On the True Blood Season 5 premiere, Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) very dramatically grabbed a strange new character, started making out with her, and then declared that she was his ... sister. Yep. And then they banged!
What we found most shocking about this development was how unsurprising we found it. Siblings, cousins, and even parents and children getting uncomfortably close has become almost old hat these days for hardcore TV viewers. Incest is not a new theme to pop culture, but it does seem to have picked up recently.
Don't believe us? Here's a rundown of the most dramatic incestuous pairs to have made it onto the small screen in the last year alone.
Jaime and Cersei Lannister, Game of Thrones: Although twin siblings Jaime and Cersei were separated during Game of Thrones Season 2 and therefore didn't actually copulate on screen like they did in Season 1, they still talked about their relationship plenty. Not to mention that the rumors of their incest are basically the entire reason the continent is at war.
Cersei and Lancel Lannister, Game of Thrones: Because if you can't have sex with your twin brother, have sex with your cousin instead!
Gillian and Jimmy Darmody, Boardwalk Empire: A mother-son relationship that also involved the son killing the father. Yes, this was literally the Oedipus complex put on screen.
Dexter and Debra Morgan, Dexter: Dexter and Deb aren't actually related by blood, but they were raised as siblings, which made the explicit addition of a romantic angle to their relationship during Season 6 an unexpected twist.
Toby Cavanaugh and Jenna Marshall, Pretty Little Liars: On Pretty Little Liars, Toby (Keegan Allen) and Jenna (Tammin Sursok) are only step-siblings, and their parents didn't marry until they were teens. On the other hand, she blackmailed him into doing things with her, so the ick factor is still pretty darned high.
Jason DiLaurentis and Melissa Hastings, Pretty Little Liars: Fortunately Jason (Drew Van Acker) and Melissa Hastings (Torrey DeVitto) only kissed before Melissa's dad quickly put an end to their teenaged relationship … because they're secretly step-siblings.
Jonathan Ames and Rose, Bored to Death: Bored to Death's Season 3 finale (which turned out to be the series finale) ended with the reveal that Jonathan and his girlfriend Rose share the same sperm-bank father. Because why not?
Josh and Annie, My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding: People argue over whether or not marrying your first cousin counts as incest. But on the most recent installment of My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding, it happened. "It didn’t matter to her, it didn’t matter to me," the groom said. "I can’t help the fact that I love her."
Rebecca Martin is an editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter @BeccaMartin47.
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