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The Director of Last Night's 'Game of Thrones' Talks About That Uncomfortably Disturbing Scene

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | April 21, 2014 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | April 21, 2014 |

If you haven’t watched last night’s episode of Game of Thrones, you should back on out and watch before returning here. If you have seen it, do read TK’s recap before reading any further. It may also be informative to read many of the comments, in which some of our readers echoed TK’s opinion on the lack of necessity a particular scene in which Jamie rapes Cersei next to the dead body of Joffrey.

There are lots of opinions about that scene both in the comments, on Twitter, and on the Internet as a whole, and while each side has some merit, I tend to agree with TK and Becks, who had this to say about the scene:

I think the majority of people aren’t complaining that GOT had a rape scene, it’s that Jaime didn’t rape Cersei in the book. It was gross but consensual and the first time they’d seen each other since Jamie’s capture.

The scene really bugged me because it’s basically character assassination and I didn’t see the point of it. Yes, we can’t forgot this is the same man who attempted to murder a child but the last 2-3 seasons have all been about his redemption to becoming a better man.

In short, for a lot of people, it did not sit well, and many are expressing their opinions (Myles McNutt — via Courtney — has a great piece on it, too).

But what about Alex Graves, the director of the episode. He’s a veteran television director who has several Game of Thrones episodes under his belt. THR talked to him about last night’s episode, and in particular, that scene:

That whole scene has to be one of the most taboo, disturbing things that has happened on the show.

I’m never that excited about going to film forced sex. But the whole thing for me was about dead Joffrey lying there, watching the whole thing. (Showrunners) David (Benioff) and Dan (Weiss) loved that, and I was like, I wanted to make sure I had Jack in there as much as I could. Of course Lena and Nickola laughed every time I would say, “You grab her by the hair, and Jack is right there,” or “You come around this way and Jack is right there.”

Why was it so important to have Joffrey’s body in the scene?

He is their first born. He is their sin. He is their lust, and their love — their everything. If he’s gone, what’s going to happen? Jaime is still trying to believe as hard as he possibly can that he’s in love with Cersei. He can’t admit that he is traumatized by his family and he’s been forced his whole life to be something he doesn’t want to be. What he is — but has to deny — is he is actually the good knight, like Brienne.

Does it help to know that the actors were laughing during the scene? Uh, no. Not to me. But again, to each their own opinions.

Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here, follow him on Twitter, or listen to his weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.

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