Why ‘Game of Thrones’ latest shocking violence is indefensible

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Why Game of Thrones‘ latest shocking violence is indefensible
The constant violence against women this season “all to demonstrate the evil that men do, seems like a lot of repetitive effort to reinforce an obvious, ugly point,” says Andry Greenwald. He adds: “Before you stop me if you’ve heard this one before, let me stop you first: Despite what many of Game of Thrones‘s legions of devotees like to argue, it is not, in fact, a ‘medieval story.’ It is not received wisdom from another age. Though it has the trappings of an earlier Earth, it is actually a contemporary story and should be considered as one. And as such, I fail to see what the horrific immolation of a teenage girl added to the narrative in any way, shape, or form.” PLUS: Game of Thrones crossed the line with cruel murders, gruesome murders and murders that would seem to defy characters as we know them, this was the worst scene in GoT history, and hot that dragon scene was pulled off.

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