I love Game of Thrones so I give it a lot of latitude in the nudity department because I just want the story to progress. That’s what you do when you like something right – give it the freedom to express itself and see where the adventure leads.
Well, I tuned in to the third episode, Breaker of Chains expecting to see a whodunit as the Lannister’s attempted to get to the bottom of the murder of King Joffrey. Cersei can blame Tyrion all she wants but any sane juror would have some reasonable doubt in the case against Tyrion.
What I didn’t expect was to see Jaime Lannister rape his sister. There is only so much latitude I can allow. The fact that these two are brother and sister and have children together is a thing that took ages to suck up and get over or at least pretend it’s not happening. When Cersei and Jaime are on screen together I spend a lot of time giving side-eye because I have no time for them.
I know a lot of people have softened to Jaime since he lost his hand in season three. The time he spent travelling with Brienne has shown a different side to the King Slayer and if I had the inclination to ship anyone in this crazy show it would be Jaime and Brienne. Not now though as the powers that be seem determined to turn Jaime into a complete monster again.
GoT book people are up in arms about the rape scene because it didn’t happen like that in the books. This is one time when I am grateful for book people as I couldn’t see the point of the rape and now I know it shouldn’t have been.
If the twins had got it on next to their dead son I could have written that scene off as typical disgusting incestuous twin behaviour but the rape of Cersei just makes it uncharacteristic Jaime behaviour. He loves his sister and despite her coldness towards him since his return, I just don’t think he would have done this.
Were the writers trying to buy sympathy for Cersei? Were they worried that Jaime’s character had softened too much? Whatever the reason just having them bonking beside their dead son would have served as a timely reminder of how twisted this pair are, now it’s the writers that are twisted claiming it was not a rape scene.
Director Alex Graves says the sex became consensual in the end. Erm I know I usually pick the fluff from my jumper during these scenes but this didn’t sound consensual to me. Cersei said “no” and Jamie said, “I don’t care”. Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin took to his blog to explain the changes between the show and the books. I’m disappointed in the GoT writers right now and I’d be really happy not to see the twins share a scene for a long time.