During Game of Thrones Season 4, Episode 3 (“Breaker of Chains”) you probably felt a bit uncomfortable watching Jaime rape Cersei. Or really uncomfortable. The two had not been intimate since Jaime returned to King’s Landing weeks ago, but this just did not feel right. So was the scene rape? Not according to the episode’s director.

Episode director Alex Graves tells Hitfix of the scene, “Well, it becomes consensual by the end, because anything for them ultimately results in a turn-on, especially a power struggle.” If that’s the case, we as the viewer weren’t really clued in to the consensual nature, since we recall Cersei still saying “no” as the scene faded out. Doesn’t no mean no in Westeros?

So the scene’s director says it wasn’t rape, but what do the actors think? “It is f—ed up ... It doesn’t get any darker than that, does it?” Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime) accurately opines to the Daily Beast. “To understand the psychology behind it, and why he goes as far as he does, was really difficult ... It took me awhile to wrap my head around it, because I think that, for some people, it’s just going to look like rape. The intention is that it’s not just that; it’s about two people who’ve had this connection for so many years, and much of it is physical, and much of it has had to be kept secret, and this is almost the last thing left now.”

When asked directly if the scene is rape, Nikolaj says, “Yes, and no. There are moments where she gives in, and moments where she pushes him away. But it’s not pretty ... It’s going to be interesting what people think about it.”

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Source: Hitfix, Daily Beast