*Trigger Warnings: Rape and Spoilers
I myself and many others are Game of Thrones (GOT) fans. I have never read the books, but I have read all the summaries of what has happened. A major digression between the book and television show of GOT is that the creators of the hit series have turned consensual sex scenes in the book to rape. As we all know rape is a way of showing power and dominance. Although I understand that rape can be used as a dramatization or a plot device the scene between twins Cersei and Jamie was beyond disturbing in last week’s GOT episode.
Jamie and Cersie both in the books and TV show have had an incestuous relationship for years and have three children. Cersie marries King Robert Baratheon, and unbeknownst to him all three of his supposed children’s real father was their Uncle Jamie. King Robert later dies and his supposed son, Joffrey takes over the thrown, which creates a war, as many people uncover the truth about Cersie’s real father. However, aside from the rumors Joffrey continues to rule and is an awful king, and is later poisoned. No one cares when he dies, except for his mother, Cersie, who mourns for him. Now that we have a brief Westeros history under our belt and some context let’s get down to what went wrong with Cersie and Jamie when they say goodbye to their son.
In the book Jamie has been captured for some time, but he is freed and comes back to find that his eldest son has died and see’s his sister/lover grieving. Cersie then insists that they have sex, to which both parties consent to. The scene for obvious reasons is beyond creepy and shows that these parents could care less about their dead son, as they don’t mind having sex in front of his corpse. If you didn’t find this unsettling enough wait until I explain the TV show version that has outraged many GOT fans and myself.
The TV version has Jamie present for the poisoning of his son and that he has been with Cersie for weeks after escaping his capturers, and Cersie wants nothing to do with him. The two are later brought together again in front of Joffrey’s corpse and then the two have a passionate moment. Then Cersie asks Jamie to kill their brother, Tyrion, because she is convinced he killed Joffrey. This enrages Jamie and he begins to rape Cersie, who asks him to stop to which he replies, “I don’t care.” This scene was not only uncomfortable to watch but completely had me taken aback because that was so out of character for Jamie.
According to Salon.com, “The episode’s director, Alex Graves, said, of the scene, “Well, it becomes consensual by the end, because anything for them ultimately results in a turn-on, especially a power struggle.” I understand that Graves wanted to create controversy and a debate about what constitutes rape. But if a girl says no it means no. This episode in the end sensationalized rape. It is important to note that rape has been on the show before but not as in your face. Even other men threaten men with rape. Regardless I feel that this scene went too far and makes it appear that rape is normal behavior. On the other hand it can be argued by showing rape and how the scene made everyone very uncomfortable and upset that more needs to be done so less rape and sexual assault will happen in the future.
I know I have also previously posted about Daenerys Targareyn and how she is a woman who is ruling in a man’s world and that GOT is pro-women, which I still argue. She also punishes those who are rapists. But most of the time women who are rape. Do you think that GOT normalizes rape, or is it okay to incorporate it at times because that’s what happened in the books? Do you think GOT is anti-women? Why or Why not? I would love to hear!