Jessica Chastain criticises Game of Thrones makers for 'using rape as a tool' to empower Sansa Stark

Jessica Chastain has criticised the makers of Game of Thrones for using sexual abuse and rape as a tool to show Sansa Stark's evolution from a 'little bird'

Press Trust of India May 08, 2019 10:29:33 IST
Jessica Chastain criticises Game of Thrones makers for 'using rape as a tool' to empower Sansa Stark

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Actor-activist Jessica Chastain took a dig at the makers of Game of Thrones for justifying rape and sexual abuse for the evolution of Sansa Stark's character.

Jessica Chastain criticises Game of Thrones makers for using rape as a tool to empower Sansa Stark

Jessica Chastain (left) has chided makers of Game of Thrones for using rape as a tool for her character's development. Images from Twitter

In the latest episode, Sandor 'The Hound' Clegane tells Sansa (played by Sophie Turner) that had she left King's Landing with him, she would not have faced villains like Petyr 'Littlefinger' Baelish and Ramsay Bolton.

To which Sansa said, "Without Littlefinger and Ramsay and the rest, I would have stayed a 'little bird' all my life," she says, using his nickname for her.

Chastain, who will next be seen in Turner-fronted X-Men: Dark Phoenix, took to Twitter on 7 May to call out the HBO series for crediting Sansa's victimisation in order to grow.

Baelish, through the seasons, manipulated Sansa as per his needs while posing as her protector and mentor. It was Littlefinger who orchestrated the execution of Sansa's father Ned Stark, deaths of Jon Arryn and Joffrey Baratheon, framed Tyrion Lannister for the attempt on Bran Stark's life and eventually caused the War of the Five Kings.

In a severely criticised development, which was absent in George RR Martin's books, the fifth season of the series showed Ramsay rape Sansa on their wedding night.

Turner is yet to respond to the social media furore against the latest episode.

Meanwhile, Dark Phoenix will see Turner reprise her role as the telekinetic-telepath mutant, Jean Grey aka Phoenix.

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