Menstruation in Game of Thrones

Like millions of people, I have recently become hooked on the formidable series 'Game of Thrones'. I find myself oftentimes amused at some of the menstruation references found therein. So much so, in fact, that I've made some GIF's to highlight their inclusion as major plot devices in this unpredictable and intense television show. 


 

This first set comes from Season 2, episode 5 "A Man Without Honor". 

In this episode Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) is mortified to discover upon waking from a nightmare that she has gotten her period for the first time.  Her mortification stems from the fact that now she is fit to be married to the evil King Joffrey. In medieval times, menarche was considered the turning point from girl to woman and thus once a girl began menstruating, she became eligible for marriage. 

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Sansa quickly jumps out of bed, nightgown stained with blood, to grab a knife from a nearby table.

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She then attempts to cut the bloodstain from the mattress. Her motive was to hide her blood from everyone in order to delay the marriage. It was all for naught though as the hound entered Sansa's room soon thereafter and saw the bloody evidence and quickly informed the Queen. 

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Later in the same episode, Queen Cersei (Lena Headey)  has a little talk with Sansa saying 

"You flowered my dear, no more."

"My mother told me but I thought it would be different."

"In what way?"

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Then, from Season 3, episode 7 'The Bear and the Maiden Fair' Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) and Ygritte (Rose Leslie) are having a discussion as they walk towards the wall and Castle Black. Ygritte marvels at the masonry used to make a windmill. This prompts Jon to say:

"You'd be swooning if you saw the great keep at Winterfell."

"Swooning? What's swooning?"

"Fainting"

"What's fainting?"

"When a girl sees blood and collapses."

"Why would a girl see blood and collapse?"

"Well, not all girls are like you."

 

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In the same episode, Lady Olenna Tyrell (played by Diana Rigg) pays a visit to Tywin Lannaster (Charles Dance) to discuss the strategic wedding unions he has proposed between her grandson, Ser Loras Tyrell (Finn Jones) and his daughter, Queen Cersei. Tywin argues that he doesn't care that Loras is a "sword swallower". This prompts Lady Olenna to remark that Cersei is old.

"Old?" Tywin asks.

"Old." Lady Olenna responds. "I'm something of an expert on the subject. Her change will be upon her before long" she says, referencing the menopause. 

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Posted on May 12, 2014 and filed under news.