Mondays usually are all abuzz after a Sunday night installment of the latest episode of 'Game Of Thrones.' With red and purple weddings, shocking deaths and twists and turns galore, the HBO drama is consistently making noise in the pop culture circuit. But last Sunday's episode might be the series' most controversial yet.
Note: Spoilers Ahead
Fans of both the 'Game of Thrones' TV series and 'Game of Thrones' book series probably noticed a huge discrepancy between the two when watching "Breaker of Chains," the episode that aired on April 20.
In the television version, a sex scene between brother and sister Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and Cersei (Lena Headey) Lannister -- who attempt to "reconnect" over the death of their son King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) -- quickly turns into rape. Though plot changes between the book and the television series aren't uncommon, this scene was a total game changer.
In George R.R. Martin's book, "A Storm of Swords", the sex scene was written as consensual, and although the episode's director Alex Graves maintained that it still was, Cersei's struggle and her cries of "no" and "don't" make it awfully hard to believe that.
The blogosphere went pretty nuts with the horrifying scene, so it's not surprising that Martin himself would sound off on the controversy.
On his blog, Martin speculated why the show would make such a change, citing that the timelines in novels versus TV series are different and that he wrote the book from Jaime's POV.
Here is Martin's statement in its entirety:
"I think the “butterfly effect” that I have spoken of so often was at work here. In the novels, Jaime is not present at Joffrey’s death, and indeed, Cersei has been fearful that he is dead himself, that she has lost both the son and the father/ lover/ brother. And then suddenly Jaime is there before her. Maimed and changed, but Jaime nonetheless. Though the time and place is wildly inappropriate and Cersei is fearful of discovery, she is as hungry for him as he is for her.
The whole dynamic is different in the show, where Jaime has been back for weeks at the least, maybe longer, and he and Cersei have been in each other’s company on numerous occasions, often quarreling. The setting is the same, but neither character is in the same place as in the books, which may be why Dan & David played the [scene] out differently. But that’s just my surmise; we never discussed this scene, to the best of my recollection."
'Game of Thrones' airs Sunday on HBO at 9/8c.