Game of Thrones WildfireSunday evening came and went without a hint of wildfire, and we were sad: At least a year will pass before Game of Thrones returns with either 6 or 7 episodes of the last 12 or 13.

It’s just not to be contemplated.

Immediately we started binge rewatching the series from the beginning, using this map as a guide. 1

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  1. Yes, we’ve posted the link before; no law says we can’t do so again.

Game of Thrones Rape

About that Sunday night Sansa Stark wedding rape scene:

My first question to Cogman was what would he say to fans who ask: “How could you do this to Sansa?”

Cogman seemed to take this question very seriously and took a moment to consider his response.

“This is Game of Thrones,” he said soberly. “This isn’t a timid little girl walking into a wedding night with Joffrey. This is a hardened woman making a choice, and she sees this as the way to get back her homeland. Sansa has a wedding night in the sense she never thought she would with one of the monsters of the show. It’s pretty intense and awful and the character will have to deal with it.”

Then Sansa (Sophie Turner) had her say:

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What was your reaction when you got the scripts and realized what was going to happen this season?

SOPHIE TURNER: Last season [Thrones director] Alex Graves decided to give me hints. He was saying, “You get a love interest next season.” And I was all, “I actually get a love interest!” So I get the scripts and I was so excited and I was flicking through and then I was like, “Aw, are you kidding me!?” I thought the love interest was going to be like Jaime Lannister or somebody who would take care of me. But then I found out it was Ramsay and I’m back at Winterfell. I love the fact she’s back home reclaiming what’s hers. But at the same time she’s being held prisoner in her own home. When I got the scripts, it was bit like, dude, I felt so bad for her. But I also felt excited because it was so sick, and being reunited with Theon too, and seeing how their relationship plays out. Theon’s a member of the Stark clan but she thinks he totally betrayed and killed her brothers. It’s a messed-up relationship between them.

EW: And then there is the scene described in the production breakdown as “romance dies.” Sansa’s wedding night in episode 6.

Turner: When I read that scene, I kinda loved it. I love the way Ramsay had Theon watching. It was all so messed up. It’s also so daunting for me to do it. I’ve been making [producer Bryan Cogman] feel so bad for writing that scene: “I can’t believe you’re doing this to me!” But I secretly loved it. 1

Which really should have been the end of it. Instead the innernetz went crazy, the NYT and others weighed in, you smelly uncle Bob probably had an opinion. 2

For ourselves…a couple of things.

First, thankfully, Sansa’s trial was nowhere near as graphic as the brother-sister imbroglio a couple of seasons back. [3 And even that one was ginned up a bit – it was a consensual tryst in the novel.]

Second, really? WTF? Rape has been existent in the written narrative as long as there has been written narrative. The crux of the action concerns motive and aftermath; here motive was manifestly present. As for the aftermath? Well, we’ll see soon enough, but one suspects Ramsay’s indulgence will be the turning point in Sansa’s life. She well be Caenis writ small, in the future invulnerable to all attacks.

For those of you who found the scene licentious, shame on you for enjoying Theon’s discomfort.

oh, and go back to The View – that’s just about your speed.

Game of Thrones Rape

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  1. Turner is just 19, so she’s probably not as heavily invested in this whole ‘rape’ question as a more mature actress…
  2. Not that you wanted to hear it.


HBO and Imax have struck a deal to make “Game of Thrones” the first TV series to grace the theatrical distributors’ big screens.

An exclusive season five trailer, as well as the final two episodes of the fourth season, will get an unprecedented run Jan. 23-29 at 150 theaters in top markets across the U.S.

While the visual spectacle of the HBO hit makes it a natural for the large-screen treatment, “Thrones” will be digitally remastered to fit the Imax format.

Fans will be able to purchase tickets to the special event for an unspecified price on Imax.com in the coming weeks.

The bastards are intent on making my ears bleed.

We took the Astas to see The Hobbit: The Five Armies on an IMAX screen 1 over the holidays and it was physically painful.

We had no issues with the 3D IMAX screen per se – the lensing and 3D presentation was beautifully done. No, our problem was the over-the-top, unrelenting aural assault of the preceding trailers, an obvious case of dynamic range compression gone wild. At one point, with the score to an upcoming remake of Moby Dick threatening to pop my eardrums, I stuffed my fingers in my ears and glanced around. Not only were our little brave band of movie goers doing likewise, but so was nearly all the rest of the audience.

Look, I get it – there are burnouts who willingly, eagerly submit themselves to acoustic overload: NASCAR junkies, thrash & metal fans, that person at work with the perpetually nagging spouse. 2 And that’s all fine and good.

But for those of us who have seen what IMAX can do for opera (the Met’s amazing series), circuses, most certainly NASA, not to mention The Muppets, being forced to watch 20 minutes of Arnie and Crew in the latest Skynet feature with noise levels over 100dB is waaaay past excessive. If I desired extreme sound, I’d rejoin the RA, where every weapon I ever used was well over 120dB. Hell, I might even ask to be part of a Bradley crew, if only for the pleasure of blowing the shit out of the offices of whichever particular AMC jackass executive who decided America’s hearing capacity needed degrading.

In fact, especially since you have to pay extra to be injured, I will flat-out state we won’t view another “normal” AMC Town Center IMAX film again. Just not worth it. 3
Game of Thrones IMAX

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  1. AMC’s Town Center 20 on Nall.
  2. Claims it’s the only time they ever get “relief” from the continual carping.
  3. Besides…that “exclusive” season 5 trailer? Yeah, it’s not near as exclusive as they make out.