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‘Game Of Thrones’ Stars Defend Controversial Scene: ‘It Wasn’t Rape’

  • April 07, 2015

Contains spoilers through the Season 4 finale.

Much has already been said about the rape of Cersei Lanister by her brother Jaime

In separate interviews with Entertainment Weekly, both stars claim that the scene

“It’s that terrible thing as a woman — talking about something as horrendous as rape and dismissing it, which I’m not. But we never discussed it as that,” Headey told the magazine on the show’s set in Dubrovnik, Croatia. “It was a woman in grief for her dead child, and the father of the child — who happens to be her brother — who never really acknowledged the children is standing with her. We’ve all experienced grief. There’s a moment of wanting to fill a void, and that is often very visceral, physical.”

Meanwhile, Coster-Waldau was more hesitant to speak about the scene, but, he told the magazine:

Most people I spoke to got from the scene what we were trying to show — a very complicated relationship, and two people in desperate need for each other. All these emotions going through them, it was never intended to be something where he forced — it wasn’t a rape, and it was never intended to be. But it’s one of those things where you can’t [publicly] say “It wasn’t rape,” because then everybody goes, “How can you say it wasn’t rape?!” But that was definitely not the intention.

Of course this is hardly the first defense of the controversial scene. Alex Graves, who directed the episode, told HitFix the day after it aired in April 2014

“Because anything for them ultimately results in a turn-on,” he said, “especially a power struggle.”

The scene, which did not occur in the books, was also addressed by author George R.R. Martin, who took to his blog to respond

Though the scene was intended to be disturbing, Martin wrote

“Game of Thrones” returns on Sunday, April 12 at 9:00 p.m. ET on HBO.

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