‘Game Of Thrones’ has had its fair share of shockers, but the April 20 episode stunned viewers. Why? Because Jaime raped his twin sister, Cersei, next to their son Joffrey’s casket!
Game Of Thrones has put gory murders, tons of nudity and most recently, King Joffrey’s (Jack Gleeson) death on full display, but nothing was more surprising than Sunday, April 20th’s incestuous rape scene. The twisted storyline was not in the books so fans are freaking out, and now, the series’ director, Alex Graves, is speaking out. Keep reading to see why he defends the rape!
‘Game Of Thrones': Jaime Rapes Cersei Next To Joffrey’s Casket
Fans haven’t nearly gotten over King Joffrey’s poisoned death, but the April 20th episode of Game Of Thrones did not set the scene for mourning — instead, it set the scene for rape. Incestuous rape. Next to a casket. Joffrey’s casket!
For those of you who need a refresher of the uncomfortable scene, Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) walked into the room where his sister Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) was mourning the death of their son, King Joffrey. By the end of the scene, Jaime ends up raping Cersei, right next to the casket of their dead son, the King of Westeros, Joffrey Baratheon.
‘Game Of Thrones’ Director Defends Rape Scene
With the fan backlash, director Alex Graves is now speaking out to defend the scene, which was not in the books and may go down as the most disturbing scene in Game Of Thrones history.
“I’m never that excited about going to film forced sex,” Alex told The Hollywood Reporter. “The whole thing for me was about dead Joffrey lying there, watching the whole thing…I wanted to make sure I had Jack in there as much as I could. Of course Lena and Nikolaj laughed every time I would say, ‘You grab her by the hair, and Jack is right there,’ or ‘You come around this way and Jack is right there.'”
Alex adds that it was important to include Joffrey in the shocking scene because “He is their first born. He is their sin. He is their lust, and their love — their everything,” he continued. “If he’s gone, what’s going to happen?”
The director tells the THR that “Jaime is still trying to believe as hard as he possibly can that he’s in love with Cersei. He can’t admit that he is traumatized by his family and he’s been forced his whole life to be something he doesn’t want to be.”
HollywoodLifers, what did you think about the rape scene? Did Game Of Thrones go too far? Do you agree with the director’s commentary about Joffrey’s placement in the scene? Weigh in down below in the comments!
— Elizabeth Wagmeister
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