Game Of Thrones rape “not discussed” with George RR Martin

Song Of Ice And Fire writer apologises if the scene “disturbed people for the wrong reasons”

Lena Headey and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in Game Of Thrones Season 4 Episode 3 ‘Breaker Of Chains’

Game Of Thrones never fails to cause a stir.

Game Of Thrones Season 4, Episode 3 ‘Breaker Of Chains’ saw the incestuous siblings Cersei (Lena Headey) and Jamie Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) having sex near their son’s dead body in a religious sept. The scene had featured in George RR Martin’s books, but on the screen it was far from a consensual act.

The alteration took it to a whole new level of disturbing for some, so the A Song Of Ice And Fire writer took to his blog to address the controversy:

“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,” he wrote.

“The whole dynamic is different in the show, 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 they played the sept out differently. But that’s just my surmise; we never discussed this scene, to the best of my recollection….

“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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