U.S. Senator "Done" With 'Game of Thrones' After "Gratuitous Rape Scene"

Sen. Claire McCaskill called a controversial scene involving Sansa "disgusting and unacceptable."
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The fallout over Sunday's episode of Game of Thrones continues.

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat from Missouri, tweeted that she will no longer be watching the HBO show following a controversial scene in which Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon) rapes Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) on their wedding night. The scene was made more disturbing because Ramsay forced Theon (Alfie Allen), who grew up with Sansa in her childhood home of Winterfell, to watch. 

In addition to the vicious attack, McCaskill also references a "Water Garden" scene, in which a the late Oberyn's (Pedro Pascal) daughters the Sand Snakes fight with Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and Bronn (Jerome Flynn), a scene some viewers on Twitter complained did not do the fan-favorite women from the books justice. 

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Sansa's rape scene drew criticism from many quarters online, with the geek-centric site The Mary Sue announcing it would no longer cover Game of Thrones with regular recaps and previews.

The scene is a digression from the books, in which Ramsay marries (and abuses) a different character, a girl who is posing as Sansa's sister, Arya. Author George R.R. Martin defended the show, writing in a blog post that HBO and the producers were "trying to make the best television series that they can."