As shocking as this series can be (see the baby killings of the last episode), I find that sometimes it can rely a tad too heavy on certain aspects to get the point across. I don’t have a problem with sex being used in film but it seems that every once in a while this show uses it as a sort of filler. It happened again this week and even though The Night Lands can be considered a good episode, it wasn’t quite as strong as the premier, or a handful from last season.
One of the things I find interesting about this show is how the gender lines are drawn. In this world women are perceived as both stronger and weaker than men, depending on their place in society. Cersei wields power, and so does Melisandre and Daenerys, yet there are others who are looked upon as worthless, mainly the common woman, or those who work in the brothels. This episode toys with the gender lines, showing both sides of the coin.