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The rape thing seems to really bother you. Why? It has already been established that Jaimie is a monster. He attempted to murder a small child. Rape seems to be in character for someone so horrible despite the fact that it's not in the book. People don't change. Not when they are sociopaths willing to kill children — Anonyme

maisiewilliams:

OK. OOOOOOOOOK. CONGRATS, YOU’VE PROVOKED ME INTO DOING THIS, YOU DID IT, LET’S GO THEN

Here’s the thing: there’s no such thing as an 100% villain in Game of Thrones, particularly when it comes to POV characters. If you think that there are, then you clearly haven’t read the books. So much of the point of how the Lannister family is represented is to show a group that would traditionally be the villains - and what they do is often wrong, absolutely - and subvert your expectations of them. By giving you the perspective of the villain, you get to know them and their motivations, and you sympathize with them, or love them for the bad things that they do. No one is asking for a redemption arc for Jaime Lannister here (he’s still the man who threw Bran out of that window and, I believe, he always will be), but you can’t say that he’s a full out monster. Morality is not that black and white in Westeros. Just because he was willing to kill Bran doesn’t automatically mean that he is willing to do anything terrible in order to accomplish what he wants, including raping the one women he has ever loved.

And that’s just it - it’s NOT FUCKING IN CHARACTER. It’s not in character for any form of Jaime Lannister. It would be an abomination in the book, and it’s a pretty great example of character assassination in the show as well. Jaime doesn’t adhere to a black and white morality, that much is sure, but there is an understandable motivation behind each of his actions. He commits regicide to save the seven kingdoms from burning; he tries to kill Bran to protect his sister and her position as Queen. Yeah, that last one is selfish, but it makes sense. Now, explain to me, how does it make sense for him to rape Cersei? In every single way, Jaime has proven himself to be one of the only male characters that is firmly against rape. He states more than one that the only woman he has ever loved is Cersei, that he has “more honor” than Ned Stark because she is the only woman he has ever slept with. They say that IN THE SHOW!!!! It is extremely clear that he has never raped a girl before, nor has he even considered it!! Jaime Lannister IN THE SHOW threatened to kill Robert because he raped Cersei. Jaime Lannister IN THE FUCKING SHOW gets his hand cut off because he was mouthing off in order to prevent Brienne from being raped. IN THE SHOW he says that, if he were a woman, he would rather die than be raped. Funnily enough, he also says in the books that if he were a woman, he’d be Cersei. Interesting.

Here’s more book evidence, just in case you still are upholding your dumb opinion:

Jaime’s reaction to Rhaella being raped

The day he burned his mace-and-dagger Hand, Jaime and Jon Darry had stood at guard outside her bedchamber whilst the king took his pleasure. “You’re hurting me,” they had heard Rhaella cry through the oaken door. “You’re hurting me.” In some queer way, that had been worse than Lord Chelsted’s screaming. “We are sworn to protect her as well,” Jaime had finally been driven to say. “We are,” Darry allowed, “but not from him.”

This definitely seems like a dude who’s trying to rape his sister, the one woman he has ever loved, the one women he has always wanted to protect - right????? 

Jaime’s reaction to Pia’s rape

Someone had broken her nose and knocked out half her teeth. The girl fell at Jaime’s feet when she saw him, sobbing and clinging to his leg with hysterical strength till Strongboar pulled her off. “No one will hurt you now,” he told her, but that only made her sob the louder.

Remember how he hanged the man that had raped her, even though he screamed the entire time, even though he insisted that he had raped her a thousand times before? Still think that Jaime Lannister is a flat out monster, with no regard for any kind of morality??

What Jaime did to Bran was horrible and selfish, yes. But it was in character. I’m not saying that Jaime Lannister is a saint, nor do I want him to be. But raping his sister is not in character, either in the books or in the show - not if you’re actually paying attention to him and his development. Changing a consensual sex scene into a rape scene (she guided him into her body, please don’t try and say to me that it was rape in the books because it straight up wasn’t) seems to actually be playing into this idea of the redemption arc, which is horrifying to me, as he enacts some sort of vengeance or punishment on Cersei for her “evil” influence on him. That’s fucking terrible. But worse than that, the reason why this rape “seemed to really bother me,” as you put it, goes past that, and goes past even my general aversion to rape (amazing? I don’t want to watch rape?? who would have guessed). This scene is part of a larger pattern in Game of Thrones, created and perpetrated by David Beinoff and D.B. Weiss, in which women are subjected to unnecessary sexual violence in order to create shock value for the “most risque show on TV.” I’m tired of people telling me that I should expect this, because it’s an HBO show, or that I should be complicit with how often this is included. This is just another scene in a long line of scenes - of prostitutes being tortured by Joffrey, of Ros being created as a major character only to die horribly - that does nothing for world building, and does everything for raising ratings. Game of Thrones has to be edgy right? And what better way to be edgy than make a consensual sex scene, which was already pretty fucked up since it’s next to the body of their dead son, into a rape scene?? That’s disgusting. The idea that anyone shouldn’t be upset by this is DISGUSTING. We should all be in an outrage, beating down HBO’s door, because I am done with something that I love being made into something DISGUSTING AND MISOGYNISTIC AND TRIGGERING. I’m done with the excuses, I’m done with people trying to apologize it away, and I’m done with people talking around it. It’s there, it’s a problem, and we have to fucking deal with it - because this isn’t true to the original story, nor is it fair to the current audience. 

So yeah, I guess you could say I’m “bothered.” I guess you could say that.

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fatpinkcast:

Critics’ Reactions to the Jaime/Cersei Rape Scene in Episode 4.3 of Game of Thrones

"I wonder, then, if the rape was on some level a misguided attempt to give Cersei even more pathos, a la the convenient backstory rapes that have become depressingly common on prestige TV (and Scandal)…I wonder if TV Thrones‘s writers just have a tendency to change problematic book sex scenes into clear scenes of unconsensual sex.” - Hillary Busis, Entertainment Weekly

Game of Thrones has a rape problem.” Kevin Spak, Newser

"In the original depiction, Jaime never says “Why have the Gods made me love a hateful woman?” — a line that the TV show added in, which in context makes Jaime look like an abusive rapist (the gods made me do it!)”- Darren Franich, Entertainment Weekly

Jaime forced himself upon Cersei despite her demands to stop. “It’s not right,” she cried, to which Jaime snarled, “I don’t care.”…we can never unsee that godawful scene. Leanne Aguilera, E! Online

"If this scene really just is a miscalculation in direction (and potentially the writing of Benioff and Weiss, neither of whom have yet commented on it) and doesn’t get any payoff later in the season, then it truly deserves all the criticism it has been receiving.” - Terri Schwartz, Zap2It

The director who shot the scene and the man who acted in it both believe it wasn’t necessarily nonconsensual sex— an attitude that isn’t totally surprising in a society that’s deeply confused about what constitutes consent, and that doesn’t always recognize sexual violence for what it is. -Tara Culp-Ressler, ThinkProgress

So then Jaime … well … no other way to put this, really. He rapes his sister beside their corpse of their murdered son. This is the same guy who protected Brienne from a similar fate last year.  - James Hibberd, Entertainment Weekly

"…the show’s overall treatment of women as disposable objects onto whom physical and emotional violence are relentlessly enacted. Sexual violence is so pervasive on the show that nearly every woman on the show has been raped or threatened with rape. The show, and the books, reveal the disturbing and cavalier facility with which rape becomes a narrative device.Rape is used to punish. Rape is used to make a woman more sympathetic or to explicate their anger or other unlikable qualities. Rape is used to put women in their place.” -Roxane Gay, Salon

"The entire scene in the sept was an exercise in Cersei’s belittlement. She watched her father degrade and dishonor (albeit truthfully) her firstborn’s legacy and then manipulate her youngest into serving as his marionette. Then, on the floor next to the body of her dead son, the only man she’s ever taken into her confidence abused that trust in the most vile way imaginable.” - Hillary Kelly, The New Republic

"A giggling dead body would have at least taken our attention away from, you know, the raping." - Johnny Brayson, wetpaint

"Whether the show meant it to come across that way or not, what we saw was a rape.” - Erik Kain, Forbes

"The scene, which has Cersei pleading “stop it” repeatedly and struggling against Jaime, appears far from consensual." - Margaret Wappler, Los Angeles Times

In the show there’s no other way to interpret it as unambiguous rape. Jaimie isn’t loving when he tries to have sex with her in the show, he’s shown as being angry and hateful, cursing her for being a wicked woman. There’s no point in the scene on the show that we can see Cersei consent, which makes the whole scene significantly different from the book. Some readers have pointed out that the rape in the show is damaging for Cersei’s character arc since she had to endure the marriage to Robert Baratheon in which he essentially engaged in marital rape,  Her consensual sex was always with Jaimie who made her feel safe. Jaimie raping her in the show completely destroys their relationship and destroys the trust she has in Jaimie leaving her without anyone. - AJ, the Digital Times

The rewritten scene also takes away all of Cersei’s agency. In the original text, Cersei chooses to have sex with Jaime, grotesque as it and the setting may be — because she wants to, or because she uses sex to manipulate, it doesn’t matter. Cersei has power and control. The scene in the show deprives her of all of that. - Amelia McDonell-Parry, The Frisky

His response is not to stop loving her, not to stop believing that he is victim to the gods. Instead, Jaime rapes his sister, passing that sense of unendurable pain on to her. He must know that this is the worst possible way that he could hurt her. Jaime knew that Robert raped Cersei, and in the novels, he wanted to kill Robert for it. Not only does raping Cersei remind his sister of her repeated, humiliating violation, Jaime is poisoning their own relationship, the thing that had been Cersei’s antidote to the miseries of her marriage. It is an exceptionally cruel thing for Jaime to do.  - Alyssa Rosenberg, Washington Post.

It’s hard to shake the idea that Game Of Thrones, the show, doesn’t see a problem with pushing a scene from complicated, consensual sex to outright rape. It would be easier to accept that idea if it were clear what the show was trying to do with those changes. - Sonia Saraiya, AV Club

If Graves intended to depict consensual sex in the end, he completely failed. This wasn’t even one of those terribly clichéd scenes where a man starts raping a woman only to find that she comes around to thinking it’s hot. Cersei is still kicking and protesting when the camera cuts away. It’s as straightforward a rape scene as you’ll get on TV, unless you buy the ridiculous myth that a woman can’t be raped if she’s consented to sex with a man before. - Amanda Marcotte, Slate

This isn’t the first rape scene in Game of Thrones—far from it. And there’s been controversy over the show’s use of rape before. But what makes this scene the most upsetting one yet is that the director didn’t realize he was filming a rape scene…Whether or not the creators intended this to be a rape scene is irrelevant; they made one anyway. And worse, they made one that encourages the most dangerous thinking about rape imaginable. - Laura Hudson, Wired

"How will victims of sexual assault be affected when a director and actor in one of television’s most popular shows questions whether no really means no?" - Eliana Dockterman, Time Magazine

I’ll go ahead and say it: Jaime Lannister has become a rape cliché. He’s the boss, like every other on-screen rapist we’ve ever seen. - Hayley Krischer, Salon

"I’m not opposed to shows depicting sexual violence, but rape-as-prop is always distressing…Rape and abuse have consequences for the victims who carry those traumas with them. While I don’t know exactly how the show will depict the aftermath of Jamie raping Cersei, GoT does not have a strong track record of acknowledging or exploring the lingering effects of surviving sexual assault." - Margarey Lyons, Vulture/New York Magazine

"I can’t think of any comparable defense for the rape scene in "Breaker of Chains," which feels like a naked and ill-conceived attempt to push Game of Thrones into even darker territory. …I’m concerned that Game of Thrones has made a mistake it can’t take back — and one that sets a troubling precedent for the show’s future.” - Scott Meslow, The Week

The Game of Thrones Rape Scene Was Unnecessary and Despicable….The fact that showrunners might be asking us to overlook this for the sake of character development is downright insulting and says a lot about how we treat victims, especially the ones who come off as unlikable. - Madeleine Davies, Jezebel.com

Is “Game of Thrones” Obsessed With Sexual Assault?…Frankly, there are some weeks when “Game of Thrones” doesn’t seem worth the effort.  - Sam Adams, IndieWire

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Graeme Manson & John Fawcett [the creators of Orphan Black] demonstrate how Tatiana physically prepares for each character.

"If you get the chance, ask her, what would you physically do to prepare for these characters? It’s hilarious watching her off in the corner.”- John

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He touched her hair. “You’re kissed by fire, remember? Lucky.

There’s a man called the Doctor who lives on a
cloud in the sky and he keeps the bad dreams away.
But he lost all his friends and now he is so very lonely.


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