night rape scene of Sansa by Ramsay Bolton. In spite of the scene not being graphic, it ignited a discussion about the constantly prevailing sexism on the show.
It’s true that women on the show have been used as sexual tools but there are also women on the show who are extremely powerful and have an immense strength of character. To generalize the entire show as being sexist is a foolish thing to do since Game of Thrones have some of the most powerful portrayal of women on Television.
Even in Emilia’s words,“There are women depicted as sexual tools, women who have zero rights, women who are queens but only to a man, and then there are women who are literally unstoppable and as powerful as you can possibly imagine.” Thus, to say that it’s a sexist show takes away from genuine portrayal of women as and in the world of Westeros and Essos.