By the Numbers: Game of Thrones
Criticism over sensationalized nudity, violence, and rape has long dominated the discourse around the hit series, so I decided to conduct my own research to see if women characters are treated differently than men in Westeros.
There was so much gratuitous sex and nudity in GoT's first season that critics coined the term "sexposition" in response.
In Season 1, the only people shown committing sexual assault were Dothraki, frequently referred to as "foreign savages." Season 2 brings the constant threat of rape to Westeros.
While GoT is known for its brutality against men and women alike, Season 3 has numerous women killed in highly sexualized or gendered ways.
A rape scene involving Jaime and Cersei attracted widespread criticism. Making matters worse, the episode's director said in an interview that the assault "becomes consensual by the end."
It also includes one of the show's most criticized rape scenes.
Many of the female protagonists end up in precarious stations of "power" by the end of this season.
Without any scenes of rape or attempted rape, the show struggles to move the storylines forward for its leading women characters.