Despite the bloody battles, brutal backstabbings and even the occasional grammar lesson, Game Of Thrones was heavily criticised this year for its continually rubbish treatment of women on the show. But actress Amanda Peet thinks we're all over thinking it a bit.
“I think it's really misplaced," the Togetherness actress said, referring to the backlash this season, particularly over the treatment of Sansa Stark and Shireen Baratheon. "They write some of the greatest female characters that are on television."
Speaking to TheWrap, she pointed out that in the world of Westeros, the women are still at the forefront of the narrative - a surprisingly rare thing in television.
“It's much more insidious to have middling, ancillary female roles where the women are not part of the plot - where they don't advance anything," she argued. "Wife roles, girlfriend roles, there are very few of those in Game Of Thrones. If someone takes their clothes off and it's a massive part of the plot? So be it.”
Peet may have had to be on her best behavior - she's married to the show's co-creator and regular bearer-of-bad-news David Benioff.
Regardless, she has a pretty solid point. Women like Arya Stark, Cersei Lannister, Daenerys Targaryen and Margaery Tyrell are some of the most brilliant, complex characters on TV right now, far outstripping their male counterparts (figuratively, although most of them have stripped in a literal sense, too).
Shocking Game of Thrones scenes
Shocking Game of Thrones scenes
1/9 Sansa/Ramsey rape scene
Season 5, episode 6: Fans were outraged as the episode ended with Sansa Stark being brutally raped by her new husband, Ramsey. The camera soon panned to Theon as he watched on, terrified.
2/9 Shireen burns at the stake
Season 5, episode 9:Stannis burns his daughter Shireen at the stake after Red Priestess Melisandre advises him to make a sacrifice to gain more power
3/9 Theon gets his penis chopped off
Season 3, episode 10: While being tortured by Ramsey, Theon Greyjoy goes through all sorts of pain. The most horrible though is when his penis is cut off and then sent to his family.
4/9 George Bush’s head on spike
Season 1, episode 10: According to the directors, they couldn’t get enough prosthetic heads made up for the show and ended up using the spare one’s lying around. One of those just happened to be the fake head of George Bush, which eventually ended up on a spike.
5/9 Joffrey murders two prostitutes
Season 2, episode 4: In one of his most violent moments, Joffrey finds himself with two prostitutes in his room and the most disgusting thing he can think to do with them, uses them as living targets.
6/9 The Red Wedding
Season 3, episode 9: It was the turning point for the entire show. Just as everyone thought it was going the Starks way, they nearly all end up murdered in one of the bloodiest episodes of any TV series ever.
7/9 Rat torture
Season 2, episode 4: Torture is a pretty common occurrence on Game of Thrones, but none were quite a bad as this. In the scene a bucket of rats is put to a man’s chest and then heated up with a flame so they must eat through the man to escape. Terrifying.
8/9 Mountain head explosion
Season 4, episode 8: Just as everything was going Oberyn Martell’s way, it all literally blew up in his face. The warrior ended up looking like a squashed watermelon in one of the most awful scenes in the entire series.
9/9 Theon botched beheading
Season 2, episode 6: Beheadings: In one of the more gruesome beheadings, Theon strikes Ser Rodrick Cassel not just once but four times in the neck, finally taking it all the way off with a kick.
But it's not all positive. Peet pointed out that she's still devastated over the season finale's closing moments, when a fan favourite (whose name we're omitting in case you haven't heard) was repeatedly knifed in the gut.
“I was furious. He was already in Belfast, he's back to work now on the next season, but I texted him and said, 'I'm single now!'” she added, laughing.
You know who else should go back and work on the next season? A certain black haired Northerner. But we know nothing.Reuse content