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'Game of Thrones' Went Too Far This Time, And We Were Okay With That Too

'Game of Thrones' Went Too Far This Time, And We Were Okay With That Too

Breaking one of the most important unwritten rules in TV



'Game of Thrones' has gone where no show has yet; it has showed (made apparent) the killing of a new born baby. Mauled and eaten by hounds at the orders of a psychopath, the killing of a baby can easily be called the show’s lowest point till date.

Breaking an unwritten, cardinal rule in TV, GoT has showed murder of young, innocent children time and again. But killing a baby is going too far, especially when it doesn’t exactly add to the larger plotlines. It serves as yet another shocking element in an epic strewn with violence and maybe the invisible rule should have been respected just this once.

So we see in the second episode of the sixth season that Ramsay Bolton, the bastard son of Lord Roose Bolton has a difference of opinion with his father on a war strategy when the master announces that his step mother, Lady Walda has given birth to a pink, baby boy. This changes things for Ramsay who is after all, a bastard child to Bolton and the baby legitimately becomes the heir to the old lord. Ramsay, embraces his father to congratulate him and puts a dagger through his chest while doing so. He then beckons for the lady and her just born baby and after a long glance at the child, takes the duo to his prized kennel.

As Roose Bolton’s wife realises what he is planning to do, she begs for her baby’s life and says, ‘But he is your brother’, to which Ramsay says that he prefers ‘to be a single child.’ The rest is made apparent as hounds pounce on the mother-baby and we are left hearing the mother's violent screams.


This isn’t the first time GoT has tread this path – Jaime and Cersei Lannister threw a young Bran Stark through a tower and later tried to murder him in his coma for having seen them during sex, Theon Greyjoy burned two farm boys alive and posed them as the Stark kids Bran and Rickon, Walder Frey ordered mass killing during the Red Wedding which also saw a pregnant Talia Stark being stabbed right in the stomach and finally, innocent Shireen Baratheon, daughter of Stannis Baratheon, was burned as a sacrifice to the Lord of Light.

By killing the youngest of young, the show has put a tick on this unholy and controversial account that TV producers dodge 99% of the times. But what is really worrying is that we, the viewers have strangely become okay with it. We have discussed Jon Snow’s return with fanfare while the baby murder is one of the shocking but fine-with-us parts of the recent episode.

It may be an important juncture in television history where killing babies may have just become normal.
first published:May 03, 2016, 17:55 IST