Did Cersei’s brother Jaime really rape her during the latest episode of “Game of Thrones?”
Yes. But only sort of, if you ask the show’s director Alex Graves, who opened up about the controversial scene to HitFix, telling the site, “Well, it becomes consensual by the end, because anything for them ultimately results in a turn-on, especially a power struggle…. it worked out really well. That's one of my favorite scenes I've ever done."
But some fans of the show don’t seem to agree. Many took to Twitter to criticize the graphic scene and Graves’ comments about rape. Fans of the series also noted that in the book, the sex scene was consensual.
In the episode, which aired Sunday night, the brother and sister pair, who have been lovers in the past, begin to get hot and heavy following the death of their son, Joffrey. When Cersei, played by Lena Headey, tries to put an end to the inappropriate interaction Jaime, played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, he rapes her in front of their son’s body.
Hi @GameOfThrones can we quit with the rape scenes thanks
— kp snaxx (@kpsnaxx) April 21, 2014
I love Game of Thrones but I'm going to find it hard to watch now that I know the director doesn't understand that he created a rape scene.
— Andrea Garcia-Vargas (@AndreaGarVar) April 21, 2014
Okay Game of Thrones... an incestuous rape scene next to son/nephew's dead body?!?! I cannot deal.
— Miranda Wright (@DJMirandaWright) April 21, 2014
game of thrones needs to stop with the gratuitous rape scenes that weren't in the books. disgusting ploy to get cheap thrills
— Nirmal (@overdriveDJ) April 21, 2014
Game of Thrones really know how to push TV boundaries, that was probably a bit too far.
— Liam Daly (@liamdaly) April 21, 2014
Graves explained the scene when speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, insisting that it was more about their dead son’s presence than anything else.
“I'm never that excited about going to film forced sex. But the whole thing for me was about dead Joffrey lying there, watching the whole thing,” he said. “He is their first born. He is their sin. He is their lust, and their love -- their everything. If he's gone, what's going to happen? Jaime is still trying to believe as hard as he possibly can that he's in love with Cersei. He can't admit that he is traumatized by his family and he's been forced his whole life to be something he doesn't want to be.”
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