Bloody Gruesome: 6 Game of Thrones Scenes I Had to Look Away From
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Bloody Gruesome: 6 Game of Thrones Scenes I Had to Look Away From

By Nadia Chaudhury | Game of Thrones | June 3, 2014 | Comments ()


I am a very squeamish person. Just ask my husband whose hand I grip ever so tightly during any scene that might involve blood being spilled or skin being cut, including needle injections. ESPECIALLY needle injections. But despite my weak stomach, I still love Game of Thrones, the king of appalling television. Here are six scenes I’m not ashamed to admit I had to look away from. I don’t need to tell you you’re going to get spoiled if you continue on, right? Right.

6. Jaime’s chopped hand

Jaime learns that being a Lannister can’t get you out of everything, and to emphasize that lesson, instead of taking out his eye (which would be even worse), Locke goes for the Kingslayer’s sword-fighting hand, and you see a nice cross-section of a Lannister arm.

5. Arya and Needle cross Polliver off the list
Arya finally gets her sword back, and she gets to shorten her nighttime mantra by one name. Also, like brother, like sister, Jon Snow had a similiar kill through the back of someone’s head, though Jon’s was a bit more cut-throat, so to speak.

4. Sansa’s almost rape
All the pleasure I got from watching Joffrey’s subjects slinging shit at their weasley king was wiped away when Sansa, the victim of the Lannister’s torments, is almost raped by drunkards. Thank god the Hound saves her.

3. Joffrey’s sadistic torture
We all knew from the beginning that Joffrey was a horrible human being. It wasn’t until we see what Joffrey did with Uncle Tyrion’s bedroom present of Ros and Daisy, and what Joffrey made Ros do to Daisy, that we learn just how deeply despicable Joffrey is.

2. The Mountain crushes Red Viper’s head
Oberyn’s desire for confession outweighed his need to live, and he paid dearly…

1. Stabbing the unborn Stark baby
While all of the Red Wedding is horribly gristly, the true look-away moment is Talisa’s belly repeatedly getting stabbed, killing the unborn Eddard inside. Grey Wind’s death was no picnic, either.

Nadia Chaudhury’s husband played the beginning of “Rains of Castemere” during their first dance at their wedding.

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  • dreamlife613

    The torture scene with the rat in the bucket strapped to the victim's tummy and then the bucket getting heated up with fire. Ughhhh.........

    Actually, most torture scenes are really hard for me to watch. I didn't blink an eye during Ned Stark's execution, the Red Wedding, or even Oberyn's face crush (yes, it sucked, but I could still watch it). Those torture scenes, though, really stayed with me long after the episode.

  • Cokey Bloke

    Ugh. I know it's Wednesday, but no Spoiler Alert for number 2?

  • Jim Johnson

    "I don’t need to tell you you’re going to get spoiled if you continue on, right? Right."

  • Cokey Bloke

    Fair enough. Close reading was never my strong point I guess.

  • Temmere

    Sansa's almost-rape went on way too long. As soon as she was alone in the alley with those guys, you knew what was coming; my memories are a little fuzzy now but I know they got to the point of the guys holding her down and ripping at her clothes. There was absolutely no reason to actually subject the actress to all that. (The under-age actress, let's not forget.) The Hound could've gotten there much sooner and the scene wouldn't have lost any of its impact.

    One of the many scenes that keep me from truly loving this show.

  • Robert Sanchez III

    It was really uncomfortable but the pay off when the hound actually showed up made it that much more relieving and righteous.

  • I had to look away from anything involving Theon's torture, particularly any flaying or screws. I can watch a lot of stuff, but torture or rape scenes? Nope. Noooope. I can't. There's something so horrible about helplessness while someone is evil for NO REASON that just makes me squirm.

  • Scorptilicus

    Your last sentence pretty much nails why I was uncomfortable with Theon's very first torture scene, where Theon asks what they want and the guy responds "I want to do this" and shoves the spike under Theon's nail. It doesn't look as gruesome as some of the above scenes, but somehow it always made me grimace more than others. And now I have some idea why.

  • I make Mr. Sandwich fast forward through the Theon scenes, but I skipped the entire episode with the Red Wedding.

  • emmalita

    How many of your wedding guests started looking for exits?

  • foca9

    I watched it through the whole Red Wedding episode, because Robb's one of my favourite characters, and I felt I had to take his downfall too. And I wanted it to resurrect (or, return if you will) the feels of reading it.

    But with crunch, I heard about the reactions (I'm European), so I started holding my hands in front of my eyes the moment they started fighting.

    My show watching friend, which now is half way reading through A Storm of Swords, has had nightmares about the crunch afterwards.

    Also, this:

  • ohwhitneykay

    Lady's untimely end was one of the most traumatic for me.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    Agreed. Kill as many people as you want, but leave the puppies alone.

  • BWeaves

    No Greyjoy sausage links?

  • lowercase_ryan

    I'll just leave this here.

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