LIVE FAN CHAT: Game of Thrones, Sunday 9 p.m.: ‘The Gift’

The HBO series tests fan loyalty, becoming the show many love to hate, or hate to love.

Game of Thrones Fan Chat 9pm Eastern
Game of Thrones Fan Chat 9pm Eastern

SAN DIEGO, May 23, 2015 – “Game of Thrones” is a series that sorely tests fan loyalty. Speaking from the perspective of a reader who loves all things GOT, I understand it. The beheading of Ned Stark, the Red Wedding, the death of Prince Oberyn, the Black Wedding, and a generous dose of torture and sexual abuse could put anyone off.

The final scene from Episode 6 last week depicting the rape of Sansa Stark by her new husband, Ramsay Bolton, while Reek/Theon was forced to watch, received enormous criticism. It received a fair amount of defense as nothing particularly new for the series. Although the Ramsay and Sansa marriage doesn’t happen in the books at all, the novels are far more graphic.

Lady Olenna is on the warpath after her grandchilren Margaery and Loras are tossed in jail. Photo: Macall B. Polay, HBO
Lady Olenna is on the warpath after her grandchilren Margaery and Loras are tossed in jail. Photo: Macall B. Polay, HBO

By now the depiction of graphic violence in this series shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. The treatment of women in the series can’t be judged by any single scene or even a colleciton of them. The strongest characters in the series are women. Arya, Cersei, Danaerys, Margaery Tyrell, Lady Olenna, Brienne, Melisandre, Ygritte, Catelyn Stark (when she was alive), and Sansa Stark all do whatever it takes to survive, and at times thrive.

Yes, don’t be surprised to see Sansa Stark on the list. While she’s one of the most divisive characters on the show for fans, we have watched her transform from a sheltered naïve young girl to a noblewoman who has developed a tough shell and a survivor’s instinct. She submitted to Ramsay as part of a long term strategy to exact revenge. Have patience with Sansa, she’ll prove worthy of your respect and maybe even your admiration.

This season has been one long set-up. We are coming to Episode 7 out of 11 total episodes, and still waiting for a significant payoff. Don’t expect one this week either. The series returns to the North, where a death affects the men of the Night’s Watch. (No, it’s not Jon Snow).

Is Daenerys wearing white for a wedding? Photo: Helen Sloan, HBO
Is Daenerys wearing white for a wedding? Photo: Helen Sloan, HBO

In Meereen, Danaerys allowed the fighting pits to reopen, but the challenges she faces from an unruly population are far from over. Can she regain the inner fire which drove her to become the Mother of Dragons, and resume her quest for the Iron Throne?

Cersei Baratheon and the High Sparrow continue their dance. Cersei believes she is the one leading, using the religious leader’s desire to root out immorality and corruption for her own ends. It seems so with Margaery and Loras Tyrell both in jail awaiting trial. She is about to find out how mistaken she is. And if Lady Olenna Tyrell can help it, her grandchildren won’t spend much more time in custody.

See the preview here.

Spend a little bit of your Memorial Day Weekend with Communities Digital News for our live “Game of Thrones” fan chat. We talk about each episode and we help you maintain your sanity when your favorite characters find themselves in harm’s way. Remember this important mantra: Payback, payback, payback.

“Game of Thrones: Season 5, Episode 7, “The Gift”airs Sunday, May 23, at 9 p.m. on HBO (with numerous repeats of the episodes throughout the week).

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Media Migraine in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +

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