Game of Thrones (TV)George R. R. Martin

Rape scene

21 Apr, 2014

Martin addresses fan reactions to a scene in season four, episode three that appears to depict the rape of Queen Regent Cersei Lannister, played by Lena Headey, by her twin brother Jaime Lannister, played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, at their son’s funeral. The scene translated differently onscreen:

The whole dynamic is different in the show … I was writing the scene from Jaime’s POV, so the reader is inside his head, hearing his thoughts. On the TV show, the camera is necessarily external. You don’t know what anyone is thinking or feeling, just what they are saying and doing. If the show had retained some of Cersei’s dialogue from the books, it might have left a somewhat different impression — but that dialogue was very much shaped by the circumstances of the books, delivered by a woman who is seeing her lover again for the first time after a long while apart during which she feared he was dead. I am not sure it would have worked with the new timeline.

While the scene was confronting, it was not meant to depict rape:

That’s really all I can say on this issue. The scene was always intended to be disturbing… but I do regret if it has disturbed people for the wrong reasons.

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