''But sometimes it is not the threat of death that is unendurable, but the possibility of continuing to live with pain and hatred. In the second major print-to-screen change, the television show had already monkeyed with the books’ timeline of Jaime Lannister’s return to King’s Landing, getting him there in time for his son’s wedding feast and hideous death. And in a further change from the novels, a sex scene between Jaime and Cersei that in the books is both a celebration of their reunion and a profound act of grief, is turned in this episode into a rape. Cersei is distraught when Jaime arrives in the sept to see her. Convinced of Tyrion’s guilt, Cersei begs her twin to kill their younger brother for her. “ You saw it. You saw Joff point at him just before,” Cersei tells Jaime. “Avenge him. Avenge our son. Kill Tyrion…I don’t want a trial. He’ll squirm his way to freedom given the chance. I want him dead. Please, Jaime, you have to. He was our son, our baby boy.” What happens next dramatically complicates the work “Game of Thrones” has done to make Jaime a more explicable, even sympathetic character, given what we learned of his reasons for killing the king he was sworn to protest. Jaime has experienced profound losses over the last two seasons. His hand and his identity as a fighter have been taken from him. His son has been murdered. His father, a toxic, commanding man has returned to his life. And what Cersei is asking of Jaime is that he remove one of the few remaining things that gives him happiness, the little brother who makes him feel better about his hand, from existence. To assuage her pain and grief, Cersei is asking Jaime to inflict more pain on himself. “You’re a hateful woman,” Jaime tells her. “Why have the gods made me love a hateful woman?”
But his response is not to stop loving her, not to stop believing that he is victim to the gods. Instead, Jaime rapes his sister, passing that sense of unendurable pain on to her. He must know that this is the worst possible way that he could hurt her. Jaime knew that Robert raped Cersei, and in the novels, he wanted to kill Robert for it. Not only does raping Cersei remind his sister of her repeated, humiliating violation, Jaime is poisoning their own relationship, the thing that had been Cersei’s antidote to the miseries of her marriage. It is an exceptionally cruel thing for Jaime to do.''

Found a pretty in depth analysis. Thoughts?


"If we had to estimate what scene most people would hate the most, it would have to be the scene following from Tywin’s lecture to Tommen, as he begins to insinuate himself on the new king, and in so doing drove a kind of stake through Cersei’s heart as he belittles her dead son and leads away the living one.

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It begins as a whisper… a promise… the lightest of breezes dances above the death cries of 300 men. That breeze became a wind. A wind that my brothers have sacrificed. A wind of freedom… a wind of justice… a wind of vengeance.

Not that there was ever any doubt as to who Justified’s Karen Divorced from Some Dude Named Goodall So You Know Who She Really Is YES WE ARE FUCKING WITH COPYRIGHT LAWS COME AT ME BRO was (HINT: SISCO KAREN SISCO THAT’S WHO SHE IS OKAY). It’s much more spectacular seeing it in action.