But I've noticed that even the epic battle at Hardhome has been overshadowed by what happened to Sansa a few weeks ago. But why? At this late date I can't think of it as a spoiler to talk about the super uncomfortable rape sceen. Now while I don't advocate rape or wish to make light of what I'm sure is a terrible thing I don't understand all the outrage. I've probably read 5 articles (and seen links to many more) with hundreds of horrified comments on why this was such an unessesary and tasteless scene. The article that irritated me most though was this one from Vanity Fair. Did they need to "go there"? Yes they did, and I can give much better reasons than the "it happened in the books" argument that they found so unsatisfying.
Now back to the books. They've had her take the place of the steward's daughter Jeyne Poole. She had it much, much, much worse than Sansa. But it seems to me that they're also setting her up to take the place of Stoneheart eventually too. Some really bad shit has to happen to her for her to go out and get the kind of vengance that's needed. I know the fact that Roose Bolton had her mother and brother killed is pretty bad, but if she's going to go all zombie kill crazy she's going to need the personal abuse motivation thrown in there to drive it fully. And yes, the sympathy for what's been done to Theon will win out over her anger at him too. Even if he didn't kill Bran and Rickon he did betray Robb, and get her house burned down. QWe already know that Stoneheart will not be in the show (and how would they even introduce her at this point in the show?), but if they play it right Sansa could go totally nuts in a way that would still be completely satisfying. It could end up being even better than having Stoneheart, if they give her enough motivation.
Beth got her start writing for a site called Movie Criticism for the Retarded (which has been revived as dorkdroppings.com. Check it out sometime), but was pulled out of an early retirement to write for Needless Things. When she isn't writing she plays video games and watches bad horror movies while eagerly awaiting the zombie apocalypse. She may try to save her husband and/or their cats, but luckily hasn't had to make those tough decisions yet.