“Game of Thrones” is the hit HBO show based on the popular book series by George RR Martin. Recently, the show came back for a fourth season. The show, itself, is known for its copious amounts of (mostly female nudity). So much so that many a student here at CMU has gotten completely and utterly smashed by taking a shot every time a butt or boob appears on screen while watching the show.
Fair warning, readers, the rest of this article will have spoilers for the show.
A few weeks ago on the show the king of the fictional land of “King’s Landing” died. His name was Joffrey and he was an utter turd. He was poisoned at his wedding by someone–who we won’t spoil for you. He was the son of twins (yes. twins) Jamie and Cersei Lannister, who passed him off of the son of the (other) late king Robert Baratheon. (On a side note, the show does require you to be at least somewhat intelligent to follow, though maybe not as much as some fans might have you believe. But you do need to have some brainpower to remember all of the overly-complex family trees. Yay, incest!)
After Joffrey’s death his mother, Cersei, was rather upset, though that might surprise some readers due to Joffrey’s turdish-ness. Standing next to her brother approached and…to put it bluntly…raped her.
There are several things that made the scene rather unexplainable. First off it didn’t happen like that in the book. Yes, yes, we know that adaptations do not always follow to the word the happenings of the books (and this also explains why in the books Joffrey is a long snaky turd as opposed to the bowel-rupturing one in the show). But come on! This isn’t the first time the show has turned a not-rape scene in the book into a full-rape scene in the show (see Khal Drogo). And the scene wouldn’t be nearly as objectionable if it weren’t treated as though nothing had happened in the very next episode, of which Jaime is the arguable hero. Awkward. Also, you know, the whole thing of Jaime’s entire character-arc being based around learning to love and respect and want to protect women.
But maybe readme is being too harsh on the show. When asked whether the scene was consensual, the actor who plays Jaime, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau,
“Yes, and no. There are moments where she gives in, and moments where she pushes him away. But it’s not pretty.” And by moments readme assumes he means the many times that Cersei repeats “no” and “not here”.
The director, Alex Graves, was similarly unconvinced about the rapey-ness of the scene. “Well, it becomes consensual by the end, because anything for them ultimately results in a turn-on, especially a power struggle.”
Yes. Yes that makes perfect sense. readme withdraws its complaint in favor of patting the director on the back. How observant he is to note that their relationship is complex and to show this by taking away Cersei’s agency.