As a Gilmore Girls fans, this is a little weird.
Jared Padalecki & Chad Michael Murray.
I’d just like to ask you a few questions about Cersei’s thoughts and motivations during the scene in the sept with Jaime in the 3rd episode of season 4 of Game of Thrones.
I’m doing this here because my thoughts and questions are slightly too complex to fit in Twitter’s 140 characters, but I hope you’ll do me the great service of reading my thoughts and answering my questions.
The scene with Cersei and Jaime in the sept (which I’m hesitant to call a sex scene, as you’ll see) really disturbed and disappointed me. I’m not sure if you’re aware, but in the books, that scene is portrayed as at first, Jaime forcing himself on Cersei, and her resisting, mostly just because she is appalled at the idea of having sex in the sept beside the body of her dead son. She’s saying no to the “here and now” rather than the act itself. But then she does relent, and her and Jaime have consensual sex.
In the scene as shown in the TV show on April 20th 2014, there was very clearly, to me at least, no consent on Cersei’s part. That wasn’t sex - it was rape. As Cersei, you screamed “No, stop, don’t, not here, it’s wrong, this isn’t right”, you beat Jaime’s chest with your fists, and you were crying. To me, these are all conscious acting choices that show Cersei was not a willing participant.
However, it appears that I am wrong. Alex Graves, the director of that episode, has gone on record saying that the sex becomes consensual, as was called for in the books. Some reviewers and recappers and viewers of the episode have indicated in their reviews and recaps and in forums and comment boards that they thought the sex was consensual.
So, I put the question to you. I have been a fan of yours ever since first I saw Imagine Me & You, and I know you to be a thoughtful and intelligent woman, an actress very aware of your position and influence. In the interviews I’ve seen you do about Game of Thrones, you’ve blown me away with how well you know Cersei and how finely attuned you are to every nuance of her character. So I don’t care what the director, or writer, or George RR Martin, or the recappers or reviewers or forum posters think about that scene - I’d like to know what CERSEI thought about that scene. Did CERSEI think she was raped? Did she consent to having sex with her brother, in that moment, in that place? When you filmed the scene, what motivation did you give to Cersei? What was running through her head as that scene took place? Because we know rape is not about what it “looked” like, rape is about the experiences of those who are raped. And so only Cersei really knows the truth, despite the intentions of writers and directors.
Thank you for taking the time to read my questions. I really hope that you’ll answer them and shed some light on this very troubling scene. I love this show, and I want to continue to love it.
So according to this VERY handy chart, I’ll be cheering for Pittsburgh, Detroit, Colorado and St. Louis. Sigh. #LeafsFanProblems.
For everyone whose team has been eliminated:
Okay, I love these ladies and all, but I can’t help but think - who the hell wears a leather jacket to a giant weekend-long beach party?!
Red Carpet arrivals at Dinah Shore weekend 2014
But I’m a Cheerleader (1999)
1,2,3,4, I won’t take no anymore. 5,6,7,8 - I want you to be my mate. 1,2,3,4 - you’re the one that I adore. 5,6,7,8 - don’t run from me cause this is fate.
Troian, your faaaaaaace.
In the imagined universe where people can change and terrible behaviors actually may not be indicative of deep and everlasting character flaws that forever taint relationships and will possibly return as resentment and abuse and stuff … Logan.
In the real world, oh, god, Piz. Piz Piz Piz. PICK THE NICE GUY IN THE REAL WORLD FOR THE LOVE OF CHRIST.
But in fiction.. yeah… i mean… yeah.
Pretty much yeah. Piz is better for her in every possible way. But Logan’s got that whole “epic love story” thing happening (if you consider 3 years to be “epic”, but whatever).
"And I can’t change, even if I tried. Even if I wanted to." -Mary Lambert
Except DAMN how much do the Leafs need a Chris Pronger!? Like, so badly. Ugh.