Game of Thrones is known for being one of the bloodiest shows on television.
But during last year’s episode Breaker of Chains, the show made headlines for a different issue entirely: Rape.
Well, it’s been almost a year since the scene between Jaime & Cersei Lannister aired, and one of the siblings is finally speaking out about his opinion on the incestuous controversy.
In a recent interview, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau admitted that he had a different take on the scene with Lena Headey, saying:
“I was sure there was going to be a lot of talk about it, but I assumed it was going to be about the fact we had sex in front of our dead son. It became more about, ‘Was it rape?’, which shocked us. I sound naive, but I never saw it like that. It was as if Game of Thrones was now social commentary.
I was like, ‘Really?’, and suddenly [GoT] was pro-rape. I’m not going to talk about that because it’s a sensitive topic. But it’s a television show with a storyline featuring two people who have had a dysfunctional relationship. It’s clearly not healthy for either of them — that scene being just another example — and suddenly a scene in a television show is used as an argument in an overall political discussion.”
Right. We almost forgot that they did it in front of their murdered son Joffrey!
We imagine that it must have been a different vibe on set, especially since Nikolaj was used to having a strange relationship with Lena’s character, but we also see how the audience saw the scene as rape.
Still, it’s not like this was the first rape ever recorded on GoT… plenty of other characters have faced similar fates, even fan-favorite Daenerys Targaryen.
But if you were one of the many fans who was able to stomach that episode, then make sure to catch the season five premiere on HBO, April 12 at 9/8c!