I don’t know how to explain to you that the trope of a man killing the woman he loves while in intimate embrace, framing him as the REAL victim here, it’s uh... bad. It is toxic and it’s bad.
And I am so weary of Thermians in my @‘s rationalizing violence done against women (in Game of Thrones, or Logan stabbing Jean, or whatever) with “well he had no other choice!” Like narrative fiction is not a series of choices created by writers.
And it kind of makes you go “hmm” that the most romantic tragic situation they can think of is, what if man does a stabby, but he had to. She’s gone Dark Phoenix. But he’s real sad about it guys. As though non-fantasy versions of this scenario don’t play out in real life a LOT.
Like if you are a woman and a homicide victim, the person most likely to murder you is a current or former intimate partner. “Someone they would normally expect to trust.” But narratives like Game of Thrones paint the murderer as the sympathetic one.
The trope of a man tragically killing the woman he loves, with the murderer as the sympathetic party, does not exist in a vacuum. When people are violent against their partners, they see themselves as Jon Snow. They HAD to do it. Look what you made him do, Dany.
As the series demonstrated (and totally botched in the end) the way one frames their own narrative matters. Dany framed herself as a liberator and could not see she was a tyrant. But the show frames Jon in the way domestic abusers frame themselves.
And this is why I’m deeply troubled by the people crowing “he HAD to do it, he had no other choice” - like yes, that is certainly how the show frames it, D&D created a situation where our hero’s violence against a woman’s body is SAD (he so sad), but justified.

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