TV Equals: Keep this quote from The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova in mind because I’m going to come back around to it.
I’m torn folks. Not about Outlander as a whole, but about the events that transpired in “To Ransom a Man’s Soul.” First off, I am relieved this episode did not air back to back with “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken” aka Episode 6 of this current season of Game of Thrones. I mentally could not have handled the sexual assault of two characters I have come to love watching onscreen (one that I have seen for 5 seasons and the other being Jamie). And it all comes down to this: I am emotionally exhausted from seeing rape on my television shows. And I am even more tired of the people who rebut with “you’re okay with murder, torture, castration, beheading, flaying, etc but not rape?” No, I’m not okay with any of those acts. But here’s the thing, I don’t know anyone personally who has been beheaded, castrated, and/or flayed. I do know people who have been sexually assaulted. And I don’t fear being murdered the way I fear being raped. That may not be the barometer for every person, but I can bet it is for is many.