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Game Of Thrones fans criticize Sansa Stark’s ‘little bird’ moment that glorifies her abusive past

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Sansa Stark and Sandor Clegane’s brief reunion scene in Season 8 Episode 4 ‘The Last of the Starks’ has sparked a lot of criticism and debate on social media. In the scene, Hound and Sansa talk about the traumatic experiences she went through (with Ramsay and Littlefinger) after they parted ways. Some fans are saying the scene glorifies women’s traumatic and abusive experiences as a character-shaping factor. Read on!

Sansa meets Sandor in the Winterfell celebrations and they talk about her abuse in the hands of Ramsay. The Hound remarks, “None of it would have happened if you left King’s Landing with me. No Littlefinger, no Ramsay, none of it.” He is referring to Season 2 episode ‘Blackwater’ when he had offered Sansa to take her to Winterfell but she refused. Sansa responds by taking Sandor’s hand and saying, “Without Ramsay and Littlefinger and the rest, I’d have stayed a ‘little bird’ all my life.”

Some fans are angry that Sansa's 'little bird' line in episode 4 glorifies her abusive past

Sansa with Ramsay on their wedding night from Season 5 Episode 6

Many fans thought this line plays into the idea that women’s growth is somehow connected to their being traumatized, and implies that it is not possible to become a powerful and resourceful woman without going through horrible abuse. Many took to Twitter to express their disappointment.

But some other fans had a very different take, including some who have had experienced abuse before. They point out, they would probably say the same, as a way of owning the narrative and boosting their own confidence.

That said, female representation on Game of Thrones has continued to come under fire for some time now. Sansa’s meeting with Bran in Season 7 had focused only on her abuse. In this scene also, Hound immediately starts talking about Sansa’s abusive past as if it is the most natural thing to discuss with a woman you see after many years.

It seems the makers themselves are suggesting that Sansa’s current strong and powerful persona would not have been possible without the trauma and abuse. That is both problematic and very much out-of-character for Sansa, who has been portrayed as naive but smart and a quick learner in the early seasons. Maybe the Game of Thrones team could indeed have done with some women writers, eh?

What do you think of the Sansa-Hound scene? Tell us below in the comment.






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This is something that actually bugged me about J. K. Rowling. Years and years ago (before she came up with that “love protection spell”) thing, back when there were only two or so Harry Potter books I remember she was asked about why Harry had to live with the Dursley’s and at the time the answer she gave was “It keeps him humble.” As if child abuse is the only way to keep a famous child from becoming a brat??!?

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Of course it’s not what she was saying. People either grow from difficult experiences or they fall because of them. Sometimes we all have to fall in order to grow and learn.

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its fu cking fiction you dumb cunts! fiction!!!!

MFJones
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We all grow because of our experiences. People are looking too hard to be offended.

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This is the most BS crap I have ever heard. Sansa is just making the best of her situation and the writers are acknowledging her struggle. They aren’t saying “women need to be abused to grow.” Good grief. However I will agree with the others that said abuse can make you stronger. Its a common thread in life in general. “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” anyone?

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Having been a survivor of sexual assault this is not what I took from the encounter. To me all she was saying is that “she is a survivor and from that she become stronger as a person”…please lets also remember this is a fictional character!!

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Nathalie Emmanuel to star alongside Kevin Hart and John Travolta in upcoming Quibi series ‘Die Hart’

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Nathalie Emmanuel to star alongside Kevin Hart and John Travolta in Quibi's Die Hart

Game of Thrones actors have embarked on their respective journies post the show’s run. Since the show has finished, Kit Harington and Richard Madden have joined the Marvel’s universe, Maisie Williams has become a mutant and Sophie Turner is going to be a mother! Nathalie Emmanuel a.k.a. Missandei too has something exciting in her kitty and its big!  Read on to find out!

As per Deadline, Emmanuel has signed her next project with John Travolta and comedian Kevin Hart for an upcoming streaming service Quibi. It is going to be a comedic action series and will be called Die Hart. The production of the show begins in Atlanta this month.

Nathalie Emmanuel to star alongside Kevin Hart and John Travolta in Quibi's Die Hart

As per the report, Hart plays a fictionalized version of himself who’s tired of being the comedic sidekick. He wants to be a leading action star but there is a catch – Kevin must first train at the world’s greatest action star school, run by a lunatic (Travolta). Pushed to his limits by this action school coach and a tough-minded rival student (Emmanuel), Kevin must survive a series of hilarious, over-the-top action sequences and face his fears if he wants to achieve his dream and land the role of a lifetime.

That sure sounds like fun doesn’t it! Each episode will be of 10 minutes and you can view them on the Quibi app. Emmanuel is surely building a solid lineup after Thrones. She is also going to be seen in the ninth installment of the Fast & Furious franchise

We hope that Emmanuel continues on her fine run and achieve a lot of success. Let us know your views on Die Hart in the comments below!






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Game of Thrones star Carice van Houten to attend Middle East Film and Comic Con (MEFCC) 2020 Dubai

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Game of Thrones actors have been making waves everywhere since the show’s run has ended last year. They have been rocking the awards everywhere including the Oscars. As per the latest news, a certain Game of Thrones star is all set to grace another big event and we are very excited. Read on to find out more!

As per the Gulf News, Carice van Houten who played the role of Melisandre on the show is all set to grace the Middle East Film and Comic Con (MEFCC) 2020. The event is going to take place in Dubai from March 5-7 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

Game of Thrones star Carice van Houten to attend MEFCC 2020 Dubai

Houten recently came into the news when she cancelled her television show appearance in Belgium. On the professional front, she has purchased rights to a Holocaust story about female Jewish rescuers and will produce the film along with her business partner, Halina Reijn.

Houten, of course, hit the limelight after her fantastic portrayal of Melisandre in Game of Thrones. It was a small but significant role and she really added a different element to the epic saga. It would be exciting to see her work choice after Thrones.

Well, it is surely going to be exciting for fans to see their favorite star in a different part of the world. Share your excitement in the comment section below.






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Game of Thrones star Rose Leslie to play the lead in new BBC thriller titled Vigil

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Game of Thrones actor Rose Leslie to play lead in BBC's thriller

Game of Thrones has given plenty of promising actors to the entertainment industry. Rose Leslie who played the role of Ygritte on the show is one of them. Her ferocious portrayal of Ygritte won her many fans around the globe. Her chemistry with Kit Harrington a.k.a. Jon Snow was really appreciated. Leslie has now landed a lead role in BBC’s next thriller and we can’t keep calm! Read on.

After getting some great success with their previous thriller Bodyguard, BBC has now finalised the casting for their next thriller Vigil. As per Deadline, apart from Leslie, Vigil will also star Connor Swindells of Sex Education, Shaun Evans of Endeavour and Martin Compston of Line of Duty among others.

Vigil is written by Tom Edge, the BAFTA-nominated writer of feature film Judy and the creator of Netflix comedy Lovesick. James Strong of Broadchurch and Isabelle Sieb of Shetland are going to be the directors.

Game of Thrones actor Rose Leslie to play lead in BBC's thriller

As per the report, Vigil is a six-part thriller from World Productions from the makers of Line Of Duty and Bodyguard. It will tell the fictional story of how the disappearance of a Scottish fishing trawler and a death on-board a Trident nuclear submarine creates conflict between the police, the Royal Navy, and intelligence services.

Well, it surely is great news for the entire Game of Thrones community. While the previous thriller of BBC,  Bodyguard, brought great acclaim to another Game of Thrones star Richard Madden. We hope that Vigil brings the same kind of success to Leslie.

Fans! What are your reactions to the news? Hit the comment section and let us know!






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