Game of Thrones Fans Say NO to Rape!

HBO's Game of Thrones fans say NO to Rape

It’s been nearly two days since I first viewed HBO’s Game of Thrones Season 4 Episode 3 (entitled Breaker of Chains). And the more I’ve thought about it the more I have fumed about it – in particular that rape scene. But something strange happened while I was jogging this morning. I came to wonder if this wasn’t the most grandest anti-rape advertisement of all time.

Please bear with me a moment on this one.

6.6 millions viewers watched this episode. And of these, a large chunk took to social media to view their opinion about the rape scene between Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and his sister, Cersei (Lena Headey). Most of these Twitterers were vocal in saying that they believed that Jaime had raped Cersei – regardless of the fact that she succumbed to his advances at the end.

Let’s look at some real time statistics on rape:

  • In the US, a person is sexually assaulted every 2 minutes. This adds up to approximately 237,868 people per year.
  • Of this, approximately 60% of sexual assaults are never reported. Why?
  • Because approximately 2/3 of assaults occur between people who know each other. 38% occur by friends or acquaintances of the victim.
  • Add to this the fact that 97% of rapists will never see jail time and society now has a real problem on their hands.

Which brings us back to Jaime and Cersei. So guess what? They know each other. They know each other well, so well that they quite often involve themselves in consensual intimacy with each other. We now fall into that ‘2/3 of the victims know their assailant’ category.

And this is where the majority of Game of Thrones fans got it so wonderfully right: just because you know someone, and have had sex with someone in the past, doesn’t make it okay to bully them into consensual sex when they say no. So now all those people who make up that 60% of victims who never report the crime have just been told by the majority of the viewing audience of Game of Thrones that they agree that ‘no means no’ and that ‘just because you know the person’, it doesn’t make it right.

Way to go guys!

This brings me to the other thing about this rape scene. For every person out there that watched Game of Thrones on Sunday and went, ‘So? It’s Cersei, she’s a bitch and deserved it anyway,’ there was a multitude of people around them – because, let’s face it, EVERYONE talks about it over the water cooler – saying that, no, actually, it’s not okay. Regardless of what you think of someone, no one is EVER deserving of rape.

Not even when they know the person.

Not even when they say no, but end up saying yes.

HBO – even if they inadvertently did it (and I by no way think this was their true intention of that rape scene. I think they did it to out-shock people and for nothing more meaningful than that) – has now let people talk about and voice their opinions on where exactly that line is when it comes to rape.

Now maybe people who thought they wouldn’t report their sexual assault will hopefully think twice.

Now maybe those people out there who think it is okay to coerce people against their own better judgement will think twice.

Sources: zap2it.com - Ratings: ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 4, episode 3 matches series high in viewers

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Game of Thrones Season 4 Recap – Episode 3: Breaker of Chains

Breaker of Chains

Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) arrives at Meereen in Episode 3 (entitled 'Breaker of Chains') of Season 4 of HBO's Game of Thrones

Episode 3, entitled Breaker of Chains, of Season 4 of HBO’s Game of Thrones has followed on in a similar vein to the previous two episodes. There is a lot of stuff going on between plenty of characters and yet HBO still manages to keep us enthralled with each new episode.

This week we find out just where Sansa (Sophie Turner) runs off to with Ser Dontos (Tony Way) – turns out Littlefinger (Aiden Gillen) kept his promise of saving her from King’s Landing and is ready to ship her off, all the time probably whacking off because Sansa is the daughter of his childhood crush. Ser Dontos is rewarded for his time via a shot to the face with an arrow. The necklace he gave Sansa turns out to be not the fool’s mother’s but nothing more than a ring of poisonous jewels – one of which was used to murder King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson). Nice work Littlefinger, nice work indeed! Except, what if someone finds the dead fool and the necklace and think Sansa is the one who murdered Joffrey?

Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) pins over her dead son, King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) in Episode 3 (entitled 'Breaker of Chains') in Season 4 of HBO's Game of ThronesCersei (Lena Headey) spends this episode pining over her dead son while her scene gets more and more unsavoury. First off we have Tywin (Charles Dance) grooming Tommen (Dean-Charles Chapman) for the role of next king in waiting. Cersei looks rather horrified by it all, especially Tywin’s disregard for her precious first born son, and just when we are wondering whether her version of family love would have eventually extended to include Joffrey, in walks Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and rapes the fuck out of her. Jaime, this is not on, okay? Rape is never alright, and I was just starting to like you and all. I hope Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) finds out and goes all moral compass on your arse! Although, when Cersei tugged at the funeral bedding, was it just me, or was everyone hoping that Joffrey would fall on his head?

Speaking of Tywin, he gets to interrupt an orgy this week, when he invites the uncouth and bisexual Oberyn (Pedro Pascal) to join his council as well as chairing up as a judge in the hot new game Cersei Wants to Kill An Imp.

And what of Tyrion (Peter Dinklage)? He’s stuck in a cell with nothing but an honourable squire to try and smuggle his booze in. It seems Cersei has made it pretty damn hard for Tyrion to wiggle out of this dilemma he has found himself in, but I have the utmost confidence in him. Also, line of the night, once again, goes to Tyrion when he is working out who wouldn’t kill King Joffrey:

“Whenever something bad happens to me I assume my it’s my sister had a hand in it. But say what you will of Cersei. She loves her children. She is the only one I’m certain had nothing to do with this murder. Which makes it unique, as King’s Landing murders go.”

Arya (Maisie Williams) is still travelling the lands with the Hound (Rory McCann). Admittedly he didn’t drop any weirdly worded cunt-filled sentences this week, but he did prove to Arya the reason why you should never feed dogs at the dinner table.

Speaking of endless travelling, Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) is still trekking across the countryside, this week having reached the town of Meereen where she uses her time honoured ‘let’s free the slaves (but only if they work for me)‘ speech. So, of course, it works, and we will, no doubt, see her ‘free’ army double in size next week.

Stannis (Stephen Dillane) is shitty that Joffrey is dead and he has no money and no army to employ in order to bring him back to the Iron Throne. Lucky for him, Davos (Liam Cunningham) comes up with a plan.

The wildlings attack in Episode 3 (entitled 'Breaker of Chains') in Season 4 of HBO's Game of Thrones

The war slowing building up by the Wall is expanded on this week with the wildlings attacking a town, killing all except a small boy who they send to Castle Black as a messenger. The child got a good eyeful of Ygritte (Rose Leslie) too, so there is plenty of brooding for Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) to do over that fact. Then he has to contend with the fact that he knows that there are not enough men on the Wall to retaliate. He also knows that eventually they will know that too.

WTF moments

  • When Samwell Tarly (John Bradley) dumps Gilly (Hannah Murray) in Moletown – apparently it’s safer there than on the Wall…
  • Sansa behaving like Andrea (Laurie Holden) from AMC’s The Walking Dead.Really, let’s stop and talk about this a little.‘ Then stops fleeing FOR HER LIFE until Ser Dontas can convince her otherwise.
  • That moment when you realise it wasn’t just Littlefinger that helped to poison Joffrey and Olenna Tyrell (Dianna Rigg) probably had a hand in it also.
  • Cersei and Jaime screwing each other while their dead son looks on with his rock eyes.
  • Daario (Michiel Huisman) killing the horse and then it’s rider at Meereen. Best pissing contest. EVER.

So, what did you think of Episode 4 of Season 4 of Game of Thrones? Let me know in the comments below!

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Game of Thrones Season 4 Recap – Episode 2: The Lion and The Rose #KingJoffrey

King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) has a challenging time in Season 4, Episode 2 of HBO's Game of Thrones

The Lion and The Rose

My Season 4, Episode 2 recap of HBO’s Game of Thrones is bought to you by the letter C and the number of times it occurs throughout. Please step away now if you don’t like the C word…

Now, I had heard rumours about this episode. A wedding to rival the red wedding, one that went by the title of the purple wedding. I had mulled over what this meant and had decided that a crapload more people were going to die. I had also decided that purple was the colour of choking or – more in the style of Game of Thrones – murder via mass poisoning. A cautionary ‘don’t drink the Kool Aid’ tale - medieval style.

What I got was SO much better than that!

What we got was a dead King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) – so  thank you very much George R. R. Martin.

As a result of this, most of what else happened in this episode was forgotten in the reaction my hubby and I had to the demise of King Justin Beiber Joffrey. First we were like, ‘oh look, the poor little shit can’t even eat pie without mummy’s help - hope the bastard chokes.‘ Then, when actual choking occurred, we started to fist pump the air. We still didn’t believe it though, spouting the fact that George R. R. Martin holds dear those characters we hate the most.

Then Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) cried.

So we threw our hands up in glee.

We probably shouldn’t be so happy at the death of a character, but let’s face it, it’s Joffrey. The kid is a cunt. Sir Cuntsalot would be a better name for him. Seriously, he is the only dick in the word that the term ‘fucktard’ just doesn’t quite cut it for.

Let’s just take a moment to savour the moment:

King Joffrey Dies YouTube video

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How about some stills of that?

King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) chokes in Season 4, Episode 2 of HBO's Game of Thrones #purplewedding

Bitch, get me some wine!

 

King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) realises he's gonna die in Season 4, Episode 2 of HBO's Game of Thrones #purplewedding

Mummy, I need burping…

King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) is dead in Season 4, Episode 2 of HBO's Game of Thrones #purplewedding

Why are people so unkind?

About two seconds after that, the joy started to fade.

That was the moment when Cersei pointed her pointy little bitch finger at Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) and proclaimed him the murderer. Yeah, George R. R. Martin, we need to have a talk…

If Tyrion Dies We Riot meme

So, normally, this is where I’d put the ‘WTF moments‘, but since we’ve already covered that. How about…

That other stuff that is probably important:

  • We find out the fate of Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen). Thanks to Ramsay Snow (Iwan Rheon) he is now fucktarded beyond all recognition – or is he? Seems he was pretty sad at the mention of Robb Stark (Richard Madden) being dead… Honestly, even though this boy has been as cunty as King Joffrey, I am starting to feel sorry for the poor metaphorical bastard. As a result of Ramsey dismembering Theon, there are now people out there who realise there is more than one Stark left alive.
  • Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) joins left-handed fight club thanks to Tyrion. But you know the first rule of fight club… Although, seriously, why doesn’t he use his golden hand as a weapon now? He could easily catch a sword midflight with that sucker!
  • Speaking of Tyrion, he gets treated like a dog at the wedding, but in a brief moment (when Sansa reaches down and retrieves the goblet that Sir Cuntsalot dropped in order to make Tyrion grovel) we discover just how awesome a match him and Lady Sansa (Sophie Turner) could be.
  • And what of Tyion’s lover, Shae (Sibel Kekilli)? Once he realises that Shae is a dead woman walking (thanks to that little dobber last week), he breaks her heart and sends her away on a ship.
  • Melisandre (Carice van Houten) – remember her? Yep, the evil shadow baby birthing bitch is back. Needless to say, she is still a bitch…
  • Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) has another vision and now knows where they all need to go.

So who killed Joffrey?

Cersei claims it’s Tyrion, but we all know it probably wasn’t since he was ordered to get Joffrey a goblet of wine and then we watched as he walked over and got the king’s goblet from the wedding table. Was it Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer)? Perhaps even her mother, since she was seated right next to the wine cup that Tyrion retrieved. Or was the poison actually in the pie? Was it, therefore, a plot to kill more than just the king? And then we had that little snippet where the court jester told Sansa to leave now in order to save herself – was he the murderer? My favourite theory, however, goes to a Facebook friend of mine who thinks that maybe Cersei was attempting to poison Margaery and then accidentally poisoned her own son!

Let me know what you thought of this episode by commenting below! Please be aware though, that I have not read the books yet, so do not want to be spoiled for future episodes :-D

You can read my Episode 3 recap here.

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Game of Thrones Season 4 Premiere Recap – Episode 1: Two Swords

And so two swords are forged from Ned Stark's (Sean Bean) one in Season 4, Episode 1 of HBO's True Blood

Two Swords

Welcome to my Season 4 recaps of HBO’s Game of Thrones. If you don’t like swearing, please step away now. Ditto for spoilers…

We start Episode 1, entitled Two Swords, with the forging of the aforementioned swords – using none other than Ned Stark’s (Sean Bean) glorious Ice. So large it is big enough to forge two swords – and yet even a sword of that size could not save the Stark clan… This is a point that makes Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance) as smug as a pig in shit as he creates a new sword for his eldest non-crippled son Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau). So ha ha, the joke’s on you Tywin when it turns out Jaime is only one-handed now… karma’s a bitch baby!

Speaking of poor old Jaime, it turns out that his dear sister, Cersei (Lena Headey), has given him a golden handshake and even for all his “Fuck you dad, I’m staying on the Knight’s Guard to save the remaining shreds of my honour” it amounts to the fact that Jaime has given up his birthright and a safe place at Casterly Rock for a woman who doesn’t want him any more.

So incest is okay, but being handless is not, okay Cersei…

Jack Gleeson stars as King Joffrey in Season 4, Episode 1 of HBO's Game of Thrones

What do you mean this dress doesn’t make me look manly?!

In this episode Jaime also gets scorned by the little shit that is his own bastard son, Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson), seems getting taken prisoner and held captive against your will is not good enough for ANY of the Lannisters…

Oh course, then Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) gets on the bandwagon and tells Jaime he’s an oath breaker yet again because he never returned Arya (Maisie Williams) and Sansa (Sophie Turner) back to their mother, Catelyn Stark (Michelle Fairley), Right-o then…

So what else happens in this episode?

Well, Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) is having to deal with a new wife and his established lover. Poor Sansa is fretting over the annihilation of her entire family (or so she and everyone else seems to think). While no one can get through to her, the drunk whose life she saved seems pretty impressed and manages to chip through her exterior by presenting her with the only thing he has left of worth: his mother’s necklace.

Sansa (Sophie Turner) and Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) play unhappy couples in Season 4, Episode 1 of HBO's Game of Thrones

Didn’t your mother ever tell you to eat your greens Sansa? Mine did – and I didn’t – now look how that all turned out…

Speaking of necklaces, Joffrey’s bride to be, Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer) is trying to sort out what she will wear, jewellery-wise, on her wedding day. Her canny mother is not happy with any of the choices and sends all the servants off to find the best of the lot – effectively reducing the jewellery availability to other noblewomen down to a meagre level.

And what of the mother of dragons, Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke)? Well it seems that growing dragons are a little hard to handle and this thought is only just occurring to the Khalessi. And, yes, they are STILL on their epic journey from nothing to supreme ruler of all the lands…

Emilia Clarke stars as the Khalessi we all love the most, Daenerys Targaryen, in Season 4, Episode 1 of HBO's Game of Thrones

It seems dragons will NOT be told to mind their mothers…

Jon Snow (Kit Harington) is back from his adventures across the wall and is nearly beheaded for his treason. Luckily someone realises that if every crow lost his head from bedding a woman than there would be no one left on the wall…

Speaking of the other side of the wall, it seems Ygritte (Rose Leslie) is also in trouble for not killing Jon Snow.

Finally, we finish up this episode with some long deserved justice for Arya as she finally gets to retrieve her sword, Needle, from the bastard that took it from her.

WTF moments

  • Oberyn (also known as the Red Viper and played by Pedro Pascal) stabbing a man’s hand just because he was singing the Lannister’s song.
  • Jaime’s hilarious golden hand wave.
  • Tyrion saying no to sex.
  • The handmaid dobbing on Shae (Sibel Kekilli) and Tyrion’s anti-tryst.
  • Arya’s retrieval of Needle from Poliver (Andy Kellegher). Yes, revenge is certainly a dish best served cold! And little Arya is irretrievably no longer redeemable as a lady (not that that is a bad thing).
  • Sandor (Rory McCann) Clegane’s overuse of the word ‘cunt’. And using it to such extreme that some of the phrasings didn’t even make any sense any more.

What did you think of the Season 4 premiere of HBO’s Game of Thrones? What moments had you going WTF?! Let me know in the comments below.

You can read my Episode 2 recap here.

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GAME OF THRONES: Catch the Throne to be Released on Friday!

 

Catch the Throne Mixtape Cover

Ever wondered what a Game of Thrones rap song would sound like?

Nope, me either.

Apparently someone at HBO did though and now, on Friday 4th April, Catch the Throne will be released for FREE.

Below is a snippet of what to expect. Along with what you might traditionally know as rap music, there will be snippets of dialogue from the show mixed in. All the songs will be based on George R. R. Martin’s books and include the following artists:

  • Big Boi, Common
  • Daddy Yankee
  • Wale
  • Bodega Bamz
  • Dee Goodz
  • Dominik Omega
  • Kilo Kish
  • Magazeen
  • Snow Tha Product

You can listen to this awesome mixtape by clicking here.

Sources: CraveOnline - HBO Unveils ‘Catch The Throne’ Mixtape Inspired By ‘Game of Thrones’

SoundCloud – Catch the Throne

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VIDEO: Game of Thrones is Coming!

Game-of-Thrones-Season-4-Poster-Crop

 

The only good thing about The Walking Dead finishing is the commencement of HBO’s Game of Thrones!

There is just enough time between now and the Season 4 premiere on April 6th 2014 for a Game of Thrones marathon. Who else is obsessed enough to watch the first three seasons all in a row to get ready for Season 4?

And, have you read the books yet? While I had planned to read at least the first three of George R. R. Martin’s novels, so far, I have only finished the first. So, yeah, who lives and dies will still be a mystery for me going into Season 4.

Is anyone planning a premiere party? Perhaps a huge medieval style banquet? Just watch the music choice though or you could have a massacre on your hands…

This year I will be recapping Game of Thrones, so make sure you check back here every Monday to find out what I thought of each episode.

But while you wait, here’s some promo videos to get you in the mood:

Trailer #1

Trailer #2

Trailer #3

Trailer #4

 

Sources: YouTube: Trailer #1, Trailer #2, Trailer #3, Trailer #4

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THE WALKING DEAD: Conspiracy Theories for Season 5

TWD Season 5 Conspiracy Theories

So, yeah, it’s time to start up a new conspiracy theories page for Season 5 of AMC’s The Walking Dead. The Season 4 page is still up and being updated as there will be plenty of overlap, so you can still check it here.

But now it’s time to get this party started…

Key

Black – Theory only, neither confirmed or denied yet

Red – Theory busted!

Green – Theory confirmed

Blue – Extra commentary

That Season 4 Cliffhanger Ending…

Does Rick (Andrew Lincoln) have a plan to escape from Terminus in Season 5 of AMC's The Walking Dead?

  • Rick (Andrew Lincoln) has a plan. There is a lot of eyeballing going on between him and Carl (Chandler Riggs) before they end up in the train carriage. There is also substantial talking without talking between Carl, Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Michonne (Danai Gurira). Is it possible that Rick is finally gonna let his son be a grown up?

Terminus

What secrets does Terminus hold for the Season 5 premiere of AMC's The Walking Dead?

There has been plenty of talk about Terminus already and you can catch up on it all here. But, in a nutshell, these are the theories:

  • They are all cannibals
  • This is a safe haven to begin with, but someone will try to take it over (can anyone sayWoodbury all over again?)
  • Terminus is a great place to live, so long as you pay your tithe to the community across the other side of town
  • The men from Daryl’s new group are from Terminus
  • The country club that Daryl and Beth visited is tied in with Terminus somehow

Gareth

Gareth (Andrew J. West) in introduced in the Season 4 finale of AMC's The Walking Dead.

  • Will be worse than the Governor (David Morrissey)
  • Is just the puppet master of Mary (Denise Crosby)
  • Is actually a good guy

Scary Mary

Scary Mary is really crazy in Season 4, Episode 15 of AMC's The Walking Dead.

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Beth

The Walking Dead promo pic - Beth

  • Beth is already in Terminus
  • Beth is the grilled meat on the BBQ Mary is tending
  • Beth was abducted by the leader of Terminus and she is now being held as a sex slave
  • According to Examiner.com, the Beth story arc will be a drawn out process. If this is true, it is possible she is not the BBQ meal.

Carol and Tyreese

Carol and Tyreese pair up in Season 4 of AMC's The Walking Dead.

  • They were the first caught and are already in Terminus
  • They are currently watching Terminus and have seen what is going on, so will hatch a plan to get everyone out.
  • Carol was the meat being served up by Mary in Season 4, Episode 15 (entitled Us).

Daryl & Carol

The Walking Dead Season 4 premiere - Daryl (Norman Reedus) & Carol (Melissa McBride) get cozy

  • Yet another season with zero action *sigh*

Do you have any new theories for Season 5 of AMC’s The Walking Dead that you’d like to share? If so, please let me know in the comment below!

Miscellaneous

  • Since Judith was born as her mother was dying, she is immune to the zombie virus (Thanks to Eva for this theory :-D )
  • Bob Stookey was involved in the helicopter crash we saw in Season 4, Episode 1.

Recurring Zombies

In previous seasons there were a few recurring zombies. Let me know if you spot any in Season 5 and I will add them to the recurring zombie page.

Easter Eggs

None found yet.

Sources: What Kind of Hell is Terminus Anyway?

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