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I May Destroy You
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Unbalanced storytelling and unnecessary, excessive brutality add up to disturbing viewing, although "Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken" still includes enough plot revelations to offer hope for future episodes.
It's angering and confusing why the series has chosen to add yet another rape of a major character into the show that does not exist in the books.
It was easily the weakest episode of what had been a rather magnificent season, and an unfortunate reminder that sometimes the only way to see the indescribable view from the top of the Wall is to take a rickety elevator.
I've rarely, if ever, felt less enthusiastic about the show than I did tonight, when the screen faded to black to the sound of Sansa's groans.
We may not be able to control the narrative of what happens to us, but we can at least manage how we react to these things, forcing a genuine smile on a false face while secretly plotting revenge and murder behind it.
"Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken" is an episode that explores that quest for inner truth; unfortunately, it does so by leaving the audience with another troublesome and particularly unnecessary depiction of sexual violence.
Fortunately, this episode did provide us with some clues into what goes on in this really dimly lit building.
In five seasons, this was the first episode I would call "unpleasant:": from the opening sequence to the very final note.
It's incredibly effective storytelling, and it stands in sharp counterpoint to Daenerys's similarly troubling wedding consummation, which was done in-camera.
I honestly didn't think we'd find ourselves here again, and the fact that we have fills me with utter disappointment.
As grim a turning point as this was, there wasn't really much doubt that Sansa could endure it and remain, as last night's title appropriately put it, unbowed, unbent and unbroken.
It's a backwards step in storytelling for one of the characters with the most clearly defined forward growth
This is a painful and complicated scene. It feels needlessly explicit - especially after the highly criticized incident last year between Jaime and Cersei.