'Game of Thrones' Director on Disturbing Rape Scene: 'It Becomes Consensual by the End'
"Game of Thrones" director may have made a statement which is as controversial as the rape scene in the latest episode of the HBO series. Speaking to Hitfix before the episode aired, Alex Graves thought the encounter "becomes consensual by the end."
After repeteadly rejected by his sister Cersei since he returned to King's Landing, [SPOILER ALERT!] Jaime forced himself on her in "Breaker of Chains" which was made more disturbing since Joffrey's dead body lied in the same room. Graves explained why it wasn't necessarily a rape, "Well, it becomes consensual by the end, because anything for them ultimately results in a turn-on, especially a power struggle."
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau who plays Jaime told the Daily Beast, "There are moments where [Cersei] gives in, and moments where she pushes him away. But it's not pretty." While admitting that it was "a very dark encounter," the actor answered, "yes and no," when asked if Cersei was raped.
Coster-Waldau realizes some may find it hard to "understand the psychology behind it, and why he goes as far as he does, was really difficult." He offered an explanation though, saying, "To me it became, 'When does physical desire take over?' It's one of those things where he's been holding it back for so long, and then out of anger he grabs her, and instinct takes over, and he lets loose."
"He says, 'I don't care.' He wants to not care. He has to connect to her, and he knows this is the most f**ked up way for it to happen, but in that moment, he knows it's all he can do. It's an act of powerlessness." He adds, "It's him trying to force her back and make him whole again because of his stupid hand."
In the book, "A Storm of Swords", the sex was written as consensual although Cersei was initially hesitant before quickly reciprocating Jaime's advances. The scene, however, was altered on the TV series which caused online uproar since the scene added an unnecessary act of violence against a woman.
Weighing in on the issue, the book author George R.R. Martin wrote on his blog, "The whole dynamic is different in the show... The setting is the same, but neither character is in the same place as in the books, which may be why [producers] played the sept out differently. But that's just my surmise; we never discussed this scene, to the best of my recollection."
"The scene was always intended to be disturbing," he added, "but I do regret if it has disturbed people for the wrong reasons."
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