After the horrors of the most recent episode of Game of Thrones, I started to think about all of the horrors we’re constantly witnessing on the show. With death and destruction in the wake of the growing war for the Iron Throne, I venture to guess that this is the most violent and cringeworthy season yet.
There was a lot of backlash over Sunday’s episode, but the ninth episode of any GOT season is always full of bloodshed. Ned Stark’s head was cut off in a ninth episode. Tyrion got the scar on his face in a ninth episode. The Red Wedding was in a ninth episode. Ygritte was killed by a kid in a ninth episode. (I’m still not over that one.)
It’s hard for me to imagine how much worse it could get, but there’s always a big surprise in the end. Remember the end of season 4, when Tyrion killed his former lover and his father? (And on Father’s Day, no less.)
Let’s travel back through some of the most horrific moments this season, in no particular order and submitted to us my fellow Game of Thrones viewers, as we wonder what atrocities are in store for us in the finale. It probably goes without saying, but there are spoilers for anyone who’s not caught up on the show. (You better log-on to HBO Go right now and get caught up!)
1. Stannis orders his daughter, Shireen, to be burned at the stake.
Let me let you in on an obsessive GOT fan secret—since season 3, someone’s child dies in episode 9 (in order: Rob Stark, Joffrey, Shireen) and their mother mourns the loss publicly. Of course, this was the first actual child to be killed in such a horrible manner. Joffrey was at least a teenager. Stannis lost a lot of fans with this move, especially after he’d just told Shireen how hard he fought for her to live when she was born with greyscale.
Writers, can we have another seer come and tell everyone the Lord of Light demands for Melisandre, aka the Red Priestess, to be killed? Thanks.
2. The White Walkers add to their army of the undead.
I was joking with a fellow fan about how GOT becomes The Walking Dead when the White Walkers show up. But, seriously, they’re way scarier than those zombies. It’s probably the glowing eyes and the freaky Alphas of the Undead who ride horses and plan the overtaking of the human race.
A friend of mine (Hi, Rasha!) shared my feelings of love for a newly introduced Wildling, Karsi, who was killed about 30 minutes after she first appeared. (Silver lining: she’s “alive” as a White Walker now.) Having the rug snatched from under you is just a part of being a Game of Thrones fan, so I’m not surprised that happened.
I hope nobody in their world is planning a trip to the North. They won’t make it back alive. (See what I did their?)
3. Sansa being habitually raped by Ramsay.
I hate Ramsay. I think I hate him more than I’ve ever hated any fictional character in my life.
If they’re looking for ideas to address his death on the show, I’ve got several. They involve fire, throwing knives, stakes, 20 jars of wildfire and the introduction of a gun into the show.
I’ll let Sansa pick her weapon for the kill.
4. Night’s Watch members try to rape Gilly.
We see a lot of men this season trying to “break” women by raping them. Rape is a war tactic and, unfortunately, it’s a largely ignored one, so the rates at which it’s practiced are still very high.
George R.R. Martin has said that’s why sexual assault is a part of the show. But so are dragons and zombies, so I’m not sure how far we need to cross the line into reality when it sometimes seems to just be used as a plot device (for Gilly, it brought her closer to Sam when he saved her) and not empathetic commentary on how women are treated in wartime.
5. Grey Worm is injured and Ser Barristan Selmy dies in Sons of the Harpy attack.
I love Grey Worm. He’s strong but still compassionate and intelligent. Although their relationship can’t be what they would like, I love him with Missandei. At the least, they’re probably the only true best friends on the show.
Although Grey Worm lived, this was still heartbreaking, as Selmy had become a trusted friend and ally for Daenerys before he died fighting the Sons of the Harpy.
6. A lot of people die in yet another Sons of the Harpy attack.
These guys are serious about wanting slavery back. They seem hellbent on keeping things chaotic until that happens or the Daenerys is dead.
It’s time to shut them down and I hope that dragon attack was the end of them. There’s nothing like seeing your counterparts burned alive to make you rethink your awful life choices.
7. Meryn Trant insisting on a young prostitute.
My hopes for the finale are that Arya pretends to be a prostitute and takes him to a back room to slit his throat. He’s on her kill list, since she thinks he murdered Syrio Forel, who taught her how to use a sword.
Game of Thrones brings out my bloodlust, guys.
8. Jorah has greyscale and all he wants is for Khaleesi to forgive him before he dies.
Of course, Daenerys doesn’t know Jorah is sick, but she knows he’s so thirsty for her, drinking an ocean wouldn’t slake it.
I feel so bad for the guy, dealing with unrequited love and his looming death at the same time.
9. Margaery and Ser Loras are imprisoned by the Faith Militant.
She has her faults, but it’s sad to see Margaery and her brother locked up all because Cersei sees one as a threat and doesn’t want to marry the other. It really doesn’t look like they’ve got a way out of this, unless their grandmother somehow wears down the High Sparrow.
If you were looking for sympathy for Cersei’s situation, you won’t really get it from me. I feel bad for a lot that she’s endured in life, but she’s also dealt her fair share of hard blows. Plus, Jamie will probably save her in the end.