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Celebrities Call Out Game of Thrones for Mistreating Its Female Characters for Eight Years

The women of Westeros are stronger than this

Rachel Paige

Game of Throneshas a long history of mistreating its female characters, and those missteps came to light once more in Episode 4 of the final season, "The Last of the Starks."

During a celebratory party at Winterfell, following the Battle of Winterfell, Sansa (Sophie Turner) talked with the Hound (Rory McCann) about all the horrors she's faced over the past few years. The Hound noted that she's not a "little bird" anymore, and Sansa, in the simplest of terms, implied that the horrors she suffered -- aka, her abuse at the hands of Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) and Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon) -- led her to who she is today. Because of what happened to her, she's a strong, powerful leader of the North.

"Without Littlefinger and Ramsay and the rest, I would've stayed a little bird all my life," she told the Hound.

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The moment is not sitting well with fans, and especially not well with famous fans of the show, considering it implies that without Littlefinger and Ramsay, Sansa wouldn't be a major player in Westeros right now. Jessica Chastain, who actually stars opposite Sophie Turner in the upcoming Dark Phoenix, wrote in a fire tweet: "The #littlebird was always a Phoenix."

Sansa wasn't the only victim of apparent mistreatment in the episode. In King's Landing, Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) was captured and then executed in front of her best friend, Daenerys (Emilia Clarke), and partner, Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson). Making matters worse, she was executed while in chains after living as a free woman since Dany had freed her in Essos. Director Ava DuVernay called this out, also noting that Missandei was the only woman of color on the show. She was such a peaceful presence, and was killed off so violently.

It's a shame that with only two episodes to go of the series forever, Game of Thrones is alienating fans with its interesting character choices, potentially setting us up for a disappointing finale.

Game of Thrones airs Sundays at 9/8c on HBO.