Sansa’s Wedding Night: One of the Most Traumatic Scenes
Brides are supposed to be happy at their wedding nights, but not when you are a Sansa Stark. Because of her bloodline and her title as the heir of Stark’s throne, she even has to endure traumatic and brutal wedding night. Be advised, though, that those who haven’t watched the full episodes of Game of Thrones season 5 should stop reading now. In case you reveal spoilers that may damage your watching enjoyment, it is not my fault.
If you think that the Red Wedding is already brutal and disturbing, then you haven’t watched the show entirely. It is sad that Sansa has to experience something so horrible, humiliating, and brutal during her wedding nights – as if she hadn’t experienced enough. With the twist of the plot where Sansa has to marry Ramsay (instead of a lord from the North) for political sake and purpose, she has to endure more painful and more degrading kind of humiliation. It is understandable that they have no romantic notion, but Ramsay’s sadistic behavior is proven to be Sansa’s next challenge. Not only he rapes Sansa on their wedding night, his sick and twisted behavior makes him force Theon/Reek to watch the process entirely. Imagine how it must be for Sansa and Theon since Theon has grown up with her.
There are so many reasons why this episode is not only brutal and horrifying, but also sad and unforgettable. First of all, we all grow up with Sansa, from her being a child with naïve character to a strong woman she is now. It is normal, I’d say if we feel somehow connected to her. For me, it is personal. When Sansa’s virginity is being taken so brutal and degrading like that, it is traumatizing for the viewers as well.
Second, it is hard to imagine that some sick, perverted, and twisted individual like Ramsay even exists. Sexual abuse is definitely one thing, but having someone else watches the whole process – and the person chosen is Sansa’s childhood friend – is another. We get it that Ramsay tortures Theon on and on, but having put Sansa and Theon in such situation is another kind of madness and brutality.
Third, we have seen Sansa thrived and survived, but after what happens in her wedding night, we can’t help but wonder whether she will continue fighting and surviving. After all the misery that she has had to suffer, she still has to deal with this kind of degradation. Will she be able to survive and continue? Will this kind of humiliation fuels her desire of revenge? Or will she finally lose the battle and be broken?
If we have to take Theon’s position, watching someone we care so much being hurt like that, won’t it feel like someone rips your heart out? We see Theon’s in anguish and crying, but he’s helpless – we known – and yet being helpless is the worst kind of feel that someone has to go through.
Hopefully, this doesn’t keep Sansa from surviving and fighting back – although it is quite understandable if she finally breaks. She’s a fighter and survivor; let’s hope she remains that way.