Last night’s Game of Thrones shook the internet by storm. Although the episode overall was decent, one scene in particular angered both women but also book readers. The scene was the famous altar scene from the books, where Jaime and Cersei have awkward sex. But in the show, written by D&D, depicted it almost entirely as rape.
Having read the books myself, it angered me deeply that they would change the depiction so drastically. Jaime’s character development progressed since season 1. Everyone started to understand who he was and where he came from, despite him throwing Brann out of the tower and screwing his sister. Yet, Jaime is an honorable man who despises rape of any kind. He saved Brienne of Tarth from it in both versions and he hung his men for raping a whore in the past, described in the books.
He is without a doubt the most well developed and dimensional character in George Martin’s series. But this scene in the show almost seems like they threw all of that out of the window. A man without honor indeed…right?
Did Cersei deserve such treatment through all her evil transgressions? Perhaps. The song of reality and the cruelness of the world is brought to full froth in this show. Even though the many inaccuracies enrage so many, it is the rape that makes so many roar in protest. But what of Brann becoming a cripple? Or the fact that so many were brutally murdered for the sake of power? Even when Khal Drogo was basically raping Daenerys in season 1. Are these actions not worse?
There is no right or wrong answer as both are crimes within themselves. Jaime Lannister is far from a man who willingly rapes someone unless he has a purpose. I sincerely doubt it is to wet his loins. Perhaps he was angered by her sheer heartlessness for Tyrion’s life. The brutality and the little compassion she and the rest of their family has shown. Cersei has her reasons but are they just ones? Did she deserve this? The book depicts she was resistant to Jaime at first but then told him to get it over with and quickly. She does not value him any longer since he lost his hand. Yet he still loves her deeply, but the moment she told him Tyrion needs to die, you could see in his eyes the shock and disgust. He could not believe she would want to kill her own brother for the sake of a tyrannical child.
Perhaps the writers thought it logical to have Jaime take revenge this way. To show Jaime’s desperation to keep her with him despite her saying she no longer wants or needs him. But logic and morality are two different animals. The consistent oversexualization in this show brings many to question this show’s intergrety. I do not believe so, this show and the books depict a brutal and unfair world that holds no mercy or happy endings. The audience and readers are meant to be floored by such events. In no way is rape right, but many need to understand that as an adult show, of any kind today, such things will be displayed. Whether it be Game of Thrones or a crime show.
But I do not know what the writers have in store from here. But in order to turn around this poor depiction, they need to show Jaime’s reasons, and have him redeem himself in such a way that will make the audience understand him even more. To show that he really has the most honor out of all the characters in this series.