Lowgarden

An ASOIAF / GOT blog, complete with (tagged) spoilers for both books and show.

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.

- George R R Martin on that scene

"She is as hungry for him as he is for her." 

So I’m not saying that all the people going on about how Jaime was an unreliable narrator and how Cersei’s “weak” rejection wasn’t actually “weak” and how she only gave consent to get it over with faster… 

… because the author is saying it for me. 

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(Though he should have stopped when she first said “no.” That wasn’t cool. But yeah, Cersei’s consent was real is my main takeaway from this.) 

To understand the psychology behind it, and why he goes as far as he does, was really difficult. To me it became, When does physical desire take over? It’s one of those things where he’s been holding it back for so long, and then out of anger he grabs her, and instinct takes over, and he lets loose. He says, I don’t care. He wants to not care. He has to connect to her, and he knows this is the most fucked up way for it to happen, but in that moment, he knows it’s all he can do. It’s an act of powerlessness.

There’s also a whole other conversation that we can have about how the women who demonstrate independent sexuality on this show - Ros, Talisa, Cersei - have all been punished in some way for it. 

Ros was killed because Littlefinger saw her as just a disposable prostitute. 

Talisa was stabbed in the belly to emphasize her pregnancy. 

Now Cersei has been raped by her lover. 

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Also can we talk about how Cersei’s primary weapon is her sexuality, and how she values it above anything else (short of her children and title) in her life?

And how even when Robert was raping her throughout their marriage, she never explicitly thought of it as rape? She referred to it as an “assault,” but she deliberately never used the word rape because to admit to herself that she was being raped would be admitting to herself that her sexuality was being used without her consent. So she made herself act very haughty and above it all because that was how she could reclaim control over the situation - by thinking, “Whatever, I don’t even care what Robert does to me. Sure, it hurts, but I can handle it because it’s a necessary evil.” 

To have Cersei raped in such a blatant fashion - especially by someone she sees as “her shadow, her other half” (AFFC) - completely obliterates that characterization of her. Because let’s be real: If Jaime had raped Cersei in the books, she would have straight up murdered him. Something tells me that’s not going to happen on the show, which means it’ll be something that she just moves past (and might not even be mentioned again, knowing GOT).

Basically, GOT has taken Cersei’s sexuality from her. She’s not being portrayed as the scheming seductress whose first move is to hit on any man who’s making her life difficult. That aspect of her has been almost entirely removed, and I honestly can’t imagine GOT!Cersei doing what ASOIAF!Cersei does in later books (particularly where the Kettleblacks are concerned). 

And that makes me very upset. 

Now that I’ve had a few minutes to digest that scene… 

I’m actually really, really angry. 

It’s not just because Jaime is my favorite character, but because Jaime is (per the books) one of the few men in this series who respects women. 

Jaime, who wanted to protect Rhaella from Aerys. 

Jaime, who actually grasps that rape is a terrible, terrible thing (“If I were a woman, I’d make them kill me,” he said to Brienne, a line that was included in the show). 

Jaime, who actually left when Cersei asked him to leave (even though he “travelled a thousand leagues to get to [her] and lost the best part of [himself] along the way”). 

Jaime, who is very intentionally not a rapist because he is supposed to be the archetypical knight in shining armor who believes in chivalry and old-fashioned romance and protecting highborn ladies. 

Um.

What.

That was a lot more rapey than it was in the books. 

Like. 

Are we being serious right now? 

But I guess that’s what happens when you rewrite the relationship into a one-sided infatuation that ended earlier than it was meant to, right, GOT? 

… Now it’s going to be difficult when I say that Jaime is my favorite character to show-only people. 

Jaime: You’ll never marry Cersei. 

Loras: And neither will you.

Post-Episode Reaction

  • Not really sure about how I feel about that Jaime / Tywin scene. Give me the night to think it over. 
  • WHEN DID PODRICK GET ATTRACTIVE
  • Really? So we get camera pans over two naked ladies, yet only a bare shoulder from the one male prostitute? Really? 
  •  It’s like they’ve taken all the subtle character details about Oberyn (promiscuous, hotheaded) and magnified them to the point of comic absurdity. 
  • "Killed the right people, I suppose." Heh. 
  • Oh look, they’ve mentioned Elia for the first time on the entire show.
  • I just saw Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, so now when I see Jorah all I can picture is young, gorgeous Iain Glen as Hamlet. 
  • Daario still doesn’t have his blue hair and mustachios. Which is probably for the best, to be honest. 
  • LEMON CAKES. 
  • Stop trying to make the Tyrion / Shae love saga happen, it’s not going to happen. 
  • Not really digging Nikolaj’s new haircut. Season One Jaime was and always will be the epitome of attractiveness. 
  • "Better part of an afternoon." Heh. 
  • Someone needs to gif Jaime’s awkward goldenhand wave. 
  • Cersei’s eyebrow game is strong as hell, though. 
  • Literally what was that scene. “You took too long.” Are you actually kidding? Jaime breaks up with Cersei, not the other way around, goddammit. IT WAS A PIVOTAL PART OF HIS CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT. 
  • Joffrey dies in a fortnight (though the preview implies it might be next week). 
  • That transition from the Joffrey Fountain to Joffrey standing in that exact pose was a triumph of filmmaking. 
  • Arthur Dayne! Sir Duncan the Tall! Backstory! 
  • It’s been too long since someone slapped Joffrey. 
  • Dany’s lipstick color is fantastic. 
  • Also her wig looks great this season. 
  • A blue rose! That counts as a Lyanna shoutout. 
  • Jaime / Brienne :D
  • I’ve seen this horror movie. A hockey mask wearing man with a hook for a hand is about to pop out at Sansa. 
  • Dontos? They’re reviving your storyline? 
  • HAIRNET ALERT. 
  • I think I preferred TWOW version of Arya’s revenge for Lommy because it displayed her craftiness. But I understand why they couldn’t do that here, so whatever. 
  • Great final shot. 

ARE YOU GUYS READY FOR SOME JAIME “GOLDENHAND THE JUST” LANNISTER?