The worst part of all this, going by that Alex Graves quote, is that it was supposed to be consensual (“by the end” fuck you). Obviously that didn’t come across in the slightest but now I assume the show will proceed as if there was no rape?
Because that makes it waaaay worse. Like, it’s one thing if you destroy Jaime’s character and make him a rapist— I’ll tell you you’re messing with a perfectly good character, but it’s your adaptation.
However, if you dress up rape as consensual sex— where Cersei is saying no and Jaime is forcing her anyway— and then treat it as consensual, that’s a much bigger problem. Because with the first case we simply have a crappy asoiaf adaptation. In the second we have an active media contribution to rape culture.
Studio Ghibli + Howl’s Moving Castle
On a brighter note, Oberyn talking about how being bisexual is fantastic has to be something. Right?
"One of the Mountain's men had tried to rape the girl at Harrenhal, and had seemed honestly perplexed when Jaime commanded Ilyn Payne to take his head off. 'I had her before, a hunnerd times,' he kept saying as they forced him to his knees. 'A hunnred times, m'lord. We all had her.' When Ser Ilyn presented Pia with his head, she had smiled through her ruined teeth."
-A Feast for Crows,
We’re talking about a character who spent his adult career helplessly standing by listening to women being raped and unable to do anything to challenge the rapists—and one of the victims was his sister.
A character who could not stand to see his traveling companion raped, even if she was his captor, and lost a hand for it.
A character who obsesses over protecting his sister from anyone who would harm her.
How does showing him raping his sister help the show viewers understand his character better?
Let’s just take a second to reread this scene. Can everyone find the word “yes”? Apparently D&D couldn’t.
I can’t believe the way they did that altar scene. Disservice to Jaime as a character and to Cersei’s actual desires during that scene. Turned me off and made me dislike the entire episode.