Obviously, Septa Unella deserves a greater share of our sympathy in that scene than Cersei herself does. For all that she has fought to rid herself of a husband she hates, and to perpetuate the deceptions that would allow her children to rule, Cersei is not a transformational figure.
The only tactics she knows, the only weapons she has, are the ones that have been used against her.
As long as I’ve been a full-time professional critic, I’ve been writing about “Game of Thrones,” and specifically about the idea that George R. Martin’s sprawling series and the HBO drama adapted from it are, at their core, about the poisonous influence of misogyny on men, women and whole nations.
“Game of Thrones” hasn’t always lived up to the most powerful ideas in Martin’s novels, what with its use of naked prostitutes as decor and a rape scene that the series’ showrunners, David Benioff and D. Weiss, insisted was meant to be seen as consensual sex.
This season saw the long-awaited demise of Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon), a despicable monster who dispatched his father, Roose (Michael Mc Elhatton), by stabbing and fed his stepmother (Elizabeth Webster) and stepbrother to his own dogs.
But for all the harm Ramsay did to other people, he was also a product of the same misogyny he embodied in such horrifying fashion.
One of the more horrifying moments during “The Winds of Winter” came when Cersei, fresh off burning most of her enemies with wildfire, took time out to exact a more personal vengeance.
Dany may have extracted a promise from Yara Greyjoy (Gemma Whelan) to change Ironborn culture and awed the assembled khaalsars at Vaes Dothrak.Cersei may be free, but I’m not sure she’s liberated.She purchases a renewed sense of safety by passing her victimization — from the rape she suffered at the hands of Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy), to the High Septon’s (Jonathan Pryce) choice to parade her nude through the streets of King’s Landing — and her shame, on to someone else.Mirri’s death sets a pattern for Dany: Throughout the series, Dany has embraced the idea that she will be a different kind of ruler, one who ends slavery, burns the khals who want to lock her up for life, persuades the Ironborn to give up rape and pillage and makes just laws.But she has consistently seized power using force and largely skipped out on the process of actually building new societies.