Game of Thrones fans are used to being shocked by deadly plot twists. But Sunday night’s episode divided viewers in a very different way with an incestuous rape scene. In the fourth season’s third episode, titled “Breaker of Chains,” Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) forces himself on his former lover/sister Cersei (Lena Headey) while they’re beside the corpse of their murdered son (Jack Gleeson).
Back in September, Coster-Waldau described the scene to EW as “a very dark encounter, [a] passionate encounter” and explained that “on a visceral emotional level, she feels disgusted by his [metal] hand. It goes from bad to worse. I [Jaime] want to help her, and finally she reaches out and needs Jaime, and she’s just disgusted with him. It’s a great scene.”
Much of the online uproar stems from the way the show altered the original Jaime/Cersei scene, which appears in George R. R. Martin’s A Storm of Swords. In the novel, Cersei is only briefly hesitant before quickly reciprocating Jaime’s advances. To some, the scene in Sunday’s episode represents adding an unnecessary act of violence against a woman, and an act that’s out of character for Jaime — who has seemingly been on a rocky path to redemption since last season. To others, Jaime’s mounting frustration with Cersei and history of solving problems with violence make this moment quite believable, suggesting his character is not evolving in a straight calculated line but rather taking a more fractured path.
While HBO and Thrones producers have declined to comment, Martin (who wrote the previous week’s episode) weighed in on the matter on his blog, adding some context to the conversation: READ FULL STORY