Its been, as usual, a season of incredibly satisfying highs and terribly disappointing lows. Most of the good stuff came from the women of Westeros. Most rewarding, of course, was Sansa finally getting revenge on one of the several men whove abused and tried to tear her down. Her smirk at Ramsay Bolton as hes eaten by dogs is such a release for a character who has suffered beyond suffering.
Sansas ferociously loyal guard,
Brienne of Tarth, isnt as lucky. Once again, shes let down by a dull storyline which has her traipsing the countryside looking for someone to chat with rather than whipping out her sword and slaying on the battlefield. If the show really wanted to tear down those gender roles, itd show Brienne being the knight we know she is.
At least theres hope for Daenerys. Finally, shes getting herself across the ocean. Maybe now shell stop making grand speeches about how shes going to do something and actually do it. Maybe itll take another seven seasons for her to actually set foot in Westeros. Well be here, waiting, watching.
Sarah Barrett, 28, Leicester
Rating: 4 out of 5 Its not always well-written or feminist, but goddammit its addictive
After the run of violence against women that was Season five a series where the
rape of Sansa Stark was followed by the burning alive of an innocent girl my hopes werent high for season six. But against my better judgment I ended up watching anyway, and ended up pleasantly surprised. The sex and violence is slightly less gratuitous this time around, Westeross villains are beginning to get their comeuppance, and the women wronged last season are beginning to avenge themselves. Sansa smirking as she walked away from a screaming Ramsay Bolton made for an immensely satisfying scene.
Now, my beloved Tyrells are burned away in Cerseis wildfire (boo) and their murderer is on the Iron Throne (hiss.) God knows what Season seven will bring, but by this point Im there until the bitter end. (And this is
Game of Thrones, so the ending willbe bitter.) Its not always a brilliantly written show and, despite some ground gained this year, its not a particularly feminist show either. But goddammit, its addictive. Lewis English, 29, Stevenage
Rating: 4 out of 5 The story-lines have sped up, although it has lost some heart
By unshackling itself from George RR Martins books, the sixth season of Game of Thrones sped up many of its storylines while, at the same time, losing some of its heart. A perfect example of this is the storyline of Sansa Stark and Brienne of Tarths trip from Winterfell to Castle Black. In season three of the show this would have been a whole seasons arc (I exaggerate, but not by much.)
However, despite this loss of heart, Hodor excluded, I currently believe this might be the best season of the show. Gone is the wanton misogyny, replaced by breakneck storytelling, a mass cull of unneeded characters and a convergence of alliances that make me genuinely interest for season seven.