GAME OF THRONES Director Discusses That Scene From Last Night's Ep
HBO's Game Of Thrones has never exactly shied away from controversy, but a scene from last night's "Breaker Of Chains" between Jamie and Cersei Lannister has caused major hullabaloo around the net today. Click on to find out what the episode's director has to say about it.
The "Song Of Ice And Fire" novels by George R.R. Martin are full of sex and violence as is, but HBO's tv adaptation of the books has actually managed to inject quite a bit more into its 3-and-a-bit seasons. One scene in particular caused quite a stir: Early on in the first book, Khal Drogo and his new bride Dany have sex for the first time. She's nervous - terrified even - but it is most definitely consensual. In the first episode of the show however, it is made very clear that Drogo is basically taking what is his and raping her. It was an odd decision, because this is a man Dany eventually grows to love - and that's a lot easier to buy in the book.
Well now HBO has done it again. On last night's episode, which is titled "Breaker Of Chains", Jamie Lannister forces himself on his sister Cersei in Joffrey's tomb. This plays out much the same as it did in the book with one crucial difference: Yes, you guessed it, on the page it was consensual. Now there has been debate online all day about this, with some reasoning that although Cersei initially resists, by the end she relents and has consensual sex with her brother next to the body of their dead son (see, not so creepy after all then!). The episode's director Alex Graves sees it that way too, and explains why when quizzed about it by Vulture.
"It’s my cut of the scene. The consensual part of it was that she wraps her legs around him, and she’s holding on to the table, clearly not to escape but to get some grounding in what’s going on. And also, the other thing that I think is clear before they hit the ground is she starts to make out with him. The big things to us that were so important, and that hopefully were not missed, is that before he rips her undergarment, she’s way into kissing him back. She’s kissing him aplenty."
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