‘Game of Thrones': Twitter reacts to (more) rape and Joffrey plot

April 28, 2014 | 1:53 p.m.
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Arya (Maisie Williams) and the Hound (Rory McCann) meet some unexpected travelers. (Helen Sloan/HBO)

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Meera (Ellie Kendrick), Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) and Hodor (Kristian Nairn) on their way to the sacred tree. (Helen Sloan/HBO)

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A scene from "The Watchers on the Wall," the ninth episode of Season 4 of HBO's "Game of Thrones." (Helen Sloan/HBO)

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A scene from "The Watchers on the Wall," the ninth episode of Season 4 of HBO's "Game of Thrones." (Helen Sloan/HBO)

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A scene from "The Watchers on the Wall," the ninth episode of Season 4 of HBO's "Game of Thrones." (Helen Sloan/HBO)

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Rose Leslie as Ygritte and Kit Harington as Jon Snow in HBO's "Game of Thrones." (Helen Sloan/HBO)

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Oberyn (Pedro Pascal) and the Mountain (Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson) in battle. (Macall B. Polay / HBO)

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Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) speaks harshly to her once-trusted adviser Jorah (Iain Glen) while Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson) looks on. (Helen Sloan / HBO)

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Roose Bolton (Michael McElhatton) rewards his bastard son Ramsay (Iwan Rheon). (Helen Sloan / HBO)

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Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance) sits on the Iron Throne as judge at Tyrion's trial. (Helen Sloan / HBO)

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Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) advises his brother (Peter Dinklage). (Helen Sloan / HBO)

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Tommen (Dean-Charles Chapman) is crowned king by the High Septon (Paul Bentley). (Helen Sloan / HBO)

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Arya (Maisie Williams) shows the Hound (Rory McCann) her sword-fighting moves. (Helen Sloan / HBO)

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The lead mutineer (Burn Gorman) threatens Bran's friends (Ellie Kendrick and Thomas Brodie-Sangster). (Helen Sloan / HBO)

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The Lannisters pay their respects to the fallen King Joffrey. With Lena Headey, Dean-Charles Chapman, Jack Gleeson and Charles Dance. (Helen Sloan / HBO)

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Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) to the supposed rescue of Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner). (Helen Sloan / HBO)

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Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) gives Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) a lesson on his power. (Helen Sloan / HBO)

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Natalie Dormer in Sunday's episode of "Game of Thrones," "The Lion and the Rose," written by George R.R. Martin.

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Natalie Dormer and Gwendoline Christie in a scene from "Game of Thrones." (Macall B. Polay / HBO)

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Jacob Anderson and Nathalie Emmanuel in a scene from "Game of Thrones." (Macall B. Polay / HBO)

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Michiel Huisman, Nathalie Emmanuel and Emilia Clarke in a scene from "Game of Thrones." (Macall B. Polay / HBO)

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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Peter Dinklage in a scene from "Game of Thrones." (Neil Davidson / HBO)

The fourth episode in the fourth season of HBO’s fantasy epic, “Game of Thrones,” dished up some of its grimmest fare yet last night — and that is saying something on a show that spills blood like it’s beer at a frat house.

If you haven’t seen “Oathkeeper” yet, beware: spoilers lurk ahead.

Not only did the latest installment of “Game of Thrones” show us what the White Walkers have been doing with all those Craster infants —  freezing them into little baby zombies — viewers got another rape scene, adding to the show’s brewing controversy.

This time the victims were anonymous young women at Craster’s Keep, at the hands of the brutal mutineers from the Night’s Watch. Like the last scene with Cersei and Jaime Lannister, where the two fought near Joffrey’s dead body until Jaime overpowered her, the sequence wasn’t taken directly from the George R.R. Martin books that inspired the popular series, and has angered many viewers who are tired of rape being trotted out as an easy shocker.

On the other hand, viewers were quite satisfied to learn who killed King Joffrey. It seems the Machiavellian Littlefinger (Aiden Gillan) happily betrayed his old friends, and killed the loathsome Lannister son. Cut to Lady Olenna (Dianna Rigg) who tells Margaery (Natalie Dormer) that she couldn’t allow her granddaughter to be married to a monster. So that’s how you do business as a Tyrell: Three parts charm, one part stealth murder.

The old charm, of course, still works its magic: Margaery, on her crafty grandmother’s advice, wins over Tommen (Dean-Charles Chapman) — and Ser Pounce the cat — in about three minutes flat.

Meanwhile, Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) and his team of fur-frocked friends get caught by the raping mutineers, who stab Hodor (Kristian Nairn) in the leg and threaten the rest before Bran finally shouts his identity as one of the last living Stark children. Bran’s capture is yet another deviation from the book — prompting some to call it too big of a departure, while others are glad to see the TV show take its own liberties.

Read more Twitter reactions below, including an update on Conan O’Brien’s betting pool, and a long-lost stint as a ’90s pop star from Tyrion’s defender and Jaime’s new BFF, Bron (Jerome Flynn).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What did you think of Sunday’s episode? Too much or just enough? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

— Margaret Wappler | @MargaretWappler

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