This article features lots of Season 4 spoilers. If you haven’t watched yet, what’s stopping you? Season 5 is coming!
If you are a Game of Thrones fan, by now you’ve probably heard about the controversy related to the Season 4 scene that has been decried as rape by some critics. If you haven’t heard about the controversy, you’ve probably at least seen the scene already, which follows Jaime Lannister as he seemingly forces his sister and lover, Cersei Lannister, to have sex with him. This week, however, both Lena Headey and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who play Jaime and Cersei on the HBO drama, have spoken out to say that rape was not the intention of the scene.
Headey was the most clear about the scene in a recent interview, noting that it was “never meant” to be about a rape. She goes on to tell EW exactly what the Season 4 scene was intended to convey:
She’s not the only person defending the scene. Coster-Waldau, with a little prodding, also gets to the point that Game of Thrones was not attempting to throw rape on top of incest during one of the show’s most pivotal moments, although he recognizes that some audience members did see the scene in that manner.
Director Alex Graves has also spoken out to say the scene wasn't filmed as if it was supposed to be a rape.
The scene in question is set after the death of Joffrey Baratheon, who is actually the illicit lovechild of Cersei and her brother, Jaime. After Joffrey’s death, Cersei is grieving and Jaime wants to take her beside their dead child. At one point, Cersei says “stop,” but Jaime pushes for sex until they lie entangled on the floor. Many people were upset by the scene when it initially aired, especially since the behavior seems to go against the more honorable changes we saw in Jaime following his journey with Brienne on the show.
Luckily, Season 5 should be taking Jaime in an entirely new direction. Game of Thrones has already revealed that Jaime’s journey will be changing in the series, but we’ll have to wait and see how the storyline pans out.
You can catch new episodes of HBO’s Game of Thrones starting on April 12 at 9 p.m. ET. Or, catch the series on HBO Now.
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