A Word On Last Night’s ‘Game of Thrones’

SPOILERS. Get out while you still can.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you…

So after watching last night’s episode of Game of Thrones, I thought I left with the pretty concrete knowledge that Jaime Lannister clearly raped his sister Cersei next to the corpse of their dead son who was an epic little shithead, so that last part didn’t bother me. And almost all of the Internet agreed that’s how the scene played out in stark contrast to the books where things were way more consensual. Except apparently not because Alex Graves, the director of the episode, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau literally believe that’s how they filmed it. So let me just toss my voice into the pop culture discussion of the moment now that I’ve made with the requisite cow flesh:


You filmed a man physically forcing himself onto a woman who audibly protests while he repeatedly says “I don’t care” until the camera cuts away. If there was some artistic flourish that suddenly made that a consensual brother/sister wiener party, you forgot to put it in there or HBO cut it out because that shit was rape. Rape rape rape rape rape.

But before you start feeling bad about potentially tarnishing a beloved fantasy franchise by turning yet another love scene into sexual assault, at least you didn’t lie about having a miscarriage because you bailed on work for two weeks. It’s not the end of the world.

[Ed. Note: Before I get slapped with accusations of outrage porn and buried in, for lack of a better term, “mansplaining,” I don’t sit around clutching my pearls at the actions of fictional characters especially with GoT. In fact, I basically just thought I watched an awful character unravel into new depths of awfulness – and make a depraved relationship even more depraved – which would’ve been an understandable explanation unless you read the books and knew the original context. Almost every character is a violent, selfish, power-mad shithole, so it definitely fits the show. My entire beef here is Alex Graves going, “Oh, yeah, that wasn’t rape,” when what he filmed looked and sounded exactly like goddamn rape. Because it was rape. – SW]

UPDATE: Here’s George R.R. Martin weighing in, but mostly to say leave him the fuck out of it.

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