The unifying idea that ran under all the stories in “The Spoils of War” was the return of magic – including both literal magic, like voodoo and dragons, and the magic of the story, as scattered plot threads are stitched back together like Beric Dondarrion’s flesh and bone.
Sansa’s arc in Season 5 was without a doubt the most controversial arc in the history of the show. To many, it seemed like a step backwards. Season 4 ends with Sansa taking control of her own life, symbolized by creating a dress for her new identity. In Season 5, she goes to Winterfell…and is promptly reduced to a distressed damsel, held captive by a sadistic, twisted boy-heir. Many people saw it as an exploitative rehash of her story in seasons 1-3, using sexual violence and torture purely for shock value.