What the Westeros was ‘Game of Thrones’ director Alex Graves thinking when he decided to so materially change a sexy reunion scene between the incestuous Lannister siblings into a rape? The plot transformation completely changes Jaime Lannister’s character — and not in a good way!
Game of Thrones fans — including myself — are still hopping mad at the huge liberty taken by the GoT team in episode 3 of Season 4, which turned Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) into a violent rapist.
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Hey, Jaime and his twin sis Cersei (Lena Headey) are creepy enough, having had an incestuous love affair for at least 14 years that produced three blonde children — including the sadistic late King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson).
But one of the most fascinating aspects of Game of Thrones‘ third book, Storm Of Swords, is how the previously evil-seeming Kingslayer Jaime begins to transform into a moral, caring man, thanks to his growing admiration for Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie).
Strangely, being held prisoner first by Brienne, then by the vile Vargo Hoat, and then losing his right hand to Vargo’s sword, begins a slow metamorphosis in the formerly self-centered and cold-hearted Jaime.
The new Jaime forges one of the oddest “Mutt and Jeff” friendships ever seen on screen, with the manly, statuesque Brienne.
The new Jaime is no longer capable of coolly killing or maiming anyone who stands in his way or who is an annoyance, like Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) once was.
This Jaime rescues Brienne at the risk of losing his own life, and will — SPOILER ALERT — risk his life again to rescue his brother, Tyrion (Peter Dinklage), from certain death.
Jaime has undergone a character redemption of almost epic proportions, and that makeover will make no sense in the TV series, now that he’s been portrayed as lust-crazed sister rapist in the latest episode.
To be clear, Jaime did NOT rape Cersei in the book. Yes, he may have persuaded her to have sinful sex next to their dead son, but Cersei didn’t exactly resist. Here is the excerpt of their sex scene from the book (but careful, it’s very NSFW!):
“‘Hurry,’ she was whispering now, ‘quickly, quickly now, do it now, do me now. Jaime Jaime Jaime.’ Her hands help guide him. ‘Yes,’ Cersei said as he thrust, ‘my brother, sweet brother, yes, like that, yes, I have you, you’re home now, you’re home now, you’re home.’ She kissed his ear and stroked his short bristly hair. Jaime lost himself in her flesh. He could feel Cersei’s heart beating in time with his own, and the wetness of blood and seed where they were joined.”
‘Game Of Thrones’ Rape Scene Ruined Jaime’s Character Development
Cersei’s kisses, caresses and sweet, loving words to Jaime during and after they have intercourse in the books are hardly the words of a wronged woman.
Cersei is a manipulative, revengeful, lying, conniving, murderous b**** AND she has also had a major sexual appetite in the book. While Jaime was away being held prisoner and having his hand chopped off, she was bedding her younger cousin (she really is an incest addict) Lancel, and having him spy for her. Jaime, on the other hand, has been completely loyal to Cersei in his own twisted way. Jaime has never had sex with another woman besides his sister.
That said, Cersei has never been anything but erotic with her own brother, Jaime, so the series’ attempt to turn her into his rape victim makes no sense.
I understand the series’ need to crunch several months and multiple plot themes into just a few episodes, and every license that the producers — like episode writers D.B. Weiss and David Benioff — take is hugely noticeable to the millions of book fans.
But drastically changing Jaime’s character and making Cersei a victim go beyond plot-squeezing for the sake of time.
The rape ruins a major Game of Thrones plot theme that lends richness to the story. Seeing Jaime morally transform is one of those surprising plot twists that George R. R. Martin is famous for. Plus, painting the relentlessly despicable Cersei as aggrieved victim runs 100 percent counter to the Cersei who would happily kill Tyrion, and — SPOILER ALERT – Tommen’s new bride.
Surely, the Game of Thrones team isn’t about to unveil some new Saint Cersei in another epic plot makeover that would make the rape look like a minor offense against the original books.
If so, maybe Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) should unleash her dragons on the GoT writers’ room!
So, HollywoodLifers, are YOU upset that Jaime has been turned into a rapist? Let me know.
– Bonnie Fuller
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