Feminist writer Caitlin Moran has spoken for the nation about the disappointment in Jon Snow’s Game of Thrones storyline.
The end of Game of Thrones is nigh, but was the latest episode one of the most controversial (read: worst) yet? And, actually, has season eight been the biggest disappointment of the whole series?
So far, we’ve seen Ser Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) being virgin shamed, Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) reduced to the role of ‘angry powerful woman’, and Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) referring to her multiple rapes as the tools needed to become a strong woman.
Of course, there have been some strong moments – mostly involving Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) – and The Battle of Winterfell was undeniably one of the best battle scenes ever aired, even if not everyone could see what was happening. But - from a feminist position - it feels like the negatives are outweighing any positives at this point.
And then there’s the baffling conversation around Jon Snow (Kit Harrington). We’ve been persuaded to root for him since the start, but what exactly has he done recently (apart from refuse to pet his direwolf Ghost goodbye. Hmphh)?
Well, feminist writer Caitlin Moran has shared a few strong (and very funny!) views about Jon – and we have to say that we totally agree.
Writing in her newsletter on Friday (10 May), Moran said: “Firstly, I am generally unhappy with this series of Game of Thrones, and I can’t deny that’s not impacting on my general mood.
“I know we’re supposed to be thinking Jon Snow would make a better ruler of the Iron Throne that Daenerys, but Jon Snow’s big idea, in The Long Night, on being confronted by a zombie dragon, was to roar at the dragon.
“It’s what seven-year-old boys do at the zoo, when the tiger looks at them. Frankly, it’s pitiful. I don’t see him as the powerful tactician Westeros needs.”
Frankly, I’m starting to think I’d prefer the ultimate triumph of a The Hound/Arya combo. Watching them together feels like seeing the origin story of The Krankies. I’m into it.”
Moran then joked about the 2019 tour of her book How To Be Famous, adding: “To be honest, Game of Thrones is leaving me so drained I’m half thinking of not doing the tour myself.”
She concluded: “My essential message to you is an Ilana-from-Broad-City-level ‘Yasss kweeeeen,’ followed by, ‘Fuck me, Jon Snow, Google some better anti-dragon tactics stat, man.’”
If we’re going to listen to anyone’s Game of Thrones commentary – it’s Moran’s.
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