There’s been lots of controversy surrounding Game of Thrones Season 4 Episode 3 relating to the scene in which Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) rapes his sister Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey), since the corresponding scene in the A Song of Ice and Fire book series is decidedly less rapey. The episode’s director says the sex in the scene was consensual, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime) seems to be under the impression that it’s depicted in the same way as in the books, and now the story’s author, George R. R. Martin has chimed in with his opinion of the scene.
Speaking on his blog, ironically titled Not a Blog, Martin says of the scene, “I think the ‘butterfly effect’ that I have spoken of so often was at work here. In the novels, Jaime is not present at Joffrey's death, and indeed, Cersei has been fearful that he is dead himself, that she has lost both the son and the father/ lover/ brother. And then suddenly Jaime is there before her. Maimed and changed, but Jaime nonetheless. Though the time and place is wildly inappropriate and Cersei is fearful of discovery, she is as hungry for him as he is for her.” This of course is not what happens on the show, as Martin goes on to explain.
“The whole dynamic is different in the show,” Martin continues. “Where Jaime has been back for weeks at the least, maybe longer, and he and Cersei have been in each other's company on numerous occasions, often quarreling. The setting is the same, but neither character is in the same place as in the books, which may be why [showrunners] Dan [Weiss] & David [Benioff] played the sept out differently.”
Finally, Martin seems to wash his hands of the scene a bit and apologizes for how it turned out. “We never discussed this scene, to the best of my recollection ... If the show had retained some of Cersei's dialogue from the books, it might have left a somewhat different impression — but that dialogue was very much shaped by the circumstances of the books ... I am not sure it would have worked with the new timeline ... The scene was always intended to be disturbing... but I do regret if it has disturbed people for the wrong reasons.”
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