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"Well, it becomes consensual by the end, because anything for them ultimately results in a turn-on, especially a power struggle. Nobody really wanted to talk about what was going on between the two characters, so we had a rehearsal that was a blocking rehearsal. And it was very much about the earlier part with Charles (Dance) and the gentle verbal kidnapping of Cersei’s last living son. Nikolaj came in and we just went through one physical progression and digression of what they went through, but also how to do it with only one hand, because it was Nikolaj. By the time you do that and you walk through it, the actors feel comfortable going home to think about it. The only other thing I did was that ordinarily, you rehearse the night before, and I wanted to rehearse that scene four days before, so that we could think about everything. And it worked out really well. That’s one of my favorite scenes I’ve ever done."
wow. in my opinion this is even more disturbing than the scene itself. this is not just about turning a consensual scene into a rape scene, this is the director NOT EVEN REALIZING he turned it into a rape scene. this is the director talking about a woman saying ‘no stop right now, it’s not right’ repeatedly while crying and trying to fight the other person off while the man thrusts into her saying ‘i don’t care’ and having the nerve to call it consensual, because ‘power struggles are a turn-on for them’, because ‘anything for them results in a turn-on’, like being turned on by powerplay is making this scene consensual, like being turned on anyway by whatever they do makes this scene consensual. well im sorry to inform you mister director but THERE’S A HUGE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CONSENSUAL SEX AND RAPE AND THE KEYWORD IS CONSENT. AND THERE WASN’T ANY CONSENT IN THIS SCENE.
i’ve seen a lot of angry posts on my dash about the implications of tonight’s episode on jaime’s character development (or, now, apparent lack thereof) and i’m 100% behind them. i adore jaime lannister with my heart and soul and the altar scene disgusted me.
something i’m not seeing discussed, which needs to be addressed, is d&d’s complete, repeated lack of respect for female agency. cersei clearly and definitively said “yes” to jaime in the books; it was one of the things that made the scene stand out in the wake of joffrey’s death when i read asos.
but in “breaker of chains,” cersei never gets to say yes. and that’s what makes everything so disgusting.
this scene is supposed to be empowering for her. instead, d&d took away her agency and stripped her down, made her a victim (as if watching her son die a horrible death wasn’t victimization enough).
i’m mad for jaime, yes. i’m mad for the incredible journey that he went on in terms of his character arc last season, and all the ways he’s grown.
but i’m a hell of a lot madder for cersei.
SEASONS OF D&D WOOBIFYING JAIME LANNISTER - MAKING HIM KINDER, MAKING HIM CARE ABOUT THE CHILDREN HE HAD WITH CERSEI, GIVING HIM SCENES THAT HINT AT REDEMPTION - AND THIS ALL CUMULATES IN THEM TAKING THE ONE THING THAT IS PURE ABOUT JAIME LANNISTER, THE ONE HONOR HE HAS, HOW MUCH HE LOVES CERSEI LANNISTER AND NO ONE ELSE, AND THEY FUCKING DESTROY IT WITH A NON CANON RAPE SCENE
ALSO JAIME’S ONE OF THE ONLY MALE CHARACTERS WHO’S PROVEN TO NOT BE OK WITH RAPE
FOR EXAMPLE, PIA, AND HOW AS A YOUNG KINGSGUARD HE WANTED SO BADLY TO GO IN AND HELP RHAELLA WHEN SHE WAS BEING RAPED