Jessica Chastain, Ava DuVernay Call Out ‘Game of Thrones’ for Treatment of Women https://t.co/D5TZxv3FGG— Variety (@Variety) May 7, 2019
-Jessica Chastain and Ava DuVernay tweeted out during Episode 4 to task for what they say is HBO's insensitivity to rape and race on the blockbuster Game of Thrones.
-"Some “Thrones” fans believe the lack of female writers and directors led to the unsatisfying depiction of Sansa as a survivor of sexual assault. In the entire run of HBO’s series, only one female director has been brought on, Michelle MacLaren, who helmed four episodes, the last of which was in 2014. Jane Espenson, Vanessa Taylor and Gursimran Sandhu are the only female writers, contributing to nine episodes total."
[Spoilers from Season 8, Episode 4]-"In the most recent episode, Sansa claims that without the various manipulations and sexual assaults she has had to endure at the hands of male characters, she "would’ve stayed a little bird all my life".
-"The same episode saw the death of the only woman of color on the show, Missandei, at the hands of Queen Cersei."
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
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