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And You May Ask Yourself, Well ... How Did I Get Here? Discussing 'Game of Thrones' as Television with George R.R. Martin

By Emily Cutler | Industry | July 29, 2014 |

By Emily Cutler | Industry | July 29, 2014 |

After his big week at Comic- Con, George R.R. Martin sat down with The Daily Beast to discuss the show, his writing approach and ultimately “that” scene.

I think there’s been enough written about Jaime’s rape of Cersei that we don’t need to spill anymore ink over it (utilize any more pixels? What’s the online version of that saying), but I did want to highlight one specific exchange between the interviewer Annaliza Savage and Martin:

AS: What do you think about the HBO series drastically altering scenes from the books, for instance the rape scene between Jaime and Cersei in the sept? It really changes Jaime’s whole character.

GRRM: That scene is written somewhat different in the TV series than in the books.

AS: I think that’s why it disappointed so many fans.

Is it just me, or is that line of criticism kind of, well, shitty? Yes, they did change the scene. And? Shouldn’t the showrunners have as much right to shape the story in this form as Martin does in the book version?

This was one of the first times that I was actually really happy not to be a book reader. Because without any additional knowledge of Jaime’s character arc, I wasn’t really that shocked. Forcing himself on his sister didn’t irrecoverably change the way I viewed Jaime. It was very much “Oh, you pushed a kid out of a window? And now you’re raping your sister? OK.”

And that’s not to say that there hasn’t been a lot of really well thought out, insightful criticism of the scene and why book-readers reacted to it the way that they did. It’s only to say that book-readers don’t have any claim to the characters or their stories. If and when the stories change, they should be judged on how well it progresses the overall plot or advances a character’s development. It shouldn’t be judged on only if the change took place.

It seems like Martin gets that.

Or at the very least, he’s gotten really good at hiding his rage about it.


Source: The Daily Beast

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